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What Sim City Says About Urban Planning and the Quest to Build the Perfect Team

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of February 29th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.


What Computer Games Taught Me About Urban Planning: By enticing thousands and thousands of people to plan commercial, industrial, and residential districts for their virtual towns, the creators of SimCity have probably done more than anyone in the history of the world to introduce basic principles of zoning to the public.

What Google Learned From Its Quest To Build The Perfect Team: New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter.

What Happens When You Dare Expert Hackers To Hack You: Last year, after reporting on the hacks of Sony Pictures, JPMorgan Chase, Ashley Madison, and other major companies, REAL FUTURE’s Kevin Roose got curious about what it felt like to be on the victim’s side of a giant data breach.

Art, Design, And Collaboration At Artsy: In Progress spoke to Katarina Batina, a product designer at Artsy, about the idiosyncrasies of designing for the art community.


Sensor Tape: A sensor network in a form factor of a tape that allows users to create large sensor networks.

Solar Shirt: The shirt seamlessly incorporates 120 thin film solar cells that are combined into standardized functional modules using Holst Centre’s stretchable interconnect technology for integrating electronics into fabrics.

Project Tango: Tango’s VR capabilities are perhaps even more exciting than indoor mapping.


Automated Teachers, Augmented Reality And Floating Chairs: Three illustrators envision the classroom of the future.

A Mind-Bending Video Game Designer Walks Into A Museum: The Jason Rohrer exhibition at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum offered a new challenge to curator Mike Maizels and his team: how to present work that doesn’t necessarily have a meaningful, specific, physical existence?

Playthings: A VR music playground set on an island filled with cheeseburger drums and other junk-food instruments that you can really play with your own two hands.

Levi Brooks is the CEO/Co-founder of Use All Five.
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