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"They insist on lavishing attention on this tiny, tech-driven sliver of the sharing economy, the one that is most likely to be co-opted because it’s not driven by values, but by growth and profit."

Collaborative consumption is dead, long live the real sharing economy

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Passport Project has been extensively researching passport ownership in America and here are some of our findings presented in a cool infographic. Check it out and share.
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thepassportproject:

Passport Project has been extensively researching passport ownership in America and here are some of our findings presented in a cool infographic. Check it out and share.

Design by http://www.fosslien.com

(Source: passportxlife)

"Instabridge is an app from a Swedish startup that makes it convenient for users to connect to a friend’s WiFi network when they’re visiting. We’ve all experienced the frustration of going to someone else’s home and asking for the WiFi network and password — your friend frantically searches for it,  and you’re handed a piece of paper with badly scribbled letters and numbers." (via Instantly Connect To A Friend’s WiFi Network Via Facebook [Video] - PSFK)

"Instabridge is an app from a Swedish startup that makes it convenient for users to connect to a friend’s WiFi network when they’re visiting. We’ve all experienced the frustration of going to someone else’s home and asking for the WiFi network and password — your friend frantically searches for it,  and you’re handed a piece of paper with badly scribbled letters and numbers." (via Instantly Connect To A Friend’s WiFi Network Via Facebook [Video] - PSFK)

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OpenXC

The OpenXC Platform

"OpenXC is a combination of open source hardware and software that lets you extend your vehicle with custom applications and pluggable modules. It uses standard, well-known tools to open up a wealth of data from the vehicle to developers."

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Seven different “soundwiches” are available from 1000 Tastes Ltd.’s Porto-based Soundwich, including one featuring mango, avocado and tomatoes with fine spices, and another based on sardine escabeche with eggplant, green pepper and tomato. Even more distinctive than the delicacies’ ingredients, however, are the music-playing metal boxes in which they are served. Each Soundwich is conceived by a different chef, who in turn also chooses a piece of music to accompany it. When the buyer opens that box, he or she is treated to a musical accompaniment for the tasty treat within. (via Gourmet sandwiches delivered in boxes that play accompanying music | Springwise)

Seven different “soundwiches” are available from 1000 Tastes Ltd.’s Porto-based Soundwich, including one featuring mango, avocado and tomatoes with fine spices, and another based on sardine escabeche with eggplant, green pepper and tomato. Even more distinctive than the delicacies’ ingredients, however, are the music-playing metal boxes in which they are served. Each Soundwich is conceived by a different chef, who in turn also chooses a piece of music to accompany it. When the buyer opens that box, he or she is treated to a musical accompaniment for the tasty treat within. (via Gourmet sandwiches delivered in boxes that play accompanying music | Springwise)

Longtime Springwise readers may remember Sugru, the silicone clay aimed at product “hacking” that we covered back in 2010. While originally conceived as a means for improving existing products with “rough edges” to be smoothed – both figuratively and literally speaking – recently we learned of what apparently is the first product designed with Sugru in mind: a customizable fencing handle from London-based fencing institution Leon Paul.
Now available for preorder with shipping beginning later this month, the Leon Paul Evolution Pistol Gripfencing handle “turns athletes into product designers and allows them to tailor their handle not only to improve comfort but also to suit their style of fencing,” in the company’s own words. Essentially, the premise is a foil handle that’s purposely designed to be incomplete, allowing the athlete to add a specially developed form of Sugru to build up the perfect customized grip, even with varying degrees of hardness possible.
(via Incomplete fencing handle relies on silicone clay for a customized grip | Springwise)

Longtime Springwise readers may remember Sugru, the silicone clay aimed at product “hacking” that we covered back in 2010. While originally conceived as a means for improving existing products with “rough edges” to be smoothed – both figuratively and literally speaking – recently we learned of what apparently is the first product designed with Sugru in mind: a customizable fencing handle from London-based fencing institution Leon Paul.

Now available for preorder with shipping beginning later this month, the Leon Paul Evolution Pistol Gripfencing handle “turns athletes into product designers and allows them to tailor their handle not only to improve comfort but also to suit their style of fencing,” in the company’s own words. Essentially, the premise is a foil handle that’s purposely designed to be incomplete, allowing the athlete to add a specially developed form of Sugru to build up the perfect customized grip, even with varying degrees of hardness possible.

(via Incomplete fencing handle relies on silicone clay for a customized grip | Springwise)

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Festival organisers have already utilized RFID-enabled wristbands to make it easier for music lovers to update their online profiles on-the-go. Bringing this concept into everyday life, Italian jeans brand Replay has created its Social Denim range, which incorporates a device to enable wearers to instantly share their emotions or location.
The jeans contain a fifth pocket made of vinyl, designed to hold a small Bluetooth transmitter, which can be coupled with the customer’s smartphone. They can then use the handy device to click one of eight mood buttons, ranging from positive to negative, or where they are at that moment. The device also sends notifications to the phone when it detects a nearby Replay Moment, where the customer can receive discounts or get a chance to connect with the brand.
(via Jeans connect to social networks | Springwise)

Festival organisers have already utilized RFID-enabled wristbands to make it easier for music lovers to update their online profiles on-the-go. Bringing this concept into everyday life, Italian jeans brand Replay has created its Social Denim range, which incorporates a device to enable wearers to instantly share their emotions or location.

The jeans contain a fifth pocket made of vinyl, designed to hold a small Bluetooth transmitter, which can be coupled with the customer’s smartphone. They can then use the handy device to click one of eight mood buttons, ranging from positive to negative, or where they are at that moment. The device also sends notifications to the phone when it detects a nearby Replay Moment, where the customer can receive discounts or get a chance to connect with the brand.

(via Jeans connect to social networks | Springwise)

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Ford Battles Banner Blindness With Web Show | Digiday

"Ford has rolled out a campaign for its new Escape SUV, centering its digital strategy around a Web series.

Later this month, Ford debuts “Escape My Life,” an online comedy series starring standup comedian Natasha Leggero, actor Joe Lo Truglio, and the Escape itself. The show couples Hollywood wardrobe designer Skylar Browning, played by Leggero, who is in need of a new car and in turn receives an Escape, with Barry Gruber, played by Truglio, a product specialist who knows the ins and outs of the Escape.

“Instead of traditional online banner ads and feature-benefit commercials, the webisodes present the Escape in the context of everyday life,” said Brock Winger, digital marketing manager for Ford’s Escape. “Some people have advertising and brand blindness and we are hoping this is a way to break through and touch people with content they enjoy.”

“Escape My Life” will run for eight episodes and will be distributed via the Ford YouTube channel, as well as Hulu, AOL, MSN/Wonderwall, Glam Media, Tumblr, Facebook and other online outlets. Ford is also running video ads online to drive people to the series.”

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Instead of generating pre-written text, the app uses complicated algorithms a group of people sourced on Amazon Mechanical Turk who “looks at every photo and writes an individual response.” The end result is described as the “perfect mash-up of Instagram and your favorite meme.”” (via rb.trends» Blog Archive » “Frank Said What” app adds captions to your photo using Mechanical Turk [#photography])

Instead of generating pre-written text, the app uses complicated algorithms a group of people sourced on Amazon Mechanical Turk who “looks at every photo and writes an individual response.” The end result is described as the “perfect mash-up of Instagram and your favorite meme.”” (via rb.trends» Blog Archive » “Frank Said What” app adds captions to your photo using Mechanical Turk [#photography])

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Berta brings back the exclusiveness of music by limiting the playback to a certain place.  Berta - Die kleene Musik-Kiste (by Berta Berlin)