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About Peggy Carter:

“I get a lot of letters from young girls, and parents of young girls saying that she’s a really positive role model. That’s when this career opens up the potential for responsibility because young people are watching those films, and they’re influenced by the way women are depicted. To have someone in a male-dominated environment who’s smart and not running around in Spandex looking like a sex-symbol is refreshing.”

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Chris Dancy - The Most Connected Man

Mashable has an excellent feature about Chris Dancy, who is using a lot of wearables and sensors to make his life better and who is considered the most connected man.

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Chris Dancy has been meticulously logging his home and health data for years, using up to 700 tracking and lifelogging systems to lead a more quantified life. But does he represent our enlightened future, or lonely self-awareness? To find out, we went on a tour of his home and discussed privacy, intimacy, and what he learned from Michael Jackson.

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Sun in Cancer - Home Artist


Strong, emotional, driven. Moody, childish, passive aggressive. Similar to other Water signs - whether loved or hated; they bring out strong emotional reactions from others. Tend to be misunderstood and painfully reduced to docile crybabies of the zodiac when they are so much more. Just like the Moon that rules their sign, they are secretive yet very intriguing creatures.

Cancer is the 4th sign on the zodiac list. They are a Water element with Cardinal and Feminine energy. Ruled by the Moon, they represent emotions, past, home and nourishment. Sun in Cancer is often considered emotionally strong yet terribly moody and unpredictable. The truth is that yes - they are very senstive people. They go through powerful, emotional storms. Cancers are sensitive, they feel things deeply and their emotions are just likes waves, they come and go with different frequency and strength. Although they are not afraid of them. Cancers possess enormous decks of strength and emotional endurance needed to survive that kind of storms. They express their energy freely and openly, they let their emotions out without the fear of being judged because they understand their own nature and needs. Those less mature tend to lash out on others, not being able to handle properly what is going on within them but mature Cancer Sun knows how to effectively express their energy in the positive way without being passive-aggressive bullies.

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Tree 2.0? The giving tree now offers USB charging, lighting, cooled water and free WIFI…  A seven-panel tree can generate up to 1.4 kilowatts, which is enough to run 35 laptops.

More info:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/10/25/358571620/israels-solar-powered-trees-for-smartphones-and-community

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I get a lot of letters from young girls, and parents of young girls saying that [Peggy Carter] is a really positive role model.  That’s when this career opens up the potential for responsibility because young people are watching those films, and they’re influenced by the way women are depicted. To have someone in a male-dominated environment who’s smart and not running around in Spandex looking like a sex-symbol is refreshing.

You’re looking at a video clip recorded on a prototype camera that powers itself without needing a battery or electric cord. This innovation might represent the early stages of something big, not just for snapping selfies or recording the latest funny thing your cat is doing, but more as an enabler of the ubiquitous sensing that will be at the heart of the Industrial Internet.

The Columbia University computer scientists and engineers who created it say they are aiming to build computer eyes that can last forever without a tether. Their breakthrough came in marrying the fundamentals of how a solar panel operates with the light-capturing function of video camera image sensors.

“Digital imaging is expected to enable many emerging fields including wearable devices, sensor networks, smart environments, personalized medicine, and the Internet of Things,” said computer scientist Shree Nayar, the head of the Columbia Vision Lab and inventor of the device. “A camera that can function as an untethered device forever—without any external power supply—would be incredibly useful.” Learn more and see pics below.

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Innovation without circular thinking is not innovation, it’s useless

This semester I have a project revolving around technical textiles and electronics. In itself a really interresting topic with loads of potential. This is the stuff designers dream off: being on the edge of innovation & imagining the future.

BUT there is one major drawback and that is the impact of both technical textiles as well as smart textiles on the environment. We are working with a company and when I asked the company’s designer about this, his answer was that they didn’t think about that when developing these technologies, they make the products and when they become widely used, someone else will start recycling them. And although he conceeded that the future of design is circular design, it was clear that it isn’t a priority because it’s harder to do. And this is still the case for a lot of companies.

It has never been more clear to me than now that I could never willingly develop products that completely ignore our environment, not even when the project is as interesting as this one. It baffles me that we can work around innovation, around projects and technologies that are still 5 or 10 or 20 years in the making and not think about how they will affect our planet. 

We as designers/engineers/… are privileged, we can take our imagination and turn it into reality. We, quite literally, determine the future. But with that privilege comes a great responsibility. So in my eyes any innovation that does not include circular thinking is not innovation, it’s just useless design. Making a product green shouldn’t be optional, it should be mandatory, as obvious as making it functional.

Nintendo has confirmed Apps are coming to Smart Phones.

“I have often heard the opinion from many that Nintendo should release its first-party content on smart devices. The rationale behind such a suggestion, in my view, is that it would be illogical not to expand our business on smart devices given that they have outsold dedicated video game systems by a large margin.

Many people say that releasing Nintendo’s software assets for smart devices would expand our business. However, we believe that we cannot show our strength as an integrated hardware-software business in this field, and therefore it would difficult to continue the same scale of business in the medium- to long term.

Therefore, we would like to, instead of directly expanding our business on smart devices, focus on achieving greater ties with our consumers on smart devices and expanding our platform business.

However, creating stronger ties with consumers would require them to engage with our offers frequently. As we know that this is not an easy task to achieve,

We will use a small, select team of developers to achieve it. Also, we recognize that attracting consumers’ attention among the myriads of mobile applications is not easy, and as I said before, we feel that simply releasing our games just as they are on smart devices would not provide the best entertainment for smart devices, so we are not going to take any approach of this nature. Having said that, however, in the current environment surrounding smart devices, we feel that we will not be able to gain the support of many consumers unless we are able to provide something truly valuable that is unique to Nintendo. Accordingly, I have not given any restrictions to the development team, even not ruling out the possibility of making games or using our game characters. However, if you report that we will release Mario on smart devices, it would be a completely misleading statement. It is our intention to release some application on smart devices this year that is capable of attracting consumer attention and communicating the value of our entertainment offerings, so I would encourage you to see how our approach yields results.

Also, there is one more thing that I would like to mention about utilizing smart devices. With respect to services previously released on dedicated video game systems that are, however, capable of improving usability and consumer experience when they are implemented on smart devices, we will try to actively shift their focus to smart devices. This is to say that we will no longer spend an equal amount of resources toward providing the same service both on and off device, but will instead concentrate on the one that has greater purpose as well as room for improvement.

The environment in which our users can download paid software is one example of where we should aim to make more off-device improvements than on-device ones.” said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata

“In London’s Square Mile there are already more than 100 ‘smart bins.’ As well as being a receptacle for recycling, they feature digital screens broadcasting a live channel of breaking headline news and live traffic information. They can also communicate directly with mobile devices through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology. And they’re bombproof.”

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  • Hunger Magazine: How has your as Peggy Carter in Captain America helped shape your career?
  • Hayley Atwell: I think it’s given me a bigger platform and a taste for those kind of films, and it’s got an absolutely huge fan base. I get a lot of letters from young girls, and parents of young girls saying that she’s a really positive role model. That’s when this career opens up the potential for responsibility because young people are watching those films, and they’re influenced by the way women are depicted. To have someone in a male-dominated environment who’s smart and not running around in Spandex looking like a sex-symbol is refreshing.
Tokyo Memories - what makes Shin Megami Tensei IV so good?

(This article contains spoilers for the entire game)

If there’s one thing that I like to indulge in not only in video games, but also in real life, it’s discovering new and interesting places. I’m someone who likes to travel. I like taking a walk with no particular goal in mind to just see where my feet will take me. Apply that mentality to video games and you’ll find that a lot of my favorites happen to have a very strong sense of place and discovery; games like the original Dark Souls and Metroid Prime come to mind. It’s just something that I am very fond of for whatever reason.

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