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Posted in gift ideas, Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on May 9th, 2013
 

Portable Indoor/Outdoor Gel Fireplace

It’s modern, it’s elegant, and best of all it’s portable. Check out this uniquely designed indoor/outdoor gel fireplace by Holly & Martin. We have absolutely fallen in love with it’s floating glass panels, beautifully held in¬†place¬†with a brushed nickel base. We can picture it making a great addition to an outdoor space on a cool summer night, or a chic and modern loft in need of a little warmth.

What do you think of Holly & Martin’s fireplace design? We’d love for you to share your thoughts with us!

If you love innovative design, don’t forget to browse through our¬†unique potrait¬†ideas!

Photo credit: Holly and Martin

 
 
Posted in Contest, gift ideas, Just Cool by Courtney on January 14th, 2013
 

UPDATE: Congratulations to Brian L. from Florida! He is the winner of our DNA 11 Valentine Contest. 

Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than with an amazing giveaway? In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re giving our fans the chance to win a $250 DNA 11 gift voucher. Entering is easy — simply visit our Facebook page, show us some love, and enter in your contact details. Don’t forget to share your entry on Facebook, and Twitter with friends and family to receive extra submissions.

Contest Rules
Winners must be residents of the contiguous United States or Canada.
Entries must be received by 11:59 PST on January 21, 2013.
We will contact the winner via e-mail on January 22, 2013.

Looking for that perfect personalized Valentine’s Day gift right now? Check out our DNA, Fingerprint, and Kiss portraits.

 
 
Posted in gift ideas, Inspirational Design of the Week, Just Cool by Courtney on November 7th, 2012
 

You know how we have a soft spot for innovative design? Well this week, we seem to have fallen for a new mash-up of botany and technology. Introducing the Click and Grow¬†– the answer to the lazy¬†gardener’s¬†prayers! Via Mashable:

The Click and Grow flower pot and plant cartridge work like a printer and toner. The pot contains electronics, sensors, batteries, a pump and a water reservoir; the cartridge contains seeds, nutrients and software (in a microchip) for growing the plant. There are currently 13 varieties of flowers and plants, and the selection is continuously growing. Right now the available selection includes painted nettle, lamb’s ear, marigolds and more. You can also grow edible things such as basil, thyme, sage, tomatoes and chili peppers.

Founder Mattias Lepp tells¬†Mashable¬†all you have to do is add water and batteries (not in the same place) ‚ÄĒ everything else is done by the sensors and software. You‚Äôll also have to find a sunny place for your plant to sit, or at least somewhere it can absorb the sun‚Äôs rays, sunshine or not.

The idea for Click and Grow began three years ago, Lepp says, while reading an article about a NASA mission in which plants were taken into space. He began fusing technology with gardening in his own backyard in Estonia to see if he could grow plants with little or no care in a harsh climate. He made several iterations of the planter and one very cold winter, he says, the device he created was able to grow tomatoes ‚Äúvery quickly.‚ÄĚ The company grew from there and officially launched one year ago.

Lepp said Click and Grow should also cut down on the waste that comes from single plants being purchased in plastic containers that then get thrown away. The potting container is reusable; though the cartridges need to be replaced for each new plant.

The product retails for $59.99, with cartridges costing about $19.99 each. We’d love to get our hands on one of these for the DNA 11 offices!

 
 
Posted in Cool Design of the Week, gift ideas by Courtney on September 26th, 2012
 

Grey shoes, with red stitching and laces. LED lights located on the tips of the shoes.

“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home”.

Say this out loud, click your heels together, and you could be home faster than you realize with Dominic Wilcox’s new invention. We love this visionary design that was inspired by Dorothy Gale from the Wizard of Oz. And the shoes aren’t bad either!¬†Via Discovery News:

Wilcox, a British designer, recently showcased his latest creation: GPS shoes “that will guide you home no matter where you are in the world.”

Simply program your destination into the GPS device and the dandy leather shoes will guide the way. The GPS receiver is located in the heel of the left shoe. On the toe of the left shoe is a circle of LEDs that light up, working like a compass to point you in the direction you need to walk. On the toe of the right shoe is a row of red LED lights that indicate how far you have to go. The closer you get to home, the more it lights up. Consider it the pedestrian version of the ‘hot/cold’ game.

“I thought about the Wizard of Oz and how Dorothy could click her shoes together to go home,” Wilcox explained¬†on his website. “After uploading your required destination to the shoes via a piece of custom made mapping software and a USB cable, the GPS, which is embedded in the heal, is activated by a heal click.”

We think they’d be great for that avid traveller trying to find their way back to the hotel! When would you use them?

Looking for your own innovative design? Check out our unique portraits РDNA, and fingerprints, and kisses. Oh My!

 
 
Posted in Art+Science, DNA Art in the News, gift ideas, How it's Made, Just Cool by Courtney on August 2nd, 2012
 

What’s the best gift for the co-founder of Apple’s 62nd birthday? DNA Art¬†from DNA 11, of course!

Steve Wozniak’s surprise birthday party¬†was the hottest event in San Francisco last night. Woz spoke to the crowd alongside his present ‚ÄĒ the¬†DNA Portrait¬†we created for him. His DNA art¬†was also transformed into a birthday cake thanks to our digital download feature.

How was Steve Wozniak’s DNA Portrait created? DNA 11 extracted his DNA from a simple cheek swab, then ran it through a gel and a process called electrophoresis in¬†our lab. Smaller pieces of DNA move faster than larger pieces through the gel pores, so the result is a series of DNA strands separated from one another based on size, with the largest strands on the top of the gel and the smallest bands at the bottom. This process ensures the unique DNA extends into a unique order.

Fusion-io, where Woz is chief scientist, planned the surprise party. Guests secretly invited to the museum received pink boas, noise makers and a chance to test their skills on Tetris.

It was a real honor to create his portrait. Happy Birthday, Woz!

Photos via AllThingsD.com. 

 
 
Posted in gift ideas by Courtney on June 7th, 2012
 

Are you still searching for the perfect gift for Dad? We’ve rounded up five of our favorite Father’s Day finds for the man who has everything.

 

BioLite Camp Stove: If Dad’s always connected but also loves the outdoors, the¬†BioLite CampStove and USB Charger¬†can cook meals and charge his gadgets with the renewable resource of sticks gathered from the forest floor.¬†Reserve one today! Via The Coolist.

 


DNA 11 Gift Kit: Dad’s DNA is worth showing off, right? Our Gift Kit includes everything he needs to kick off the creation of his very own DNA Portrait. Order by June 8 for guaranteed delivery!

 

 

 

Pebble E-Paper Watch: We profiled this watch a couple of months ago, and it’s a perfect present for Dad!¬†Pebble connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth, alerting you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, emails and messages. Available for Pre-Order.

 

 


Hammer Screwdriver Combination Tool: ¬†If Dad’s trying to pare down his tool collection with style (or you’re trying to give him the hint), this combination tool is the perfect gift. Crafted from durable tempered steel with a knurled, solid brass handle, this four-in-one design provides a claw hammer and three removable screwdrivers. Via uncrate.

 

 

Satechi BT: ¬†This¬†tiny Bluetooth portable¬†wireless speaker has big sound and a built in mic.¬†It works with most Bluetooth enabled devices, including Mac, iOS and Android. Measuring only 68.5mm square and 42mm tall, it weighs in at a slight 94g. Still, this packs 3W power output and an amplifier frequency range of 280Hz‚Äď16KHz.¬†Via GeekDad.

 

 
 
Posted in gift ideas by Courtney on April 4th, 2012
 

Moms deserve the best, hands down! Make sure she knows how special she is by giving her an extraordinary gift this Mother’s Day‚ÄĒpersonalized art of her family.

We’ve all seen the darling hand prints that children bring home from school, but those little fingers can create even more lasting art. Our Fingerprint Portraits capture kids’ individuality while appealing to Mom’s sense of decor. With a plethora of sizes and 25 color options, those small fingers will quickly become one of their finest masterpieces. It’s not too late to order a Fingerprint Portrait and receive the printed canvas artwork in time for May 13.

Family DNA Portraits are also a big hit with Mom. We can include up to four family members’ DNA on one canvas, showcasing the unique traits of each person as well as the whole family’s togetherness. Order a DNA Portrait Gift Kit and you’ll have a special present for Mom ready to go on Mother’s Day.

If you’re still stumped and not sure what Mom will like, give her a DNA 11 gift certificate and let her do the choosing!

 
 
Posted in Contest, gift ideas by Courtney on February 8th, 2012
 

 

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and it can be tough to find a gift that’s thoughtful, memorable and remarkable. That’s why we’ve launched our Share the Love Sweepstakes!

Enter to win an 18×24″¬†DNA portrait¬†from DNA 11, plus an 18×24″ canvas from our sister company¬†CanvasPop.¬†And just for entering, you’ll also have the chance to win one of 500 $30 gift vouchers for CanvasPop.

How to Enter:
Simply visit the contest’s Facebook Page to enter. The winners will be announced on February 14.

Rules:
Winners must be residents of the contiguous United States or Canada.
Entries must be received by 11:59pm EST on February 13, 2012.

And if you’re still searching for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, give truly personalized art with a DNA 11¬†gift certificate.

Good luck!

 
 
Posted in Cool Art Ideas, gift ideas by Courtney on February 7th, 2012
 

 

Still looking for some gifts to spark a reaction this Valentine’s Day? In addition to DNA 11 products, we’ve rounded up some great finds that are sure to impress.

Is your love eternal? ¬†A SplitScreen DNA Portrait portrait makes a confident, affectionate statement of unity for couples, allowing you to showcase both of your DNA (or the whole ¬†family’s, up to four people). With a plethora of colour combinations, your splitscreen DNA Portrait will suit any decor! Best of all, you can order a gift certificate for immediate digital delivery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Already have a DNA Portrait? Immortalize her kiss into fine art with a custom Kiss Portrait. Your walls will be lit up with her fiery lips and she’ll be on fire knowing how much you cherish her smooches.

 

 

 

 

If your guy rocks out, get him this smokin’¬†Cigar Box Amp¬†from Etsy. It’s a portable, battery-powered amp that’s perfect for lazy jams and soulful serenades.

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing says “I Love You” like a gift from the heart. So why not give an¬†anatomically¬†correct¬†Plush Beating Heart? Your lover will know you’re serious and it will keep things pumping between you two.

 

 

 

 

Does you man live and breathe science? Take the guesswork out of his of lab work with this Lab Partners t-shirt from Threadless.

 

 

 

 

 

Want to give her the key to your heart? Wrap up this Heart Necklance from Swayorski. Hanging on a stainless steel chain, the red silicon heart holds a heart-shaped USB key embellished in 54 Indian Siam crystals. For the perfect romantic gift, save a special message or photo on the 4GB USB key.

 

 

 
 
Posted in Contest, gift ideas by Courtney on December 23rd, 2011
 

We’re brimming with holiday cheer and giving away a DNA 11 Mini Portrait today! It’s our last daily goody before the big Grand Prize draw on December 28th.

A compact version of our larger works, the DNA Mini Portrait measures 8″ x 10″ (20 cm x 25 cm) and is a custom Giclee print protected by a glare-resistant¬†glass frame. It can easily be displayed on shelf, desktop or wall.

To enter today’s¬†give-away, tell us how you’d get a DNA Portrait of. Leave a comment on this blog post, tweet us @DNA11 or post on our Facebook page. ¬†

(And if you haven’t entered to win the grand prize, it closes today at 12pm EST!  Enter now!).

 
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