Tengrade is a social rating tool that allows users to “rate an endless list of topics from politics to pizza to pop culture, and beyond, and then see what the rest of the world thinks.” Essentially, the rating tool is like Yelp, but without words, and with greater functionality. Let’s say, for example, you want to rate Chipotle on Tengrade. All you have to do is type it into the search bar, and you then rate the restaurant on a scale from 0-10, where 0 indicates that you hate it, and 10 indicates that you love it (but in all seriousness, everyone loves Chipotle). As you rate the restaurant you are able to see what kind of ratings it has received in the last hour, 24 hours, 7 days, 30 days, and year. If you’re into statistics, there are even charts displaying the ratings it has obtained from users over time, including yourself.
For the truly indulgent, try taking one of the coolest showers of your life. Idiha Designs, the Italian furniture and fixture company has created something incredibly unique. It’s called the “Loop” and it allows for a shower in a circle, with 360-degree shower spray technology. This sleek, futuristic shower is multi-sensory with many functions (although they are not fully specified). The basic structure is white, and the interior can come light green or pink, to soothe or liven up your shower experience. This work of art is absolutely stunning to look at and would be an awesome addition to a modern styled home or outdoor area. For more information on the Loop, check out their website.
Who doesn’t love going for a bike ride on a sunny day? And how much fun would it be to add incredible animated LED displays to your wheels when you ride around at night? MonkeyLectric, a California based company, has just introduced their new line of bike wheels, Monkey Light Pro.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, EDC NYC is this upcoming weekend and what better way to experience your favorite DJs and their infamous light shows than with a little enhancement? With a pair of EyeParty glasses your viewing experience will be taken to the extreme. These aren’t just any old pair of neon aviators, EyeParty glasses deliver a shot of visual adrenaline by enhancing the visual production at any festival, club, or performance space.
Cities in the United States are not as bicycle-friendly as other cities around the world are. Take Amsterdam for example, bikes outnumber cars and are the main mode of transportation for many of the city’s inhabitants. It's safer (espeically after a few cafe trips), cheaper to use, and overall better for the environment. Many European cities have thriving bicycle-sharing programs that allow tourists and residents alike to sign out a bike for the day, or even just for 20 minutes to run an errand, at a relatively cheap rate. Like most things born in Europe, the United States is a little slower on picking up on innovative, environmentally-friendly programs. Starting May 27th though this is about to change with CitiBank’s introduction of their Citi Bike share program.
If you haven’t heard of Walkabout NYC before, pay attention. Friday, May 17th from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm,over 40 tech companies based in the city will open their doors to the public for tours, Q&A, and possibly margaritas (seriously, some of them will have drinks). This a unique opportunity to get to know the people behind some of the world’s most used apps and websites that have made our lives easier and more interactive. Companies participating in Walkabout NYC include Ebay, Seamless, Spotify, Grouper, OMGPOP/Zynga, Facebook, Shutterstock, and tons of other gaming and social media websites. It’s sort of a big deal.
With Mother's Day right around the corner it is clear that everyone is out scrambling for the perfect gift. Seriously, do you think mom wants flowers again? Splurge on something you know she'll love, like one of the perfect gifts below!
We love all jewelry made by Pono by Joan Goodman and best of all, mom will love it, too. Melt her heart with a very glamorous Byzantine Cuff ($595), appropriately made of mother of pearl.
On the seventh floor of an average building in the West Village is Dune Studios or better known for the rest of the weekend as the Bombay Sapphire House of Imagination. In this blue-lit, warehouse-like space is the inaugural installment of the Tribeca Film Festival’s newest free event, Storyscapes. On exhibit from April 19th through April 21st are five very unique films that bridge filmmaking and technology. The works chosen for TFF’s Storyscapes are all “multi-platform transmedia program[s] celebrat[ing] new trends in digital media and regular filmmakers and content creators who employ an interactive, web-based or cross-platform approach to story creation.”
Remember Tamagotchis? The digital pet key chains of the late ‘90s that kids couldn’t get enough of? Chances are you had a lanyard with a dozen or more of these egg-shaped pets attached that you obsessed over and took everywhere. The all-consuming toy faded away, as most trendy toys do, but Bandai Co., the original manufacturer of the digital pet, just released a brand new app, Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. to celebrate Tamagotchi's Sweet 16!
Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android phones the free app is just as fun—and needy—as the original. The handheld app is based on the original toy and operates with its original 3 buttons that at first you’re likely to not remember how to use. The little creature is still pixelated and now with push alerts your pet is bound to live a little longer than they used to. You still feed, clean up after, play with, and give your pet medicine just as you did when you were in elementary school. The updated Tamagotchi features different shells and creatures that you’re able to unlock as you raise, and most importantly keep alive, more pets. The new app is also a lot more interactive and allows you to play games with your pet, different colored egg shells, take screenshots to show your Instagram followers just how mature you are, and other new features. Tamagotchi L.I.F.E. also allows you to play in the old school egg mode or the new updated app style.
Music is the soundtrack of our lives and for most music can transport us back to our favorite place or a particular time that had a long lasting impression us. Whether the music in question is to remember someone or just your most memorable time with friends there’s something unobtainable about sounds, in general, because we can't see them. A company in California, Born of Sound, allows you to take your most important sound bites and turn them into stunning art work as a way to memorialize important people, places, moments, and sounds in life.
With spring here many of us have fitness on our minds! Joonbug heard about this ultra-cool fitness band called Basis and wanted to learn more! You wear Basis on your wrist and it helps you decipher which activities burn the most calories, tracks your heart rate, and gives you insight into your fitness routine and overall health.
This lightweight, sleek, and easy to use device can be taken anywhere! For the fashion-minded there are various color options including vibrant red, black, or white. Basis serves as a fitness watch, but really does so much more! For $199, it’s the first device that has the ability to tie your movement, calories burnt, sweat, and pulse together. You gain insight into which activities burn the most calories for you and how you can alter your fitness routine for maximum results. The device can actually save you time and money, because you can see which workouts work best for you (if you've invested in a gym membership). Basis also believes that a few key concepts can help you change your overall health and mood; adding walks, getting proper rest by setting, and sticking to, a reasonable bedtime, and that it's hard to manage what you can't measure. This device has changed all of that.
Both "techies" and fitness lovers are really digging this new wave of fitness gadgets.