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PSFK Picks: Top Five Stories Of The Week

PSFK Picks: Top Five Stories Of The Week
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3D-printed regenerative running shoes, a taxi driver pinup calendar, and an old-timey Starbucks.

Rachel Pincus
  • 26 december 2013

Each week we bring you the most popular and interesting posts of the past five days. Here is the current selection to give you topics to explore and share over the weekend.

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Pinup Calendar Highlights NYC’s Finest Taxi Drivers [Pics]

The 2014 NYC Taxi Calendar features some of the city’s hardworking cab drivers, posing next to their yellow automobiles. Shirt or no shirt, drivers were photographed by freelancers Phil Kirkman and Shannon McLaughlin who wanted to give credit to an industry that is under-appreciated for the contribution it makes to society.

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Starbucks Opens Cafe Inspired By A 1900s Apothecary [Pics]

In order to design a store that is rich in culture and history, the designers of this Starbucks on Canal Street in New Orleans drew inspiration from the surrounding neighborhood and the lifestyles of past Louisiana merchants. Local artists, like Jason Horton and David Borgerding, were also brought on board as creative talents.

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Regenerative Running Shoes Repair Themselves Overnight [Pics]

London designer and researcher Shamees Aden’s Protocells 3D-printed  trainer would fit like a second skin, react to pressure and movement created while running, as well as react to provide extra cushioning where required. ”The cells have the capability to inflate and deflate and to respond to pressure,” Aden told Dezeen at the Wearable Futures conference in London. “As you’re running on different grounds and textures it’s able to inflate or deflate depending on the pressure you put onto it and could help support you as a runner.”

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Gadget Stops Devices From Sucking Power Once They Are Fully Charged

Developed by the team at tech company Velvet WirePowerslayer is a USB charger that uses a series of algorithms to detect when the connected device is already fully charged and stops the flow of energy completely, helping conserve power.

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Light Projections Transform Tunnel Into A Revolving Wonderland [Pics]

The Tunnel de la Croix Rousse was given over to the artist Skertzò for the four day festival celebrating and honouring the Virign Mary. Skertzò created different digital projections called Anamorphosis, which  transformed the tunnel into a variety of landscapes including a woodland and a giant version of the town of Croix Rousse. The artist played with scale, creating illusions that made visitors feel both bigger and smaller than real life as they passed through the tunnel, helping them forget themselves and their surroundings for one moment.

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