Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
Are you guilty of using Facebook to badger your mates for the green light of approval? You are not alone. In a world full of choices, you want to feel like you’ve spent your hard-earned dosh on the right option.
But now you can leave your nearest and dearest alone. Viennese entrepreneurs Philip Holley and Peter Buchroithner have created an app for assertiveness.
It’s pretty simple stuff really. Dvel crowdsources decisiveness. You take two pictures of the things you’re torn between and upload them. In a set amount of time, users vote for what they think you should go for, and ta-da – decision made!
Dvel isn’t alone, there are plenty other apps of the same ilk making social media a much more practical method of decision-making. Khloe Kardashian’s mobile messaging app Begrouped allows you to do something other than send pictures of cats to your pals. You can ask functional yes/no questions, polls and other useful things that help with decisions and plans.
Now to Google which app to try…
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Via. LSN Global
Bosses at Amager Bakke Power Station in Copenhagen want you to know how dirty they are. Although they’ve made efforts to clean up their act and reduce impact on the environment, the plant still chucks out 107,000 tons of CO2 every year. So, in their mission to become the ‘world’s cleanest power plant’, the station wants to make everyone aware of their emissions.
They don’t want to shout it from the rafters, but they’ve invited artists realities: united, the Danish Technical University and Peter Madsen’s Rumlatorium to show it from the rooftop – with a steam chimney art installation. A steam ring generator makes the most of leftover steam, and sends out a circular puff for every ton of CO2 given off from the plant. They may still be dirty, but they’re running rings round other power stations.
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We all know the commotion of trying to find your purse or wallet when there’s a queue forming behind you. Or when Apple Pay lets you down because your phone’s drained, again. Well fear not, now you can avoid the cuff-uffle, and pay with your sleeve.
Scottish knitwear brand Lyle & Scott have modified the everyday jacket by stitching Barclays bPay technology into the sleeve. At $250 its good for warmth, comfort and purchases up to 30 quid with any UK registered Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card.
Or if you’re not in the market for a new coat, just tack a bPay sticker onto your gear for contactless payment, pret a porter. You can add funds with the app or through Barclays’ online portal. It’s quick and easy payment, all sewn up.
Via. Brand Channel
At first sight, a Tumblr dashboard populated with dancing cats, celebrity mishaps and pseudo-spiritual quotes might seem like an odd place to seek fashion tips. But hey, inspiration is where you find it. And in Tumblr’s case, that’s led to the launch of its own fashion collection.
To celebrate its tenth year at New York Fashion week, Tumblr invited ten designers to put together a range of looks. Each, according to Tumblr’s fashion evangelist, Valentine Uhovski will ‘feel like a Tumblr post’. Okaaay…
The collection has already been previewed at Tumblr’s own dashboard-inspired pop-up shop Print All Over Me. It’s an interesting example of how virtual life can break through into real life. Coming soon. Facebook cosmetics?
Credit: Hannah Sider
You know that feeling? When you think your phone’s vibrating in your pocket, but it isn’t really? That’s a symptom of our increasing dependency on technology. And the demands technology makes upon our attention are only likely to increase as the Internet of Things expands. By 2025, with 100 billion devices connected, it’s predicted that most of us will have jumped from three connected devices to fifteen.
Snips is a new venture that claims it can apply technology, to reduce our dependency on technology. This it does this by using AI to analyse habits and streamline access to IoT-enabled services. The ultimate aim, according to the company, is for technology ‘… to become so deeply integrated into our lives that we won’t need to interact with it anymore. It will disappear from our consciousness, so we can spend our lives doing the things we care about’. Which sounds absolutely… Oh, just a sec. I think my phone’s going.