Daily nuggets of inspiration from the good folk
‘I haven’t been hoovered in weeks!’ ‘These dishes won’t do themselves!’ ‘What’s this red stuff on my new rug?!’
Ahh, the passive-aggressive ‘clean-me’ note, bane of many a flat share and family home. But it’s time to heave a huge sigh of relief, as those Swedish spreaders of homely love, IKEA, have come up with a solution to soften the blow of sending a house-related order.
No longer satisfied with filling the globe with their ubiquitous and oddly-named domestic designs, IKEA are moving in on our digital lives too. With a similarly expansive collection of 100 emoticons for smartphones everywhere.
The idea is that by inserting an IKEA symbol into your testy text, it will take the edge off your implied temper tantrum. For example, ‘Pete, please wipe up your pizza smears from my new LACK table.’ ‘Mum, I think Bertie’s made a mess on the KLIPPAN sofa.’ And, ‘Bridget, if you don’t put my collection of Channing Tatum DVDs back in the BILLY bookcase by tonight I will publish that photo of you and Tiny Tim.’
See? So much more conducive to domestic harmony. Smiley face.
The Internet of Things is about to get personal. No longer a fantasy, the dream of being able to connect and control your whole cornucopia of devices is fast becoming a reality. And Spark understand that pre-programmed tasks won’t always wash with today’s hack-savvy consumer.
Introducing the Internet Button. Named with ironic simplicity worthy of Douglas Adams, it will let you organize your online life systems your way. It uses a postage stamped sized WiFi module called a Photon, which you can hack to interact with any of your other Photon-enabled devices and the internet. The possibilities are endless, and definitely personalisable.
Every month, 181 million people chatter away on their much-loved LINE app. Only they’re not just babbling about how dehydrated there are, whether they need another cappuccino or have a craving for yakisoba, they are getting their groceries delivered at the same time. As long as it’s just bottled water, coffee and instant noodles they need, currently at least. (THX Tim.)
Like it’s top competitor, WeChat, LINE is fast evolving into a sprawling platform that’s generating revenue without irritating users with endless ads, à la Facebook. This new initiative will add to the tidy £338 million sum its already chalked up in 2013 from selling games, sponsored content and digital stickers.
LINE’s ‘Cheap Sure Sure’ service will offer simple groceries with tempting discounts and free delivery. For now, only Thai chat tappers can take advantage of this service, but given that’s where the biggest chunk of its users are concentrated, it’s bound to deliver the goods, profit-wise.
Valentine’s Day saw Swipe Right, a romantic hotel package, being offered by W Hotels to those interested in finding love or perhaps something a little more casual. This romantic hotel package builds off of the popularity of dating apps and appeals to those who are familiar with Tinder, Hinger, Grindr or 3nder. (Thanks to matchmaker Julie)
For lovers of Tinder, Hinger and 3nder, this ‘romantic’ package deal provided everything a girl, or guy, could need for a fun and flirty fling. Makeovers by GLAMSQUAD. Headshots for your dating profile. Limb-loosening cocktails and a stay in a luxurious W Hotel suite. Because, of course, there ain’t nothing wrong with a little bump ‘n’ Grindr.
It’s official. The days of lingering suggestively over your lingerie at the laundrette are well and truly over. As is having to dash to the dry cleaner in an already overloaded day. Right now, it’s all about the locker, and 24/7 laundry services.
This American concept has made its way to Amsterdam, where new venture Bubble&Stitch offers text message ordering, app notifications and swipe card payments on its laundry lockers. (Tidy tip-off, Damo.)
So you simply drop off your dirties, send a text and wait to hear when it’s all ready for collection. You can even get your shirts pressed and your buttons re-sewn while you’re at it. Plus they send out a free laundry bag with your first order to make carting your stinky kecks around more sanitary.
Better yet, Bubble&Stitch use only eco-friendly detergents. So, great news for asthmatic and aquatic creatures alike.