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Google Nexus Watch by LG is coming…

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dataSTICKIES – The next-gen USB flash drives

Winner of the reddot design concept award for 2013, dataSTICKIES are the next generation of data portability. They are graphene-based flash drives that replace USB pen drives and hard disks.

Each of the dataSTICKIES can be simply peeled from the stack and stuck anywhere on the optical data transfer surface (ODTS), which is a panel that can be attached to the front surface of devices like computer screens, televisions, music systems, and so on. The special conductive adhesive that sticks the dataSTICKIES to the ODTS is the medium that transfers the data. This special low-tack, pressure-sensitive adhesive is capable of being reused without leaving marks like a repositionable note. When the dataSTICKIES are being read by the device, their edges light up.

Meet the designers and read more about the transfer mechanism that is the Optical Data Transfer Surface here.

(Photo Credit: Red Dot)

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Swifts’s Getting in Early with Augmented Reality

Taylor Swift is not a topic I plan to regular feature in my blog, unless her plans include more tech and gadgets like her latest product launch!

Swift’s fragrance by Elizabeth Arden is capturing the millennial generation head-on via an unconventional route – Augmented Reality.

Aurasma is the world’s leading Augmented Reality Platform by HP Autonomy but it’s not new to Elizabeth Arden (EA). This is their 6th release on the platform. Here’s why:

EA uses Aurasma to add engaging augmented reality experiences to its direct mail, print advertisements, in-store point of sale, and product packaging. Combined, these methods create buzz, which is shared and amplified via the various social media platforms integrated into the campaign.

Aurasma’s latest update brings social platform sharing capabilities to the table (Facebook & Twitter) via the free Aurasma app (iOS and Android only).

Check out the video to look into Aurasma’s vision of enabling an augmented world  – where every image, object and place has its own Aura. 

(Video and Info credit: www.aurasma.com and www.youtube.com)

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Yota’s latest E Ink smartphone takes a great idea and makes it pretty
YotaPhone is an Android smartphone with a regular touchscreen on one side and an E Ink display on the other. It’s been around for well over a year now, and in our time with previous prototypes we’ve been impressed with its premise, if not Yota Devices’ execution. At MWC this year, the Russian carrier-turned-manufacturer is showing off an all-new prototype it believes solves many of the original model’s flaws.

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7bit Hero – Combining Tech with Live Music

7bithero is an indie bitpop band that is experimenting with new ways of capturing their audience’s attention – yes, forcing the Gen X, Y and no doubt Z-ers to actually engage with their personal tech during their performances.

They do this by combining video games and concert visuals with their performances! « You should read this line again.

According to 7bit Hero, your smartphone (Android and iOS only) will be your joystick which allows you to control a character in the multi-player game that is projected behind the band. Your opponents or friends are somewhere in the crowd around you, and the band is playing the soundtrack.

Visit the band’s site and press start…

Interview on the concept with 7bit Hero video is here

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Ultra-minimalist animal sculptures invade New Zealand
Stark white pieces of art never looked so inviting: New Zealand-based sculptor Ben Foster creates aluminum forms of animals using modern, geometric shapes. The sculptures are the same size as the real animals they portray, and Foster photographs them in picturesque spots in the New Zealand countryside.