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Do we need a cup that tells us what we are drinking?

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I’m excited about this.

Originally posted on The Internet of Things:

This week, we’ll look into the Vessyl and if it’s taking the “Internet of Things” too far.

Have you heard of this new product? It is a cup that tells you what liquid is in it. Watch the video below for a (way too long) explanation.

The video boasts the cup’s ability to track the user’s hydration, as well as calorie, fat, and sugar intake. Of course it connects wirelessly to an app on your phone (like every “Internet of Things” product) and an online tracking system of what you consume. Many, including me, have questions about this, the most obvious one being: why do we need this? I would argue this is taking the “Internet of Things” idea to an unnecessary and ridiculous place.

The product becomes more ridiculous when you learn the process of its production. It has been over 7 years in the making, which begs…

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Miito Deconstructs The Kettle To Save Energy

markephillips:

A lovely gift to the tea drinkers in my life.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Europeans love little better than a nice cup of tea. Which means an awful lot of water is being boiled daily — only a portion of which is actually necessary, given most people aren’t fastidious enough to boil only the quantity of liquid they actually need to fill their cup or teapot.

Part of this wastage boils down to (inevitable) human laziness. But it can also be viewed as a byproduct of design. The volume of the kettle as a container has a suggestive effect, encouraging the user to fill it up before they hit the on switch.

And even though most kettles have a measuring scale to offer guidelines on how much water to boil based on how many cups you need, cup sizes vary and the minimum measure is still often more than is needed if you’re just making the one cuppa.

European designer duo, Nils Chudy and Jasmina Grase, decided a different kind of kettle was required to re-think the…

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After The Social Web, Here Comes The Trust Web

markephillips:

Very good article. Trust Web here we come.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note: David Cohen is the founder and Managing Partner of Techstars, the #1 ranked Internet startup accelerator in the world. William Mougayar is an entrepreneur turned angel investor, founder of Startup Management, and currently raising his first fund.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller

The bitcoin train is really made up of two revolutions in one: money and finance, based on the bitcoin protocol, and exploiting the “currency programmability” aspects; and decentralized applications, based on the blockchain’s distributed technology capabilities.

Both are grounded in similar roots (crypto-technology), but they have different branching. Both paths are creating disruptive, innovative and system-changing opportunities for startups, investors, consumers and business players. Both are joined at the hip, and that hip is the blockchain, the backbone of crypto-based transactions.

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Iowa Launches An App For Your Drivers License

markephillips:

These needs to happen in WA ASAP!

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

We take our phones with us pretty much everywhere these days. This gave the Iowa Department of Transportation an idea – put the state drivers license on an app.

The app will hold all the same information found on a plastic license. State government authorities such as police and airport security will accept these digital licenses as valid ID.

A PIN is used to verify authenticity of the information. Department of Transportation spokesperson Andrea Henry alluded in a CNN interview that Iowa could possibly use fingerprint or facial recognition software to verify authenticity at a future date.

There could be a few issues with going digital, however. Adding your license to multiple devices is one. The potential for your phone to be dead right when you get pulled over is another. This would obviously make it impossible to prove you are who you say you are unless you can get some juice.

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Aaron Sorkin Slams Journalists for Publishing Hacked Sony Documents

markephillips:

I so enjoy Aaron Sorkin.

Originally posted on Variety:

“The Newsroom” creator Aaron Sorkin has a message for real-life newsrooms, taking aim at publications posting leaked Sony documents in a new op-ed.

Published on the New York Times’ website Sunday evening, Sorkin acknowledged the fact that his name was brought up in many of the emails, given that he wrote the “Jobs” biopic that’s at the center of a few of the leaked email squabbles, but clarified that he’s not why he’s calling out the publications posting the hacked data.

“Because I and two movies of mine get a little dinged up, I feel I have the credibility to say this: I don’t care,” he writes. “Because the minor insults that were revealed are such small potatoes compared to the fact that they were revealed. Not by the hackers, but by American journalists helping them.”

The screenwriter also called upon fellow Hollywood leaders, writing “Wouldn’t it be…

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Top Japanese Exhibitor Toho to Open First Imax Theater

markephillips:

I’m actually shocked that this hasn’t happened yet.

Originally posted on Variety:

HONG KONG – Toho, Japan’s leading cinema operator and distributor, is to open the first Imax theater in downtown Tokyo.

The screen will be part of a complex being built in the Shinjuku district that includes hotels, restaurants and retail.

The deal is Imax’s first with Toho. Throughout Japan Imax has contracted for 23 theaters and has so far opened 17 of them.

“With the tremendous Imax success of ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Transformers’ in Japan, we’ve witnessed the power of Imax to deliver a differentiated experience that will attract audiences,” said Kazuhiko Seta, president of Toho Cinemas.  “As such, the addition of an Imax theater in the iconic Shinjuku area, at the Toho Cinemas Shinjuku, will create a landmark entertainment destination for the city of Tokyo. This will be the beginning of our exciting new partnership. We look forward to further opportunities to leverage Imax as a competitive advantage and delight more audiences throughout Japan.”

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