The DOT lets your phone more easily connect the dots

There’s an issue inherent with the idea of a smartphone with apps: it constantly needs to be fiddled with in order to access the appropriate app at the right time. DOT tries to alleviate that problem.

DOT is a small, LED-equipped device that acts as a beacon. With it, users can use it to better contextualize an environment and program a smartphone or tablet to adjust accordingly. For instance, should someone be reading a book on a tablet, sitting down on the couch will prompt the nearby DOT to launch the app with book being read to the page they left off.


Chess on the Dot makes you king of the globe

ChessDotThe world is not flat so why should your chess game be? So goes the reasoning of Joshua Chan, creator of Chess on the Dot. This is actually the designer’s third gogo at Indiegogo trying to raise funds for his pricey ($1,199, a 20 percent discount of retail) chess globe that uses magnets in place of gravity for keeping the pieces affixed to the board. Previous attempts to pawn the art piece have been checked. Despite the unusual shape, the game plays as it does on a standard chess board albeit with a lot more rotation. Beautiful if impractical, the chess-in-the-round set can transport to your sphere of influence in June 2014.