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April 16th, 2014 at 9:51 am

Shapeshifting furniture of the future

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The inFORM

The inFORM–a shapeshifting display that you can reach through and touch–was meant to be a sort of digital scrying pool through which MIT could imagine the user interfaces of the future. Currently on display at Milan’s Design Week, the inFORM’s successor (called, appropriately enough,the Transform) is a scrying pool too, but instead of helping us imagine the interfaces of the future, it’s here to teach us what the polymorphous furniture of tomorrow will be like instead. (Videos)

 

 

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April 16th, 2014 at 9:43 am

Map reveals how the entire world could be connected using a global underground network

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Web developer Chris Gray came up with his idea for a global Underground map when he was visiting Australia.

What if you could board a train in Madras, India and travel to Boston without changing trains? One man has imagined the world as a giant London Underground map where people can travel freely between countries and traverse vast bodies of water from the comfort of their seat while vehicles speed through vast tunnels.

 

 

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April 15th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

MIT building robots out of paper

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Printed robot

MIT lead researcher,  Ankur Mehta is working on a project that quite literally enables people to print robots on a standard piece of paper at home. It might sound crazy, but there’s a lot of complicated math to back up the fact that you can create nearly any shape you like by folding paper. Once you’ve created the proper shape, Mehta demonstrates that you can combine it with about $20 worth of electronics to create a fully functioning robot.

 

 

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April 15th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

The world’s first connected electric toothbrush

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Kolibree connected electric toothbrush.

Kolibree has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its connected electric toothbrush, a product that first caught our eye at CES in January. The Paris-based company hopes to raise $70,000 by May 25, and it’s already reached $56,000 from backers at the time of this post. (Video)

 

 

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April 15th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Mini mobile robotic printer roams around the page laying down ink

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Pocket Printer

Most pocket-sized printers are really just smaller versions of what you’d see on your desk. But,  Zuta Labs’ upcoming Pocket Printer robot may liven things up a little. Instead of using an old-fashioned paper feed, it runs over the page laying grayscale ink. This Roomba-like approach isn’t just a party trick, though. Besides leading to a very portable design, it lets you print on any size page you like — if you need to get a legal form while you’re at the coffee shop, you can. (Video)

 

 

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April 15th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Toywheel introduces app that connects toys and augmented reality

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Toywheel

Kids grow up with different technology and toys these days than we did, but you don’t need to be a geek mom or dad to realize that. (Video)

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April 15th, 2014 at 10:15 am

Electric car sales growing 100% every year

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Actually, electric car sales are growing a little bit more than 100%.

Every year more and more electric car models are hitting the market. As more consumers begin to adopt the technology electric car sales continue to improve. EV sales are currently growing at a rate of more than 100 percent a year according to a recent report.

 

 

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April 14th, 2014 at 11:34 am

Genesis – futuristic 3D printed car body

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Genesis

EDAG, a German auto firm, made a stir at this year’s Geneva Motor Show with a fully 3D printed auto body called Genesis. And why not? Its smooth grey curves and futuristic honeycomb ooze sex appeal. And did we mention 3D printed cars?

 

 

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April 14th, 2014 at 11:26 am

Online and mobile advertising hits $43 billion

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Digital revenue surpassed broadcast TV this year.

Digital advertising online and via mobile crossed the $40 billion mark for the first time ever this past year, according to the Internet Advertising Bureau. Since 2004, the average growth rate has been 18 percent. And this year, digital ad revenues surpassed broadcast television for the first time.

 

 

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April 14th, 2014 at 11:01 am

America’s changing demographics: Pew Research

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America is in the midst of two demographic transformations right now. Our population is becoming majority non-white at the same time a record share is going gray. Each of these shifts would by itself be the defining demographic story of its era. The fact that both are unfolding simultaneously has generated big generation gaps that will put stress on our politics, families, pocketbooks, entitlement programs and social cohesion.

 

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