Impressions from NeoCon 2013

I took pictures of whatever created an impression – some good, some great, some interesting….

When Interior Design Puts Lipstick on a Pig

I recently attended the Sensors Conference at the Donald E. Stephens convention center in Rosemont, Illinois.The convention center is located on the east side of River Rd., and the parking garage on the other.  They are connected by a sky bridge that comes in handy, especially in the winter.

At one point along the walkway I stopped in wonder and snapped the following two pics.

It’s not the wonderful vista of skylights and rusting air-handlers.  It’s the wall murals over the windows.


Rows of windows looking out over a roof, and murals over each.  Distraction? Accent? Lipstick…?

The ‘Traditio’ Touchscreen/Clock Thermostat

Introducing the Traditio touchscreen thermostat.  It is easier to manufacture (square touchscreen vs. round)  but functions in an almost identical manner to the Sol Invictus.

Instead of the temperature moving across the screen, the number moves around the face as time passes. The inner circle is AM, the outer circle is PM.  Tapping a number once positively increments the digit by one. Tapping it twice decreases the value by one.  Holding a finger on the screen accesses programming mode where heating/cooling mode and time dependant temperatures can be set as with the Sol Invictus.

This Car is Fuzzy (Really!)

Was up in Madison, Wisconsin at the VA Hospital and saw this car. The surface is actually fuzzy, and yes, that’s fringey material on the hub caps and elsewhere. 

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The Sol Invictus Touchscreen Thermostat & Clock

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Cool Candescence…Thermesthesia…

Touch the Sun, and in comfort, see time pass…

Thermostats are usually designed as technical gadgets replete with buttons, and little aesthetic allure.

Plishka Design brings you the Patent Pending, Sol Invictus Touchscreen Thermostat that is a timepiece and an interactive piece of art.

The Sol Invictus  thermostat depicts and controls the temperature of your home through the sunspots on the touchscreen. During the passage of time, the sunspots move across the face of the Sol Invictus, thus showing you the time.

The Sol Invictus Thermostat can be programmed to change temperatures at specific times of day via the programming mode.  For more information, click on the following: Continue reading