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Lightspeed iHelicopter Review

The Lightspeed iHelicopter would make the perfect gift for any of your nerdy friends, male or female. It is controlled via your mobile device such as your iPhone, iPad or Android phone, so make sure they have a compatible device to control the helicopter as no other remote is supplied (although I’m sure this won’t be a problem in such as tech-savvy world!). All you have to do is plug in a sensor adapter to your phones headphone jack and download the app for your mobile, and away you go!

This iPhone helicopter will give your lucky friend hours of fun, with some superb features which I have managed to try out for myself. I must first tell you that at first, this thing is hard to get to used to, they’re not lying when they say “Lightspeed”, it really is fast, especially when you hit that turbo button!

The helicopter itself looks great, and is very sturdy and strong. I’ve crashed it into several walls, ceilings, cupboards, my girlfriends hand and even flew it right into my bicycles spoked wheel, and it hasn’t a mark. Even if you do manage to break something, the helicopter ships with some spare parts, which is pretty damn handy as I’m sure most won’t do this.

No batteries are required as a USB charger is supplied to charge both your helicopter and your sensor that plugs into your iPhone, it takes just 30 minutes to fully charge the helicopter, allowing for approximately 9 minutes of flight time even with the awesome LED lights flashing away.

For just $60 USD or £30 GBP this is one of the best Christmas presents this year for the geek in your life! Paramount Zone also have plenty of other Christmas Present Ideas if this doesn’t suit your needs 100%!

Debate #3 – What was your most productive design-related Christmas present this year?

Circlebox Debate - What was your most productive design-related Christmas present this year?

With Christmas just gone I thought this weeks debate question would be quite a cool one! Make sure you answer in depth. Design related presents could be virtually anything! Great books, colorful mugs (they could be permanent inspiration!), software, computer accessories… Something that makes your life easier when designing, and why it makes your life easier. So here’s the question, GO GO GO!

What was your most productive design-related Christmas present this year?

When answering, why not list all your design-related gifts, then choose your most productive one? If someone posts something you don’t think is the most productive, tell us why! Maybe we can make incredibly early Christmas lists for next year!

I’ll let you know my answer when I know what I’ve got, I’m writing this the day before Christmas! Hope you had a good one!

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

Christmas is here and we’re only days from the opening of the new year, twenty-ten! I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you to all my readers for your continued support since launch of Circlebox. Read on for a few stats since the release of Circlebox and what’s in store for the coming months.

The Past

Circlebox Blog was opened to the public about six months ago on the 25th June, 2009. Since then 65 posts have been posted, with a total of 145 tags and 1,071 comments.

The redesign was released on the 1st December 2009, and immediately made a huge impact to the daily visits. The design in itself was clearly not the only reason I hit a new record of over 20,000 unique hits in one day, though! Around this time I quit my part-time job, making it possible for me to concentrate on my company and blog (this post broke my record), and work for the great guys at Smashing Magazine, Six Revisions and TutsPlus (thank you for making all of this possible, leaders of the design community!).

All in all, since the 1st December to the 24th December Circlebox Blog has had a total of 60,000 visits and 80,000 pageviews. Lets hope this continues in the new year!

The Future

With the New Year comes new plans, new wishes and of course a New Years Resolution. So what do I have planned?

  • Make Circlebox Blog successful and hit 10,000 RSS subscribers.
  • Post two quality articles per week for Circlebox Blog.
  • Fill my BuySellAds spots.
  • Regularly write for Smashing Magazine, Six Revisions and the Tuts+ Network.
  • Move out with my Fiancée.
  • Get an office which isn’t in my bedroom!
  • Depending on the success of Circlebox Blog, possibly start a new project.
  • Don’t put off learning to drive, pass my test, and maybe buy a motorbike to get around on (I don’t need to leave the house much!).

As for a New Years Resolution, I’m going to try to stop biting my nails, which has been a New Years Resolution of mine since as long as I can remember!

Something else that’s going to be big in the next year is guest writing here at Circlebox Blog. I’m hoping in the coming months I will be able to sort out some of my finances and come up with a good price to pay guest writers. I’ll be looking into accepting written articles, quality tutorials (print and web) and freebies such as icon packs and blog themes. More on that in the new year!

For now though, Merry Christmas to all of my readers, and I wish you a very Happy New Year!

Debate #2 – You’re designing a Christmas Card, how would you set it up ready for print?

Circlebox Debate - You're Designing a Christmas Card, how would you set it up ready for print?

Thanks to everyone who took part in Debate #1 – ‘If you had to give up all but one application, which one would you keep?’. It was very successful with 28 comments in total, and I think it’s safe to say Firefox was the most chosen application due to the quality of the free web-based applications that are available today!

So here is Debate number two! This week we have a Christmas and Print Design related question:

You’re designing a Christmas Card, how would you set it up ready for print?

Be sure to answer the question in detail. Which software would you use? How would you export it as a PDF? Are there any particular settings you would use? Remember to include details on bleed and fold lines. I want you to pretend this is a real project that you’re about to prepare for print! The card is standard 4-color CMYK.


Looking forward to hear your answers! Be sure to come back, this is going to be interesting!