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Smile-Bot Spreads Happiness In Public Space

Smile-Bot

“Smile though your heart is aching, smile even though it’s breaking”, wrote John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons in 1954 as lyrics for Charlie Chaplin’s song ‘Smile’. Even through all our sorrows and hardships, smiling is something we ought to do continuously, they claimed, and how right they were. Nowadays the world is not all fun and games and of course a smile can be further away than one might wish to admit, so for the moments where a smile is not at hand, there is Smile-Bot, who wants to fill your world with joy and laughter.

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Automatic Turns Cars Into Smart Cars

Automatic

It’s hard not to get envious of all the fancy applications smartphone users have access to when being a motorist driving a fairly straight-forward car. Sure, your stereo might have buttons with obscure usage and maybe you even have a state-of-the-art entertainment center right in the center console. But really, what else can you do? To answer to these ‘appified’ needs of the contemporary motorist, Automatic is all you would ever want to know about your car in one simple smart device.

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Parasite Energy Harvesters Turn The City Into A Power Plant

Energy harvester by Dennis Siegel

Last year we told you about energy parasites and the efforts of groups of people to capture spoiled energy in the city and make it useful for other purposes. Recently we found a stunning new invention in the field of parasite energy harvesting that we want you to know about. German designer Dennis Siegel created a small device that is able to harvest energy from electromagnetic fields and instantly recharge batteries (!).

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  • The Secret Door: Your Travel Agency To Google Street View

    The Secret Door

    The website The Secret Door tries to unlock Street View’s hidden treasures for its visitors. Behind the ‘door’ a whole world of beautiful landscapes, crazy shops and amazing places on this world have been selected. Users of The Secret Door are dropped at such a spot and are free to wander around digitally. When you get bored, you can easily push the button to be taken to another travel location. Curating Google Street View, The Secret Door could be considered one of the first real online travel agencies.

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  • ‘Hello Lamp Post!’ Enables Passers-By To Talk With Street Furniture

    Hello Lamp Post!

    This summer the undulating roads of the British city of Bristol will quietly undergo a change. Unseen to the passer-by, the postboxes and lamp-posts, storm drains and man-hole covers that litter the streets will steadily be vitalised with powers of speech. People will begin to be able to greet the objects they encounter via text, and converse with them about the area in which they ‘meet’. All the information gathered from the exchanges will be stored, moderated and then fed back to others — meaning that dialogues and games, tips and stories can be shared amongst the residents of Bristol.

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    Become A Virtual Street Vendor With Cart Life

    Cart Life

    From the Sims to more this-is-the-real-life games, simulation games have always attracted a lot of interest, even for those who are not really into video games. The ability to be in someone else’s shoes and try an alternative, though virtual, reality is a great temptation for many of us. It could be argued, that the majority of such games allows people to create a positive and comfortable scenario of virtual life; a life where one’s avatar is rich, successful, attractive and with minor everyday problems. However, Cart Life, a retail game developed by Richard Hofmeier back in 2010, puts the gamer in a quite different position.

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