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Dieter Rams. Even in the age of iGadget, few designers are as influential. The German-borne revolutionized the industrial design time and again with his forward-looking yet clear-eyed approach to spaces and products. He worked at Braun for decades, creating classic, timeless consumer electronics that look as good now as they did when they first rolled off his sketches. He literally tore down the walls of the conventional office space, creating offices and furniture free of clutter and flexible enough for modern work.
Although he “retired” in 1997, he continues to work with firms like Vitsœ and influences industrial design thinking to this day. His "ten commandments" of good design are a literal bible for any student of design and beauty.
— Digital Gentleman
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Fashion and technology are all about setting trends, but they’re also about enabling self-expression and interacting with your social network. Founded in London by designer Francesca Rosella and artist Ryan Genz, CuteCircuit designs apparel that doesn’t just make a fashion statement—it expresses itself. Technology enables the design of interactive garments like a blouse that changes colors or a dress that displays a video. Watch how CuteCircuit makes all of this possible with Intel-powered tablets.
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I don’t really consider myself a “bro” — my lad days ended along with my subscription to “Stuff”. But I do subscribe to the idea of a wingman, and that’s what the new BroApp is.
The app lets you spend more time with your bros by acting as a digital babysitter for your girlfriend. Download the app, tell BroApp who in your phone is your significant other, create some nice messages, and BroApp will automatically send them at regularly, totally-not-suspicious-intervals. Less time texting, more time playing Titanfall. Ain’t love grand?
The app also, rather smartly, knows when NOT to send messages by detecting your girlfriend’s wifi, and by knowing if you just talked to her. Nice one, bro.
— Digital Gentleman
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We’re in the midst of #SXSWi, and it’s every bit the most tech-partiest, app-launchiest, gimmick-crazed event of the year. As per usual, your man on the ground Smarter Upstarter is walking the streets of Austin in search of the most interesting panels, the most popular parties, and the craziest marketing gimmicks of “south-by”. Here’s what you need to know:
Cat Panel — On Saturday this panel took a serious look at “how cat videos are becoming an effective and genuine vehicle for fundraising, marketing, commerce and audience engagement.” True story.
Party Time — Verizon’s VC arm threw a party that featured half of Outkast—the Big Boi half. Gary Clark Jr. showed up as a surprise complement to a SXSW Film event. And the rain didn’t prevent a mob showing up for the Seth Meyers panel (and after party) for his new show.
Samsung #PowerOn — Attending #SXSW? Got a Samsung device with a low battery? Simply tweet the hashtag “PowerOn”, and a team of Samsung reps will delivery a new battery to your location, no charge! (Ahem)
And of course, there’s the usual fun of Austin…being Austin.
— Smarter Upstarter
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If you close your eyes, perhaps you can hear it. A low rumble in the distance, that faint din of a million text notification chimes…yep, that’s the sound of the annual tech stampede to Austin for SXSWi. Smarter Upstarter is going again this year, and believe me, he is no n00b. For 2014, here’s the complete list of items i’ll have in my backpack:
1) MacBook Air 11”—Tried and true, and light as a feather.
2) IncasePortable Power 5400—Two additional iPhone charges where ever you go.
3) Fisher Space Pen & Moleskine—Lightest writing accessories around. Super durable.
4) Packable jacket—30 degree temperature swings are not uncommon in Austin.
5) Purell—Someone coined “SXSars” for a reason…
Throw in a comfortable pair of shoes, and I think I’m set to brave the madness once more. Be on the lookout for WIRED’s usual play-by-play coverage this week.
— Smarter Upstarter
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If I told you that someone made a fully-functioning Braille printer out of a Lego Mindstorms kit, you’d be impressed. Now what if I told you that inventor was a seventh grader? Now we’re talking.
For middle-schooler Shubham Banerjee, BRAIGO v1.0 was just a simple science fair project. (What happened to the days of baking soda and vinegar?) What’s most impressive is that Banerjee’s printer was built at a much lower cost than comparable models. He’s still working on speeding up the printing process but plans to make his design open-source so people can build their own BRAIGOs. Read more about it PSFK.
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Who needs a bedside table when you can have an over-the-bed table? The Paracord and Pulley Hanging Table lowers from your ceiling and floats comfortably above your horizontal self whenever you desire. It brings a whole new meaning to breakfast in bed.
As someone who recently tried to eat a big bowl of ramen in bed while getting over a cold – don’t try it unless you want to make a mess – I am all for this floating desktop. Instructables user Matt2 Silver managed to build this project in a fairly simple way with $5 in pulleys, $10 in parachute cord, and $20 in pine board. Read the full directions over at Instructables.
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We check-in on Facebook, Foursquare, and Yelp. We Instagram and tag the location. We carry our phones everywhere we go. What if this location data was abused?
The ACLU created a video outlining just what could happen when a government agency – say a law enforcement agency – gets a hold of someone’s location data. Think about it: you could be flagged as a DUI risk based on your previous habits and perhaps even drag your friends into the limelight as well. Watch this video to see how it all breaks down and how location data is not always as black-and-white as it seems.
Will this make you think twice about your next online check in?
— Adventure Capitalist
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I’m a bit of a solo traveler who’s obsessed with Instagram. Therefore, I often resort to the selfie. Sure, I could ask someone to take a photo for me but the thought of handing my camera over to a random – especially in another country – is too risky. But for $25, my problems are solved.
HISY (pronounced high-see) is a coin-sized Bluetooth-enabled camera remote. It syncs with your Apple device to capture the perfect selfie. You won’t have to worry about awkwardly placing your finger on the shutter because the remote is held with ease in your hand. It’s also good for group shots. No more asking your least favorite friend to take the photo. (I kid, I kid.) Personally, I’d pair it with a Gorillapod for full effect, but I think the miniature size and price make this a worthy investment for photog fiends.
— Adventure Capitalist
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We’ve all had those nights, where we wish there were some sort of automatic alarm that had told us when to stop drinking (or, perhaps, those mornings where we’re paying the price from those extra beers we knew weren’t necessary).
Well, lo and behold, it’s arrived. cNet has discovered a Kickstarter program to support the Bevometer, the libation-counting koozie that keeps track of just how many you’ve had. And we’re not just talking about how many you’ve had tonight – we’re talking a lifetime counter, to keep your liver in check and your level of overall inebriation down. It may sting at first, but you’ll better for it in the long run, promise.