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The anti-social network

Earlier this year (April to be precise) a story hit the UK’s headlines of a 4-year-old girl who was ‘addicted’ to her iPad. Whilst many of us may have scoffed and thought ‘I’d never let that happen to my child’, it turns out that in Japan they’re taking the problem incredibly seriously.
 

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The anti-social network

Earlier this year (April to be precise) a story hit the UK’s headlines of a 4-year-old girl who was ‘addicted’ to her iPad. Whilst many of us may have scoffed and thought ‘I’d never let that happen to my child’, it turns out that in Japan they’re taking the problem incredibly seriously.
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Travel brilliantly

“Nice hotel, but the mini shampoo wasn’t up to much.” If you’ve ever stayed somewhere and moaned about what could be better, Marriott International’s new campaign is for you.

Travel Brilliantly invites people to put forward suggestions for the hotels of the future – and your ideas can be as weird and wonderful as your imagination (current suggestions include a personalised mini-bar and a luggage finder app).

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Spray-on fashion

Done spritzing on your deodorant? Now spray on your t-shirt and trousers. Spanish fashion designer Manel Torres has invented the world’s first clothes-spray, which forms a durable, elastic material when it hits the skin.

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New pins to buy

Pinterest is changing. Soon you’ll be able to use specific pins for food, retail products and movies. Then you’ll be able to click through and actually buy what you’ve been drooling over, rather than just dreaming about it.

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Makr Shakr

Some robots would be no good at mixing a martini. C3PO, for example, would no doubt bruise the gin with those inflexible elbows of his, despite his plummy butler act. But these ‘guys’ put the most balletic of bartenders to shame. Fresh from MIT’s Senseable City Lab and rocking the bar in Milan is Makr Shakr: three robotic arms that can mix any drink you desire.

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PaperTab

Welcome to the newest innovation in tablets: a flexible, paper-thin device that looks and feels like a sheet of paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The PaperTab, a high-resolution plastic display PC prototype, was unveiled recently at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team behind the invention said their goal was to emulate the feel of paper – creating a robust, lightweight product that could bend and even be dropped on a desk. If the idea catches on, the way we use tablets could change forever.

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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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Plugg Radio

Created by Norwegian design duo Skrekkøgle, Plugg is a DAB radio that’s controlled by a cork. Out for sound, in for silence. Produced using hacking electronics, 3D printing and laser cutting, the simple device explores the loss of tangibility in our electronic equipment by focussing on the physical interaction required to use it.

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Armchair shopping

It’s hard, when you’re out furniture shopping, to picture what something will look like in your home. To solve this problem, London- and Helsinki-based start-up, Sayduck, has created an augmented reality mobile app that demonstrates how a piece of furniture looks in a room. The app is interactive, too: digital lamps turn on and off, and you can follow step-by-step assembly instructions in real time.

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