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Motorola: “Project Ara” the next wave of smart-phone innovation, inspired by Phonebloks by Dave Hakkens.

Hey Folks!

Here’s another interesting insight I would like to share with you all!

With the latest iPhone 5S & Samsung Note-III popping out in the market like no-bodies-business, I was was wondering if…

you have heard about…Phonebloks?

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Earlier this year, I posted a video on my Facebook Page to share with you all about this amazing concept that is going to revolutionize the way we think, feel and use Smart-Phones.This brilliant concept was first introduced by Dave Hakkens, a Designer from the Netherlands who like to make machines, videos and vegetables.

The whole idea emerged from this simple thought which Dave explains: “A phone only lasts a couple of years before it breaks or becomes obsolete. Although it’s often just one part which killed it we throw everything away since it’s almost impossible to repair or upgrade. ” This led to him into thinking about why not make something better that doesn’t have to be destroyed after a few use and we even customise it to suit our needs and wants?

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Check out this video out if you haven’t!

 

Well, I guess many of you might be thinking right now..”Nah..it’s never gonna happen”, “No company in the world will be crazy enough to spend that kind of time and resources to make it”. There simply too many interested parties we have to engage and that is not likely to happen with this ever-competitive market!

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Guess What! It’s happening right this very moment as we speak!

Motorola, is now one of many companies such as YouTube that is owned by Google. One very good reason why this possibility can become a reality.

Today, I would like to introduce to you the next phase of Motorola, called:

 

“Project Ara”

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Project Ara, described by the Google subsidiary as “a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones”.

A paragraph taken from Motorola’s Official Blog has this to say: “The design for Project Ara consists of what we call an endoskeleton (endo) and modules.  The endo is the structural frame that holds all the modules in place. A module can be anything, from a new application processor to a new display or keyboard, an extra battery, a pulse oximeter–or something not yet thought of!”

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This pretty much answers most of your doubts, they are thinking BIG! With this thought in mind, we can rest assure that the next line of product coming out from hereon will most certainly blow our minds!

I know many of you out there might be still be skeptical about whether they will succeed or not. But hey, after all, Motorola did developed the first truly global communication network using a set of 66 satellites on May 5th, 1997.

Have a little faith in them!!

Paul Eremenko on behalf of the Motorola Advanced Technology and Projects group, Project Ara Team has this to say:

“We’ve done deep technical work. Dave created a community. The power of open requires both. So we will be working on Project Ara in the open, engaging with the Phonebloks community throughout our development process”.

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That’s not all!

Motorola is inviting people across the globe to become Ara Scouts. Over the next year, you can collaborate with them on “Special Missions” that will shape the direction of Project Ara.

These series of “missions” that will ask you to share your impressions, feedback and ideas about Project Ara. You’ll use the free “dscout” app to participate. If together we can make Project Ara a success, 100 of the most active scouts will receive an early release version at no cost.

Click here to check out on how you can become an Ara Scout~! 

Thank you for reading this article! XD

 

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Ivan’s Hair Asylum, featuring special guest Sylvester Sim.

Ivan's Hair Asylum - Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.
Ivan’s Hair Asylum – Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.

I’ve had the opportunity to cover one of Singapore’s very own star Sylvester Sim, better known as “SLY”. The Entertainment Manager of SONAR by NEVERLAND, along with his artiste Zi Jie, had their recent hair works done up by Ivan Seah over at Peridot Hair Salon.

Just within a few hours and the transformation of turning both of the artiste into Japanese Rock Star renditions were completed. An added touch to this look can be felt from the style of execution which is perfected overtime through countless of Ivan’s customers and regular clients.

Club SONAR artiste Zi Jie
Club SONAR artiste Zi Jie

Words of “Awesome” and “Sweet” are some of the comments made by both artistes, leaving the salon with a grin spread right across their cheeks!

SLY from Club SONAR.
SLY from Club SONAR.

When asked as to what SLY thought about the service,

“One thing for sure he is my friend. But no matter how bad or lousy a friend is, you will still say words like ‘Thank you’ and ‘Not bad’. But too bad SLY is an honest in the face person. He has fulfilled all that I was into…from styling and colors from many places that I have been to, Ivan’s service is still the best.”

I’ve asked him to describe Ivan in one word and SLY immediately responded:

“I’ll say ‘Patient’, he always take his Job slowly and seriously.”

Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.
Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.

Who is Ivan?

He is the lead hairstylist of Peridot at Far East Plaza. With over 7 years’ worth of experience as a hair dresser and stylist, he has established himself as one of few hairstylist in Singapore that incorporates not only the mainstream Japanese hair trends but adds in flavors from the J-Rock, Visual-Kei subculture elements.

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Ivan Seah

What does he do?

“Funky colored hair, crazy cuts and hairdo and Shibuya-styled cuts” are just some from the range of cuts he provides to all his customers.

Whether you are familiar or new to this trend, Ivan would guarantee you walk out of his salon with a heighten sense confidence. He’ll make sure you get what you came for plus an added touch to make you feel

Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.
Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.

What’s so unique about his services?

Japanese Visual-Kei hairstyle inspired concept incorporated into the overall style and feel of this new look. This trend has been a popular choice amongst followers of the J-Rock scene here in Singapore for more than a decade now.

Being an avid fan and musician of this rising pop culture, Ivan’s service does not have any limitations. You can expect the latest trends and style to flow right into his catalogs every month.

Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.
Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.

Over the interview, I probed Ivan with 5 Questions into understanding more about himself and what he would like you all to know about him.

1)    How it all started out for you in hair dressing?

“My interest in hair dressing developed way back in 2005 upon approached by a friend’s band for hair-styling during a Japanese Rock gig. This eventually sparked an interest within me to pursue further into developing his skills as a stylist.”

Club SONAR artiste Zi Jie.
Club SONAR artiste Zi Jie.

2)   When asked as to what inspired him to excel in this career, Ivan said:

“Well I wanted to make Visual-Kei and J-Rock cuts and style as my trademark as I wanted to be a niche kind of hair stylist and to stand out amongst the general community.”

Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.
Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.

3)    On his thoughts upon the choice of inspiration which co-relates to his standard of professionalism, Ivan has this to say:

“Visual-Kei and J-Rock is a very interesting sub-culture that stands out from the norm. My belief in this trade is to give your best in achieving the client’s requests and to make them satisfied when they walk out of the salon.”

Club SONAR artiste Zi Jie.
Club SONAR artiste Zi Jie.

4)    What happens if your clients are not happy with the result?

“Although I understand that we can’t please everyone, nonetheless people can see your effort if you put your heart into it.”

SLY & Zi Jie from Club SONAR
SLY & Zi Jie from Club SONAR.

5)    If I’d to ask you to put a statement/paragraph to describe yourself, what would it be?

“I describe myself as being very devoted to my art and as well a patient and focus stylist. Unlike most stylists who like to chat while working on their client’s hair, I am rather quite serious on getting the results more than anything else.”

Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.
Featuring SLY from Club SONAR.

Where can you find him?

As the name suggests, just click on here (Ivan’s Hair Asylum) !

Simply “like” and browse thru the crazy works of Ivan!

Also please feel free to call/SMS/What’s App him if you have any enquiries or to make an appointment at +65 9879 5953!

If you happened are shopping around Orchard road and plan to drop by personally, you can find him at Peridot salon, Far East Plaza #05-85.

Make an appointment today! +65 9879 5953!
Make an appointment today! Call: +65 9879 5953!