Why pay a hotel for a 24-hours stay when you just need a bed for nine?
A new hotel in Japan is offering nine-hour rentals on small cubicles with a single purpose—to put you to sleep. Inside the hotel, the sleeping pods are stacked, with plenty in each room. For Japanese cities running out of space and affordable rooms, the approach from the aptly named ninehours hotel makes perfect sense.
Kids Pod hideout in Australian wine country will serve generations of rugrats to come
Many of us who grew up in small apartments wish we’d had our own separate space, away from the world of parents, where we could bring our games and fantasies to fruition. This brilliantly designed rural Australian home in Mornington Peninsula, which was designed by the firm Mihaly Slocombe in 2006 and more recently had a “kids’ pod” added on for the owner’s future grandchildren, is a fantastic example of a modular space made just for kids. Not to mention that it is one that’s been empathetically and thoughtfully designed by adults with an eye toward its changing uses in the future.
Holocube uses a built-in projector and transparent screen to simulate 3D vision
Belgian company Holocube has long been an industry pioneer of providing hologram technology for personal use. In 2008, the company debuted the first desktop-sized hologram projector, and it has been shrinking hologram technology ever since. Now, Holocube has released the Holocube HC Tablet, a device that projects images from an iPad onto a transparent screen—effectively putting hologram technologies right into users’ hands.
Virgin Atlantic’s Let It Fly campaign customizes a vacation based on hypothetical items in your bag
Virgin Atlantic wants to inspire U.S. passengers to follow their dreams and aspirations by recommending hypothetical travel destinations. The airline’s new campaign Let it Fly is an online interactive platform that lets users virtually customize the contents of their suitcase and discover a dream trip based on the items they chose to pack.
Immersive dining: painters, actors, DJs, baristas, magicians and foodies come together at surprise location
The desire to host and attend pop-up events has grown rapidly as brands look for ways to extend business across spaces. Temporary retail shops that show up for a month on a busy street or weekend-long physical spaces created for digital campaigns offer increased opportunity for companies to build anticipation for new products, generate buzz and experiment without long-term commitment. We see many customers who will happily wait in long lines or make spontaneous purchases for limited-editions. Consequently, consumers also desire more value out of their purchases, seeking out immersive and memorable brand experiences.
Liam Casey says that the right mix of curation, distribution & own-product will create real differentiation in the eyes of the design-minded consumer
How do you create successful retail in a sector where every new entrant and every traditional player seems to get squashed by the gorilla in the room, Amazon? PCH, which designs custom manufacturing solutions for startup companies and well-known electronic brands, hopes to bring a combination of its accelerator, production and distribution skills to reimagine the future of retail with their acquisition of Fab.com (or just ‘Fab,’ as PCH Founder Liam Casey now calls it).
MyTwinPlace applies the Airbnb model to swapping houses for travel purposes
Only a few years ago, Airbnb took the lodging industry by surprise when it enabled people with a spare room to rent directly to travelers. The model spawned numerous imitators and spinoffs, and remains one of the most successful Internet startups of the past decade.
Artist reimagines paper currency as landscapes of ongoing social turmoil
Greece’s economic situation is anything but rosy. Struggling to exit a recession similar in severity to the U.S. Great Depression, the nation has come to conflict with its government, trade partners, and the other countries of the European Union over economic policies and procedures.
Social media marketing pioneer predicts 2015‑16 should be the era of great invention
Curtis Hougland is a pioneer of social media marketing—the Founder conceived his new media agency Attention in 1992. At his SXSW presentation, Houghland will offer ideas about the potential of the social experience and behavior.