A trio of services are freeing us from digital distraction to boost our ability for creative thought
Think you can go 15 minutes without checking your smartphone? Sounds easy enough, but studies show that the average user is on their device 150 times per day, or about once every six minutes. One downside of this constant stimulation is that it directly impacts our capacity for creativity and ability to develop new ideas, something we embark upon in our Live, Work, Play Better Report.
Executive Director & Founder of a designer-founder accelerator presents a redesign of the 9-to-5 work day and how to best implement play into work culture
From Mr. Burns to Office Space’s Bill Lumburgh to the horrible bosses of, well, Horrible Bosses, the hated, controlling, megalomaniacal boss and their miserable, micromanaged underlings have been a staple in movies and on TV for decades. And while these modern office archetypes are played for comedic effect, the sad reality is that it’s funny. And it’s funny because it’s true.
Instead of displacing human bartenders, HoLLiE the robot helped them make over 280 cocktails at a party in Berlin
HoLLiE is a cocktail making machine. HoLLiE is robot with two anthropomorphic, five-finger hands which assisted two human bartenders to keep the liquor flowing at the Stallwächter Party in Berlin this year.
Instead of piling clothing under generic one-word categories, Donde Fashion zeroes in on specific attributes with help of zeroes and ones
With over 6,000 brands to choose from, Donde Fashion will be using visual search engines to make sure you right the find piece of clothing out of a heap of millions. The app hailing from Tel Aviv and Palo Alto uses artificial intelligence to sort out their virtual retail space, accounting for every seam in a dress or every strap in a bag so you can find what you want with a few taps.
Whim dating app focuses on setting up dates based on two users' schedules rather than focusing on online messaging
When all online dating apps tell you that you can instantly message anyone just by looking at their profile, you should cringe. Online dating apps has certainly changed the dating scene by making it more impersonal. However, newly launched dating app Whim aims to make dating the type of personal experience a new love deserves.
PSFK in partnership with HP Matter speak to Matt Hogan, Co-founder and CEO at Datacoup, about empowering consumers with tools that treat information as an asset
Innovation is the new currency in today’s Idea Economy. In recognition of the leaders who are disrupting our tech-driven world, the editors at thought leadership site PSFK.com partnered with HP Matter to create the Innovators Index, a roster of digital pioneers making a global impact.This week we’ve featured Matt Hogan for ensuring consumers remain in control of their personal information.
A Japanese artist turned a Roomba into a painting robot that creates abstract splatter paintings, not unlike the works of Jackson Pollock
Meet Mr. Head: the robot artist behind abstract, Jackson Pollock-esque splatter paintings. He’s a 15-year-old robot, and he’s undergone a serious career change. He began his life as a house vacuuming, cleaning assistant. In October 2014, with the help of human HYdeJII, he transitioned to his new life a a working artist.
From the makers of Bulletproof coffee, comes FATwater, a drink laced with coconut oil extracts and a punch of energy
Oil in water conjures images of an upsetting ocean spill rather than effective rehydration, but a diet hack thinks otherwise. Startup Bulletproof thinks oily water could be the next big thing in health trends. The product page for it’s latest product, affectionately named FATwater, reads as follows.
Wellcoin is the first fitness-oriented social platform to track exercise and eating that adds tangible rewards to its system of points
Wellcoin is a combined social media/rewards platform that helps people make healthier lifestyle decisions. Members can report performing wellness-friendly activities, like exercise or upholding a diet, and receive online points they can accumulate and later trade in for prizes. Meanwhile, the Wellcoin community provides social support for those times when motivation lags.
Wireless Armour provides protection from electromagnetic radiation where men need it most
Making babies is a two-way street. Both male and female must have healthy reproductive systems. However, though we often hear on women’s fertility issues, the truth is, men face the same reproductive challenges. A fact that led to Wireless Armour, an underwear developed by London scientist Joseph Perkins aimed at protecting men’s fertile crescent from electromagnetic radiation.
BIG's Steam Ring Generator would puff out a steam circle for every ton of CO2 generated by the Waste-to-Energy power plant in Copenhagen
With every bold and provocative puff of a generator, BIG wants to express to the public how much CO2 their Waste-to-Energy power plant in Copenhagen will emit. They will release one solid steam stack into the air from their factory’s largest pipe for every ton of CO2 they release. This informs locals how much CO2 enters the air at any given minute, providing a visual reminder of how responsible (or irresponsible) a manufacturer is about their carbon footprint.
Designed with a C-shaped handle, the Phone-brella won't let it rain on your texting parade
With a handle that wraps around your forearm, you don’t need to wait for shade when texting with this umbrella. This redesign, named Phone-brella, specializes in letting smartphone users do their thing even under intense rain.