Rebecca Minkoff releases jewellery with technology embedded [#Fashion]

Rebecca Minkoff To Debut Tech-Enabled Jewelry
“The line will debut next week at the brand’s spring fashion show. Looks range from a $60 lightning cable that doubles as a bracelet, in Minkoff’s signature black leather and gold, to a chunky $120 chain-link bracelet with black and gray studs that mask its ability to send a small range of notifications. The jewelry recalls rings from startup Ringly, which sells $145 cocktail rings that vibrate in four possible patterns, according to the wearer’s preferences.” via Co.Design

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App lets you invite strangers to verbally deliver personal messages [#Communication]

somebody app by miranda july sends a stranger to verbally deliver texts
“when a written text to a friend or loved one just can’t convey the sentiment of the sender, the ‘somebody‘ app — created by american filmmaker and artist miranda july — ensures messages are delivered with every bit of emotion. as a user of the application composes a text, it is sent — not directly to the person they intend — but rather to a nearby stranger, assigned to verbally convey the note to the desired recipient. participants partake in a sort of performance-art: the ‘stand-in’ is directed by actions and cues such as crying, giving a hug or holding the hands of the human receiver. ‘I see this as far-reaching public art project, inciting performance and conversation about the value of inefficiency and risk‘ july describes.” via DesignBoom

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Google X shows early drone delivery project [#Drones]

Google X takes wraps off project developing autonomous delivery drones
“According to Google, Project Wing has been in development for around two years. A video released by the search giant of a test flight in Australia shows a winged, shuttle-like craft taking off vertically using what appear to be four front-mounted propellers. The craft, named Chickadee 6 judging by the footage, navigates its way autonomously to a predefined location. Hovering above the treeline, it gently lowers a package to the ground on a cord, breaks off its attachment to the package and reels the cord back in before returning home.” via Gizmag

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Map made from pinging every IP address on the internet shows where the devices are [#IoT]

A Map of Every Device in the World That’s Connected to the Internet
“This map was made on August 2 by John Matherly, the founder of Shodan, a search engine for internet-connected devices. Matherly, who calls himself an internet cartographer, collected the data to put it together by sending ping requests to every IP address on the internet, and storing the positive responses. A ping is a network utility that sends an echo-request message (known as a packet) to an IP address—the internet’s version of “hey, are you there?” That part was relatively easy compared to the visualization process, says Matherly. “It took less than five hours to gather the data, and another 12 hours or so to generate the map image.” For that, he used the matplotlib plotting library in the programing language Python.” via Gizmodo

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3D printed concrete castle at human scale [#3DPrinting]

andrey rudenko constructs 3D printed concrete castle in minnesota
“following two years of research and development into the capabilities of technology on an architectural scale, minnesota-based engineer andrey rudenko has completed a 3D printed concrete castle, life-sized and capable of habitation. the walls of the small fortress, as well as three tops of the towers, have been fabricated separately and finally assembled and amassed into the single, free-standing structure. ‘with this new technology‘ rudenko describes ‘it is possible to print limitless amounts of classical décor as well as brand new elements and shapes, whereas previous technology made innovative constructions difficult and expensive.’” via DesignBoom

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New light detector uses a tiny grating built into the pixels [#Photography]

Nature inspires color-sensitive, CMOS-compatible photodetector
“Researchers at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) have developed a new image sensor that mimics the way we see color by integrating light amplifiers and color filters directly onto the pixels. The new design enables smaller, less complex, and more organic designs for CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors and other photodetectors used in cameras” via Gizmag

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Teams of robots that could work on distant planets [#Robots]

NASA’s “swarmies” robots would team up to explore alien worlds
“A collection of autonomous robots designed to scuttle around on distant planets looking for resources and materials in much the same way that members of insect colonies do on Earth are currently being tested by NASA engineers. The robots, dubbed “swarmies,” are designed to individually survey an area, signal the others when they have found something of value, and then divide up the task of collecting the material and returning it back to base.” via Gizmag

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CalPal has messaging built into its calendar to help with organizing meetings [#Schedules]

CalPal Adds Messaging To Your Calendar To Simplify Making Plans With Friends
“The most important part of the application is a messaging functionality built straight into events. Previously, meeting participants had to coordinate details through other means of communication — whether it be email, SMS, or some other type of messaging service. In most cases, that meant that conversations were siloed and not every participant was aware of what was happening. By contrast, all conversations that happen on CalPal are visible to everyone who plans on attending. New users can also be added at any time or drop out if they can’t attend.” via TechCrunch

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WOrld’s first 8 Terabyte hard drive [#Storage]

Seagate starts shipping world’s first 8 TB hard drives
“Seagate is, at least for the time being, targeting its new drive at enterprise users, such as cloud-based data centers, and back-up disaster recovery storage. This makes sense, as for such users it’s all about making the most of space and cramming 8 TB into a single drive increases the storage density such facilities can accommodate. Seagate also claims the the new drive boasts the best Watts/GB for enterprise bulk data storage in the industry, resulting in lower power costs for users. It also incorporates a SATA 6Gb/s interface, making it easy to integrate into existing data centers.” via Gizmag

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Interesting new social and technological trends culled from the web by Richard Banks.