March 20th, 2014

While technological advancements have taken us further than we could’ve ever imagined, our imaginations are still most comfortable with creating the old fashioned way. Ink pens flow through paper notebooks, brimming with ideas, until an overwhelming library of stacks towers over us in the corner. Keeping these ideas becomes burdensome. Finding them becomes nearly impossible. 

What if we could keep those ideas flowing, but store them neatly while keeping them easily accessible? You know, digitally? Well now you can with the Mod Notebook. Write just as you would, knowing every page can be fully scanned, digitized and uploaded into their app. 

Take note. The future has arrived.

(Source: NPR)

March 7th, 2014

Do you enjoy a nice glass of wine?  Well, if you have a smartphone and water, you’re just one step away from a miracle. 

Dubbed, “The Miracle Machine,” this device pairs itself with a complementary smartphone app complete with recipes and a timer to recreate one of history’s greatest occurrences. Simply follow the instructions and in three days, voila. Now it’s your turn to treat the masses.

The Miracle Machine won’t get you into heaven, but it will make life here on earth a bit better. 

(Source: TIME)

October 18th, 2013

Nest Labs, the home hardware maker founded by the creator of the iPod, has unveile its second product, Nest Protect.  The $129 smart device hopes to do for the smoke and carbon monoxide detection market what Nest’s Learning Thermostat did for home temperature control.   

Marketed with the motto, “Safety shouldn’t be annoying,” Nest Protect has features that make it easier to silence during false alarms and includes spoken alerts and color-coded signals rather than the annoying beeping we’re all accustomed to.  The “Heads Up” function will alert homeowners to the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide before it reaches emergency levels and allow them to dismiss the alarm with a simple wave of a hand.  To indicate it has sufficient battery, the device glows green and can even act as a nightlight, glowing faintly when it detects motion in a dark hallway.  The alarm also connects with smart devices allowing users to monitor their homes remotely.  

The Nest Protect is currently undergoing testing, and is expected to go on sale in November.

(Source: Wired)

September 18th, 2013

It was only a matter of time before the wearable technology trend was applied to public transportation.  Two MIT students, Olivia Seow and Edward Tiong, have created Sesame Ring, a 3-D printed ring that also serves as a Boston MBTA CharlieCard through the compatible RFID chip.  Users can swipe the ring at a turnstile for easy entry to the train or refill it at a vending machine or online. 

The duo hopes to expand the idea into other cities and markets. They have exceeded their Kickstarter goal of $5,000 by raising over $19,000.  

(Source: fastcodesign.com)

July 23rd, 2013

Swimming in New York City rivers is not advised. However, the innovators at Family and PlayLab refused to allow that any longer and ideated the + POOL. Reaching their goal of $250,000 on Kickstarter, this project is officially underway. The end goal? A giant filtered pool in the shape of a plus sign for kids, athletes, and loungers that can either be divided into sections or open completely for play. 

The initial idea came from the will to clean New York City’s rivers. If this project does make it to the finish line, it will allow folks in Manhattan to swim in clean water for the first time in over 100 years. One tile at a time, this swimming pool will be built in 3 stages. 

The first was a test tank in 2011; the second stage is the float lab. The 35’ x 35’ Float Lab in the East River will be constructed this August to educate the public about this project and test filtration materials in real-river conditions. The third and final stage is the + POOL which will be comprised of 70,000 tiles that are available for purchase at around $200. If all the tiles are bought, it will completely fund the $15 million construction budget.

Buy your tile today and even get your name engraved on “the world’s first water-filtering floating pool.”

July 22nd, 2013

We know you’ve thought about capture scents before, because we certainly have. Designer, Amy Radcliffe, thought about it and acted on it, which is how she created “Scent-ography: a post-visual past time,” a project that aims to capture the exact aromas you want to last forever.

So, how does she do it? Radcliffe describes it as a simple process: “Just place the plastic dome over the object whose scent you want to extract, then attach an “odor trap” over the central mechanism. The unit is connected to the dome and trap via a set of tubes that suck the scents from the former to the latter.”

The final stage of the project is to replicate the scents in liquid form. She hopes to eventually send the liquids off to a lab where they’ll be capsuled. The final details are very important, as Radcliffe demands she doesn’t want the “fragrances to be confused with perfume because they’re not to be worn, but instead to be experienced.”

For more information on “Scent-ography” visit Amy Radcliffe’s website

(Source: fastcodesign.com)

May 9th, 2013

Baristas and cashiers, rejoice! DipJar has figured out a way to get your tip jar looking robust and overflowing with tips again. Pleased customers can now dip their credit or debit card into a DipJar, an electronic tip jar that collects card payments. Get ready to flash your customers a brighter smile, because “no cash” is no longer an excuse.

April 11th, 2012

Remember when you were a little kid and you got bored so you built an entire full-scale arcade out of cardboard? Yeah, neither do we. Props to Caine. 

January 12th, 2012

Cool Stuff: WWII Tweets from 1940

Every now and then, amidst the white noise of spam product offerings and onslaught of Kardashian news, something truly exciting comes out of Twitter. WWII Tweets from 1940 is an example of such an account. Updating “live” from the front lines, the handle puts forth fascinating clips of information from the current date’s happenings in 1940 alongside of vintage photos, all in 140 characters or less. Check out some of my recent favorites below and be sure to follow the account yourself. If anything, it provides excellent tidbits of historical information to make any tweeter sound smarter. 

-Douglas Brundage, Social Media Account Coordinator 

  • Belgian King Leopold just phoned monarchs of Holland & Luxembourg, saying “Beware of the flu”: code phrase for imminent German attack.  
  • British submarine HMS Starfish has attempted to attack a German ship in North Sea, but due to faulty drill, no torpedoes are actually fired.
  • French wigmakers report massive boom from US- Americans suspected to be hoarding wigs, wary of wartime shortage in hair from central Europe.


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