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Life, unplugged

Life, unplugged | The Future Is Now | Scoop.it

A recent study found that the average user checks their phone close to 150 times per day. Let alone time spent with computers, TVs and tablets, it’s clear to see screen time is on the rise. It may seem counterintuitive, but there is a growing genre of apps who’s purpose is to help the digitally overwhelmed to disconnect. In an attempt to discover whether technology can be both the problem and the solution, Sarah Kessler spent a month trialling apps and gadgets designed to improve her posture, learn mindfulness, correct her breathing and more. Her report is a truly fascinating read.

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Facebook's World Cup

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Facebook’s data team have compiled a remarkably rich view of the ebb and flow of fan support throughout the world cup. The content is pretty interesting in its own right, but what's really fascinating is this insight into the depth and detail of data available to Facebook through activity of the people who use it. Obviously Facebook data only shows activity of Facebook members, so demographic bias is at play, but this is yet another reminder that the business of big social is the business of acquiring and interpreting the data of its users.

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Coke's plastic fuel

Coke's plastic fuel | The Future Is Now | Scoop.it

 

A few weeks ago we shared Coke's 2nd Lives, an interesting initiative to reuse plastic bottles with a series of gadgets. Critics were swift to point out that you can't solve the plastic problem with more plastic, and Coke responded with the Ekocycle, a 3D printer that uses recycled plastic bottles as its fuel. Although you won't be able to simply feed it with your freshly consumed Coke bottles, it is an interesting approach that puts, yet again, the marriage between technology and sustainability at the forefront of innovation.

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Say hello to Spatial Photography

Say hello to Spatial Photography | The Future Is Now | Scoop.it

A well timed release combined with a cool use of visual technology is always going to get our attention. Fyuse is a spatial imaging app that uses spatial photography to capture interactive representations of the world. Knowing the exposure and reach of the Fifa World Cup, the app's release date and collateral catered to the 2014 tournament, managing to leverage the worldwide event without being an official sponsor. Presently only available on iOS, it's worth a few minutes of fun!

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The first Apple Watch might suck

The first Apple Watch might suck | The Future Is Now | Scoop.it

 

For all of its promises of changing the future, the Apple Watch seems to be presenting developers with quite a few challenges in regards to what an app can do, and how. Though Apple is well known for its tightly controlled ecosystem, it seems this time the current limitations are bound to severely limit the functionality -and originality- of what the watch's first iteration will have to offer.
Read what developers from Tumblr and UsTwo (creators of Monument Valley), amongst others, have to say about it.

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Stick it (on a wall)

Stick it (on a wall) | The Future Is Now | Scoop.it

Even when we’re making work for digital devices, we love to do our thinking away from the keyboards, mice and screens of our machines. The creative freedom of pens, paper and a huge blank wall just can’t be beat. Our office is filled with pinboards, whiteboards and glass walls that let us play with ideas and track projects in a visual, collaborative way. And we’re not the only ones: Google are fans of the “war room” concept as well, as this article from Jake Knapp demonstrates.

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Walk into the light

Walk into the light | The Future Is Now | Scoop.it

The applications for drone technology seem to be endless. We're frequently surprised and amazed by the ingenious ways people manage to take advantage of these flying robots. We particularly love this proof of concept for a robotic photographer's assistant.

The Litrobot places a photographer's lighting rig on an automated drone and follows a model's movement to ensure they are perfectly lit regardless of position and pose, freeing up the photographer to focus on capturing the moment as it happens.

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The first-ever Instagram website

 

With social networks popping up like daisies, it's too easy to become familiar and complacent with what we consider certain platforms are for. It's also rare but certainly refreshing to find projects that break the mold, like Ikea's ingenious website: fully created on Instagram, it uses different accounts and photo tagging as ways of navigation. Not only it is a bold and strongly visual approach to content creation, but also a clever take on the photography platform.

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