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Alaistair D’Souza

Snapchat discover page

Snapchat is an application that allows its users to share mini stories of literally anything via picture or video, various inbuilt tools allow further editing of media like adding a caption or doodling something over a picture. The Discover tab in the app has received a bit of an overhaul making it a bit more than just an advertisement page now. The app will now display image and headline previews to entice users to browse through each of the publisher’s content via the discover tab. The previews are dynamic in nature and will update as new content is pushed. A subscription entry will allow channels to push their latest updates and will show up along with other user generated content and stories.

Source – Google Play Store,

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Ocean plastic in your next shoe?

The German Sport shoe, accessories and clothing manufacturer has come up with the Adidas x Parley, a shoe made from two types of recycled plastic, PET (mainly used as packaged water bottles) and nylon (from fishing nets). The thread used in the shoe comes from a company called ‘Parley for the Oceans’. Being a prototype for almost more than a year, finally the company has let out the limited edition run series of the shoe (fifty pairs using recycled materials that perform just as good as other athletic wear). The upper portion of the shoe is made out of recycled plastic entirely and amounts to the quantity of 16.5 old bottles and 13 grams of plastic from the gill nets according to the company. The foam pellet Boost sole in the shoes are the only virgin material to be used. Adidas is only releasing fifty pairs of recycled shoes at this moment as one would assume converting any kind of trash into something of use is quite the task.

Source – Wired

An interface to mimic water behaviour and more

A team from the Tangible Media Group (MIT Media Lab’s) has come up with an interesting interface made up of what looks like plastic pins bundled together. Each pin represents a pixel and when bundled you get a grid that’s capable of some pretty interesting things.

This project is titled Materiable. Close to what InFORM and Transform did, Materiable’s hardware and software are capable of mimicking various materials like water, rubber and clay (in terms of flexibility viscosity and elasticity). Each pin in the grid is connected to a sensor and an actuator. The sensors record how much pressure is applied to the pin at input and actuators provide a haptic feedback to the user in contact with the pin. Although interfaces to imitate real world physics isn’t a new idea, Materiable brings a third dimensional approach to the table and as the team suggests could be used to bridge the gap between our digital and physical interfaces.

Source – Wired

IPhone running Android

There isn’t any real advantage of running android on an apple device, not till date at least, besides the fact that you’re running the android OS on a relatively more expensive hardware and probably bragging rights; android on an iPhone makes little to no sense. Even so one cannot ignore the fact that this has been made possible now, developer Nick Lee known for putting on Windows 95 on an Apple Watch has made a phone case for the iPhone with a built-in board bringing a working version of Android to the iPhone. After various iterations of the board Nick has fitted the components of the board into a 3D printed case that fits the iPhone and connects to it. The board in the case has connections for an HDMI, USB and SD Card slot. The android OS is booted via the Tendigi app on the iPhone.

Source – Tendigi (Youtube) https://goo.gl/wbLN3h

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