The mission of 7commons is to facilitate collaborative ownership and cooperative use of production resources that are too expensive to afford on your own too difficult to maintain too infrequently used to justify too rapidly depreciating given an individual level of use In the prototype offering, we are assessing the value of collaborative ownership by soliciting…


Brindle’s Salt Marsh Cherries

Who doesn’t like sweet and salty? The inspiration was umeboshi, Japanese salted, dried plums. But for the US market, dried plums are too much like prunes. So, brined and dried cherries it is. For the last couple of years, I’ve sourced organic cherries from Washington, Oregon and Canada and brined them according to a secret formula….


Soap: Daytime TV Takes the Edge Off

Not sure why, but I’ve always found it easier to fall asleep when there’s a party going on in the next room. There’s something about the fountain of sound when lots of people are chatting away at the same time. Hence, Soap. Soap lets you choose the number of voices you want to hear simultaneously…



STiL is an app for smartphones that helps you capture a person, event or place using sound and images, and share it with friends, family, or the world. A sumry is rich and immersive–like a video, but compact–like an image. What is it like to be standing at the gates when your child gets out of…

How To Write a Toast

Did you ever get asked to ‘give some brief remarks’ at a conference? Ever been asked to give a wedding toast? It often feels like you have just enough time to get really nervous–but not really time to prepare. That is the motivation for ‘Slam’. Slam helps you organize your thoughts by speaking them, then…



unJunk your mail with Zatchu Punch! Paper toys that you put together, Zatchu Punch is slouching toward retail–but also keeping a toe in the direct marketing world. Since moved to http://punch.zatchu.com.

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The coffee loyalty card, revisited: goloco

Goloco was a collaboration between me and Paul Freeman (more about Paul) with the support of a UK consultancy Incept5. The basic idea was to kill the paper loyalty card by absorbing every loyalty card in your wallet, and linking them to your email address through a mobile app, and (optionally) your own single physical…


The Perfect Meditation: Chimes

Based on a piece of electronic music created by my dad (see more on Art Hunkins), Chimes is a perfect ambient background for meditation: it approximates real chimes in light (or heavy) wind, and never repeats. This project started when Dad and I worked together to create an Android version of his electronic music piece, which…


Slinger: An app to promote the Sidewinder

With my cool tablet holster released and nobody buying it, I thought I should make an app to promote it. Turns out the app is way more popular than the holster. The idea was people needed a way to whip their phablet out with a flourish. So I turned my Android Nexus 7 into a six-shooter. When…

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Holster for your phablet?

Think Lara Croft or Han Solo. You wouldn’t see one of them at the Whole Foods pulling an iPad mini out of fanny pack; no–chances are, they would be sporting something like this. For sale at Zatchu Bags.