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Greasy fingerprints messing up your shiny new smartphone could soon become a smudge on the screen of history if Google has its way. The company’s lab for advanced projects recently unveiled technology that lets users interact with devices simply by gesturing nearby.
Using radar technology, the plan is that small-screen gadgets like smartphones or smartwatches will be able to detect precise finger movements, allowing users to control objects in a virtual world. You’ve all seen Minority Report right? In that case, you get the idea.
OK, so it might look like you’re attempting to swat a troublesome bluebottle, but this method of input promises a practical alternative as screens become too small to operate with your fingers.
The big question though. How long before we get singing holographic cereal boxes?
Via. Business Insider http://bit.ly/1FaYvzO
With the launch of its new summer campaign, Sprite is literally spreading the word. As a tribute to hip-hop’s greatest artists, the brand is releasing a series of limited edition cans featuring lyrics from the legends of the genre. (Nice spot Rosy T)
Going out under the title, ‘Obey Your Verse’, the 16 different pack designs include samples from lyrical gangstas such as Notorious B.I.G, Rakim and Drake. So now, you can bust a couple of rhymes while bustin’ your thirst.
Via. Design Taxi http://bit.ly/1FiYPN0
Queen said it best, “I want it all and I want it now.”
With so many exciting tech products being released on a regular basis, and a dazzling future of wearables and virtual reality platforms, you wouldn’t be blamed for feeling like a tech commitment-phobe.
Start-up ByeBuy believe the time has come for an alternative method of consumption and are offering the world’s first on-demand tech service. Much like Netflix, customers will be able to sign up to a flexible monthly subscription service where they access whatever they want, for however long they want it. Look out for ByeBuy launching this month with wearable products, games and Apple devices all on the menu.
“We believe the decision to enjoy the newest tech should be as easy and as quick as ordering food.” says ByeBuy. Sounds delicious.
Via. Protein http://bit.ly/1GBW1LM
It’s no secret that our unsustainable love of meat has left us in a bit of a pickle. While many have predicted the rise of the insect-centric meal as a protein fix, scientists have also been exploring the possibility of cultivating meat in vitro as a friendlier, more sustainable method.
Bistro in Vitro offers up more food for thought. Created by Dutch artist and philosopher, Koert Mensvoort, the virtual restaurant explores the possibilities this method of food production in a fine dining context. Through the website, guests can choose from a digital menu of unusual appetisers, main courses and desserts to build their ideal, lab-grown three-course meal. If the sound of the ‘Throat Tickler’ doesn’t take your fancy, perhaps a cultivated cube of your favourite celebrity’s flesh in a whisky glaze is more up your street.
Don’t expect Bistro in Vitro on Just Eat anytime soon, however. Once you’ve decided on your meaty treats, you could be waiting a few decades before they’re actually ready. While some of the menu options could be produced with today’s technology there’s still a long way to go in the exploration of stem cell grown meat.
Via. PSFK http://bit.ly/1GNSVro
The idea of trainers changing colour at the touch of a button sounds like an idea straight from your favourite sci-fi movie. But +rehabstudio, a creative technology company based in Shoreditch, believe that this kind of ‘sneaker hack’ is the not-so-distant future of smart tech materials.
The Shift Sneaker revolves around the concept that instead of buying one pair of trainers, why not have access to millions? Malleable flexi-screens have the ability to glow and display animated designs, while thermochromatic fabrics use micro reactions to change colour according to temperature. The look and function of the trainers can be controlled through a mobile app, with different packs available for running, cycling and selfie enthusiasts.
For now though, as most of the materials are currently only used in industrial applications, a ‘Back to the Future’ style hover board may be on your Christmas list sooner than a pair of Shifts.
Via. Gizmodo http://bit.ly/1LK7CNx