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Why just turn on the shower, when the shower can bug the hell out of you?

In a world filled with the constant deluge of news, information and media, the good folks at Kohler thought you might like to have the one peaceful moment of your day invaded by Bluetooth.

Here’s what you get:

Fully covered under the Kohler limited lifetime warranty
Premier finishing process – finishes will resist tarnishing and corrosion through everyday use
Equipped with wireless speakers to stream your personalized music playlists, news or other audio in the shower
Syncs with bluetooth-enabled devices including smart phones, MP3 players, tablets and laptop computers that can be located up to 32 feet away
Provides less than 1% total harmonic distortion with 1.5 Watts at 1kHz
Water-resistant wireless speaker pops in or out of showerhead with ease so it can be recharged
The built-in lithium-ion battery provides approximately 7 hours of run time
Single function shower head – 60 angled nozzles deliver full coverage in an enveloping spray
Shower Head Width: 5″ (measurement in inches of spray surface)
Shower Head Depth: 4-3/16″ (measurement in inches from spray surface to shower arm connection)
Shower head rotates 360-degrees on a swivel ball assembly for full coverage
Flow Rate: 2.5 GPM (gallons-per-minute)
Designed to easily install with standard 1/2″ U.S. plumbing connections
Eco-friendly shower head – uses up to 30% less water than standard shower heads
All hardware required for installation of shower head is included

You also get the loss of zen shower solitude. Does this mean will we see a rash of people refusing to leave their shower until the end of that NPR story that would have otherwise left them stuck in their driveway? Will people drain the contents of their hot water tank just to get to finish singing Royals in the shower? Will they be screaming at Rush Limbaugh while rinsing a head full of Pantene from their scalp?

It’s Robots vs. Humans time. To the Victors Go the Trophies.

Webvisionary Awards

Join Chad the Robot and MCs Brad Smith and Matt LeBlanc at the Fez Ballroom in downtown Portland for the 2013 Webvisionary Awards-—throw down for Presentation Karoake, enjoy tunes from DJBJ, and of course – robot trophies for the lucky winners!

Fez Ballroom
316 SW 11th Ave

Tues., Oct. 8th

No host bar, photos with Chad the Robot and more! Visit the Webvisionary Awards website for a listing of finalists.

RSVP today

Presentation Karaoke is Back!

Presentation Karaoke

Give a presentation that you’ve never seen to a drunken crowd of hecklers. Worst nightmare or the biggest headrushin’ wild time? You choose, but be there. It’s held at the Webvisionary Awards gala – sign up at the Fez Ballroom when you arrive… » RSVP today

Recappin': A Collection of Speaker Presentations

Relive WebVisions Chicago or check out presentations for sessions that you missed. We’ll keep posting ‘em as we get ‘em, so keep coming back for more.

Carla Diana, “Making Meaningful Design with the Internet of Things”

Christian Crumlish, “Holistic UX: Designing Ubiquitous Multi-device Experiences”

Jason Kunesh, “Rules of Thumb for Design Chicanery from Obama for America HQ”

Adam Connor, “What Designers Can Learn from Filmmakers”

Carolyn Chandler, “Deep Impact or Armageddon? Moving from Idea to Design”

Shay Howe, “How Constraints Cultivate Growth”

Brad Nunnally, “Choice…the Gateway to Engagement”

Senongo Akpem, “Storytelling on the Web: The Art of Multi-Screen Narrative”

Jason Cranford Teague, “Design is How it Works”

Luis Rodriguez, “From Organic to Digital: Applying Nature’s Complexity, Symmetry and Beauty”

Dan Rose, “Redeeming Image Editors for Mobile Web Design”

Aldo de Jong, “Designing New Experiences, Capabilities and Business Models in the Internet of Things”

Russ Unger, “From Muppets to Mastery”

Tim Frick, “Sustainable Web Design”


Help Awesome Non-profits at the Techfest Hackathon for Social Good

TechFest NW Hackathon for Social Good

Are you a programmer, designer, UX practitioner or web producer with a streak of do-goodery? Want to help an awesome group of non-profits including The Love Comes, Hackathon for Social Good and Day On? Join us for our TechFest NW Hackathon for Social Good held at OMSI’s auditorium.


Bet for Good: A website for The Love Comes (Barcelona, Spain) that will be used to raise money to address hunger, homelessness and economic disparity. Users wager credits/points on sporting events (national or local) and use the points that they win to get prizes. Credits/points are purchased by users and the revenues help purchase goods and services to help local nonprofits such as food banks, housing groups and economic development (micro loans, etc.)

Platform for Good: A website for the Hackathons for Social Good that allows individuals and teams to contribute to social good projects. The site is a repository for project plans, code, documents and contributor information. Github has agreed to help with the code repository component.

Day On: An all-volunteer, zero-cash-flow collaboration, Day On connects nonprofit organizations that need advice and assistance with volunteers who are ready to help.


Sun., Sept. 8th from 11:00am-6:30pm
OMSI (1945 SE Water Ave.)

Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8003618037

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Get Yourself to Techfest NW and Save $50

Techfest NW is three days of tech programming that honors and explores the technology, startups, and design culture that make Portland a digital hub. Curated by Rick Turoczy, founder of PIE, (The Portland Incubator Experiment) and author of tech blog Silicon Florist. Enter the promo code “bcc” to save $50 off your TFNW pass.

TFNW is held at OMSI (1945 SE Water Ave.) from Sept. 6-8, 2013.

» Register today

Submit Your Projects to the Webvisionary Awards

Webvisionary Awards

Each year, the Webvisionary Awards celebrates the most imaginative, daring, and curious talent on the Web by awarding miniature robots to the best of the best. It bores the rivets off the robot overlords, but if the Web is your business and you’re a human, there’s no better place to be. Projects created from Sept. 1, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2013 qualify and the deadline for submissions is Sept. 20th.

Submission Cost: $25 per project or $100 for five projects

“The Robot Overlords have been busy building a massive complex of arenas to train weakling human thralls to fight for their amusement. Only the most ingenious humans will be spared the collars of obedience. Well, that’s what they claim in their press release,” says Brad Smith, founder of the Webvisionary Awards and the Free the Humans from Robot Enslavement Foundation.

We’d love to see your project receive one of our shiny robot statuettes, too!

Submit today

Attend WebVisions NYC – Get Rushkoff’s New Book!

Present ShockAuthor and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff is a big idea guy. He’s a commentator on CNN and frequent contributor to Time, Discover and NPR, and he’s not afraid to take on important subjects. That’s why we’ve invited him to deliver his WebVisions NYC keynote on “Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now”.

Sound familiar? It should, ’cause it’s also the title of Rushkoff’s latest book, which will be given to everyone who registers for the show. And you can get your book signed by the author following his keynote.

If you haven’t already registered, why not do it now?

Take User Research to the Next Level

Lou Rosenfeld

As user research becomes firmly established in organizations around the world, it’s tempting to congratulate ourselves and retreat to our shiny new labs. But our work is nowhere near complete. As currently practiced, user research remains narrow in focus, often limited to the qualitative methods that reflect our own educational biases, and the tools that fit within our own comfort zones.

In “Beyond User Research“, keynote speaker, Lou Rosenfeld, explores some of the other research perspectives and practices available and suggests how you can use them to develop better products and services for yourselves and your clients.

A well known speaker, teacher, and moderator, and founder of Rosenfeld Media, Lou helped establish the fields of information architecture and user experience, and has advocated for the role and value of librarianship in those fields.

Create Fabulous Games with HTML5

Jesse Freeman

The new frontier of gaming is all about HTML5, with its fancy new features that allow designers and developers to create awesome gaming experiences that can be delivered to modern desktop and mobile browsers. If you haven’t played an HTML5 games, stop by HTML5games.com and take a few for a spin.

Convinced? Roll up your sleeves and get started developing your own games in Jesse Freeman’s fabulous half-day workshop on “Building HTML 5 Games,” where you’ll learn how to use Impact JS to create amazing retro-style games that deliver fast, fluid performance and can be deployed on a wide range of devices.

Jesse’s hands-on workshop will cover game design and theory, deployment and distribution, and the installation of HTML5 tools and ImpactJS. You’ll not only jump start your capabilities, you’ll get started in making a game, generating assets, and working with inheritance, animation & sound. Workshop attendees will also get a free non-commercial license of Impact JS along with documentation and lesson source code.

An expert in the gaming field, Jesse (@jessefreeman) is on the cutting edge of interactive development on the web and mobile platforms and is a Technical Architect and Technology Evangelist at Roundarch.

Wield the Awesome Power of Adaptive Web Design

Aaron Gustafson

Sure, you want to roll up your sleeves and start using HTML5 and CSS3…it’s what the cool kids are doing. But, alas! Your client (or boss) wants the website to look good on older browsers. What to do?

In his half day workshop on “Adaptive Web Design,” author and web standards aficionado Aaron Gustafson (@aarongustafson) will show how novices and experienced professionals will gain insight and understanding about progressive enhancement and how to use it in their work.

Learn the secrets of building web pages from the content out with “mobile first” and ”responsive design”, use JavaScript wisely, work with layered CSS (including CSS3) and comply with accessibility standards. You will also learn about ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) and see how you can employ them.

Aaron has a love of web standards and an in-depth knowledge of website strategy and architec­ture, interface design, and numerous languages, including XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP. He is Group Manager of the Web Standards Project (WaSP), wrote the JavaScript library eCSStender and writes for .net Magazine. His latest book Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement is…well, all about adaptive web design.