Bobtato Smith


London, UK

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  • "If there's one thing Core77 readers hate, it's punching up."
    on: The Weekly Design Roast, #17
  • "That gaming chair – specifically, the enigmatic slot in the middle – is a lot more amusing if you have seen the movie Burn After Reading"
    on: The Weekly Design Roast, #13
  • "I just bathe with my wife in a regular tub, and simply scream "DON'T TOUCH ME!" as required."
    on: The Weekly Design Roast, #3
  • "It looks like it has the scrubbing power of a summer breeze, the filth-accumulating nooks and crannies of twenty toilet brushes, and the build quality of a 99¢ store Transforcers toy.  But on the other hand, it gives you the motivation to install AC outlets in your bathroom, and presumably generates a refreshing spray of... moisture... as it scrubs.I have actually contemplated power tools for toilet cleaning, because I live in a hard water area and that limescale buildup needs SCRUBBING.  But I was thinking more of a long bowden-cable-type power drill attachment, with minimal surface area, and possibly made entirely of biodegradable materials so you could just compost it when you can't face keeping it around any longer."
    on: Yea or Nay: This Robotic Toilet-Cleaning Device
  • "It looks like the person who invades the other side is the more likely to lose fingers to pinch injuries, so that's fair"
    on: Ford (Yes, the Car Company) Invents a Conveyor-Belt-Based Bed for Couples
  • "Where are people even building all these anti-personnel stairs?  Is there some jurisdiction where the building code permits this sort of thing if it's, like, in self-defence?I think you're being unfair on the room divider though; it's a good design for workplaces based on WWII Japanese POW camp cosplay, hence the "death march of rattan" theme"
    on: The Weekly Design Roast, #5
  • "I've been super interested in this for a long time.  I love the idea, I'd have a ton of uses for it, and I absolutely don't have the space for any other large-scale CNC machine for recreational use.  And I use CNC all the time so I don't care whether it's really as beginner-friendly as claimed.But I still have doubts and questions.  I'm a little skeptical about the precision; I don't love that you're dependent on the special fiducial tape; it seems like it might be a PITA to set up and use with small or narrow stock (I use a lot of 2x2s); and although it's cheap for a CNC router, it's not cheap enough to take a "try it and see" approach.  I plan to try to persuade someone else to get one first.Something they don't express very well is that the manual aspect is not only not a negative, it's a selling point compared to (especially sub-$10k) gantry machines.  You won't have to worry about the stock coming loose, or the spindle trying to force its way through a screw or clamp, or realising that the machine lost its zero 30 minutes ago and has now ruined a whole 4'x8' workpiece.  And the dust extraction on this thing might actually work.  And you don't need to think about feeds and speeds (which is a headache even with wood).  The lack of 3D milling isn't great, but then again, it's prohibitively painful and time-consuming to do that on a cheap gantry setup."
    on: How Does the Shaper Origin Stack Up Against a CNC Gantry Router?
  • "I too find this appealing, and as someone who (a) lives in the UK and (b) doesn't drive (and (c) would never want to be suspected of owning truck nuts), that's saying something.Whether it's saying something that will appeal to pickup buyers, I do not know."
    on: An Innovative Truck Design Feature: GMC's Multifunctional "MultiPro Tailgate"
  • "Yeah, that's the thing I was trying to google.  I assumed it was a Zaurus.I have always thought this screen design sounded like a good idea, for one specific reason: there is not room to use a normal laptop comfortably in most train seats, or at all in most economy aircraft seats.  With this design, you could push the whole thing far away enough to type, and still be able to see the screen.This is probably too hot, heavy and expensive (and Windows-based) to be worth it, but I hope people copy the layout."
    on: Acer's Innovative Hinged Laptop Screen
  • "Assuming the "silicon cap" is actually made of silicone, it makes me wonder why they couldn't just add a silicone foreskin to a regular Bic ballpoint"
    on: A Design for a Pen That Won't Dry Out
  • "Like most people to whom this idea has occurred, I managed to think of several reasons why it's not very good before I even got out of the shower, let alone made a self-congratulatory video failing to demonstrate it actually working.Like all accelerometer-based UI, it's useless in mobile situations and highly problematic in accessibility terms.  If it requires a special action to trigger switching, it doesn't remove the problem it allegedly solves.  If it doesn't, you have to hold completely still to use the current app.  If apps are pinned to actual geographic places, then it creates the problem that you have to go to your fridge to use the app you pinned there.  It's no more intuitive, and less flexible, than organising apps in a fictional space; etc."
    on: Novel User Interface Design: Special Projects' Experimental "Magic UX" System
  • "That's absurd; toner cartridges don't contain ink"
    on: Top Ten DIY Gravy Boat Alternatives! You Won't Believe These Thanksgiving Lifehacks! Number 7 Will Shock You, But If It Doesn't #2 or #9 Will!
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