When it comes to parenting, there are a million different methods. Some prefer a hands-off approach and like to let their child make their own decisions, while others will go to great lengths to make sure their kids aren’t getting into trouble. For those in the latter camp, a new Android app called Ignore No More enables them to remotely shut down their child’s smartphone until they return their calls.
Created by Texas-based Mountaineer Technology Ventures, the app requires parents to be able to install the software on both their own and their child’s phone. This means they’ll need to have their child’s permission, or at least feel ok about sneaking into their kid’s room and stealing their phone. The app enables devices to be registered under either a Parent or Child account. The Parent account gives moms and dads certain admin rights to their child’s phone, meaning they can control the lock screen and password and add their number to the emergency call abilities. Through the Ignore No More app, parents can simply tap a button to shut down the child’s phone by setting a new lock code. The child’s phone can then only be used for emergency services calls or to call their mom back to get the new code.
Members can add as many children accounts as they like and up to two parent accounts. The app also notifies parents if the child tampers with the Ignore No More installation on their device. It’s available to buy from Google Play for USD 1.99 per device.
While the app may prove a hit with worried parents, whether kids would allow them to install the app or give them their lock code in the first place is another matter. Are there other ways kids can stay connected with their parents throughout the day without feeling trapped?
Jon Lazar is a New York developer and social media consultant who decided to create his own line of feminine LEGO Minifigures called “The LEGO Super Friends Project.“ Even though some people criticized his work for being too “doll-like” and conforming to gender stereotypes, he has at least managed to bolster the amount of female characters available for LEGO fans. Keep going to see kick-ass heroines such as Supergirl, Spider-Woman, and Hit-Girl.
The project started with a simple question on social media: “Who is your favorite super heroine?” Taking note of the responses, Jon made a list on his white board, and then set to work creating the minifigs. He also set out some guidelines for himself, that included: Each character must fit into the role of super heroine (as some people did request villains), no character would be repeated in alternate costumes, and one character release per day for the entire month of July. For a full list of characters, head over to Jon’s blog post about the project.
Despite the criticism he received in 2012, Jon is convinced he made a difference:
For me, the project was a success. I was not only able to challenge the stereotypes put forth by the Friends line, but I was also able to open dialogs about those pink clichés and just reach out to fans of those heroes. I was also able to engage with some of the comic book creators and show them what can be done with their characters and LEGO Friends.
In the future, Jon plans to move from a creating a new character daily, over to a weekly schedule. Also, his focus will no longer be on just super heroines, but also villains, video game characters, and any other human characters that can take on minifig form. What will remain the same is that his focus is still on “challenging the stereotypes put forth by the Friends toys.”
[h/t] Laughing Squid
Images by Jon Lazar
We’ve already seen headphones designer handbags equipped with phone charging capabilities, so it was only a matter of time before the items we wear became able to provide some extra juice for our devices. QBracelet is a minimalist wristband that can give smartphones extra power when there’s no available outlet.
The jewelry piece takes the form of a single band available in silver, gold or black that is able to easily clip on and off the wrist. When unclipped, the bracelet reveals a USB or Apple Lightning charger, connected to a battery inside that can provide up to 60 percent extra charge to the average smartphone. The lightweight device is designed primarily as a stylish wristband, but offers convenient charging in any situation. The bracelet can even remain connected during phone calls without making the phone awkward to hold.
Watch the video below to see the QBracelet in action:
The QBracelet can be pre-ordered in three different sizes and choice of iOS or Android smartphone connectors. It’s currently available for USD 79 and will ship in the winter. Are there other fashion items that could ensure consumers don’t run out of battery?
Packing for a flight is often a stressful affair, especially considering the hefty charges that can be applied to those who go over the check-in weight limit. One airline has even gone as far as charging travelers for any mass they bring onto the plane, including body weight. Singapore-based Packnada enables passengers to travel with only a passport, through a wardrobe storage service that delivers to their hotel every time they land.
The service is designed for fliers who visit the same city often, either because of work or family living abroad. Instead of packing up their clothes after a trip, Packnada customers simply leave up to 20 items at the hotel. The team picks them up, washes them and stores them ready for future visits. Users can notify the company when and where they’re planning to visit again either online or through the companion app. The next time they land, their hotel concierge will have the clothes ready to wear. The service isn’t limited to just clothes — members can also leave their favorite toiletries behind to save from putting up with the hotel soap.
Watch the video below to learn more about Packnada:
Packnada is currently only available for those visiting Singapore, and costs USD 99 per trip with the first two free. Are there other ways to make long haul travel more comfortable for consumers?