According to a recent study, 85 million Americas are employed in jobs that primarily involve sitting. When compared with the growing rates of obesity, it’s easy to see the correlation.
Sitting Disease is gaining more public attention- it’s being linked to health problems such as Type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline, heart disease, and stroke. The technology age is contributing to such risks. At the workplace, people resort to instant messaging and e-mails to communicate with co-workers down the hall. In cities affected by urban sprawl, these works hours sitting in their cars to and from work on the daily commute.
Cubii is an ergonomic trainer that is making sitting healthier. The sleek, compact, and Bluetooth-compatible elliptical fits right under one’s desk and facilitates continuous leg movements throughout the day.
At 24 inches long, 15 inches wide, and 10 inches high, the convenient machine is designed so that one’s knees never touch the desk during movement. There is also a resistance adjuster to establish a comfortable level of activity.
The trainer is not intended to make one sweat. Instead Cubii promotes unconscious revolutions that help combat restlessness and increase work performance.
One of Cubii’s key selling points is its low cost and sleek design. At $279, the trainer is much more attractive than the other $1,000 – $4,000 stand up desks and treadmill set-ups. The Cubii can be seamlessly integrated into an already established office space with little hassle.
Cubii’s Bluetooth integration allows users to keep track of daily activity through it’s mobile app. The machine can also sync up to wearable fitness trackers. Activity data can be shared with other users- creating a support network of active sitters.
A study conducted by Stanford University researchers has shown that walking boosts creative inspiration, whether on an indoor machine or outdoors. If you’re an employee looking for a job promotion, or a manager looking to improve creative output, the Cubii may be an effective tool for accomplishing both.
Cubii is reinventing the way we approach sitting, and has the potential to transform the modern day workplace. While pedaling the machine may not make up for your missed workout session, it’s something that will put your health-conscious mind at ease.
The founders are seeking funding through their Kickstarter campaign, and plan to begin packaging and shipping in December.
Some months ago, I downloaded the Kodable app for my 4 year-old, which boasts that it can teach toddlers how to code before they can read. My programming skills are pretty basic, but I like the idea of giving my child a head start.Tags: Greg Satell
The boots worn by Neil Armstrong when he walked on the moon back in 1969, leaving man’s first footprint is a monumental symbolization for the human race as well as the brands that were affiliated with making it happen (if you want to think of it that way).
The astronaut boots that were worn were made from GE silicon rubber, designed for extreme weather and conditions. The company’s scientists also developed industrial-strength plastic found in the visors of the space helmets.
Paying homage to the 45th anniversary of mans first moonwalk, 100 limited-edition Mission sneakers just went on sale. Reinvented by GE and made from from “super materials” typically used in jet engines and wind turbines, the footwear was created not only to celebrate a great moment in history but also to relate the power of advanced materials and technologies, according to GE’s global director of innovation, Sam Olstein.
Stabilized carbon fiber was placed on the side of the shoe because it is lighter than steel and aluminum alloy yet can withstand the challenging conditions of a jet engine’s belly. Thermoplastic rubber, on the top collar of the sneaker, is more resistant and flexible than the standard variety. To prevent water damage, the shoe is covered in a hydrophobic coating that is more commonly used to prevent ice from adhering to machines. Finally, 3M (MMM) Scotchlite reflective material around the laces’ eye rows increase visibility.
Multigenerational households continue to grow, a trend we termed More Under One Roof in our Things to Watch in 2009, as the recession was getting well under way. New research from the Pew Research Center shows that 18 percent of the U.S. population lived in a multigenerational household as of 2012, up 50 percent from 1980. That translates into 57 million Americans in these households, almost twice as many as was the case in 1980.
A key driver of the trend is Millennials, who are continuing to grapple with the effects of the recession but also tend to regard parents as friends (“peerents”). According to Pew, almost 24 percent of adults 25 to 34 live with multiple generations, up from 11 percent in 1980, and more Millennials than seniors (ages 85 and older) now live in multigenerational households. This trend has significant ripple effects in the economy as so many members of this generation delay adulthood and the traditional milestones of getting married, buying a house and having children, as USA Today notes. As they do so, we’re seeing the social normalization of living with one’s parents into adulthood.
Facial recognition isn’t solely capable of identifying humans, as proved by ideas such as PiP — the database that uses the technology to reunite lost pets with their owners. Now Taiwan’s Bistro is a feeding device that uses facial recognition to track the unique health metrics of individual cats.
Cats are individuals just like people, and they each have their own dietary needs according to their personal health. Bistro is a smart food hopper that is capable of holding water and feed, as well as tracking exactly how much cats take each time they use it. The device features a scale, which weighs the cat when they take food, as well as a camera that detects exactly which cat is using it. With the Bistro smartphone app, owners can accurately track what each of their cats is taking from the machine, even if they’re away from the house. They can create profiles for each of their cats and track monitor their weight over time, letting them catch diet abnormalities early or ensure their pets don’t get overweight. The camera also enables owners to watch their cats while they’re out.
Watch the video below to see Bistro in action:
Cat owners are obsessed with their animals and Bistro helps them to connect with the cats intimately at all times. The device is available to pre-order through Indiegogo for the special price of USD 179 until 14 August. Are there other human technologies that could benefit pets?
This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding. At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding.
New devices — such as Mellow, the water cooker that can be operated through a smartphone — are making food preparation much easier for those without the skills or time to cook a meal to perfection. For those not planning to trade in their oven or grill anytime soon, however, Range OI is a device that turns any existing cooker into a smart one.
Currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, the system comprises a Bluetooth-enabled thermometer that can be used with any oven, alongside an app for smartphones and smartwatches. The thermometer rests in a dock that’s connected to any oven, and can detect if the oven is off, pre-heating, on, or cooling down. The app can be used to get notifications based on the oven’s status, ensure that meals are cooked at the perfect temperature, or remind them if they’ve left the cooker on if they leave the house. When taken out of its dock, the thermometer can also be used similarly to Supermechanical’s original Range device, which was initially developed for accurately testing food temperature in the kitchen.
Watch the video below for more information about the Range OI system:
Many consumers aren’t going to want to buy the latest smart ovens straight away if they already have working appliances at home, and Range OI fills the gap by bringing smart features into the home at a lower cost. The Kickstarter campaign runs until tomorrow (22 July), and backers can get the kit from USD 98. Are there other ways to bring smart features to existing devices?
In large cities with crowded public transport and expensive taxi fares, cycling is one of the best ways for tourists to get around. Travelers heading to Berlin can already use services such as Dynamic Connections‘ crowdsourced cycling route maps, but what about other cities? A2B bikes has now launched a package holiday that offers one couple a guided tour around 12 global destinations by e-bike, for just USD 135,000.
Developed to coincide with the launch of A2B’s Obree and Orsted electric bikes, the unique holiday is only available to one couple and is designed to take in the sights of the 12 most fashionable cities in the world, as picked by members of luxury website VeryFirstTo. At each stop in Paris, Milan, London, New York, Tokyo, Sydney, and 6 other cities, the pair will be able explore the surroundings traveling via the new A2B models. They will also be joined by an experienced tour guide. At a cost of GBP 80,100 for the couple who takes up the offer, the trip isn’t cheap, but travelers get to keep the bikes and a GBP 1,000 donation is also made in their behalf to the Prince’s Trust charity in the UK.
The package tour essentially serves as a unique, immersive advertisement for A2B bikes, which enables the guests to trial the bike with the backdrop of some of the world’s most fashionable cities. Are there other luxury goods makers that could borrow the romanticism of beautiful locations with experiences such as this?
I just landed in Berlin after an overnight flight from the US.
In the past, turning on your phone after landing overseas could be an expensive experience as the phone downloads all the email you received since taking off at international mobile data rates.
I’ve used a host of techniques over the years to avoid the experience of landing, turning on my phone, and immediately getting a text message that I’ve blown past my international data roaming cap.
I’ve turned off mobile data and waited until I got to hotel WiFi to download my email but that meant no mobile data for directions to the hotel. I’ve bought SIM cards in airports. And more recently I’ve rented a pocket WiFi before traveling overseas.
But last year the Gotham Gal and I switched back to T-Mobile after they introduced free low bandwidth international data roaming for all customers in the US.
Here is the experience when I land. I turn on the phone, it finds the local mobile network, connects, and my phone lights up with notifications and emails start coming in.
In addition I get a text message from T-Mobile offering to upgrade me to an international data pass that offers 4G in 100MB buckets at roughly $10/100MB.
I buy the upgrade every time and am happy to pay for the higher speeds.
But the important thing here is the customer experience. No longer do customers have to fear turning on their phone. No longer do customers have to jump through hoops to procure an affordable mobile data plan. If you want faster speeds, T-Mobile makes it drop dead simple to upgrade right on your phone.
This approach to international mobile data should be adopted by all the mobile carriers. It’s a great experience.
&lt;a href="http://darkerthanwax.bandcamp.com/album/arrows-ep" data-mce-href="http://darkerthanwax.bandcamp.com/album/arrows-ep"&gt;Arrows Ep by Deep Shoq&lt;/a&gt;
Deep Shoq is a household name in the Lithuanian urban –electronic beat scene. His early influences ranged from classical, neo-soul and hiphop. He started to experiment with production and hip hop in 2005 leaning more towards a jazzy-hiphop vibe before emerging as a solo artist and pursuing the electronica and future side of beats. He has dropped recent releases under Shimmy Records and Project Mooncircle .
Arrows EP is a personal innovative breakthrough, one that provided exciting opportunities to collaborate with other artists- allowing him to push boundaries to become more productive and creative.
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I’ve written about this stuff before, but I continue to be interested in it.
I actively use the following messaging apps on my phone:
Kik – my primary channel for The Gotham Gal, my daughter Jessica, and USV people
Snapchat – my primary channel for my son Josh
SMS – my primary channel for my daughter Emily and a lot of my friends
Hangouts – secondary channel for my daughter Jessica and USV people
Twitter DM – primary channel for people who don’t have my cell number
Though I don’t use them, I realize the following apps are quite popular in the US as well
So how is it possible that we can all have and use four, five, six or more messenger apps on our phones?
It’s because the notifications channel is the primary UI on mobile, replacing the home screen, and its easy to communicate with people using a variety of applications on your phone.
What I’m wondering is if we will see even more fragmentation in our messaging behavior on mobile in the coming years, or if five to six apps per person is status quo, or might we see some consolidation?
I personally don’t see any reason for consolidation and if I had to make a bet, it would be on further fragmentation. Each of the apps I use offers something slightly different than the others. And so for certain people, and certain kinds of conversations, one messaging app is preferable to another. It’s very possible that entrepreneurs will continue to come up with unique and differentiated experiences and that will drive further fragmentation.
Pacific Shore is a Parisian duo who's adopted name comes from their eponymous debut album, which was the soundtrack to their first road trip under the Californian sun. Formed in 2008, after working on two mix tapes together, the duo continue to nourish their diversity in a complimentary fashion by combining modern groove and haunting melodies. Beyond The Mist is a wonderfully produced LP featuring the angelic vocals of Sarah Linhares that will you will be able to listen to twenty years from now and it will give you the same copious amounts of beautiful melody's reminiscent of today when you first listened to it.