Bitcoin. Sweat. Tide. Meet the future of branded currency: Currency — the bills and coins you carry in your wallet and in your bank account — is founded on marketing, on the belief that banks and governments are trustworthy. Now, Paul Kemp-Robertson walks us through a new generation of currency, supported by that same marketing … but on behalf of a private brand.
Novalia Drum Poster: An interactive poster, with smart-phone-like capacitive touch. Touch the poster and hear the drums. Utilizing Conductive ink, capacitive touch and Bluetooth technology, when a drum on the poster is touched the software running on the circuit board recognizes which drum has been touched and, depending on the version (there are two), either plays the sounds directly out of the poster, or sends a wireless signal via bluetooth to the iOS device to play the corresponding drum sound.
Nobel Prize Winners Are Put to the Task of Drawing Their Discoveries: Photographer Volker Steger gave a dozen Nobel Laureates large pieces of white paper and some crayons and asked them, on the spot, to draw their award-winning discoveries; visually linking them directly to their discoveries.
Beat Match Table Tennis: Beat Match adds an interactive digital component to table tennis by incorporating sound and visuals to the game. These audiovisual effects are controlled by the players, following the tempo and rhythm of the game, challenging players to maintain a cohesive composition for as long as possible.
MedSnap ID: This app uses your smartphone to identify pills so that you never take the wrong medication again. From a simple snapshot, the app is able to tell you things like your medication’s name, function and recommended dose.
Whistle: Through an accelerometer, this digital collar collects data about your dog’s various movements and relays it to your iPhone. Priced at $99.95, the collar can distinguish among different doggie activities like running, walking or playing.
Uncube: A new Berlin-based digital magazine about architecture and beyond. With thoughtfully considered and well designed graphics and spreads, Uncube combines the ease of the internet with the sensibility of print.
DISPOSE: A day documented with throwaway cameras by random strangers.
Levi Brooks is the CEO/Co-founder of Use All Five.
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