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Beyoncé’s Curves Inspired a 78-Story Skyscraper
Beyoncé’s Curves Inspired a 78-Story Skyscraper

Architects at Elenberg Fraser were inspired by the pop diva's "Ghost" video when designing the Premier Tower in Melbourne

Melbourne’s skyline is about to get a little more curvaceous: An Australian architecture firm, Elenberg Fraser, has modeled designs for the Premier Tower after none other than Beyoncé.

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Facebook Beacons Connect Businesses to Customers
Facebook Beacons Connect Businesses to Customers

Businesses can push content as travelers and commuters arrive on site through Place Tips

Facebook Bluetooth beacons will push offers and updating events to customers’ smartphones as soon as consumers enter a business’s door. Through a Bluetooth connection upon entering a business, participants will be welcomed by a series of updates and local events happening through Facebook at the top of their feed. Facebook has dubbed this program is known “Place Tips.”

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Play With Cubic Art Landscapes With the Swipe of a Hand
Play With Cubic Art Landscapes With the Swipe of a Hand

Projections creates immersive experiences that encourage human interaction through the use of vivid digital images

Projections is a series of simple cubic designs projected onto a white wall, making it an interactive canvas. The project encourages viewers to interact with the art using motion sensors, adding an additional element of personality to the work. The goal overall goal is to invite human interaction.

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Prosthetic Contains 27 Mechanical Joints Similar to Our Own Mitts
Prosthetic Contains 27 Mechanical Joints Similar to Our Own Mitts

Printed Prehensile is an all-capacity and human-like take on artificial limbs

Printed Prehensile is a theoretical model for a prosthetic hand created by Fraser Leid, intended to allow people to 3D print and assemble a prosthetic, which closely matches the structure of a human hand. The hand is broken up into two sections: the metacarpal housing and the phalanges collective.

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Swipe Right (or Left) Using Only Your Pulse
Swipe Right (or Left) Using Only Your Pulse

An Apple Watch app from innovation agency T3 will let users match on Tinder entirely hands-free

If your mind’s telling you no, but your body’s telling you yes… you might be swiping right anyway on the Apple Watch: A new app for the watch, Hands-Free Tinder, will soon be making matches using only your heartbeat.

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To Offset Aging Workforce, Japan Turns to Robot-Worked Airports
To Offset Aging Workforce, Japan Turns to Robot-Worked Airports

Cyberdyne's exoskeleton robot suit is just one way Haneda Airport will maintain its levels of security and convenience while its working population thins out

Japanese robotics and technology company Cyberdyne (which shares its name with the corporation from the Terminator franchise) has signed an agreement with Japan Airport Terminal of Tokyo to introduce next-generation robots in the Haneda Airport passenger terminals.

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Pay Online With a Selfie in the Blink of an Eye
Pay Online With a Selfie in the Blink of an Eye

MasterCard is experimenting with facial scans and fingerprints to authorize online purchases

Soon, you may be able to complete your online shopping by snapping a selfie. MasterCard plans on launching a pilot program this fall that uses biometrics to approve purchases instead of password verification. You could opt for fingerprint approval, but you could also finish check-out with a facial scan.

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Light Up Your LEGO World
Light Up Your LEGO World

Build-Upons incorporate LEDs into LEGO-compatible bricks

The windows of a toy house gleam with warm illumination. Light blazes forth from a miniature spaceship, a tiny car, a pirate’s cave. Even the eyes of an animal or an imaginary monster can shine with LED light thanks to Build-Upons, tiny 3D-printed LEGO compatible bricks that let builders add illumination to their creations.

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Art Exhibit Hosts Devices for the Dead
Art Exhibit Hosts Devices for the Dead

The After Life exhibit features devices that give ghosts a way to see or communicate with the world of the living

Incline Gallery in San Francisco will host an art exhibit with works that give the “living-impaired” a way to participate in the connected living world. After Life, curated by Valerie Leavy, will features works by artists Fernando Orellana and Al Honig, and be hosted at a former mortuary turned art gallery. Orellana created machines that sense paranormal presence and communicate it through personal objects, and Honig made anthropomorphic “urns” that give the dead a window to observe the world of the living.

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Adidas Kicks Help You Clean Up (The Ocean) Quite Nicely
Adidas Kicks Help You Clean Up (The Ocean) Quite Nicely

The sportswear company is teaming up with Parley for the Oceans to recycle harmful ocean plastic into consumer-ready products

Yesterday’s trash could be tomorrow’s shoe. Adidas, in partnership with environmental collective Parley for the Oceans, recycled plastic ocean waste into sneakers.

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Exploring Humanity From a Bench in Barcelona
Exploring Humanity From a Bench in Barcelona

Continuous serendipity provided a concentrated place to capture the Life of a Bench

Have you ever stopped and thought to yourself, “if only this bench could talk?” Specific objects and street furniture in the city landscape can sometimes take on an importance beyond their unimposing appearance. For Hungarian freelance photographer Gabor Erdelyi, this moment came when he started living near an unusual square-shaped bench in Barcelona’s old fishing village Barceloneta. For more than a year, pointing the camera out his window, he documented the dramas that occurred on and around it.

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