Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:
Rethinking the digital newspaper
Thought this was a really nice, thought out and document project to re-design the digital newspaper. They use the New York Times as paper to re-design and I think the resulting designs do a fantastic job of combing great thinking and with great design to create a fantastic experience.
See the work here.
“Safety Truck” Lets Drivers See Through It
This week Samsung’s newest innovation caught the imagination of the media as they tackled the tricky problem of passing a truck. The Samsung Safety Truck has a wireless camera in the front and four monitors on the back displaying what is ahead of the truck in real-time. Drivers will be able to see when it’s safe to pass by just glancing at the display, which isn’t affected by the sun’s glare and works day and night. The prototype is currently being tested with a B2B client in Argentina. There will obviously be a huge debate about if this is going to be just as big of a distraction as a cell phone but it is an interesting idea.
Read the article here.
Sunscreen Bottle Tells People When It’s Time to Reapply
A smart sunscreen bottle and an app are helping Australians protect themselves from getting burned by the sun’s rays. ReApply Reminder uses Bluetooth technology in the sunscreen bottle’s lid to sync with an app on the user’s smartphone. When the user opens the lid of the bottle, it triggers a countdown on the app, which will send a notification when it’s time for the user to reapply sunscreen. The app takes into account the location, temperature, and current UV rating to determine the amount of time between applications. Each time the user reapplies, the app provides additional tips on how to stay protected from UV rays.
See it in action here.