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The Blind Feel a Flash of Their Loved One’s Smile
The Blind Feel a Flash of Their Loved One’s Smile

Through Listerine's Smile Detector app, those who can't see smiles can listen or feel them instead

Listerine’s latest campaign enlisted an app that can detect smiles using the smartphone camera. Although smile-detection isn’t exactly a breakthrough, this one uses machine vision to let the blind “feel” when someone in their field of vision flashes their pearly whites.

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Building a Self-Planting Farm for Our Resources-Deprived Future
Building a Self-Planting Farm for Our Resources-Deprived Future

SPREAD Co. is planning an indoor lettuce factory that can churns out 10 million lettuce heads per year all on its own

SPREAD Co. wants to create the first-ever farm that can plant a lettuce seedling and harvest it without any human assistance. The company, which already grows 7.7 million lettuce heads a year indoors, thinks these self-planting and harvesting farms are perfect for a resources-deprived future.

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Should the Future Home Have an Airplane Mode?
Should the Future Home Have an Airplane Mode?

RAM House is seeking to devote a section of your living space to a Wi-Fi, cellphone, and radio-isolated lifestyle

Genoa-based design research collaborative Space Caviar, in cooperation with Bolzano’s storage and organization company Prokoss-Mobilrot, have made a space whose architecture serves as a nod to the curtain of the future. The RAM House is capable of filtering out electronic signals, the type necessary in our visions for the connected home.

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Transylvanian Music Fest Accepts Donated Blood as Your Admission Price
Transylvanian Music Fest Accepts Donated Blood as Your Admission Price

To address blood shortage in Romania, the Untold Festival offered free one day tickets in exchange for plasma

Concert and music festival tickets can be worth an arm and a leg depending on the many high profile artists attending. The high cost typically keeps the more cash-strapped music lovers from the festivities. However, for the Untold Festival in Transylvania, entrance to the event will only cost you some blood.

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To Meet Creative Professionals’ Tech Needs, A Jacket Rethinks Pocket Sizes
To Meet Creative Professionals’ Tech Needs, A Jacket Rethinks Pocket Sizes

The Phoenix Mark II Jacket has pockets that fit an iPad Mini, a small notepad and some pens

This jacket is described as having been “tailored specifically for creative professionals and technologists.” The creation of artist and designer Michael Mulvey, the Phoenix Mark II jacket is adapted to life in today’s world.

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Embark on a Wonderful Fakation While Eating Some Wings
Embark on a Wonderful Fakation While Eating Some Wings

Boast your make-believe summer vacation with KFC Romania's Fakation campaign

Summer has arrived in Romania, but not everyone is gearing up for a summer adventure. However, KFC is offering its customers with a unique summer experience, one that will also make your social media accounts summer-ready. KFC Romania’s Fakation campaign allows customers to take photos of tray liners as if they are vacationing in these famous tourist spots.

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Snooze the Night Away With an Acoustic White Noise Machine
Snooze the Night Away With an Acoustic White Noise Machine

Never worry about restless nights again, SNOOZ is a proprietary fan that provides a sound both soothing and peaceful

Sleep is the body’s natural process for resting. But more often than not, sleep is now a premium commodity, one that you have to fight for sometimes. To that end, doctors say to get at least eight hours of sleep every night but how can you when the apartment next to you plays loud music in the middle of the night? Thankfully, SNOOZ, an acoustic white noise machine is here to give you the best sleep of your life.

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This Gift Shop Proves Intangible Art Can Be a Sold-Out Sensation
This Gift Shop Proves Intangible Art Can Be a Sold-Out Sensation

Intangibles is the art gift shop that lets customers purchase animations, ringtones and Snapchat conversations with photographers

Perhaps a century ago, no artist could imagine the idea of collectors paying thousands of dollars to buy something they couldn’t actually hang on their walls. Beyond the logistics of a virtual piece—how do you make it? What would it look like?—it would seem unfathomable that the act of collecting could extend to something beyond the tangible. The Walker Art Center recently opened Intangibles, a unique portion of their gift shop that features virtual pieces for sale.

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Ride a Golf Cart Fit for the Course and Road
Ride a Golf Cart Fit for the Course and Road

With its parking and radar sensors, the Gigatronik Golf Cart could replace scooters as a common vehicle on curbs or throughout neighborhoods

Felix Schumacher has designed a realistic concept for an electric golf cart that will not solely find use on golf courses. Instead, the Gigatronik Golf Cart would be built with the range and maneuverability to travel safely in neighborhoods. While the motor driving it is almost identical to some electrical automobiles, its size and chassis prevent it from being fully street legal. The open sides, front and back mean it would stay on sidewalks and in bicycle lanes.

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Stop Your Phone From Taking Over Your Bedroom
Stop Your Phone From Taking Over Your Bedroom

Working as a transmitter for your phone alarms, JustTheBell helps get you up on time without the distractions of your digital device

If your smartphone has blurred the lines of what activities are prioritized beneath the sheets, you may want to give JustTheBell a look. Designed by Paris-based artist Ignasi Giró, it’s an alarm clock that can be set using a smartphone and enables the user to keep their phone and its myriad distractions outside the bedroom.

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Gundam Designer Is Developing a Real Transforming Car
Gundam Designer Is Developing a Real Transforming Car

Kunio Okawara's anime-inspired car can alter its shape to increase maneuverability

In the world of anime fandom, there aren’t many names bigger than Kunio Okawara. You may not instantly recognize the name but chances are you’ve seen his work. Okawara was the first mechanical designer for the original Mobile Suit Gundam series that debuted in Japan in 1979. The show didn’t do well initially but Okawara’s designs were adapted to model kits which became wildly popular and responsible for a reboot of the show. The series revolutionizing the giant robot genre pairing normal pilots with mechs designed for combat.

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