Companies like Airbnb and Google are engaged in a strategic and manipulative practice of "corporate nullification," in which they ignore local laws and use their popularity to protect themselves
In February, Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky compared his firm’s defiance of local housing ordinances with that of Gandhi’s passive resistance to British rule. Meanwhile, a tweeter compared Uber to Rosa Parks, defying unjust laws. Chesky quickly backed down after widespread mockery. Companies acting out of self-interest comparing themselves with the noble heroes of civil rights movements is as absurd as it is insulting.
The Airhook is a simple hack that gives air travelers more room—air travel's most coveted resource
Consider the airline tray table. It’s a tiny platform, with barely enough room for your drink and snack, let alone your tablet. It has only two positions: up or down. When it’s down, it locks your legs in place, so if you want to get more comfortable you run the risk of knocking everything off it. If you’d like a better way to travel, consider the Airhook, a simple hack that makes the tray table obsolete.
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 Albert Clock wants you to solve mathematical equations in order to know the time
Most kids are intimidated by math. Merely hearing about calculating equations make them want to look away. However, The Albert Clock will change that. MNTNT Paris believes that technology should have a positive influence in daily life and in this case, it is helping kids learn math in a more enjoyable way.
In today's links, baristas mean economic stimulation, upgrades mean private jets, and Google means business (in the burger industry)
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Buy The World A Hope is asking Coca-Cola to spend its annual $3 billion advertising budget on protecting the environment
In 1971, Coca-Cola released its first global ad, “Buy the World a Coke,” which became one of the most successful ads in history. Sung by a group of teenagers on the top of a hill, the ad evoked positive feelings of love and togetherness. Today, a new website called Buy The World A Hope suggests a new way for Coca-Cola to bring the world together and add some meaning to buying a Coke.
Pee-repellant walls commissioned by San Franciso Public Works aim to solve the ongoing problem of public urination in San Francisco
San Francisco has the ultimate weapon in combatting the city’s growing problem of public urination. Anyone who will try to relieve themselves publicly will now get what’s coming to them. Mohammed Nuru, San Francisco Public Works Director, has started the campaign to paint walls with pee-repellent paint that will make every public urinator think twice about their next move.
LCD screens developed by Standford Computational Imaging may eliminate VR vertigo
VR sickness is a modern version of the motion sickness that has afflicted travelers since we started traveling in vehicles. A new theory of how to add LCD displays to virtual reality rigs may eliminate this problem with newer models. Stanford researchers built a headset with LCDs in each lens, which project the images as they would normally appear and transition smoothly and naturally.
Vortex is a highly responsive tool to help children learn the basics of programming with developer’s kit
Kids can learn about coding while programming Vortex, a miniature rolling robot that will move and play games through commands on a smartphone application. The robot was designed by DFRobot team, a robotics firm based in Shanghai, and currently an active Kickstarter campaign to gather the funds for a commercial release.
Nod enables free, location-based anonymous texting
No Facebook, no phone number, no authorization nor names, Nod is an ‘anonymous proximity messenger’ app available on the app store. Not to be confused with NOD, News on Demand, or the other Nod— send custom built emojis to your friends—this Nod operates under the assumption that you have no friends, or simply want more (we’ll go with that one).
MCity, a 32-acre site recently opened by the University of Michigan, will be used to test driverless cars in partnership with auto industry big names
For Sebastian, life is destined to be lonely. The short pedestrian will, for now, be the sole resident of a small city located near the University of Michigan’s north campus. He’ll pass time by stepping into oncoming traffic – while others watch on, never warning of an impending crash.
The sports recovery prototype has been developed in collaboration with U.S. Olympic Champion Ashton Eaton
Nike has announced a new sports performance innovation that could speed up an athlete’s recovery time. The prototype cooling hood has been developed in collaboration with Ashton Eaton, a U.S. Olympic Champion and decathlon world record holder. Retaining cool water that offers a gradual and effective cooling of the head, the hood would be useful for those who need to recover quickly between events or maximize each break in sport.