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Be A Nomad With The GEICO Gecko

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The GEICO Gecko is on a Digital Nomadic Journey, looking for individuals across the country who are doing incredibly cool things with technology, in incredibly cool places, and he’s sharing all the cool with you via social media. Heading to the Rockies, he explores Boulder, a small mountain town with big tech ambitions. Over the last five years, Boulder’s startups have been raising millions in venture capital—and then hitting the slopes. They’re elevating the digital lifestyle and taking advantage of every opportunity, like saving 15 percent or more on car insurance at geico.com

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|  July 29th, 2014

Things are Looking Up

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We looked to the sky and saw a different way to purify water. By vapor-distilling it, so it’s pure and crisp like from a cloud, then adding electrolytes for a distinct taste. Oh, and we got some daydreaming done, too. 

What will you see when you look up? 

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|  July 29th, 2014

Wearable tech? What about tattoo-able tech?

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When you’re client-facing like I am, you tend to eschew body art. Still, never say never, especially when a new wave of digital tattoos promise to hack your very body. Motorola and Vivalnk’s new digital tattoo, for example, can unlock your phone. The tatt, which is essentially a geeky temporary tattoo, comes in a pack of 10 and lasts about five days per tattoo. Adhere the tattoo some some furtive place on your body, tap your phone to the ink, and off you go. 

One glaring problem already: the tattoo is ugly. What, no barbed wire?

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|  July 29th, 2014

Play With Your Food

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If I gave you a chocolate wafer, you’d be happy. If I gave you chocolate wafer pieces that could be placed together to form a dinosaur or an airplane, you’d be even happier. Right? RIGHT.

Choco Fix allows sugar fiends to build edible models from chocolate wafer pieces. The kits include dinosaurs, racecars, horses, and airplanes and augmented reality packaging lets smartphone users envision the finished project in 3D. Cadbury challenged graduate students at the University of Arts London to use chocolate in an innovative way to combat the rising price of chocolate. This is what they came up with. I’d pay top dollar. How about you?  Read more about it at PSFK

Maker

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|  July 27th, 2014

“Didn’t Wash Hands” Alarm

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You could use this to get your kids in the good habit or you could use this to publicly humiliate your friends and family. It’s your choice. The Didn’t Wash Hands Alarm is exactly what it says it is – an alarm that will sound whenever anyone walks out the bathroom door without at least turning on the faucet.

Using an Arduino microcontroller, one sensor monitors the toilet, another the sink, and another the door. When someone uses the toilet – but not the sink – an alarm will sound. You could trick the system by simply running the water, but your friends and family don’t have to know that. Get the full tutorial and the Arduino code over at Make

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|  July 27th, 2014

Bring the Outdoors In

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Most of us who are glued to a cubicle chair all day would rather be spending that time outside. One gadget aims to bring the outdoors in with ambient light.

Patch of Sky is a set of internet-connected lamps that replicate the lighting conditions outside using Arduino and BERGCloud. The lamps connect to your current location wirelessly via Facebook and you can even “share your sky” with other owners of the device. Eleven common weather conditions are emulated via colored light animation. For example, a lamp will glow blue with white flashes when it’s storming.

These lamps are definitely not a replacement for Vitamin D – they’re just a way to stay in tune with nature.

Adventure Capitalist

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|  July 26th, 2014

A Maps App for the Scenic Route

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It’s about time. Although we all appreciate the incredible ease that maps apps bring into our lives, there’s something missing – the ability to choose the prettiest route over the fastest route.

A Yahoo lab in Barcelona is working on this concept and it started with crowdsourced data. By showing participants photographs of London streets and asking which looked more enjoyable, the researchers pieced together directions that added only a few more minutes of travel time for a more pleasant route. 

Sometimes a beautiful river road detour is totally worth the added 30 minutes especially during an otherwise bland five-hour long car ride. Those are the only times I find myself wishing for a paper map over my digital device. Read more about the concept at WIRED.

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|  July 26th, 2014
  • MANHATTAN: SPECIAL PREVIEW

    Take a look inside what life was like for the families and scientists living in the secret city of Los Alamos who were tasked with inventing the world’s first atomic bomb. Don’t miss the series premiere of the explosive new series, MANHATTAN, on SUNDAY at 9/8c on WGN America. 

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  • Apple’s Foray into Health Help

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    Apple is constantly raising the bar, and it seems that their next major OS overhaul, iOS 8, will be no exception. According to FWx, this next iteration of iPhone system will come with something called HealthKit, which is said to, “among its other functions… keep a running tally of your caffeine consumption.”

    As FWx continues, this isn’t the first app designed to help keep your heart from exploding due to overdoing the expresso on a super stressful Friday, but it is the most comprehensive. The goal is that, based on a little bit of honest personal assessment (yes, you had six cups of coffee today, not four) and data entry on the user’s part, it will be a one-stop shop for assessing medical well-being and health.  

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    |  July 25th, 2014

    Meet The “Keurig of Beer”!

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    FoodBeast has stumbled upon the, as they’ve dubbed it, “Keurig of Beer” – and they’re not exaggerating.

    Meet the Synek, a Kickstarter-funded (what else?) kegarator of sorts that goes far beyond the usual at-home brew dispensary systems.  Basically, you can prepackage any type of craft beer that the breweries can distribute and keep it for a very long time. Then, whenever you’re ready to enjoy that rare, raspberry-flavored organic wheat beer from Nepal (if that’s a thing), just put it into the Synek machine, and with the tap of a button, fresh, delicious brew will come pouring out of the tap.

    And as the hilariously awkward introduction video explains, this allows you to drink beer anywhere – at work, at home, and everywhere in between. You can probably even drink it at the zoo, if you find an outlet. 

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    |  July 25th, 2014