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PSFK’s Trending Topic: Top Stories This Week That Have Nothing To Do With CES

PSFK’s Trending Topic: Top Stories This Week That Have Nothing To Do With CES
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Wearable tech and quantified self gadgets are not the only ones making waves this week.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 9 january 2014

Thanks to the Consumer Electronics Show this week, we’ve been bombarded with more wearable tech and quantified self gadgets than we have body parts to track. From a 2-in-1 simplified chopstick set to a pill that can correct less-than-perfect pitch, here are the top stories from this week.

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Two-in-One Simplified Chopstick

Oki Sato of the Japanese design company Nendo, in collaboration with chopsticks manufacturer  Hashikura Matsukan, created a simplified version of the chopsticks. The kamiai chopsticks are embedded with a magnet so that they snap together as one piece. Rassen chopsticks are separated into two for eating and joined together when not in use.

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H&M’s Shoppable TV Ad

During the Super Bowl next month, clothing retail company H&M will run a 30-second ad where viewers can purchase items from David Beckham’s new collection directly from their TVs. The campaign is made possible through Delivery Agent’s TV-commerce platform, which is compatible with Samsung Smart’s latest models.

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Hand-Crank Machine Plays Vine Videos

Social Print Studio created the Vinelodeon, a hand-crank machine that plays Vine videos backwards, fast or slow, and frame by frame. The machine is a white box with a small screen in the middle. The project merges modern technology and vintage design to create something new and unique.

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Modeling Tool Helps Designers Create Virtual Forms on Actual Bodies

The Reverberating Across The Divide project by Madeline Gannon of Carnegie Mellon University merges the digital with the physical through a custom chronomorphologic modeling environment. The modeling tool uses 3D scanning, 3D modeling, and 3D printing to allow a designer to create digital forms around physical bodies.

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A Pill That Can Improve Pitch

Harvard professor of molecular and cellular biology, Takao Hensch, has been testing a drug called valproate, which can restore brain plasticity and facilitate faster skill learning. The drug was given to a group of men who then went through online ear-training exercises for two weeks. Those who took the drug showed significant pitch improvement compared with those who took placebos.

 

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