Breaking news: for the first time in history, people are being encouraged to use their phones at the dinner table!
Well, at least for a little while, anyway. Let’s run through the basic agenda of eating out at a restaurant: meet your fantastic server, order, receive, and enjoy your meal, and then finally wait… and wait… and wait for your check to arrive. That ‘waiting’ can be a problem sometimes, right? Well, what if we told you that there’s now a way to pay for your meal without having to receive your bill? Just finish your food, get up, and leave.
IPAs finally have the glass they've always deserved. No, not the pint, but the new Spiegelau IPA glass. Specifically designed to emphasize the hoppiness and complexity of an IPA, these glasses are an enormous step up from the steins and boots of your frat years. They were created in part by Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada-- two men who certainly know something about how to make an IPA taste great.
Exponential, an advertising intelligence and digital media company, has done their Oscars research and their data is showing that 12 Years A Slave will win Best Picture this year!
Exponential successfully predicted that Argo would win Best Picture last year, which gives them pretty good credibility.
The way that Exponential predicted this year's winner was through audience profiles created from every nominee. These profiles were compiled from data collection based on online behaviors of over 44.5 million devices. Once the data was collected Exponential then compared the profiles.
Did you ever wish there was a social media platform made just for going out? Perhaps an app that let's you watch live footage of ongoing shows and talk with the clubbers themselves? What about an app that allows your favorite performers to actually chat with you and broadcast their sets live? Well good news, “Hang w/” an app that’s available in the iTunes store and Google Play, does it all – and it’s free!
Constructed for socialites that want to get more from their club experience, Hang w/ lets you get an intimate look into your favorite people and places in real time. With plans to go global in the near future, Hang w/ creates an exciting interactive world for its users to access 24/7.
The app's creator, Andrew Maltin, took the time to give us an in-depth look at the app.
What provoked the idea to create Hang w/?
On February 28th the legendary Tiesto will begin his DJ residency at Hakkasan Las Vegas, and with a little help from PixMob, the show will offer a whole new experience. Not only will a light show be presented on a screen behind the famed DJ, there will also be one in the crowd. How is this possible?
PixMob has crafted a LED bracelet that will allow fans to generate wireless video effects just by sporting them on their wrists. Using infrared to send instructions wirelessly to pixels worn by members of the audience, the technology of PixMob will bring a rainbow of color upon the crowd. Each audience member will be given a bracelet upon arrival, allowing lighting directors to produce a light show on a whole new canvas, as they change the colors of every single bracelet from their computers. The light show will be in sync with the music giving the crowd a whole new visual element to party to.
Back in June, we introduced readers to Tengrade, 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.” The tool, which is solely based on numbers, is a unique way to get people rating their favorite restaurants, musicians, actors and more- promoting greater efficiency and universality than sites such as Yelp or Urbanspoon. Click here for a full refresher on what Tengrade is, why it landed on our "Cool Shit" blog, and how to use it.
Google Glass is the most hyped piece of technology since the iPad, but the product itself is still an impractical purchase for most people. Yes, it’s lighter and sexier than anyone would expect a computer strapped to your head would be, but it’s also the cost of a month’s rent and much less practical than a smartphone.
Luckily, for those who are interested in the tech more than the fashion statement, the widespread interest in hands-free tech has enough love to go around. Epson, a company that already had AR glasses on the market before Google Glass, has released a new, much more practical version of its Moverio BT-200.
Most people probably consider the flaws of adhesive tape to be fundamental;one of those eminently necessary tools that seems impossibly resistant to technological progress, tape loses much of its power after it’s been applied. However, there could be a major improvement coming which will hel tape stay stickier for longer. The technology is modeled after gecko's feet, which have the adhesive power to hold 400 times their body weight, never lose their strength, and work on all wet and dry surfaces.
Lucent Dossier Experience stands provocatively as a fusion of avant-guard performance, transformative stage design, and heart-throbbing electronic music. Clinging to little besides the progression of the live experience, this interactive troupe actively destroys the wall between performers and voyeurs.
Lucent Dossier has risen through the ranks of progressive festival acts, earning them notoriety far beyond the polo fields of Coachella Valley and their famed home at Lightning in a Bottle Festival. As the world’s stage catches up to their astonishingly innovative techniques, they affirm their role as the leaders in experiential high-art.
We're sure by now you’ve probably heard about the Dumb Starbucks that popped up in California a little over a few weeks ago. The store literally dumbfounded the media, patrons, and even Starbucks with menu items like the Dumb Espresso, Dumb Iced Coffee, and Dumb Frappuccinos and basically everything you would find in a Starbucks. The questionable existence of the business and its creator surmounted in a media circus, enough to make the stunt a promotional success. However, many were left wondering, “How is this all legal?”- since Starbucks had yet to comment (and never did).
Valentine's Day- the official annual day of love. Some people count down the days till this romantically momentous event, while others avoid it as one would the apocalypse. If you're one of those anti-valentine types, or you just couldn't find a date in time you can still have an awesome Valentine's Day! So put down the box of chocolates and pint of ice cream and don't you dare think about popping that Nicholas Spark movie into your DVD player. Have your own fun and make Valentine's Day a little more interesting this year. (Tip #1: Don't be Elle Woods)