Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
Need curry paste in a hurry? A bottle of fizz in a flash? Jalapenos in a jiffy? ShopWings, launched last week in Munich, is a new online grocery service that delivers within two hours of your order being placed.
Once you’ve added your items to your online shopping trolley, ShopWings applies an algorithm to detect where there’s matching stock near your location. Then it uses a network of ‘personal shoppers’ to deliver from local shops.
At the moment it’s only running in the one city. But there are big plans for expansion – could this be the end of the inevitable Saturday afternoon dinner party ingredient panic?
Anyone who’s driven in India (or attempted to cross the street there, for that matter) will know the country doesn’t have the highest levels of road safety.
Enter The Good Road, an initiative supported by Castrol and the Bangalore Traffic Police.
Part of the campaign is a smart motorcycle helmet that connects wirelessly to the bike itself. Sensors in the bike recognise when the helmet is being worn, which means riders have to be wearing it to start the engine. When they take the helmet off, the engine turns off too.
So far, so safe. Now we just need something similar for pedestrians…
Via. trendwatching.com http://bit.ly/1nAiDJP
Remember how exciting it used to be getting real post? No, not bills. Or direct mail. Or slips from the post office saying your Amazon order has been taken to the depths of beyond. Real post, in nice envelopes, with real handwriting and personal messages.
Artist Brendan Dawes wants to recreate this feeling – sadly not by rekindling our reliance on written correspondence, but by making us fall in love with emails.
His latest project, Six Monkeys, named after the famous chimpanzees used in linguistic research, is a series of objects that explore our physical interactions – and the frustrations we inevitably feel – with emailing.
One of the objects sits next to your light-switch and makes turning off email as simple as turning off the hall light. The idea is that by putting emails in everyday surroundings, rather than keeping them in the digital world, we’ll begin to see them in an alternative light. Or we might just get even more sick of them…?
Left your passport at home? KLM will pick it up. Not sure whether to take a cardi on your summer hols? Check the KLM tailored weather report. In danger of missing your flight? Let KLM collect you on a motorbike – even if you’re flying with a different airline.
Yes, KLM has taken customer service to new heights during #HappyToHelp week. With a team of 250 customer service representatives and agency personnel, the airline monitored social media round the clock to check for travellers in distress.
It didn’t matter which airline people were travelling with – if they needed help with their journey KLM stepped in. They even hired a speedboat on the Hudson River to help anyone who was stuck in traffic on their way to JFK.
Now that’s got to be worth a bit of brand loyalty.
‘I’m getting peaty, malty hints. Supple notes of spiced wood. And a balanced kick of smokey honey with dried fruit.’
The language of whisky tasting can seem bizarre to anyone other than an expert. So to help us identify individual flavours within Johnnie Walker Blue Label – the rarest in the brand’s portfolio – food design studio Bompass and Parr has commissioned a piece of organ music called A Symphony in Blue.
Written by British organ specialists Mander’s Organs, the piece is designed to match musical notes to the flavours in the whisky. Over the course of the performance, flavours such as peat, malt, fruit, wood and spices are represented through sound and projected images, making them easier for the audience to pick out as they drink.
Missed the notes of cedar? Think we’d better have another listen (and another glass).