Reddit /r/place

Category : Blog

Instead of trying to fool people every year on April Fools day Reddit creates a social experiment for users to take part in, last year’s was The Button this years is known as Place. On the sidebar of the front page is a link to a new subreddit called /r/place.

Essentially the idea is that people can place 1 pixel down onto the board in a variety of colours and after 5 minutes you can do this again, this repeats until the experiment is over. After a while people start to make stuff with the pixels on the board but others try to get rid of what you make, as you only have access to 1 pixel every 5 minutes if you want to keep something up on the board you’ll be forced to work with other Redditors to continually redraw the same image.While it only lasted 72 hours the experiment was something that got widespread attention and people are already trying to create their own clones of /r/place.


Nimuno Loops

Category : Blog

For many years Lego, Megablocks and other construction-based toys have helped spark creativity in the minds of kids and adults alike. While traditionally you are restricted to working with flat surfaces the adhesive-backed Nimuno Loops tape take all the fun of creating 3D models and can quite literally turn it on its head.

As well as being able to stick on to any surface the Nimuno Loops tape is flexible enough to create its own new surfaces to build off of and much like standard tape is easy to cut into whatever size pieces you need, most importantly though the Nimuno Loops tape works with any standard Lego block and with the receiver tape, can become part of an existing Lego model.

The tape is currently being crowdfunded on IndieGoGo and at the time of writing has already smashed its initial goal of $8000 with people having given a total of $1,531,290 while still having 10 days remaining.


Blockhead

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The MacBook charger has always been known for being very bulky, especially when comparing it to standard appliance plugs. The Blockhead turns this problem on its head by offering an option to plug in your charger from the side instead of having it sticking out while also adding a splash of colour.

As the plug adapter is a universal size it can be used with any large MacBook chargers, medium iPad chargers in addition to small USB chargers. At $19.95 for one or $34.94 for 2, it’s not expensive but also not cheap, it’s all a matter of whether having a bulky charger sticking out from your wall is a big enough problem for you to want to spend the money on the Blockhead. Personally, if there was a UK version of the adapter I would consider it but I’m certainly not in any major rush to get one.


Migrant Business Show

Category : Blog, Events

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Run by fellow Ravensbourne incubatee and founder of Mi-Hub Rafael Dos Santos the Migrant Business Show is an event where migrant entrepreneurs showcase their businesses to people in hopes of receiving future business opportunities.

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While not being a migrant entrepreneur myself it was fascinating to see the broad range of businesses on show from a new and innovative storage service all the way to IT solutions for large companies.

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The event also doubled as a party for the launch of Mi-Hub’s new office space in Aldgate. By day the space will not only be a place for Mi-Hub and its operations but a place where migrant entrepreneurs can develop their own businesses, network with like-minded people and work in the heart of London at an affordable rate.


Subtleties of Czech Culture: Prague Metro Stations

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While living in Prague I found that quite a lot of things people consider to be a boring part of their everyday lives are actually pretty interesting to those who haven’t experienced them, one such example is the design of the Metro stations in Prague.

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The use of anodised metal to make patterns and signage is quite striking especially when you realise that every station has a distinct colour palette that has a lot of hidden design detail embedded into it.

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Beyond the front-facing aesthetic layer if you know what to look for you can actually read the patterns in shapes and colours to see where you are in relation to the city centre and what lines connect to the station you’re currently at.

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The best example of this can be seen at Mustek, Muzeum and Flora stations where the mass number of concave domes indicates the density of the area they reside in, central Prague.

prague metro - 5With clever use of colour, people can also identify which lines can be connected to via the current station. While the Green line uses domes to show these different lines have methods such as the red lines use of rectangular tiling.

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Due to the level of design detail being so subtle it wouldn’t surprise me to find that even few of the local residents know of this little life hack, but if you’re ever in Prague and need a little help navigating just remember to look at the station’s walls and you might get a hint.


Timeless

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As we all know a woman’s eggs and a man’s sperm only stays effective up until a certain point (usually late 30s to early 40s) but what if there was a way to not have your body hinder your ability to create life? Earlier on in the year I came across a pop-up exhibition based around fertility in the not so distant future and a conceptual way of how women can freeze their eggs.

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By collecting several batches while women are still fertile and preserving them in a ‘frozen-like’ state women can take comfort in knowing that they can have a baby whenever it’s convenient for them, not their biological clock. How this differs to current freezing technology is that the eggs are preserved in capsules that are made to look like perfume bottles and women have the ability to keep them at home as a way of reminding them that they are in charge of their own bodies.

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While the technology behind this still remains a concept it’s a concept that isn’t too far away from coming real, whether it’s adopted by society as a new standard is a different question but one that the exhibition aimed to start a dialogue about so we’re prepared when the technology and thus the choices emerge.


BrushKnob

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If you’ve ever tried to create fluid drawings and illustrations on the computers you will have noticed pretty quickly that a mouse is not the right option and instead opt for a stylus/tablet combo. While this might suffice for some people, having to switch from natural drawing with a stylus to structured clicking around menus can make the creation process feel a bit disorienting.

BrushKnob is an Indiegogo project by industrial designer Wataru Kami that makes your creation your workflow more seamless and intuitive simply twist the knob to increase the size of your selected brush or press it down to change to another brush. BrushKnob doesn’t need any specials protocols or drivers in order to, simply plug it in via USB and you’re ready to get started.

While the device may seem rather limited in functionality, for digital artists that need that extra boost to their creation workflow no other device can offer such a simple, easy to use and aesthetically pleasing solution.


Vans X Nintendo

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While Nintendo is well known for their video game systems (especially the NES and Super Nintendo) one area they have rarely if ever been seen in is the area of fashion. In collaboration with Vans Nintendo has brought out a series of clothing ranging from shoes and socks all the way to shirts and hats featuring classic 8-bit designs.

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What’s nice to see is that instead of just plastering a logo or sprite onto a t-shirt and calling it a day it’s clear that Vans have had some creative input into the final products as well. While you absolutely are buying yourself a nice little slice of nostalgia thanks to Vans you’re also getting a genuinely fashionable product that you’ll be pleased to wear in public.


Lift Hook

Category : Blog

Lift Hook is recent Kickstarter campaign to turn the age-old problem of bicycle storage on its side, literally. This special hook is designed to support your bike up against a wall while looking nice and not taking up too much space. Unlike other bike hooks though Lift is marketed as a multi-use bike hook capable of holding any weight up to 25KG whether that be a heavy rucksack full of food shopping or a wet umbrella you need to let dry.

The campaign has a little under 2 weeks to go and is well on it’s way to its rather modest goal of £10,000.


Technology Will Save Us: Mover Kit

Category : Blog

In an effort to bring wearable technology to kids startup company Technology Will Save Us has created the Mover Kit, a watch-like device that kids can build and code themselves. The Mover Kit comes packed with a motion sensor, compass and RGB LEDs or as they call them “Rainbow lights” all of which can be easily manipulated through an easy to use interface which teaches them the basic concepts of coding.

Within a few days, the Mover Kit reached its initial goal of $50,000 on Kickstarter, not only that, unlike most other crowdfunded project the device will be available within just 1 month of its funding to ensure that kids can have fun with wearable tech during their summer holidays.


Suzy Snooze

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BleepBleeps is a tech startup company that designs products aimed at every aspect of parenting from getting pregnant to looking after a newborn baby. After the success of their first product Sammy Screamer BleepBleeps has returned back to the crowdfunding scene with a new product Suzy Snooze.

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In collaboration with Mumsnet and Sleepio Suzy Snooze is the first smart baby monitor, sleep trainer and nightlight all in one. When your child is ready to go to sleep simply push down on Suzy’s hat and she will play a lullaby while comforting them with a warm, friendly nightlight to help them drift to sleep.

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Once asleep you can use the BleepBleeps app to turn Suzy into a baby monitor and keep an eye on your child through the night, as well as an alarm clock so that children know when to get up and start the day anew.

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I may not have any children myself but I know that the experience of being a parent is never easy, while it may seem quite expensive what you’re getting is a smart, easy to use device that will make your job easier and maybe even let you catch up on those missed hours of sleep.


Referendum WTF

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Are you confused about the referendum? Me too. Thankfully there is an online, neutral resource that’s here to help you, brought to you by startup company Explaain, Referendum WTF is a neutral, no-nonsense guide to the EU Referendum.

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By summarising large, complex topics in to small and digestible sentences referendum.wtf is a great way to get yourself informed on important matters without trying to understand jargon and people’s biases.


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