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Artist Who Can’t Stand New York Studio Prices? Live in a Mobile Work Space
Artist Who Can’t Stand New York Studio Prices? Live in a Mobile Work Space

A combined promotional and activist project put on by the Queens Museum (and more) calls punishing NYC studio prices to the fore

Creatives and artists are gaining attention with Queens Museum’s Studio in the Park: The Queens Museum-ArtBuilt Mobile Studio Residency Program to raise awareness of New York City’s rising studio prices. The project has two different artists working from June through August 2015, in separate month intervals, inside a 150 square foot trailer at Flushing Meadows Corona park.

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Your Credit Card Has Been Transformed into a Wristband, Keyring and Stickers
Your Credit Card Has Been Transformed into a Wristband, Keyring and Stickers

No pulling out your phone or wallet to pay for a sandwich, simply tap your bPay wristband and you're good to go

In a contactless world equipped with the Barclayscard, or bPay for short, buyers can make purchases via tapping their wristband, key ring or surface-affixed sticker on applicable reading machines. Users must register their device before wielding the power of instantaneous purchase in stores like Starbucks, David Lloyd, Pret a Manger, Mark & Spencer, among others.

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Clothes Tell You If You’re Dehydrated
Clothes Tell You If You’re Dehydrated

Paulien Routs has developed a sweat-sensitive textile coating that can provide a visual cue of hydration levels

Design researcher Paulien Routs has developed SOAK, a sweat-sensitive textile coating that provides a warning of dehydration. It can be applied to sportswear and changes color while the wearer is working out. The different colors provide a visual cue, showing the composition of their sweat and the condition of their internal health.

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The Holographic Window Display That Never Sleeps
The Holographic Window Display That Never Sleeps

Holographic displays have evolved since their Tupac debut; as Paul Smiths shows, now retailers are using them, too

Paul Smith’s new window display concept aims to engage and attract potential customers having recently launched in the heart of London on Floral Street, Covent Garden. The interactive holographic display, titled The Window that Never Sleeps, can be operated even after hours when the store is closed, embedding a standout image in the minds of shoppers and prompting them to return when the store reopens.

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Kevin Perlmutter: Facing the Music as a Brand
Kevin Perlmutter: Facing the Music as a Brand

Chief Strategist at Man Made Music shares how music and sound can make or break an experience, tell the right or wrong story and create emotional connections

I can’t play a note. I can’t keep a beat. While after-work karaoke was fun at my last job, it’s a bad career move for me now where I’m chief strategist of a music company, surrounded by amazing musicians.

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Designing Jewelry From Smog for Cleaner Cities
Designing Jewelry From Smog for Cleaner Cities

Studio Roosegaarde's Smog Free Project yields cleaner air and a potential new trend in fashion accessories

Last year we covered Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde’s Smog Free Project initiative, a project that aims to raise awareness on smog and pollution. Targeting the world’s most polluted cities, the design team’s plans to install purifying vacuum towers across the globe is aiming to launch September 2015, beginning in Rotterdam, NL.

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A Grocery Delivery Service Families Can Actually Afford
A Grocery Delivery Service Families Can Actually Afford

Handpick is a very affordable delivery service that pairs groceries bundles and recipe plans with an eye toward avoiding waste

Handpick is a very affordable delivery service that pairs grocery bundles and recipe plans, with an eye toward avoiding waste.

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Enjoy a Good Read (and Nap) at a Book and Bed Hostel
Enjoy a Good Read (and Nap) at a Book and Bed Hostel

Book and Bed Tokyo is a hostel that doubles as a book store for well-read travelers looking for a place to spend the night in Japan's capital

Have you ever loved a book store so much you wished you could sleep amongst the many shelves, staying up late into the night reading after all the other patrons have gone? For those lucky enough to live in or visit Tokyo, that dream can come true thanks to Book and Bed Tokyo, a hostel that allows guests to rest and relax inside rows of books.

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Two Unique Takes on the Apple Stylus Draw Near
Two Unique Takes on the Apple Stylus Draw Near

Apple-pending styluses pick up on real world textures and transmit them onto digital forms

Two patents submitted by Apple detail the production of two different styluses. The designs described two new takes on the established technology. One has a touch implement system with feedback for simulating surface texture on the tip. The other has the ability to scan objects onto an internal memory for later use on touchpads.

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Custom-Build the Perfect Night’s Sleep
Custom-Build the Perfect Night’s Sleep

Helix Sleep makes mattresses to order for individuals and couples

The secret to a good night’s sleep rests quite literally upon the right mattress. If your bed isn’t comfortable, how can you expect to sleep well? And yet, choosing the proper mattress can be a trial, with a bewildering array of brands, designs and ways to buy. You can spend time going into stores and lying self-consciously on bare beds while salespeople look on, or you can order a mattress online and hope it suits you. Helix Sleep has introduced a way to get a custom-built mattress online, delivered directly to your home.

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Remain Seconds Ahead of Natural Disasters With a Personal Seismograph
Remain Seconds Ahead of Natural Disasters With a Personal Seismograph

Brinco is a personal seismograph and an earthquake and tsunami warning system that links with your smartphone to alert you before disaster strikes

Are you worried about that the terrifying earthquake that has a one in three chance of destroying the Pacific Northwest coastline in the next 50 years? Or maybe you were anxious reading news of the recent earthquakes in Nepal (the 7.8 magnitude earthquake caused over 8,000 deaths and over 17,000 casualties)? Brinco is a smart earthquake and tsunami warning system (and a seismograph) that wants to help prepare you for imminent disaster.

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