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Apple to Stop Selling Fitbit Products

According to a report in Re/Code, Apple will stop selling Fitbit products in Apple stores in the near future.
The timing comes soon after Fitbit’s surprising decision not to integrate with Apple’s HealthKit. Fitbit has stated that it found the technology interesting but it didn’t yet see the value in integration for its customers. 
It may not simply be a retaliatory move — the recently leaked Fitbit Charge HR will feature a heart rate tracker, moving in direct competition with Apple’s new Watch.
Are we seeing some corporate chess moves being played in the health arena?

Apple to Stop Selling Fitbit Products

According to a report in Re/Code, Apple will stop selling Fitbit products in Apple stores in the near future.

The timing comes soon after Fitbit’s surprising decision not to integrate with Apple’s HealthKit. Fitbit has stated that it found the technology interesting but it didn’t yet see the value in integration for its customers. 

It may not simply be a retaliatory move — the recently leaked Fitbit Charge HR will feature a heart rate tracker, moving in direct competition with Apple’s new Watch.

Are we seeing some corporate chess moves being played in the health arena?

#Apple  #Fitbit  #Re/Code  #HealthKit  #corporate competition  #healthcare  #wearable devices 
Free Hotel Perks In Return for Volunteerism

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington has launched an program that gets guests involved in community projects during their stay, in return for a host of complimentary perks.
It’s called the ‘Do Good, Feel Good’ package.  Guests visit with DC Central Kitchen for exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the nonprofit’s impressive operation.   Afterwards, they are invited to volunteer and in return for their charity, guests are rewarded with access to the 100 square-foot sports complex, breakfast for two and valet parking.  The hotel will also make a $100 donation to the DC Central Kitchen on the customer’s behalf. The package costs $309 per night.
Are there other ways you can think of to combine luxury and charity?

Free Hotel Perks In Return for Volunteerism

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington has launched an program that gets guests involved in community projects during their stay, in return for a host of complimentary perks.

It’s called the ‘Do Good, Feel Good’ package.  Guests visit with DC Central Kitchen for exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of the nonprofit’s impressive operation.   Afterwards, they are invited to volunteer and in return for their charity, guests are rewarded with access to the 100 square-foot sports complex, breakfast for two and valet parking.  The hotel will also make a $100 donation to the DC Central Kitchen on the customer’s behalf. The package costs $309 per night.

Are there other ways you can think of to combine luxury and charity?

#Ritz-Carlton  #Do Good  #Feel Good  #DC Central Kitchen  #human behavior  #charity  #volunteerism  #luxury  #perks  #rewards 
Free Gym Classes For Those Who Give A Helping Hand

Located in New York’s Union Square, Revolve Fitness offers a free class to those students who help  clean rooms and pack away equipment. The spin classes would typically cost $25.
It’s an emerging work-trade exchange for volunteerism — would this encourage you to get involved and get in more visits to the gym?

Free Gym Classes For Those Who Give A Helping Hand

Located in New York’s Union Square, Revolve Fitness offers a free class to those students who help  clean rooms and pack away equipment. The spin classes would typically cost $25.

It’s an emerging work-trade exchange for volunteerism — would this encourage you to get involved and get in more visits to the gym?

#volunteerism  #work-trade  #gym  #fitness  #cost  #health  #human behavior 
This Classroom Has Bikes Instead of Desks

The Read and Ride program at Ward Elementary in Winston-Salem, North Carolina began five years ago. There’s one classroom that’s equipped with enough exercise bikes for a full class of students, and teachers bring students throughout the day to use them. As they ride, they read.
The combination burns calories, but it turns out that it also helps students learn better. As the elementary school analyzed testing data at the end of school year, they found that students who had spent the most time in the program achieved an 83% proficiency in reading, while those who spent the least time in the program had failing scores—only 41% proficiency.
Time on the bikes is described as a “reward” that happens to benefit the students.
Can you think of other creative ways that combine mental and physical activities?

This Classroom Has Bikes Instead of Desks

The Read and Ride program at Ward Elementary in Winston-Salem, North Carolina began five years ago. There’s one classroom that’s equipped with enough exercise bikes for a full class of students, and teachers bring students throughout the day to use them. As they ride, they read.

The combination burns calories, but it turns out that it also helps students learn better. As the elementary school analyzed testing data at the end of school year, they found that students who had spent the most time in the program achieved an 83% proficiency in reading, while those who spent the least time in the program had failing scores—only 41% proficiency.

Time on the bikes is described as a “reward” that happens to benefit the students.

Can you think of other creative ways that combine mental and physical activities?

#learning  #students  #childhood obesity  #Read and Ride  #Ward Elementary  #Winston-Salem  #North Carolina  #exercise  #health  #human behavior 

Artist Turns Assault Weapons Into Musical Instruments And Art

Mexican artist Pedro Reyes has created sculptures from melted guns. It’s in response to gun violence in Mexico, often the result of the more than 250,000 guns smuggled in from the U.S. 

What do you think of his art?

#Pedro Reyes  #gun violence  #Mexico 
Shazam for Furniture?


Ever see a piece of furniture somewhere and you didn’t know how to find out where its from?  LikeThat Decor is a visual search app that will present consumers with items similar to those featured in photos they upload.
Consumers can either select an item of furniture from the app’s built in gallery, or upload their own picture. The app analyses the image and presents the user with similar and complementary items, pulled from the app’s extensive database of millions of products from thousands of top furniture brands. If you find something you’re interested, you can make a purchase right in the app.
Any other applications you can think of for visual search?

Shazam for Furniture?

Ever see a piece of furniture somewhere and you didn’t know how to find out where its from?  LikeThat Decor is a visual search app that will present consumers with items similar to those featured in photos they upload.

Consumers can either select an item of furniture from the app’s built in gallery, or upload their own picture. The app analyses the image and presents the user with similar and complementary items, pulled from the app’s extensive database of millions of products from thousands of top furniture brands. If you find something you’re interested, you can make a purchase right in the app.

Any other applications you can think of for visual search?

#visual search  #LikeThatDecor  #technology  #Shazam  #furniture 
Everyone’s got problems, right?

Everyone’s got problems, right?

Wearable Device Reads Text for the Blind

FingerReader is a wearable ring that scans written text and reads it out loud to visually impaired readers.
The prototype is created by MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group.  As readers trace lines of text with their finger, the camera determines the words on the page and translates the text to speech to recite each word out loud to the reader. The ring will vibrate if the user’s finger starts to shift off the correct line of text, or if they’ve reached the end of the line.
When moving to a new line, the device compares the words it’s already processed to make sure it doesn’t repeat a piece of text.
While only in the prototype stage, if successful, this piece of wearable tech could render braille books obsolete.  What other types of technology have you see that help those with disabilities?

Wearable Device Reads Text for the Blind

FingerReader is a wearable ring that scans written text and reads it out loud to visually impaired readers.

The prototype is created by MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group.  As readers trace lines of text with their finger, the camera determines the words on the page and translates the text to speech to recite each word out loud to the reader. The ring will vibrate if the user’s finger starts to shift off the correct line of text, or if they’ve reached the end of the line.

When moving to a new line, the device compares the words it’s already processed to make sure it doesn’t repeat a piece of text.

While only in the prototype stage, if successful, this piece of wearable tech could render braille books obsolete.  What other types of technology have you see that help those with disabilities?

#blindness  #disability  #wearable devices  #technology  #reading  #human behavior  #MIT Media Lab  #Fluid Interfaces Group  #FingerReader 
10 Peter Drucker Quotes to Live By

1. “Doing the right thing is more important than doing the thing right.”

2. “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”

3. “There is nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all.”

4. “What gets measured gets improved.”

5. “Results are gained by exploiting opportunities, not by solving problems.”

6. “So much of what we call management consists of making it difficult for people to work.”

7. “People who don’t take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.”

8. “Meetings are by definition a concession to a deficient organization. For one either meets or one works. One cannot do both at the same time.”

9. “Long-range planning does not deal with the future decisions, but with the future of present decisions.”

10. “Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things”

Any of these resonate with you?

#Peter Drucker  #work  #quotes  #inspiration 
A Creative Director’s Guide To Picking a Job

This one’s designed for Advertising, but it has pretty good application to a lot of job types.
How do you chose the place you want to work?

A Creative Director’s Guide To Picking a Job

This one’s designed for Advertising, but it has pretty good application to a lot of job types.

How do you chose the place you want to work?

#infographic  #jobs  #human behavior  #advertising  #creative director 
Stickers Turn Any Dumb Object Into a Smart One

Estimote stickers are small beacons that can be attached to ordinary objects and help them interact with your smartphone.
The stickers all objects to be tracked instead of people.  For example, place them on individual items in a store and you’ll find out how often they’re picked up or where they are in the store — you don’t need to track the customers themselves.
Each Estimote sticker contains an accelerometer, temperature sensors, a small processor and Bluetooth connector. If an item is picked up, you might be prompted with additional product information via a nearby computer screen or your smartphone.  Kinda feels like Minority Report tracking your eyes.
Stick one on a bag and you’ll know if you left behind (or if it got stolen!). Place one in the bedroom and you can see if users are still in bed….ok, a little creepy, I’ll admit. 
Estimote is calling its stickers ‘nearables’, providing similar benefits to wearables without having to actually be attached to the user.
Are you ready for the Internet of Everything?

Stickers Turn Any Dumb Object Into a Smart One

Estimote stickers are small beacons that can be attached to ordinary objects and help them interact with your smartphone.

The stickers all objects to be tracked instead of people.  For example, place them on individual items in a store and you’ll find out how often they’re picked up or where they are in the store — you don’t need to track the customers themselves.

Each Estimote sticker contains an accelerometer, temperature sensors, a small processor and Bluetooth connector. If an item is picked up, you might be prompted with additional product information via a nearby computer screen or your smartphone.  Kinda feels like Minority Report tracking your eyes.

Stick one on a bag and you’ll know if you left behind (or if it got stolen!). Place one in the bedroom and you can see if users are still in bed….ok, a little creepy, I’ll admit. 

Estimote is calling its stickers ‘nearables’, providing similar benefits to wearables without having to actually be attached to the user.

Are you ready for the Internet of Everything?

#wearables  #nearables  #internet of things  #connected devices  #technology  #human behavior  #privacy  #tracking  #big data 
If Norman Rockwell Went to Ferguson?

Here’s a new take on Rockwell’s “Runaway,” from 1958, done in 2014 by Anthony Freda. 

If Norman Rockwell Went to Ferguson?

Here’s a new take on Rockwell’s “Runaway,” from 1958, done in 2014 by Anthony Freda

#art  #design  #creativity  #Ferguson  #Runaway  #Anthony Freda  #Norman Rockwell 
Samsung’s New Ad Mocks Apple

 The tech company has released a new ad that pokes fun at the iPhone 6 Plus.  ‘Galaxy Note 4 – Then And Now’ sarcastically calls out tech publications who once dismissed the Galaxy Note’s large screen size…which Apple is now imitating with the iPhone 6 Plus. 
The ad goes on to say “Samsung Mobile invented the large display genre, but The Next Big Thing is about more than just size. As the rest of the world catches up to the ‘not everyone wants a tiny screen’ thing, the Galaxy Note 4 is more productive, more innovative and more fun than ever.
What do you think about this type of advertising?  Just having a bit of creative fun or just a little annoying?

Samsung’s New Ad Mocks Apple

 The tech company has released a new ad that pokes fun at the iPhone 6 Plus.  ‘Galaxy Note 4 – Then And Now’ sarcastically calls out tech publications who once dismissed the Galaxy Note’s large screen size…which Apple is now imitating with the iPhone 6 Plus. 


The ad goes on to say “Samsung Mobile invented the large display genre, but The Next Big Thing is about more than just size. As the rest of the world catches up to the ‘not everyone wants a tiny screen’ thing, the Galaxy Note 4 is more productive, more innovative and more fun than ever.

What do you think about this type of advertising?  Just having a bit of creative fun or just a little annoying?

#creative advertising  #Apple  #Samsung  #iPhone 6 Plus  #Galaxy Note 4 
Smart Chopsticks Detect Potential Food Poisioning

Chinese tech giant Baidu has now created smart chopsticks which detect contamination in food.  They’ll show a red light to warn diners that they should think twice about finishing their meal.
The utensils feature sensors that detect the chemical makeup of oil, water and other foods. Users can also connect the chopsticks to their smartphones to see more detailed information about why their food has been flagged. According to Baidu, the chopsticks monitor the quality of cooking oil, but will also be able to track PH levels and temperature and calories.
Would you use these smart utensils out in public?

Smart Chopsticks Detect Potential Food Poisioning

Chinese tech giant Baidu has now created smart chopsticks which detect contamination in food.  They’ll show a red light to warn diners that they should think twice about finishing their meal.

The utensils feature sensors that detect the chemical makeup of oil, water and other foods. Users can also connect the chopsticks to their smartphones to see more detailed information about why their food has been flagged. According to Baidu, the chopsticks monitor the quality of cooking oil, but will also be able to track PH levels and temperature and calories.

Would you use these smart utensils out in public?

#human behavior  #technology  #health  #fitness  #food  #creative design  #chopsticks  #Baidu  #real-time feedback 
Energy Boosting Toothpaste!


Russian company R.O.C.S. has developed a toothpaste that’s loaded with taurine to give people energy while they brush their teeth.
Although the toothpaste isn’t ingested in the same way as coffee, it remains in the mouth long enough to supposedly deliver a dose of energy before users head to work.
There are some concerns over taurine’s health effects — for example, taurine has been rejected by the European Food Safety Authority in some cases. 
What do you think - better and more efficient than coffee?

Energy Boosting Toothpaste!

Russian company R.O.C.S. has developed a toothpaste that’s loaded with taurine to give people energy while they brush their teeth.

Although the toothpaste isn’t ingested in the same way as coffee, it remains in the mouth long enough to supposedly deliver a dose of energy before users head to work.

There are some concerns over taurine’s health effects — for example, taurine has been rejected by the European Food Safety Authority in some cases. 

What do you think - better and more efficient than coffee?

#human behavior  #energy  #taurine  #R.O.C.S.  #toothpaste  #creative design