PackPoint helps you create a travel packing list based on weather and more [#Travel]

Space-Saving Travel App Ensures You’ll Never Overpack Again
“When you open up PackPoint, the app will first ask you a number of questions about your trip such as your gender, destination, travel dates and whether it’s for business or leisure. The app will go even further by asking you to select from a list of activities like hiking, business casual, or fancy dinner. Using your preferences, PackPoint will populate a list with suggested items to pack, on which you are free to swipe away ones you won’t need or add your own.” via PSFK

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Wall of small screens behind lenses highlight scientific discoveries [#Installation]

Field Of Mini Screens Reveals Scientific Discoveries Up Close“Featuring thousands of LCD screens and lenses that are able to project photos and text, the Discovery Wall highlights the college’s many scientific discoveries over the years. The screens are set behind a panel of circular discs, and this dual layer construction turns the wall into a single image from a distance; however, up close each screen projects different information.” via PSFK

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Parcosm 3D-Scanning system pieces together scans from multiple people [#3D]

3D-Scanning Platform Pieces A Room Together Like A Jigsaw Puzzle
“Paracosm’s platform turns 3D scanning into a collaborative process, where users can create a realistic 3D model of any space and join their data with others’ scans to create accurate models. Paracosm developed dense mapping – which they describe as “real-time mapping of complex and arbitrary indoor scenes in variable lighting conditions” – for Project Tango and worked on the core technology underlying the 3D reconstructions and models.” via PSFK

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Table creates power from light to recharge devices [#Power]

studio natural brings lucio energy point into living spaces
“taking advantage of something that exists in all living spaces, the element uses both sunlight and artificial light to turn it into power. the project is conceived as a piece of furniture that stores this energy from interior environments, transferring it to daily tools such as smartphones and tablets. ‘lucio’ serves as a flexible charging island that can be positioned far away from the wall and plugs.” via DesignBoom

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Using paper sketches and an iPhone to make interactive wireframes [#Prototypes]

Marvel’s iPhone App Turns Sketches Into Tappable Mobile App “Prototypes”
“To begin with you draw your app screens on paper, a whiteboard, or on the back of a napkin in true folklore style, and then use your iPhone to take a snap of each sketch, which can be designed for either iPhone or iPad. Next, using the Marvel app, you apply ‘touch’ hotspots to each image and in turn link your screens together in the way you intend the app to be navigated. ” via TechCrunch

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Using symbolic bike lights for faster recognition [#Cycling]

Attention-getting Brainy Bike Lights feature the “Sign of the Cyclist”
“Tests conducted by the team showed that people were able to identify and respond to the presence of a Brainy Bike Light about 100 milliseconds faster than they could to a regular bike light. More specifically, they were able to discern that the light was in fact a bike light, as opposed to some other light source amidst the night time traffic.” via Gizmag

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SELFIE wall mirror takes the perfect Selfie photo and posts to Twitter [#Selfie]

Selfie Mirror Creates The Perfect Photo Every Time
“The team of researchers have created the S.E.L.F.I.E (“Self Enhancing Live Feed Image Engine”), a two-way mirror that uses facial recognition software and an Arduino processor to function. Users simply stand in front of the mirror and smile as the LEDs countdown and flash when your photo is taken which is then automatically posted to Twitter.  The device enables the user to take a photo completely hands-free and uses hidden LEDs to initiate the countdown when it recognizes its users programmed facial features.” via PSFK

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Robot that lives of algae [#Robots]

Bio-Robot Lives Off Of Photosynthesis Like A Plant
“The Symbiotic Machine targets organisms that are found in water bodies like ponds, canals, rivers and the sea. It creates a symbiotic system with its environment as it detects, collects, carries, and processes these organisms. The machine can clean the environment of its location by collecting these organisms for energy and can potentially be used in places with harmful algae bloom.” via PSFK

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