I like: Ultraman Saga

Japanese character Ultraman first appeared in a 1960s Japanese TV series but has since then lived on in popular culture and his fame has spread throughout the world. To mark the 45th anniversary there will be a new Ultraman film next year featuring a new character called Saga – hence the name of the film Ultraman Saga.

The awesome trailer can  be seen on YouTube, but may not be visible to all viewers of this blog. The film is released in Japan on March 24, 2012.

Jargon watch: product spam

Fast Company had an article on how some consumer electronics field a raft of different SKUs (stock-keeping units) with little or no differentiation apart from colours or minor design details. It makes consumer decisions difficult as it’s hard to choose one product over another and its inefficient as it promotes constant churn in a company’s product line-up.

The best examples of this would be the likes of Sony or Hewlett-Packard (HP). Think about the raft of laptops that HP has compared to Apple’s line-up. Fast Company called this plethora of different but similar products product spam.

More information
Product spam is out of control and must be stopped | Fast Company

I like: Wedgewood desk by Schoolhouse Electric | 有趣的产品设计

If Charles and Ray Eames had designed a desk for telecommuting, the Wedgewood desk is what I imagine it would look like. It’s clean design and hollow desk makes for mid-century modern styling that is tech-friendly. At 1,595 USD it is the kind of price I’d expect for an Eames piece of furniture as well, but don’t let that put you off; more information here.

Links of the day | 在网上找到

For Their Children, Many E-Book Fans Insist on Paper – NYTimes.com – the tactile arguments for toddlers are the same reason why I prefer print books

Man Survives Steve Ballmer’s Flying Chair To Build ’21st Century Linux’ | Wired

Copyright isn’t working, says European Commission | ZDNet UK

» 2011 Top 10 products and trends in Japan Kirainet.com – A geek in Japan – I was surprised by a traditional toy being so popular in Japan

Christmas spending will leave 38% in the red | Irish Examiner

Fabrica | the Benetton group communications research center – these are the people responsible for Benetton’s ‘unhate’ campaign

How Facebook is ruining sharing | Molly Rants – CNET News – Scoble disagrees and thinks that Facebook are wonderful for pushing the boundaries; I was reminded of the quote from Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four: If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever

I like: CIC on China’s luxury market

CIC who provide the IWOM set of tools (think Sysomos, Radian6 or Adobe SocialAnalytics for the mainland Chinese internet eco-system) have come up with an interesting report on online conversations around the Chinese luxury market.

Key take-outs

  • They are motivated to buy luxury goods as a way to ‘show-off’ and most of the online conversations are around this subject
  • The distribution system is complex with overseas purchasing and purchasing agents (presumably to avoid China’s luxury goods tax and for more choice) also a popular subject. For luxury brands it means that Chinese expansion needs to be tapped by also having presence in places like Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Paris – France and the major cities of the US
  • Real-time reporting of runway shows initiated by the brands doing webcasts has been extended by netizens to their own platforms. Much of the commentary is similar to the social television interactions you used to see on early video platform Joost; and on Twitter during shows like The Apprentice or The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE)
  • Counterfeit – there was a significant group that own both counterfeit and authentic versions of a product because it is ‘interesting to mix and match usage between real and fake’. This is a really interesting brand interaction and raises the question: what if authentic isn’t authentic enough in terms of brand experience? This is something that I could see impacting the likes of Louis Vuitton. Gucci, Chanel and Hermes as they become over-exposed in the marketplace