Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
—  Andrew Carnegie (
You need others. Too often people think that being unique means being isolated, and being a great artist means coming up with genius ideas out of nowhere. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
—  John Lasseter

Later today, Beats is formally unveiling its partnership with Fragment and Hiroshi Fujiwara, the Godfather of Harajuku, at the Apple Store in Soho. Fujiwara is a musician, DJ and designer known for transforming the bustling Tokyo scene with his forward streetwear. Fujiwara has designed a limited-edition Beats Solo2 headphone that balances a glossy chrome finish with matte white accents. This one is bound to turn heads. (More details here and here.)

Baby’s Necklace Could End Up Being A Life Saver

Meet Vikram. He’s that cute baby in the picture above. Now, take a closer look at his neckwear.

It’s traditional for newborns in northern India to wear a black thread necklace as a symbol of good health and good fortune, but Vikram’s got a high-tech version. The round pendant on the string is a wearable device called Khushi Baby that carries his vaccination history inside a computerized chip about the size of a dime.

Khushi Baby was created by undergrads at Yale University in spring 2013. The students were taking a class called “Appropriate Technologies for the Developing World.” The assignment: create a gadget for tracking health data in remote environments.

That’s not just a classroom exercise. Parents in India (and many other countries) receive paper health cards to keep track of a child’s vaccine doses, but paper is easily misplaced, says Leen van Besien, who co-developed the idea for Khushi Baby. And there aren’t digital health records to consult. In Rajasthan, where Vikram lives, clinicians write vaccination information by hand in in large paper logbooks as they travel from village to village. Thousands of names are kept in the books, making it hard to search through when a vaccine card is misplaced.

A lost card could prove fatal. India boasts one of lowest vaccine coverage rates in the world, in part because kids fall off their vaccine schedules. For example last year, 7 million children did not receive all three doses for pertussis, also known as whooping cough). As a result, India recorded more cases of this life-threatening disease — 31, 000 — than any other nation.

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Photo: Vikram is the first child to wear a Khushi Baby necklace, which will keep track of his immunizations. He’s at a vaccine clinic in Rajasthan, India. (Ruchit Nagar/Courtesy of Khushi Baby)

Ada’s love of both poetry and math primed her to see beauty in a computing machine. She was an exemplar of the era of Romantic science, which was characterized by a lyrical enthusiasm for invention and discovery.


It was a time not unlike our own. The advances of the Industrial Revolution, including the steam engine, mechanical loom, and telegraph, transformed the nineteenth century in much the same way that the advances of the Digital Revolution — the computer, microchip, and Internet — have transformed our own. At the heart of both eras were innovators who combined imagination and passion with wondrous technology, a mix that produced Ada’s poetical science and what the twentieth-century poet Richard Brautigan would call “machines of loving grace.”

—  Happy 199th birthday, Ada Lovelace! How Lord Byron’s daughter became the world’s first computer programmer.
INFJ Personality Type and Innovation

MBTI Test INFJ Personality Types are caring, perceptive, and optimistic, using their skills and abilities to better others in some way. They formulate their thoughts around trying to find the correct solution for something, rather than putting forward various poorly thought out ideas. They truly enjoy helping others in the long run, and the ideas and solutions they bring to the table reflect that. Usually, if they are working on something that they don’t feel betters others, they may become lackluster about the task.

- Damien Killen & Gareth Williams, Introduction to Type and Innovation


Here’s something that’ll add a little Play to your day. 

Txch This Week: Smarter Smartboards And Wireless Brain Sensors


by Jared Kershner

This week on Txchnologist, researchers looking to reveal the details of how dinosaurs move have created an advanced simulation using a chicken-like bird as their model. Moving virtual bones were then dropped in to recreate how the animal’s stride disturbs the surface it travels across. The work is providing new insights into dinosaur locomotion.

Researchers in South Korea and the U.S. may have built the smartest artificial skin yet – its texture is stretchy like human skin, and it also senses pressure, temperature and humidity. It even contains a built-in heater to mimic living tissue. The researchers have tested this new artificial skin on a prosthetic hand, and their next goal is to integrate the system with a patient’s nerves so amputees can sense what it feels.

NASA reports that its Curiosity rover has uncovered details of a large lake that existed on Mars more than 3 billion years ago. This body of water partially filled a crater called Gale near the planet’s equator, which was fed by melting snow that flowed in from its northern rim. Additionally the rover has found evidence of streams, river deltas and a history of filled and dried lakes around the crater, indicating that the area went through multiple hydrologic cycles over millions of years.

Now we’re bringing you the news and trends we’ve been following this week in the world of science, technology and innovation.

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Woman Invents Amazing Car That Wheelchair Users Can Just Drive Away

A woman in a wheelchair wanted to help people like her to become more independent, so she designed and is now manufacturing an innovative electric car that provides easy access and drivability, without ever getting out of your chair.

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INFP Personality Type and Innovation

INFP types enjoy developing new proposals and plans, allowing others to take their ideas and run with them and actually put them to use. They prefer that their innovative thoughts provide an advantage to others or to organizations, hoping to make a difference in their community. They are constantly searching out new ideas, oftentimes building on moments from their lives or new information that provides insight that further builds on what they already know. If they are having a slow day of ideas, Myers-Briggs INFP types enjoy supporting others and stimulating their own imaginative ideas.

- Damien Killen & Gareth Williams, Introduction to Type and Innovation


Cicret Bracelet

Price: $400

The Cicret looks like a fitbit, but acts like a Jetsons gadget from the future. It has 8 proximity sensors, which project an Android interface upon your forearm as if it were some R2D2 holo display. The resolution is iffy at best, but with a year to a year and a half of development away, it’ll likely have these things sorted. The Cicret comes with the standard accelerometer, vibration monitors, LED notifications, and Wifi/Bluetooth pairing.