Gamebuino: An 8-Bit Arduino Powered Gameboy

Sat, Apr 5, 2014
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Now you can make your own GameBoy with the Arduino powered Gamebuino, an 8-Bit Arduino Powered, Programmable Gameboy tyle console, but it’s almost purely a raw electronics board, and is built as a developer type unit, and you can connect over 100+ of them together to do some pretty cool stuff. Gamebuino is designed to help you make your own games from scratch, pretty cool.

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Adobe Lights: Real Time Logo Installation

Tue, Apr 1, 2014
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As part of Adobe’s Logo Remix project, where artists and agencies were asked to reinterpret the brand’s logo, comes ‘Adobe Lights’. Where creatives from Goodby Silverstein & Partners re-created the logo as a physical lights installation with 100 handmade cubes, each correlating to an artist using Adobe software in real time. the installation is a representation of the global community of artists and designers who work everyday, with the Adobe suite of products. Very cool.

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Carlsberg: Happy Beer Time Installation

Mon, Mar 31, 2014
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Carlsberg have just one-upped ‘Happy Hour’ creating what they deemed ‘Happy Hour 2.0′ and called it ‘#HappyBeerTime’… Carlsberg Group delivers 4G/USB sticks to pubs that plug directly into existing TV’s that launch the an app that hosts ‘#HappyBeerTime’

With every #HappyBeerTime Instagram photo posted from a designated venue location, ‘Happy Hour’ is automatically extended by a period of time. Cool activation piece.

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PlayStation: The Electric Shock Machine

Sun, Mar 30, 2014
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Playstation have created an installation that challenges people to insert their fingers into a machine that shock them, as a stunt to promote the new ‘inFAMOUS: Second Son’ game.

People step right up, insert their fingers into the holes in the machine, before it charges up and starts increasing the shock over 5 long seconds… If you make it all the way, you win the new game! Great stunt for Playstation Belgium, but not many YouTube views… Created by TBWA. (Thanks Rindert)

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SlideShare: Future Factors 2014 Report

Wed, Mar 26, 2014
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Here’s a great presentation called Future Factors for 2014, and it highlights just how connected objects will shape our future as the world runs wild for all things tech-focused this year.

It discusses everything from the future of branded content, to meaningful measurement, connected wellbeing and digital currency. A great read over coffee today. Nice work by WeAreSocial.

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OREO: Twitter Powered Vending Machine

Mon, Mar 24, 2014
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Love Oreo’s? Me too, and by the looks of it, everyone at SXSW did, where anyone could rock up to Oreo’s Raspberry Pi-powered “Trending Vending” machine, see what was popular and then have the Twitter Powered Vending machine translate that topic into a custom made Oreo just for you.

This video goes a little deeper into the tech than usual, so enjoy!

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Pepsi Max: Augmented Reality Bus Shelter Ad

Sun, Mar 23, 2014
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Pepsi takes on London with this new branded experience on New Oxford Street, where they’ve taken a busy bus stop and fitted it out to make it a seamless augmented reality experience for the people who happen to stop by!

From meteorites and aliens to lions and balloons, this ‘Unbelievable’ Bus Shelter Installation from Pepsi is a a little bit of branded fun. Unfortunately the scenarios are just a little too fake perhaps?

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LittleBits: The Connected Objects Kit

Thu, Mar 20, 2014
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So no longer do you need a programmer to build cool connected objects, meet LittleBits, the non-programmer board kit that allows you to make a tonne of cool stuff, and the video above is just one example! It’s a board kit that just about anyone can use, and it’s all connected to their cloud platform that makes for easy object coding easy. Check them out here.

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Introducing The Moto 360 Smart Watch

Wed, Mar 19, 2014
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And the benchmark has been set… The new Moto 360 Smart Watch is a beautiful piece of wearable tech, and will likely be the benchmark until Apple throws their hat in the ring, if they ever do. It comes with interchangeable, premium bands, and the clock face is stunning. Check out this great introduction video, and consider the apps you can build for this!

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Waves 4 Water: YouTube Annotations Campaign

Wed, Mar 19, 2014
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Here’s an interesting play to promote not for profit organisation, Waves For Water, with a new YouTube Annotations Campaign called ‘Annotations For Water’…

It’s an animation made only with annotations to promote the message across YouTube. And with a simple bookmarklet tool, anyone can add this animation to their own videos and broadcast a message with a good cause, dramatically expanding reach of the campaign.

I love the concept, just not sure it really came to life!

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Alert Shirt: Haptic Feedback Footy Jersey

Mon, Mar 17, 2014
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If you’ve heard of Haptic Feedback, then this is a pretty cool example of what the future might hold. It’s called Alert Shirt, and looks to be a one-off, non-scientific prototype to hype the game on PayTV network ‘Foxtel’ in Australia, and it is wearable technology that promises to convert live game data into powerful sensations experienced instantly by the wearer during a match.

The haptic feedback object does a number of things including; Pressure: a thumping heart whenever the game is on the line. Impact: the shock of a big hit when players collide. Despair: the sinking feeling of every costly mistake. Exhaustion: lungs burning every time your team puts in a hard effort. Adrenalin: a rush of blood when your team is on the up.

How it does the above realistically, well… I’m sure it’s just a prototype!

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BroApp: Auto SMS Your Girlfriend

Thu, Mar 13, 2014
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BroApp is designed to maximise your relationship with your girlfriend, while giving you extra time with your mates. The app is highly intelligent, and once configured, it knows when and how to tweet to your loved one, and when not to, like if you’re in the same house as her!

BroApp is like your ultimate relationship wingman. It automatically messages your girlfriend sweet things so you can spend more time with the Bros. Get this one here.

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Oscar Mayer: Bacon Scent iPhone Alarm Device

Mon, Mar 10, 2014
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If you’ve ever dreamt of this, it’s now a reality. The Bacon Scented iPhone Alarm Device, that plugs into your iPhone’s headphone port, releasing a real bacon smell when the alarm goes off, along with the famous bacon sizzle on the grill… It’s called the ‘Wake Up & Smell The Bacon’ and is a seriously cool, multi-sensory alarm experience to get you out of bed!

Oscar Mayer are randomly giving away 4700 of these bad boys to people who register! Get in now!

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Samsung Galaxy: NX Rover Camera Bot

Tue, Mar 4, 2014
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Check out Samsung’s ‘NX Rover’ Camera Bot that’s kinda like a Mars rover, on earth. Soon it will begin a global tour, with fans from around the world getting to take control of the NX Rover and shoot their own photos via Samsung’s new Galaxy NX connected camera.

Users will get full control via an interface that lets users control the arm of the Rover; tilt, pan and pivot, plus focus and zoom functionality. Pretty cool. Check it out here.

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UNICEF Tap Project: Go Without Your Phone

Sun, Mar 2, 2014
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Unicef’s world famous Tap Project is back, this time, in mobile form, with site that donates water to people in need, based on how long you don’t touch your phone for. But I’m kinda left questioning if the interaction messaging is powerful enough?

The sponsor behind this project, Giorgio Armani, will donate the equivalent of one day of clean water to a child in need every time a user in the UNICEF web app goes 10 minutes without touching their phone, up to $75,000 (which seems small for such a seemingly big charity – I was expecting more sponsors!). According to UNICEF, with just one dollar, a child receives water for 40 days.
What do you guys think of this mobile charity challenge?

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