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New App Fixes Your Flawed Personality… Don’t Take it Personally

Friday 12.20.2013 , Posted by
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Technology has improved our culture in many ways and this new app pushes the limits of how far we are willing to let tech intrude on our personal lives. The free app Us+ aims to improve upon your personally by abruptly pointing out flaws during your Google Hangout conversations. The App is a sarcastic interactive art piece that asks us how far we are willing to let tech guide our lives. [Read more…]

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The Wonderfully Designed Offices of Dropbox in San Francisco

Tuesday 12.17.2013 , Posted by
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In the midst of thousands of companies in the city of San Francisco, some particularly stand out with their workspace design – and Dropbox is definitely one of them. When the cloud-computing provider moved offices from the financial district to the SoMA district last year, they hired interior design firm Geremia Design to create something wonderful for their current 350 employees. In collaboration with architecture firm Boor Bridges, the team went to work. [Read more…]

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Drum Pants: the Drum Kit That You Wear

Friday 12.13.2013 , Posted by
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If you think about it, most of us have been playing drums our whole lives. Yeah, we might not have drum kits, but our legs and bodies work pretty well. Just a good song can get us slapping our thighs and feeling the beat. That’s why the new product DrumPants is so incredibly perfect: it’s a wearable sensor kit that attaches to your clothing, letting you play music or even control smartphone apps with the ease of drumming your body like you always do. [Read more…]

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Digging Up PlayStations: Modern Fossils from Christopher Locke

Tuesday 12.10.2013 , Posted by
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Today’s top of the line technology will soon be the relics of the past… and it all happens so quick. Your brand-new iPhone will be miles behind in 3 short years, if its fragile design even allows it to last that long. Christopher Locke’s project explores this societal fact by greatly accelerating time in his series Modern Fossils. Here we see the cutting-edge tech of the not-so-distant past transformed into rock-encased objects: from a PlayStation Dual Shock controller, to a truly obsolete 8-track tape. Each looks like it was dug up from a Planet of the Apes scenario in the distant future. [Read more…]

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What Lies Beneath: Diving Into the Neptune Undersea Observatory Project [Infographic]

Monday 12.09.2013 , Posted by

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On the surface, it would seem that new frontiers have been just about exhausted on Earth… but sometimes you just have to look deeper. The world’s oceans are vast, covering 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and containing 97 percent of the water… yet only about 5 percent of the ocean and its depths have been explored. The Neptune Canada project is aiming to change that. By filling us in with real-time video and data direct from the far reaches of the sea floor, the project launched in 2009 is already helping scientists understand mysteries of the deep – and they’re doing it with the help of people like you. [Read more…]

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Whooz iz it? Vinyl Labels for Your iDevice Chargers

Sunday 12.08.2013 , Posted by

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In families and shared households where most members are technologically savvy, there are often many white cords lying around. With iPods, iPads, and iPhones, USB chargers often seem to disappear and most of us have scooped up someone else’s by mistake only to realize it’s not ours when have discovered our original. You can avoid this problem forever with Whooz Iz It identification labels. The vinyl stickers transform your mundane white chargers into “little characters with big personalities.” Each set of Whooz comes with four different designs. In the iPod/iPhone collection, which comes with labels for the charger base, ear buds, and both sides of the USB cord. Choose from the Domesticated set where the characters are your favorite pets (shown here), the Freaks set with monsters, a skeleton, and a vampire, Superheroes, basic caricatures, or solid colors. [Read more…]

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What if Leonardo da Vinci Had a Smart Phone? Modern Mobile Devices in Classic Paintings

Friday 11.29.2013 , Posted by

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With the holidays upon us, it’s now a common sight: instead of circling around the glow of the fireplace, people are huddling in front of their glowing smart phones, tablets and computers. Lamenting this technological, and sometimes antisocial shift, there is talk of changing the wifi password to kick people off the net… or else conversations are probably revolving around Youtube videos and Facebook posts going viral. But as we know, it hasn’t always been this way. Kim Dong-Kyu, a Korean illustrator and graphic artist, has been imagining what classic paintings would have looked like if modern technology had been so ingrained in the lives of the past. [Read more…]

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The Galaxy Quest: Going Into Orbit With the International Space Station [Infographic]

Wednesday 11.27.2013 , Posted by

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In recent years, there have been few space projects as exciting as the International Space Station, or ISS. Even though it is the 9th space station to take orbit, it is the first to house a full-time crew and a dedicated research laboratory. And, with recent social media exploits – like those of the excellent Commander Chris Hadfield who famously sang David Bowie’s Space Oddity from orbit – space has never looked so near or friendly for the human species. [Read more…]

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What Would History Look Like as Told Through Instagram?

Monday 11.25.2013 , Posted by

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“If something isn’t on the internet, it didn’t happen.” At least that’s what a lot of people seem to think in our modern age, when every birthday party, natural disaster or new creative pursuit has to show up on Facebook or Instagram. But what if the major historical events of the past happened today with our current social media obsession? What if DaVinci had posted instagram teasers showing his nearly completed Mona Lisa? What if someone posted a photo of the Trojan horse before its secret contents were revealed? That’s what MTV designers Gusto NYC and Gavin Alaoen set out to do on their hilarious new blog, Histagrams. [Read more…]

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Flip Teaching: Professor Builds a Crystal Clear Whiteboard So He Can Face Students

Friday 11.22.2013 , Posted by

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A professor of mechanical engineering at Northwestern University, Michael Peshkin loved using diagrams in his lessons, but hated turning his back to the class when he used the board to explain things, so he came up with a solution. He created a crystal clear whiteboard that he can stand behind to draw, while still facing his students. Using a large sheet of tempered glass with holes drilled through it, he used bolts to fasten a metal frame around it. He embedded strips of LED’s around the protruding rail on the frame to light up the inside of the glass, making the fluorescent dry erase marker ink stand out more. He also set up an extensive light system; he uses a monitor for digital overlays, watching the screen as he layers marker annotations over a diagram on the computer. See the crystal clear whiteboard in action after the jump. [Read more…]

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