With local contributions, knowing what to wear in the morning could get a whole lot easier with the new aptly named app, Sunshine
Weather forecasting seems to be, let’s face it, hardly ever on point. No matter which platform you put your trust into, they never quite get it right, leaving people without umbrellas when needed and in too many layers when not. According to the New York Times, “For years, when the Weather Channel said there was a 20 percent chance of rain, it actually rained only about 5 percent of the time.” Sunshine, a San-Francisco-based startup, aims to combat these life woes with a new idea that could save millions of people and businesses all over the world a whole lot of inconveniences.
John and Heather McDougall are aiming to improve the world and our concept of manufacturing, one Bogobrush at a time
As the children of a dentist, John and Heather McDougall have always known the importance of a good toothbrush. So even as the market has been overwhelmed with a dizzying selection of high-priced electric models, the brother-and-sister design team focused on a much more elegant, and egalitarian, approach when they launched Bogobrush back in 2012.
A digital framework and mixed-use facilities offer suburbanites a healthy and connected way of living
Southern California has historically defied traditional city models. The region’s expansive suburban communities and various activity hubs have provided economic and urban amenities for both families and young professionals. Now, SoCal’s largest new master-planned community, Ontario Ranch, is developing a connected gigabit infrastructure, business facilities, and an innovative water replenishment system to add to this dynamic.
Full-sized sculpture comprised of 1,700 precision-cut card pieces features a fully fitted interior, functioning doors, and rolling wheels
Lexus has revealed an origami-inspired car that ditches the sheet metal, glass and plastics for precision-cut card. The replica of a Lexus IS saloon is a driveable, full-sized sculpture exploring the manufacturer’s promise of ‘Creating Amazing’ and showcasing the human craftsmanship that goes into each Lexus vehicle.
Fjord's Living Service would improve life for everyone by leveraging pools of data collected by fitness wearables and mobile apps
Life changed for Jonas Hoglund and his family when his 5-year-old son Max was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Suddenly, they not only had to administer insulin to Max, they had to keep a close watch on his daily life. “You need to know all the variables around you,” Hoglund says. “What he’s doing, what he’s eating, how he’s sleeping and so on.” But the means did not exist to track and evaluate such data. So Hoglund, service design director at design firm Fjord Stockholm, set about creating it. The resulting project, Fjord Fido, is meant to assist not only individual diabetes patients but all of them.
A shift of the shoulders or a slight acceleration is enough indication for Robo Brain and Brain4Cars' system to sound an alert or take over the wheel
Some of us can’t wait until driverless cars are a reality so we can sit in the back watching movies during our commute. Others view computers controlling a fundamentally autonomous act like driving with suspicion. We still have a decade or more to wait before we see how it turns out, but meanwhile the Robo Brain project, in collaboration with partner Brain4Cars, has moved computer-assisted driving a giant step forward.
Enhanced editions of the famous wizardry tale will feature interactive animations, elaborate artwork and J.K. Rowling annotations
Apple has made enhanced editions of the Harry Potter books available exclusively on the iBooks Store for readers to enjoy in a new and immersive way on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac.
Facebook tests out six emojis that will expand the Like button's role as arbiter of digital emotion, allowing users to Love, Wow and Haha to their heart's content
Facebook users in Ireland and Spain can start loving, wow-ing, or expressing sympathy to posts on Facebook. By hovering or long-pressing the Like button, users have more options to express their feelings through Facebook Reactions, which according to the Zuck himself, comes down to being a “more expressive Like button.” Feedback from the pilot test will be collected to improve the feature and Facebook is planning to roll it out to everyone soon.
Fitness wearables, like the Walgreens Activity Tracker, will bring direct opportunity for customers to rack up Walgreens rewards
Walgreens has launched a program to track consumer’s healthy habits and reward them with store credit they can use for additional healthy options. The program will make use of a wearable activity trackers, along with an app where users can input their eating history. Users earn points they can spend on rewards redeemable at any Walgreens location.
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Artist HOTxTEA's ASYLUM is a bright installation installed next to an even more ironic set of condos
Roosevelt Island, one of New York’s most recently residential islands (until 1989, it was only possible to get there by tram), was once a place for quarantine and isolation. Its Smallpox Hospital is well known as New York City’s “only landmarked ruin,” but there are other parts of this past that are less visible. The Manhattan Park Pool on the island, in fact, is built on the site of the former New York City Lunatic Asylum.
SamplingLab is a Portland based store that lets customers try out products, and pay with their opinions: a modern update to the corporate focus group
Waltz into the SamplingLab in Portland, Oregon and browse shiny aisles full of new products you’ve likely never heard of (or, occasionally, a new spin on an old favorite, like bread). Take them home and try them to your heart’s delight–for free. Or, at least, for the price of your feedback.
Seven things Medium Founder Ev Williams announced in response to how we consume and share news
Wednesday evening in San Francisco, Medium founder Ev Williams and his team held a press reception to make announcements about the new features they’ve been working on. Here’s a rundown of the most notable announcements, including a hint at the platform’s plans for monetization.