In every age, and on any frontier, an explorer needs his navigational tools. In so much, the technology of exploration has evolved quite radically over the centuries. We went from the cross-staff, to the back staff, from the compass, to the GPS, and so on and so forth. As human beings we have a natural instinct to explore; we want to find new places where there’s cool stuff, and plenty of action. Now, thanks to the digital age, the wireless age, and the digitally witless age, we no longer have to explore alone. There’s an app that connects every pub bar fly, pub crawler, and high end alcoholic and lets them instantly share their discoveries. Its a little marvel of technology called Untappd.
When Bitcoin came on the scene in 2009, many didn’t pay it any mind. Doubts in the cryptocurrency stemmed from the possibility of bitcoin being easy to hack, expensive to generate, and since it isn’t tied to a conventional value: only circulating if someone offered to buy it. Bitcoin is not linked to any underlying commodity or government which also means it can be traded with no postage, taxes, or other fees. It does not offer security in representation, but is resistant to inflation and counterfeit because of its limited supply.
What we can wear and how we can wear it has changed drastically in the wake of the 21st century, yet history seems to be repeating itself in many fashion trends. Luckily, our ability to manage and modify our fashion addiction has continued to grow and create an entirely new and infinite world of fashion technology. Here are some fashion innovations, some more obtainable than others, for the modernizing woman.
Individually, you can use the Rent the Runway application for your iPhone or iPad. The app gives you access to hundreds of different dresses based on your interest or occasion. You can see what’s trending, but also get specific recommendations for your own dress based on the type of occasion, weather forecast, along with pattern and design preferences. Most notability, the app allows you to take a picture of any print and then matches it to a trending dress. Overall, it is ton of fresh fashion crammed into a free app!
As the human population rises and cars clog the streets, it is more difficult to find a method of transportation that does not break the bank or destroy the planet. Bicycles are cute, but you can sweat like a pig if you ride them for too long. What if you can have the best of both worlds: the simplicity of a bicycle combined with the technology of a car? Thanks to the fundraising strength of the Boston startup Superpedestrian and the genius design from Copenhagen Wheel, the bicycle has gotten a facelift that makes getting from point A to point B faster and more efficient.
Launched in 2009 by the SENSEable City Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Copenhagen Wheel is an e-bike with artificial intelligence capabilties. The rear wheel of the bicycle is equipped with a motion-sensitive motor that detects when a rider is going up a hill, and adding electric support. The motor is battery operated, but does not require charging. The battery is able to store excess energy for later use when the rider rolls downhill.
Check out what the newest technology offers for the modern wine lover (just in time for Christmas!):
This is a wine cap that, once snapped to the bottle, aerates your wine instantly as you pour it into the glass. The decanter gives your wine the taste it was meant to have, aged and smoother than when you first open the bottle, adding “value” to inexpensive brands. For only $25, you can make any wine a “fine wine” without having to wait for an electronic aerator. Drink with style and convenience.
Have you ever been in the middle of watching your favorite sci-fi show and got a hankering for a frozen treat? When you pulled it out of the freezer, did you ever think, "This isn't nerdy enough. I want a dessert that's as futuristic and scientifically plausible as the show I'm watching." We're here to tell you the wait is over: there are now Kyl21 popsicles. The world's first molecular popsicle has just been released from food designer David Marx. Complete with a design that looks like it came straight from the set of Battlestar Galactica, each popsicle has increased surface area and multiple facets--just like the surface of a cut precious stone. There is nothing traditional about this popsicle: the flavors are stamped in a format similar to the periodic table on a popsicle stick that is slanted at a sharp angle. David Marx collaborated on the idea of a mathematical shape with a three-star Michelin chef, and a manufacturer of liquid nitrogen equipment. It seems that liquid nitrogen was the key component of making sure the design held together: in order to prevent the liquid from expanding when it froze and ruining the design, an instantaneous method of freezing had to be used, hence the liquid nitrogen.
Next Tuesday, October 22, DJ and producer Datsik will be adding his song "Automatik" featuring Messinian to MashupDJ's library of music.
Datsik's song "Automatik" is part rap and part heavy dubstep bass. Its the perfect addition to MashupDJ's growing library of music.
If you're not already familiar with the new web app MashupDJ let us break it down for you: MashupDJ is a place where any music lover can create a mash up of songs with just a few clicks. You can browse their library of songs from all genres and create your own masterpiece by mashing up any songs you'd like! Mash up "ABC" by Jackson 5 with "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones. The possibilities of mashups are endless and with new songs dropping every Tuesday, MashupDJ is about to be your new favorite app!
The words ‘wine’ and ‘straitjacket’ should never be used in a sentence together, but we’re willing to make an exception for this. Creative agency Lola Madrid designed a white fabric label for wine that resembles a straitjacket! Vino Loco, or “Crazy Wine” comes wrapped and packed in a large, white padded box and holds three bottles. The packaging design was created to simulate a cell in a mental institution and has the taste of your standard glass of red wine. However, Vino Loco is one of many innovative designs as far as wine goes. Check out some of these wacky sleeves from other companies below. Anybody thirsty?
With over 4,000 food vendors occupying the streets and the largest mass transit system in the world underneath them, it is clear NYC is a hot spot to live in. So hot, in fact, that residents will even assent to living in a “converted” 6x12 bedroom with no closet. And now, Denmark architects Ole Robin Storjohann and Mateusz Mastalski have designed award-winning micro-apartments for urban dwellers. The idea is to fill the narrow gaps between buildings with perched lofts—an idea that won the first prize for roof window manufacturer FAKRO’s “New Vision of the Loft 2” competition.
Sometimes there is nothing better than relaxing in a warm bath after a hectic, stressful week. For those of you frequent bath-takers, we all have our own rituals. Add bubbles and salts to ease those aching muscles, and simply vegetate. Some may dim the lights, some may turn off all the lights and add candles; you can drink your favorite glass of Cabernet or Sauvignon Blanc, while others read magazines. A little background music to your lounging time is always appreciated - we all know you blast the worst (best) guilty pleasures in your iTunes when no one’s listening. I have been subject to all of the above at one point or another, but my vice these days is watching movies or shows on my iPad. The unfortunate part is that of course it isn’t water proof, which makes for slightly complicated maneuvers in order to keep it dry. Also, it sucks holding up any device over the water because it is the opposite of relaxing. Let's face it, we're all lazy sometimes.