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Weekly inspirations: August 12, 2013

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

 

Fliike real-life social media counter

This is one of those devices that I find fascinating because it illustrates just how insanely social media obsessed we have become as a culture.. The Fliike is a $390, real-life, real-time mechanical counter that displays the number of Facebook likes your page has. You ust have to plug it into the wall outlet, connect it to your Wi-Fi network and sync it to your account to see how popular you or your brand really is. See and pre-order it here.

GoodFuckingDesignAdvice.com Pledge

I have GoodFuckingDesignAdvice.com poster that hangs in my office at home and at work since I think their message is right on and I love their irreverent style. I recently saw they create the GoodFuckingDesignAdvice.com pledge which I also love so check it out and send it to someone who needs it. See the video and take the pledge here.

The Innovation of Loneliness

This is a really interesting video that looks at the connection between engaging in Social Networks and being lonely. It was inspired and based on the book Alone Together by Sherry Turkle and Dr. Yair Amichai-Hamburgers hebrew article The Invention of Being Lonely. It is a bit of infographic overload but one of the more interesting takes on the subject I have seen. Watch the video here.

Square Market

I have loved the Square payment system since it launches and this week came a new evolution with their product with the launch of Square Market. It lets you shop and discover neighborhood businesses all over the country through their online portal. It is a smart business for Square since we have seen a lot of traction for local business support through campaigns like ‘Small Business Satturday’ from American Express. It also looks to capitalize on other sites who compete in this space like Etsy which I have found have become littered with fake luxury products, bad merchants or bait / switch experiences. It also a smart strategic move since it creates a more holistic ecosystem for this which will let them better compete with eBay and the new PayPal small business payment system. Explore and shop Square market here.

Microsoft’s ‘touch screen’ for any surface

Microsoft keeps trying to find a way to launch a successful touch surface product.  They started with the original Surface before they turned it into a tablet no one buys. Not they have announced that Ubi has worked to develop the software that will turn a wall into a touch screen computer using a Microsoft Kinect for Windows sensor It is now out of beta and on sale for consumers. Watch the video here.

 

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