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Let me tell you a good STORY

on April 20, 2014 by Ana Comments

Story is a concept store on Manhattan that updates its theme and products ever week. To add a do-good twist to the store, its founder, Rachel Shechtman, partnered with notorious social entrepreneurs, like TOMS and FEED Project, to create a brand new Good STORY. The Good STORY will run until June 1, and every item for purchase has a direct positive social impact. My takeaway: more brands, traditionally sustainable or not, should embrace the STORY idea. It’s all about the concept stores these days, anyway. Might as well do some good with it.

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iBeacon is the future of Easter Egg hunts

on April 19, 2014 by Ana Comments

Faberge, the jeweler, is into elephants and their well being. For this reason the brand organized the massive Easter egg hunt in NYC this weekend. Faberge commissioned gigantic 275 egg sculptures from designers and artists and scattered them around the city, and on the The Big Egg Hunt website, designated a specific area where each of the eggs is to be discovered. The best part of the hunt is that eggs are not revealed on the map until at least 10 people check in to them, enabled by iBeacon technology. This may be the first time that iBeacon has left the confines of the retail stores and ventured into the outside world, and I love how Faberge is using it. If you are in New York City this weekend and if Easter Egg hunts are your thing, you should definitely join!

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Humanity, meet the Responsive Man

on April 19, 2014 by Ana Comments

I really like this, for reasons none other than it being fun. With responsive design becoming a table stakes at this point, The Responsive Man was just begging to happen.

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Meet Moov, a fitness tracker and personal trainer combined

on March 2, 2014 by Ana Comments

If you are on the wearable fitness devices market, and are still not bored by the sameness of Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike Fuel, this is a product for you. It’s called Moov, and it not only tracks your activity, but it gives you a real-time feedback to improve it, like any good trainer would. Like any good trainer, it’s also motivating, caring, interactive and personalized. Get yours here.

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Uniqlo’s flexibility is its go-to market strategy

on March 2, 2014 by Ana Comments

Uniqlo has built its retail empire around the “Made for All” POV, meaning its products are such that anyone and everyone can wear them.

Now, being more sensitive to local economic and physical differences among its consumers in different regions and markets, Uniqlo revised its go-to-market strategy. Instead “everything fits everyone” thing, they are making larger-sized items for the US market and cheaper items for the economically disadvantages regions in China. This is quite a ballsy move for any retailer due to consequences that differences in sizing and quality can do to the brand, yet an incredibly intelligent one, as it makes the brand more resilient globally.

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Haptic sensations come to the screen near you

on March 2, 2014 by Ana Comments

It can be a wonderful thing for blind people, but it is a sort of field day for the rest of us, too. Fujitsu’s next-gen touchscreens, unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, will allow us to feel haptic sensations from our screens. If we are watching a video of water, we would feel its slippery surface. If we are looking at the picture of rocks, we would be able to feel them, too.

The technology behind the haptic screen sounds pretty sci-fi today, but I am sure it will become run-of-the-mill in a few years. Fujitsu uses ultrasonic waves to vibrate the air at the very top of the screen, effectively turning air into a flexible, responsive surface giving off the impression of different textures. Pretty smart.

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The ultimate Bro app that all the bros around the world will be grateful for

on March 2, 2014 by Ana Comments

If you consider yourself a Bro, then you definitely need this app. It automatically texts your girlfriend at periodic intervals while you are hanging around the keg and watching that ball game. Get yours here.

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We could have totally predicted the Normcore coming

on March 2, 2014 by Ana Comments

Amid all the cries for “authenticity,” “uniqueness,” “difference” the real cool comes under the trend Normcore. It adheres to the principles of blending in vs. standing out, melting into the crowd instead of attracting attention, and being just like everyone else.

It is an expected and, honestly, quite welcome backlash to the crazy advertising machine telling us we are unique, just like everybody else. Credits go to K-Hole for coining the term that captures a general attitude of “the self-aware, stylized blandness. It’s an attitude embracing sameness deliberately as a new way of being cool, rather than striving for “difference” or “authenticity.” In fashion, though, this manifests itself in ardently ordinary clothes. Mall clothes. Blank clothes. The kind of dad-brand non-style you might have once associated with Jerry Seinfeld, but transposed on a Cooper Union student with William Gibson glasses.”

Gotta go buy my Uniqlo hoodie now. In gray, of course.

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Scough is the answer to your prayers, you public transport-taking humans

on March 2, 2014 by Ana Comments

For everyone who lives in New York and rides the subway, this is a godsent idea. But first: how many times you turned your head in disgust trying to remain civil and at the same time cursing the person next to you on a crowded car who didn’t cover their mouth when coughing? Well, yes.

Enter the Sough. It’s a nice-looking scarf (forget those surgical masks) with a hidden filter that purifies the air we are breathing, on the subway and off. It fends the germs away, and when placed directly over the mouth, allows its wearer to breathe in the bacteria-free air (or nearly.)

Get yours here!

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Oscar’s night with Twitter in tow

on March 2, 2014 by Ana Comments

According to Nielsen, the average age of Oscar’s viewer is 51. That’s kinda AARP audience, so it’s not surprising that it doesn’t attract the flurry of brand activity that, say, Super Bowl or Grammy’s do. Still, for those who are watching, Twitter is the primary companion of this evening’s festivities. Knowing that, Twitter partnered with Poptip, a social surveys company and E! Online, to create a card tracking the popularity of Oscar nominees.

Those who follow E! Online on Twitter can vote in real time for the nominees, and Poptip notes the results. Expect a lot of good data coming out of it, even if your favorites aren’t chosen.

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