Step one: Tweet. Step two: Eat. Fooji lets diners order food delivery via emoticons
The Internet and its counterparts have somewhat enabled a lazy generation that demand information and services to respond to their needs as if it were yesterday. Now, when it comes to dining in, there’s a new service named Fooji that partners with restaurants to get food-to-mouth in as few steps as possible. The solution? Emoji, Tweet, Eat.
SULI uses 3D printable accessories to bring light where it is most needed
Imagine gathering sunlight in a bottle and saving it until you really need it, to light your home, your path, your bike. A new device called SULI makes this into reality, combining solar technology with 3D printing to save light energy for later use in a multitude of ways.
ScreenPop socializes the untapped screen real estate for Snapchat-like communication
What people demand in messaging today is simple: efficiency and immediacy. Instead of writing out I love you, even language experts will opt for a single <3 icon.
Finding Rover app adapts the same facial recognition used for humans to dogs (and soon, cats) in hopes of human-pooch reunions
Anyone who’s lived with a cat or a dog can tell you that their face would be unmistakable to them in a crowd. John Polimeno, realized this when he was sitting in a coffee shop and looking at all the lost pet posters. He also had a deeply personal memory of a lost black labrador that he spent days putting up posters about, with his children crying in the back seat of the car. All this, and two-plus years working with The University of Utah software development center, led to Finding Rover, the ultimate app for finding lost dogs.
A fragrance-blending kit from Kyugum Hwang allows consumers to mix customized fragrances based on color and scent preferences
“What’s your favorite color?” A question once reserved for the rudimentary is now an integral part of selecting and identifying scent. Designer Kyugum Hwang has used a color-coding system to develop an accessible perfume-designing station that enables consumers to blend bespoke scents based on his-her sensorial preferences.
MotorMood makes driving a little brighter with a light-up smiley face emoticon
You’re on the highway and traffic is a mess, with cars lined up for miles. Your lane always seems to be the slow one. Up ahead, someone signals and starts to merge in front of you. You let them in, grumbling about it, until the car ahead of you lights up with a smiley face emoticon to thank you for your courtesy. You have just experienced MotorMood.
The Dandy Lab is a laboratory-modelled store that adapts a variety of tech touchpoints to create a hybrid shopping experience
The Dandy Lab is the best of both worlds: men’s fashion inspired by decades past and forward-looking tech that defines the entire experience. The pop-up has wonderfully crafted collections on board, browsed by seeing and touching but also by the swiping of a touchscreen.
The limited edition GH1 by Grado Labs is fashioned from a Brooklyn maple tree
Audio company Grado Labs has been hand-building products in Brooklyn for over 60 years and the Grado family’s Brooklyn heritage goes back to 1911. To celebrate their heritage, they have designed and created a limited edition pair of headphones using a maple tree from Brooklyn for materials.
The BioSURE HIV Self Test is affordable and boasts a 99.7% accuracy rate
The HIV Self Testing kit from U.K. startup BioSURE can change the way people think about getting tested. The test is packaged to make it easy for anyone to sample their own blood and execute a foolproof test for AIDS all in the comfort and privacy of their own home.
Volta is the final project of four students from UC Berkeley, which harnesses a chair's rocking motion to generate energy
Four undergraduate students from UC Berkeley designed a useful rocking chair that can generate energy through rocking back and forth. Nicknamed Volta, the chair was invented by Matthew Cheung, Jessica Chiu, Julia Solano and Nick Firmani as part of their final project for the Interactive Seating Design Competition. This interdisciplinary class is offered by the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, and the goal was for students to design “smart chairs” that improve some aspect of sitting with mechanical, electronic and software changes.
NASA and Freelancer.com join forces; this partnership will lead to the creation of a number of CAD models for the International Space Station
NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation has partnered with Freelancer.com to help design CAD models of tools. These will be used by the Robonaut 2 (a humanoid robot that functions as an astronaut assistant) on the International Space Station.
Chat offers a direct line of communication for timely and personalized interactions
A customer walks into a store in search of a black jacket and a new pair of jeans. With so many brands, sizes and styles available, they seek out the nearest sales associate for some help with recommendations. After learning a little more about what the shopper is after, the employee curates a selection for the customer to choose from, helping them get to their final purchase much more efficiently and offering their expertise throughout. To varying degrees, this scenario is provided at stores across the globe, but now brands like Nordstrom are introducing digital services to extend that level of face-to-face customer support to mobile interactions.