Disney’s talking objects, Tinder UI for shoes and steamy couples messaging app

1. Talking objects from Disney Research

“New 3-D Printing Technique Makes Any Object Transmit Sound” by turning them into speakers.

http://www.fastcodesign.com/3028044/disney-s-new-3-d-printing-technique-makes-any-object-transmit-sound/

2. Tinder Left-Right swipe language goes Retail

“Stylect, a shoe shopping app for iOS, has a Tinder-esque UI, underpinned by its own recommendation engine, to help women find and purchase the perfect pair of shoes.Swipe right if you like. Swipe left if you don’t.”

http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/01/swiping-is-the-new-liking/

3. HowAboutWe gets steamy with You&Me Messaging App for couples

Love interests can exchange photo, text, and video messages, voice memos and even their favourite songs.

Also includes Photobooth, which offers a four-window boardwalk-esque Photobooth experience, Halfsie that takes a Frontback-style photo of you on top and them on the bottom, as well as Secret, which sends a “steamed up” photo which the recipient must wipe clear to see.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/01/howaboutwe-launches-youme-messaging-app-for-couples/

Bonus! Yes, more wearable Tech! Tintell – a wearable phone & GPS, for kids

“I came up with the idea for Tinitell when I was hanging out with a friend who is also a father,” says founder Mats Horn. “His son wanted to go outside and play, but he didn’t have a cell phone. He had lost a cell phone once before, and we didn’t feel like lending out our smartphones. Worst of all, we couldn’t join him outside because we were busy cooking dinner. His son ended up playing in his room with his iPad, and I thought that was sad.”

http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/30/tinitell-kickstarter/?

Social Disney, Starbucks-Snagfilms, billboards & Francis Galton

1] At last, Taking social media off the web. Disney Makes Social Media the Centerpiece of Theme Park Ad Campaign

Disney is asking users to submit their own memories online using YouTube, Facebook, MySpace and DisneyParks.com/Memories.

2] Content is King but Content Provision is more King. Starbucks is taking a tip from its users and designing its upcoming web landing portal Starbucks Digital Network to be optimized first for mobile devices instead of traditional web browsers.

SnagFilms currently offers access to 1,600 award-winning documentary titles. Together Starbucks and SnagFilms will co-curate a monthly themed collection of featured films to highlight through SDN.Starbucks will curate a series of three to six music-themed documentaries, further establishing the coffee retailer’s tastemaker status in the music department. The musical video selection will round out its in-store music offerings alongside its iTunes Pick of the Week card program, which will also be carried over to SDN.

3] Shit. The advertising billboards of the future will not simply promote a product, but analyze the audience and display items that the viewer is more likely to buy.

Japanese firms have already developed the technology to deliver a more focused message. And that, they hope, will lead to better sales. Electronics giant NEC Corp. recently unveiled PanelDirector, an interactive advertising solution that is equipped with a small camera that is able to capture an image of anyone that looks at it.

Have a lovely weekend and read up on this dude: Sir Francis Galton – Darwin’s half cousin – he was knighted in 1909. He was a pioneer in eugenics, coining the very term itself and the phrase “nature versus nurture“. His book, Hereditary Genius (1869), was the first social scientific attempt to study genius and greatness.[1] As an investigator of the human mind, he founded psychometrics (the science of measuring mental faculties) and differential psychology. He devised a method for classifying fingerprints that proved useful in forensic science.

At a more base level, he looked into how good looking, bad looking and ok people were across the UK (London has the best looking and Aberdeen the worst apparently), how to make perfect tea, and the effectiveness of prayer (apparently praying longer, harder and more often does increase your life expectancy; the priests still died before the lawyers and doctors)

Anyway, Francis (Sir) is truly remarkable, read about him on good ole Wikipedia like I didJ

Mostly steampunk, a little digital billboard and making over Mickey

1] Ji Lee is one of New York City’s most prolific street artists.  He is most well know for the “Bubble Project,” where he placed empty speech bubbles on outdoor advertisements and allowed the city to fill them in – he’s gone all digital on our ass with the Abstractor Project where he adjusts digital billboards and turns them into them art.

2]  When trends are bored they look to the past and mash it up and so it stays. And so it grows. Without entering a world of trend tautology & if you haven’t already met, let me introduce you to Steampunk.
Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date.
Here’s a strangely pukka site filled with videos of steam punked computers, lap tops, and mobiles. Weird or wonderful, you decide and if you want to take it to your wardrobe, do soJ

3] Oh Mickey you’re so fine….so why mess with him? Disney has taken the brave decision to makeover Mickey Mouse.
Scary, scary since this familiar mouse is not just a character nor is he just the logo. He is the brand. The 1st tentative steps start with the launch of Epic Mickey the game, in which the formerly squeaky clean character can be cantankerous and cunning, as well as heroic, as he traverses a forbidding wasteland. Don’t worry though, they say that he will never be evil or kill people. Phew.

The game, which is getting a lot of attention, will act as a test bed to take roll out a completely re-engineered Mickey, from his personality, his  walk, his talk & all the way down to the fundamentals of his very nature.

There are even talks about him morphing into a rat which I personally think is just to distract us from thinking about Goofy – I still can’t figure out whether he was a cow or a dog – he had ears, no udders but was dating a cow.

Have a lovely evening of Guido Fawkes, keep your pets in doors during displays of fireworks, have a lovely time on the common GGR & Tom, hope Tooting is epic.