Monthly Archives: January 2013

Mini-me in 3D

Startup Mixee Me want to make 3D printing accessible to everybody. (Thanks, Chris Loud)

Their software enables you to design your own Mixee figurines with their online editor, choosing the hair, eyes, body parts, and even uploading your own graphic for facial expressions and shirt designs. Mixee Me will then make your model real, with innovative 3D printing. The cost? Just $25 plus shipping.

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Queue skipping

QThru is a mobile-enabled technology that allows shoppers to skip the checkout lanes by using their smartphones to shop, scan and pay. (Cheers Jamie)

Shoppers can view in-store specials, get product details such as nutritional information, view their personally-created shopping list and access a running total of their spending so far. To complete the checkout process, shoppers simply enter a passcode and scan a QR code at a checkout kiosk, which then generates a receipt that’s highlighted in a different colour for review by a store employee at the door. Simple. In theory, anyway!

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Legacy of loud

For most of us, Marshall Amps mean proper, loud music. Over the last 50 years, they’ve travelled on the Highway to Hell with AC/DC and shared the stage with various rock icons. And now, they’re coming to our living rooms.

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Lucky dip dinners

Visit Lucky Days café in York and, if you throw a six on their giant dice, you get your meal for just £1. (Smart Tim). It might sound too good to be true, but there’s no catch – and the café is already tempting hungry diners with good food for a fraction of the menu price. If you’re feeling lucky (and hungry) then why not pay them a visit.

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The iPad story that unfolds on location

Ever found that your enjoyment of a book is enhanced by wherever you’re reading it? Do you even select your holiday reads to suit your destination?

Tapping into this belletristic pleasure is new iPad novel, The Silent History. Not only is it serialised in daily, commute-friendly excerpts, readers receive extra content when they stray near to the plotline’s map pins.

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Republic spaces

Entrepreneurial artists and designers have found e-commerce sites like Etsy and Bonanza invaluable when building up their brands and selling their stuff. But as far as having physical spaces for showing off their work, options so far have been limited.

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Kids earn TV time

Go outside and play. That’s what our mothers always told us. So how do you get today’s youth to get away from their screens when there’s so much more content available online and, let’s be honest, adults are doing the same thing? Good old incentivisation.

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Seasonal time-keeper

Modern life is too often timed to the millisecond. And with our largely urban, techno-centric lifestyles, it’s easy to loose track of the temporal changes in the wider world around us.

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Augmented groceries

At a time when so many familiar stores are struggling to stay afloat, developments in augmented reality are prompting questions about how we’ll shop in the future.

In China, e-commerce site Yihaodian is giving customers the chance to browse around inside a virtual outlet, projected over the top of their surroundings at certain locations.

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Smart fork

HAPILABS has introduced a new product that aims to help you lose weight and improve digestion. The HAPIfork is a ‘smart fork’ that lets you know when you’re eating too fast. Why? Because if you eat quickly, your brain doesn’t have time to register that you’re full. The slower you eat, the faster you feel full, so you take in fewer calories during each meal.

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