DIY Community Bike Workshop
The Motomethod is a Community Motorcycle Repair Shop in Vancouver. What differ the shops from ordinary bike shops is that it’s allow the customer to take part in the repairs or modification of their bikes, which gives them the opportunity to learn how their bike work, as well as making them understand that new isn’t always best; maintaining and modifying what you have can sometimes be just as good, if not better.
Open Network Equals Power to the People
Don Tapscott is author of 15 books about aspects of how digital is shaping the fundament of civilization. The talk provides a good insight into how a more open network is providing collaboration, transparency, sharing and empowerment to voices that normally wouldn’t have the chance to express their opinions, and how this support democracy and innovation.
Pizza at the Push of a Magnet
Ever wish pizza could magically appear at the press of a button? A pizzeria in Dubai has unveiled a new refrigerator magnet that actually orders pizza in a single tap. A really interesting take on the much fabled internet fridge. Augmenting the fridge through adding small data connected objects seems like a much more interesting, sustainable and sellable way to embed the internet in a fridge, as opposed to a trying to sell a whole one-size-fits-all type of unit. Impulse eaters beware!
What’s Your Twitter Fitness?
Another example of innovation by way of the Arduino open-source microcontroller is the TweetFuel Band, franken-baby of StinkDigital who have cleverly taken apart the Nike+ FuelBand known for measuring athletic performance. By attaching the Arduino board and motor kit to read #TweetFuel tagged tweets on the band, the team can monitor the 'health' of their Twitter account. Meaning the greater activity on their Twitter feed, the more the fuel band spins. This is another step in the right direction for a more physically and digitally connected world. A future where plants tweet you when they need watering and milk that tweets you when it's about to spoil awaits us all.
Why Communications Matter to Science
Mark Henderson, one of Britain's leading science communicators, argues that science needs to have a more dominant place in society. He presents the shocking fact that out of the 650 MP's in Parliament, only one comes from a science background. With little knowledge of the scientific method, many MP's are blind to the fact that science can positively contribute to policy. In this RSA presentation, Henderson urges his fellow geeks to become more involved; lobbying in their communities and making an actual difference.
The Power of Food – Za’atar in Arab Culture
Oday Kamal is a food education consultant at the American University in Cairo and Co-founder of the Youth Food Movement Australia. Kamal believes young people play a unique role in the future of food. In this TED salon, he explains how important Za'atar, a unique spice blend, is to the development of Arab culture.
Inside Stories from Prototype This
Joe Grand and Zoz Brooks were co-hosts of Prototype This, an engineering show that followed the real-life design process of a unique prototype every episode. Here they shares stories and technical details of their favorite builds with fans at Maker Faire. The speech follows their television program and some of the projects which they found most interesting.
The Blurred Divide of Humans and Robots
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer, who has been focussing on the internet of things since 2005. She founded the company Designswarm, which supports clients in terms of conception, design and production of connected objects. She is also part of the Really Interesting Group and developed & launched the Good Night Lamp. At NEXT Berlin 2012 she gave us an insight into ways of how the internet of things can ease our everyday lives.
The Teen-Lead Mobile Provider For Teens
Following on from Business Insider's recent research into the lives of teens online, and specifically that teens prefer to SMS rather than call, Bliep is a new, transparent, student-led Dutch mobile company that targets young smartphone users with a plan that focuses less on voice and more on text and internet usage. An interesting shift in focus for a telco company, and probably quite a sensible direction based on behavioural insight around how young people use their phones.
Social Movements as Media Channels
In this edition of Forbes "Two On Two," Elasticity's Aaron Perlut chats with Scott Goodson, founder and CEO of the 'movement marketing agency' Strawberry Frog. Goodson speaks of his newly published book 'Uprising' and the inspiration he took from working with brands such as Ikea and Smart Car to build brands through cultural movements. He argues that by aligning a brand to a movement, it becomes more relevant and prolific, especially when the cause is a noble one. This 'movement strategy' makes USP's less significant, turning the focus of the brand on what speaks to current social and cultural needs.
Behind the Kickstarter Numbers
The website Kickstarter is ushering a revolution in how creative ideas acquire funding. Coming to the UK this Autumn the site allows members of the public to post projects which can be funded by the crowd pledging anywhere between £1 to £50, 000. For the strength of the idea, how it's written up and the video accompanying it, creative projects have the potential to draw in many hundreds or thousands times more cash than they aimed to. There are a plethora of interesting things going on here including cutting out the research of whether a product will be successful as well as lowering the barrier to entry for a product. Yet the success of a project is not a guarantee and so Kickstarter isn't necessarily a guarantee itself though projects like the Pebble e-ink watch managed to gather over $10 million. Rather Kickstarter is a means to draw passionate communities together over creative ideas. This infographic explores some of the projects that fail on Kickstarter. After all it is only through failure that we can learn to succeed.
Nike and Xbox Redefine Personal Training
Bringing together the athletic and gaming communities, Nike and Xbox have teamed up to create Nike+ Kinect Training. Combining the Nike benefits of NikeFuel, and Xbox’s body tracking sensors, the Nike+ Kinect Training provides personalized workout programs created by Nike trainers and coaches. Users can receive real time-feedback on their routines as well as reminders sent directly to their mobiles making it hard to forget a workout.