A device that can provide free Internet access anywhere in the world sounds too good to be true, but Outernet is hoping to hit the nail on the head with a successful crowd–funding initiative with the introduction of the Lantern. Unlike portable Internet devices we’ve seen before which survive on paid data plans like 3G USB sticks, the Lantern is a mobile device capable of delivering free internet anywhere, and it doubles up as a full storage library. The device connects to space satellite servers & receives radio signals that are converted into digital files (I.e., images, music, etc.) stored on the device itself.
As two of the busiest routes to-and-from Alberta’s oil sands, Highway 63 and Highway 881 have seen hundreds of vehicle-related injuries and 183 fatalities over the past decade. To make these highways safer, the Coalition for a Safer 63 and 881 recently launched the Fatality Map to help drivers self-assess their safe driving behaviours, Produced by DDB Canada’s Edmonton office, the new interactive tool allows users to virtually drive along these two routes and experience the hazards of these deadly highways.
The makers of noPhone have identified a portion of the population who has to have a connection with their smarthphone device at all times – these people would even prefer a dead phone to no phone connection. These people, as a byproduct of their phone addition, would obviously have trouble keeping focused at a dinner conversation, making eye contact during a meeting and may even be sleeping with their phone.
Following up on its high profile and successful Anchor Man partnership with Well Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy, Dodge is continuing to mine a rich vein of slightly subversive indie humour with a campaign featuring Hot Tub Time Machine’s Craig Robinson and New Girls’s Jake Johnson.
More and more, motion is becoming a key part of digital experiences. Whether in native apps or on the web, motion softens the otherwise jarring transition between two states. It helps us understand how we are moving through an interface and also makes using a digital product or experience more fun.
Motion in user interface design doesn’t have to be extravagant. Subtle transitions and animations can delight users. The new StarWars.com features an example of a restrained use of motion. When viewed on a mobile device, the design features a ‘hamburger’ menu button that, when tapped, transitions to a pair of light sabres that form the ‘x’ close icon. These small niceties humanize digital experiences and more closely mirror the real world, where objects generally don’t jump from one state to another. For more examples of this sort of delightful User Experience, Use Your Interface is a site dedicated to cataloguing these ‘microanimations’.
Regardless of whether or not you’re a baseball fan, the name Derek Jeter should ring a bell. Jeter, one of Major League Baseball’s greatest, is playing his final season as a professional. The proud Yankee has played the game with honor, grace, and respect. This season, people across the world are paying their respects to the great #2 with a tip of their hat. The latest video from Jordan brand shows all those who are tipping their hats to “The Captain.”
The spot features fans, celebrities, and athletes all tipping their hats to Jeter. It has amassed nearly four million views in just two days. While a final season of any legend’s sports career is followed, this one is particularly special. With social media being such a prevalent part of everything these days, conversation about Jeter is booming, largely thanks to the #re2pect video. Since the release of the spot on July 14, the hashtag has already received over 350k mentions on twitter and Jeter mentions went from about 50k a day up to nearly 500k.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen citizen journalism transform from a minor influence on mainstream media to a go-to source of information.. Thanks to always-connected smartphones, this type of reporting isn’t just reporting on news after the fact but providing near-real time video reports of disasters, atrocities and more, from remote regions to major centres.
The price of this influence is authenticity. Fake videos are being shared, or older videos unearthed, in attempt to control the flow and path of the information.