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PSFK 2013 Roundup: Staff Picks

PSFK 2013 Roundup: Staff Picks
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Here are some of our personal team favorite ideas from 2013.

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  • 28 december 2013

As the year draws to a close, PSFK is rounding up the most interesting, compelling, and popular posts of the past year.

Here are five stories that delighted and inspired our staff writers in 2013.

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Ombré Dipped Clouds Contain Weather-Flavored Ice Cream 

Making sure to waste no time in preparation for the holiday season, Häagen-Dazs has just released its new Christmas dessert. The ‘clouds’ are a pair of cheerful, fluffy clouds filled with ice cream and biscuit, finished off with a sprinkling of snowy flakes. Dawn features a combination of the Marc de Champagne Truffle flavor with Belgian Chocolate, with swirls of Almond Macaroon biscuit for some extra crunch. If that doesn’t tide you over, Twilight’s orange goodness incorporates two of Haagen-Dazs’ iconic flavors: Dulce de Leche and Cookies and Cream.

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Smirnoff Helps Paralysis Patients Write a Song With Their Minds [Video]

Vodka company Smirnoff teamed up with international artist and producer DJ Fresh, brainwave technology expert Julien Castet and disability charity Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation (QEF) for the Mindtunes project. Castet used an electroencephalography device to measure the electrical activity in the brain and then convert brainwaves and emotions into beats and sounds. Patient Mark provided the beats, Jo provided the synth, and Andy provided the noise FX. The track was then put together and produced by DJ Fresh.

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The Future of Retail: One Small Step Towards One Giant Leap

At its core, Optimus Time™ is the idea that people and culture have an appetite for new things, but the new things need to be introduced when the consumer has been primed in some capacity — primed by the evolution of preceding iterations or by key occurrences in the world that relate somehow to the product or service you’re innovating upon. If people haven’t been primed, the result is a product whose epitaph reads, “Ahead of its time.”

Domino’s Tests Pizza Delivery Drone [Video]

Domino’s Tests Flying Pizza Drone [Video]

Domino’s ‘DomiCopter‘ is capable of delivering pizzas in the company’s heatwave bags over vast distances at high altitudes. The flying drone was developed by Domino’s Pizza, UK drone specialist AeroSight, Big Communications and creative agency T + Biscuits. The drone, which is still a prototype, is undergoing further testing at the company’s headquarters and may be rolled out in the future. A Domino’s Flight Academy is also rumored to be in the pipeline if the DomiCopter delivery service takes off.

Peek At The World’s First Transparent Smartphone [Video]

A Peek At The First Transparent Smartphone [Video]

Taiwan-based electronic and optical glass specialists Polytron Technologies are working on a transparent smartphone. Mobile Geeks traveled to take a look at the prototype device. It uses switchable glass, which contains liquid crystal molecules and an electric current to generate a smartphone display. There is no software running on the prototype, as its main goal is to showcase the hardware.

Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head Design Beer Glass For IPAs [Video]

Beer Brands Design Beer Glass Specifically For IPAs [Video]

As glass design can impact the taste of beer, German glassmaker Spiegelau partnered with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada to produce a specific glass for IPAs. Their design features a thinner glass, which allows the liquid to stay cooler, a triple-ridged bottom that aerates it and traps the carbonation, and the tall, slender upper part concentrates the beer and pushes its aromas towards your nose.

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Forensic Drawings Reveal Women’s Skewed View Of Their Appearance

Dove and the marketing firm Ogilvy have hired an FBI-trained forensics artist by the name of Gil Zamora to show just how skewed our perception is when it comes to our self-image. Gil has over 3,000 sketches to his name and demonstrates just how different we see ourselves when compared with a total stranger’s description.

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United Airlines Launches An Updated Business Class Program

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Smog Vacuum Turns Pollution Particulates Into Unique Jewelry

A large device was installed in Beijing that sucks up smog and compresses it into small centerpieces atop jewelry

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PSA Fashion Line Shines A Light On Victim Blaming

YWCA Canada is using fashion and sexist tweets to highlight how often we as a society blame the victim in cases of abuse

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VP: Why Messaging Apps Are Issuing In A New Era Of Commerce

Matt Johnson discusses how mobile messaging commerce is creating a different modality for interaction between retailers and consumers

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Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

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Minute Maid Opens A Store That Sells Nothing

The beverage company opened a pop-up shop that encourages customers to write letters to their parents instead of buying a gift

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Samsung And Viceland Partner For A Virtual Reality Documentary On The Syrian War

The White Helmets film uses VR to immerse viewers in the everyday conditions of the war-torn country

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These Designs Bring Modern Architecture To The Humble Birdhouse

Artist Douglas Barnhard has imagined a series of designs emulating the work of architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Joseph Eichler

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Retailers are leveraging assistive technology to help employees in their daily tasks and customers on the sales floor

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The car brand has built a proof that offers a sneak peek of the self-driving vehicle experience

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Enabling Anytime Shopping & On-Demand Support

Retailers are leveraging advanced technology to relieve associates from mundane tasks, while better assisting customers

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NYC Map Calculates Economic Benefits Of Every Tree

TreesCount! maps all the greenery in the five boroughs and even figures out how much money it saves the city

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Create A Perfectly Tailored Shirt Using Just Your Phone

UKYS has created an application to get accurate measurements of buyers through a few simple pictures for custom shirts

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