I am a student of the arts, which for me include: Human Behavior, Emerging Technologies, and Traditional Art.
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Custom Oreos, Anyone?
At SXSW this year, Oreo had a “Trending Vending Machine” that used a 3D printer to create a variety of cookies in different shapes and sizes. The machine used Twitter data to determine which flavors and color combinations are available.
The idea was created by technology design firm and innovation lab MAYA Design. Users are able to select their cookie configuration from a touchscreen panel on the front of the screen and after two minutes, a delicious creation is released.
You can follow the conversation at #eatthetweet. Sound delicious to you?
LIVR is a lifestyle social network that revolves around casual drinking. Interestingly, it can only be accessed by blowing into a plug-in breathalyzer and registering a high blood alcohol level.
If you’ve had enough to drink, the breathalyzer will unlock the app, and you’ll have access to crowdsourced party games and a map that shows you other nearby users in the area (larger dots on the map indicate more users and color intensity indicates how much they have had to drink!).
Taking a page from Chat Roulette, the app includes a Drunk Dial feature that connects users with a random user and a Blackout feature, which essentially erases everything the user has done for that night.
Crazy gimmick for a social network or creative use of technology?
UNICEF is challenging smartphone users to make a difference by ignoring their devices through With the Tap Project app, UNICEF is challening people to ignore their smartphones. In return for 10 minutes of non-phone use, they’ll provide a day’s worth of clean water to children in need.
The app is the brainchild of creative agency Droga5. Open up the app to start the timer and it’ll use the device’s accelerometer to detect if the phone is being left untouched. For each ten minutes users can spare checking their Facebook, the charity says that Giorgio Armani is sponsoring the project and will donate cash to help provide one day’s worth of clean water for every 10 minutes.
Would this work for you, exchanging a little bit of time to help make a difference to someone’s life elsewhere in the world?
At a recent internal Netflix Hack Day, a new Sleep Tracking feature was previewed that uses a Fitbit to detect when a viewer begins to doze off in the middle of watching a Netflix movie.
The screen will display a message that says, “Looks like you fell asleep.” and will bookmarks that point so that the viewer can resume watching the movie when he or she has woken up.
The hack proposes a new and fun way to utilize fitness-tracking data, but unfortunately, it may not necessarily be released to the public.
The internal Netflix Hack Days are held regularly for employees to work on small projects that are not necessarily part of their regular work and these side projects . The outputs at these Hack Days are not always rolled out by the company to the public.
The World Health Organization put together these maps which show the most prevalent cancers around the world. They predict that global cancer rates will rise drastically over the next two decades. 2012 saw 14 million new cancer cases and by 2032 they expect 22 million.
It took me a long time to get comfortable with riding public transportation. There are still days where I see things that are just gross…gravitytank to the rescue! The Chicago-based consulting firm has come up with a line of apparel to keep buses and trains germ-free.
Their Straphanger line of clothing is designed to keep the wearer from picking up germs from other commuters and the external environment. Included in the line are a mask containing an antimicrobial liner to filter air and a jacket with fold-out gloves so the wearer can avoid touching surfaces. The elbow of the jacket also has an antimicrobial patch, making it safe to sneeze into it.
The pieces are only in concept form right now, but could hit production if gravitytank finds the right partner.
Something you’d be interested in adding to your daily commute?
Ever wanted something better than those plastic glow-in-the-dark stars that would stick on your ceiling? With the Cosmos Bed, you can! It mimics the twinkling night sky, complete with the sounds and even the smells of the outdoors!
The prototype bed is designed by Natalia Rumyantseva, complete with LED stars, a curved roof, and built-in audio and aroma systems.
iBag is a handbag that automatically locks if it detects that owners are about to spend some money.
The device was developed by Australian credit card comparison website Finder.com.au — it’s designed to help those who keep living beyond their budget. It has an RFID module connected to an Arduino chip that detects the times and locations users take their wallet out. With that data, it can calculate the times that users are most vulnerable to shopping sprees, and in response, the bag automatically locks at particular times of the day, week or month.
The bag is fitted with LEDs inside that flash to give a ‘spending dangerzone’ warning and can also send an SMS to a friend or partner to further deter reckless purchases!
The iBag costs about $180 to pre-order, and comes with a monthly $3 subscription fee…kinda ironic, right? Would this work for you?
An artist named Plastic Jesusput up a gold-colored sculpture that looks like an Academy Awards Oscar statuette, except this one appears to be shooting up heroin.
The piece was inspired, in part, by the heroin-overdose death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, which is both provocative and seems disrespectful. But, according to the artist, it was also inspired by the heroin-overdose deaths of Plastic Jesus’ cousin and his cousin’s wife. A statement on the 8-foot statue reads, “Hollywood’s best kept secret.”
The piece is made from a shop mannequin, painted with gold acrylic and adorned with a belt and a syringe, with the needle was replaced with wire to make it safer.
The artist’s goal is to highlight the issue of drug abuse in Hollywood, especially since it is timed perfectly with the Academy Awards ceremony that take place this weekend.
Empatica has developed their E3 Wristband to help people deal with anxiety and depression on a daily basis. With their E3 Wristband, users will be able to monitor various indicators of stress andfigure out what activities are in the best interests of their health.
The goal is to work companies and their employees to identify and eliminate stressors in the workplace, and ultimately prevent mental health problems. Imagine using this a corporate setting to help you monitor which types of experiences cause you more stress and giving you the tools to cope, avoid or manage those events better.
There’s something mesmerizing about these photographs from Lalage Snow, which capture the faces of soldiers before, during and after war. You can almost see the pain and toil that war as taken on these individuals.