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Xiaomi Debuts Live-Translating AR Glasses To Make The World Less Misunderstood



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Xiaomi is taking a shot at helping the world understand each other better, with the official debut of its live-translating smart glasses.

 

Dubbed ‘Mijia Glasses Camera’, the AR glasses has the ability to translate text between English and Chinese in real-time, which is especially handy when interpreting confusing signals. 

 

 



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The smart eyewear boasts a 50-megapixel Quad Bayer wide-angle camera, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, and 15x hybrid zoom. It packs 35GB of storage, can handle over 100 minutes of recorded footage. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, it also features a Micro OLED from Sony that has 3,000 nits of brightness and 3,281 pixels per inch.

 

While that is impressive, the glasses don’t exactly hide that it’s not your average eyewear. With thick frames and cameras attached to its sides, it does little to go unnoticed.

 

 



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Although intended for capturing daily activities, the smart glasses aren’t built to be worn for long. It weighs in at 3.5 ounces and its battery only lasts for about three hours. 

 

The AR specs were being crowdfunded for 2499 CNY (US$369.5) each for initial backers on the Xiaomi Mall. Once it officially hits the market, the price tag gets magnified to 2699 CNY (US$400).

 

 

 

[via Input Mag and NextPit, cover image via Xiaomi]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419811/Xiaomi-Debuts-Live-Translating-AR-Glasses-To-Make-The-World-Less-Misunderstood/

Walmart Is Opening Tiny, Homely ‘General Stores’ Off The Grid



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The next time you’re out camping and forget to carry a skillet for s’mores, just pop by your closest Walmart location. And that probably won’t take a two-hour drive back to the city—mini Walmarts are about to spring up in nature so you can pick up essentials you may have forgotten to pack. 

The big-box retailer is opening convenience stores on wheels, called ‘General Stores’, in areas off beaten paths, in partnership with Getaway, a popular tiny cabin rental service whose houses are tucked some distance off major cities and do not carry Wi-Fi or mobile service. 

Walmart wants to wedge itself into the minds of consumers even when they’re away from home by trying its hand at making “meaningful experiences” in the hospitality sector, Brock Manheim, an associate director at Walmart US, tells Insider.

The General Stores add to the chain’s mission to “help people live better no matter where they are,” says Walmart US brand marketing vice president Casey Schlaybaugh in a separate statement. The stores away from home will “[empower people] to spend more quality time with those who matter most.”

 



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The charming mobile shops, bearing the exterior of Getaway’s quintessential black wooden cabins, will offer seasonal travel essentials sourced by Walmart and handpicked by Getaway. These include snacks, hiking gear, cooking utensils, film cameras, and toiletries.

The first location will open this month at Getaway Hill Country in Wimberley, Texas, on the outskirts of Austin and San Antonio.

Since there’ll be no cell coverage, guests will be able to make their purchases from the dedicated Getaway shopping page in advance so they can pack less for their vacations. Getaway Outpost guests will also receive a free one-year Walmart+ trial, along with Welcome Kits to make s’mores in the next six months.

 

Other General Stores rolling out this year will be based in Machimoodus in Moodus, Connecticut; Getaway Big Bear in Running Springs, California; Getaway Western Catskills in Roscoe, New York; and Getaway Ozark Highlands in Osceola, Missouri.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[via Insider and Retail Dive, images via various sources]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419812/Walmart-Is-Opening-Tiny-Homely-General-Stores-Off-The-Grid/

Virtual Reality Takes Hospice Patients To Trips Around The World

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Through virtual reality, patients at a hospice in England have been able to enjoy new experiences and soak in the healing sounds of nature and other environments, even if they cannot leave their beds.

Besides helping patients with mobility needs, occupational therapists at St Giles Hospice introduce ways to cheer them up and distract them from their pain. One of these options is VR, which transports them to cities around the world, scenes of nature, and even outer space. There’s also a film narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

Beth Robinson, one of the facility’s occupational therapists, says the visual respites take patients to “a calming space.”

“This distraction-related activity enables our patients to escape the realities of their present situation and offers a form of relaxation,” Robinson adds.

71-year-old Janet took a virtual stroll at the seaside, where she was comforted by sights of the sun and sand. “I’ve never experienced anything quite like it in my life,” says the patient, who is currently living with endometrial cancer. “I was totally lost in the moment.”

“My pain was a distant memory,” Janet says. “It was so soothing.”

Her daughter, Hazel, was touched to see her mother in so much serenity. “Her face was so animated,” she recounts.

 

 

[via BBC and Lichfield Live, cover image via St Giles Hospice]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419809/Virtual-Reality-Takes-Hospice-Patients-To-Trips-Around-The-World/

Scientists Want To Grow Embryo Versions Of You To Harvest Future Organs



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Can the world handle another you? Thinking of it in a medical sense, scientists say yes. Israeli researchers at biotech firm Renewal Bio are looking to take human cells and grow them to the embryonic stage in hopes to increase supply for transplantable organs.

This is the next step for Renewal Bio and its partners at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, the latter of which most recently had the scientific world talking for successfully producing synthetic embryos out of mouse stem cells inside a mechanical womb.

 

The embryos developed far enough to the point where they had beating hearts, flowing blood, and even the beginnings of brains and tails.

Notably, this was the first time an advanced, lab-made version of an embryo had been created without sperm, eggs, or a uterus. It rings in more possibilities for solutions surrounding organ availability and infertility.

The artificial embryos were found to be 95% similar to the shapes of the internal structures and gene expression patterns of natural mouse embryos. “They are really, really similar,” Jacob Hanna, a Weizmann Institute of Science biologist and Renewal Bio’s founder, remarks to MIT Technology Review. Hanna has published his research on the project in the Cell scientific journal.

Up next will be the replication of the technology on human cells to grow synthetic human embryos, specifically to the 40 to 50-day-old pregnancy stage, when the basic organs have developed.

At present, simple tissues like bone and cartilage can be 3D-printed, but vital organs are trickier to simulate. Embryos, on the other hand, grow these naturally, MIT Technology Review explains. Hanna thus calls them “the best 3D bioprinter.”

The implications, as you would have guessed by now, are immense. If it all pans out, women who are past their biological clocks for giving birth could produce healthy eggs again, and an elderly person could have their immunity boosted with the help of embryonic blood cells.

Unsurprisingly, though, this technology remains a risky business. The chances of successfully producing a synthetic mouse embryo are lower than one in 100. Artificial embryos that lived longer also suffered abnormalities later, potentially due to the lack of blood supply.

Hanna is beginning his human embryo tests on none other than himself, extracting his own blood and skin cells to hopefully grow human stem-cell embryos. As the replicas would only develop to a certain stage, he doesn’t believe they should be deemed as mini-mes, AKA human beings.

But if push comes to shove and ethical issues arise, the lab may consider genetically engineering the cells so that the emerging embryo models would never have heads.

 

 

[via MIT Technology Review and ABC News, cover image via SciePro / Adobe Stock]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419808/Scientists-Want-To-Grow-Embryo-Versions-Of-You-To-Harvest-Future-Organs/

Xbox Builds Basketball Court Inspired By Its Video Game Console



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Microsoft’s Xbox and New York Liberty invite fans to get their game on with a new basketball court designed after the famous game console.

 

The gaming-inspired playing area, created for the WNBA and housed at the Barclays Center, will serve as the arena for a match played against the Los Angeles Sparks.

 



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The court features the iconic Xbox green cast against dark hardwood floors, with dots of green against black represent the vents of the Xbox Series X. Electric green waves are seen rippling on the floor, reminiscent of the way the console lights up. Lining the edge is the same green with sponsor titles written in stark white.

 

Fans who can’t go down to the venue in person still take the basketball spirit online via the Infinite Canvas’ Dunking Simulator on Roblox.

 



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Within the online arena, fans will be treated to metaverse-only features such as fireworks, pyrotechnics, fan chants, and more. Users on Roblox can also unlock special NY Liberty and Xbox merch for their avatars.

 

Microsoft also added that it will be donating US$50,000 to Kobe Bryant’s Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation and the Girl’s Who Code foundation in aid of women’s representation in sports and science. 

 

NEW YORK – August 2nd, 2022 – The New York Liberty in collaboration with @Xbox has unveiled the @WNBA’s first-ever gaming inspired basketball court for the team’s August 2nd and August 3rd home games versus the Los Angeles Sparks at Barclays Center. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/VfAQDaFuyx

— New York Liberty (@nyliberty) August 2, 2022

 

 

 

[via ESPN and Xbox, cover image via Xbox]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419806/Xbox-Builds-Basketball-Court-Inspired-By-Its-Video-Game-Console/

‘Space Photo’ Of Mysterious Star Is Actually Slice Of Sausage Up Close



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A picture of what has been touted as a fiery ball of gas turns out to have a lot more meat to it.

 

As the public fawned over fascinating images taken by NASA’s James Webb space telescope, distinguished French physicist Étienne Klein found it the ideal time to share a red-hot photo of what he claimed was Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun.

 

Photo de Proxima du Centaure, l’étoile la plus proche du Soleil, située à 4,2 année-lumière de nous.
Elle a été prise par le JWST.
Ce niveau de détails… Un nouveau monde se dévoile jour après jour. pic.twitter.com/88UBbHDQ7Z

— Etienne KLEIN (@EtienneKlein) July 31, 2022

“Photo of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun, located 4.2 light years from us,” tweeted Klein, the director of research at the French Commission of Atomic Energy and Alternative Energies. He added that the image was also snapped by Webb’s cameras, and praised its “level of detail.”

“A new world is revealing itself day after day,” Klein wrote, as translated by The Times newspaper.

After drawing enough attention, though, Klein admitted that the “star” was much closer to Earth, and your plate. It was nothing but a slice of chorizo, captured up close.

Sausage wasn’t the only thing here that was being smoked. The scientist revealed that he had shared the trick image to warn internet users about fake news, noting that “no object belonging to Spanish charcuterie exists anywhere but on Earth.”

Whether his intentions were well-meaning, it left a bad taste in some people’s mouths, who pointed out that someone of the scientist’s stature would be easily believed by the masses. They argued that his sharing of the prank would only exacerbate the spread of disinformation.

The beef wasn’t shared by everyone, however. Many others applauded the physicist for this juicy piece of a troll.

Klein eventually apologized for the “hoax,” which he dismissed as “a scientist’s joke.”

 

 

[via The Times and Phys.org, images via various sources]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419807/Space-Photo-Of-Mysterious-Star-Is-Actually-Slice-Of-Sausage-Up-Close/

Australian Farmer Notices An Odd Addition To His Flock: SpaceX Debris



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Sheep farmers in Dalgety, NSW, Australia were left in shear surprise when they discovered debris now identified as hailing from a SpaceX modular.

 

The farmers were alerted to the space junk landing in their midst after hearing a loud bang on July 9. The debris wasn’t located until July 25, when it was found by farm owner Mick Miners on a far-off area of his land. Neighboring farmer Jock Wallace also said he found some debris a few days earlier. 

 

Neither of them knew what exactly it was, as it was just a burnt chunk of metal, so they called the aviation authorities for advice. After that, they were asked to contact NASA for help. 

 

I just got back from Dalgety, NSW. I was busy confirming that parts of a @SpaceX Crew-1 Trunk capsule crashed into a few paddocks in rural NSW! More info to come:https://t.co/2VJzeYMhhn pic.twitter.com/sQsE4WAxRq

— Brad Tucker (@btucker22) July 29, 2022

 

Physicist Brad Tucker had gone out by himself to take a look at the fallen piece and noted that it was most likely an unpressurized portion of the trunk of a spaceship, as said to Space.com. Debris tracker Jonathon McDowell took to Twitter to chime in, saying that Dalgety, where the farm is located, was directly under SpaceX’s Crew-1 Dragon’s pathway when it re-entered Earth. 

 

The trunk is mainly used to send cargo and support to the SpaceX crew while in orbit. While inspecting, Tucker found a part of a serial number on the space waste and has asked the company for clarification.

 

After some debate, SpaceX has finally reached out and confirmed that it is in fact a piece of its Crew-1 trunk. The report was made by ABC Australia which also states that the three pieces found are the biggest to land in the country since 1979. 

 

. @SpaceX has now confirmed that the debris that crashed in Dalgety, NSW belongs to them and part of the SpaceX Crew-1 Trunk https://t.co/alt5mshzYr

— Brad Tucker (@btucker22) August 3, 2022

 

For now, the debris will remain on the farms. However, the space firm does intend to pick them up and bring them back to the US in the near future.

 

 

 

[via Space.com and BBC, cover image via veneratio / Adobe Stock]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419805/Australian-Farmer-Notices-An-Odd-Addition-To-His-Flock-SpaceX-Debris/

CNN Debuts NFT Art To Commemorate Nelson Mandela’s Release From Prison



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History can be passed down in so many ways, from schools to museums to documentaries, and now even via non-fungible tokens. CNN’s Web3 group, Vault by CNN, is teaming up with NFT platform Probably Nothing to create a collectible in remembrance of Nelson Mandela.

 

The digital art, depicting Mandela’s prison cell on Robben Island, South Africa, was created by Jeremy Fall to commemorate the historic day that Mandela was released from jail, on February 11, 1990. 

 

The artwork was created using artificial intelligence, along with imagery and videos of Mandela’s cell for reference. Fall states that the flowers outside of his cell window represent hope, and the blue motif used in the piece represents freedom and inspiration. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At least 250 iterations of the token will be put on sale at a going rate of US$100.

 

Vault by CNN will also be releasing never-before-seen footage of Mandela as he claimed freedom once again. Mandela’s image was banned due to his interference in the government. Still, his devotion to peace remained strong even while serving his sentence. 

 

The collaboration takes a significant moment in history and delivers it via an ultra-modern way of consuming information. Vault by CNN was created to teach followers about past events and let users collect their own pieces of yesteryear.  

 

 

 

 

[via NFT Culture and Hypebeast, images via various sources]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419804/CNN-Debuts-NFT-Art-To-Commemorate-Nelson-Mandela-s-Release-From-Prison/

Coors Banquet Supports Firefighters With Merch To ‘Protect Our Protectors’

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As the heatwave rages on, firefighters across the world have had to battle the harshest of flames.

 

It’s not surprising many fire departments, such as those in California, Oregon, and Washington, have been experiencing low staffing levels as the ill effects of climate change take its toll.

To showcase its commitment to protecting the heroes in yellow, Coors Banquet is releasing a new capsule collection as part of its ‘Protect Our Protectors’ program, which will be available in the form of a clothing collaboration with Brixton on the brand’s online shop later this month. 

In addition, a series of benefit events will take place around the country, as part of efforts to raise funds to support firefighters and their families during peak wildfire season.

“Wildfires are an increasing problem, and they don’t just affect the West. We’re expanding our efforts nationwide to protect our protectors—the brave few who run toward the fire, not away from it,” said Marcelo Pascoa, Vice President of Marketing for the Coors Family of Brands.

The beverage brand noted that over the last eight years, it has donated over US$2 million to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in recognition of the sacrifices the firefighters make, and the danger they face each day. 

To show their support, customers will be able to purchase limited-edition stubby bottles at grocery stores, with all proceeds going towards the foundation and other local firefighter organizations in the United States. 

Take a look at the brand’s special advertisement dedicated to firefighters. 

 

 

 

 

[via Marketing Dive and Coors Banquet / PR Newswire, cover image via Coors Banquet / PR Newswire]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419801/Coors-Banquet-Supports-Firefighters-With-Merch-To-Protect-Our-Protectors/

Uber Swaps Roads For Tracks With Train Bookings From UK To Europe



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Uber rides are heading to tracks. The car-riding platform is expanding its service to incorporate trains, as part of a new partnership with travel search and ticketing service Omio

 

The Berlin-based company is lending its API to Uber to bring intercountry travel around Europe to users in the UK. Through this Uber Travel platform, users will be able to book trains, including the Eurostar, to destinations like Amsterdam, Paris, and Brussels.

 

This will come in handy with the global surge in vacations as the travel industry returns to its pre-COVID days. Added to that are the aggravations in climate change that are pushing people to find greener ways to travel.

 

The UK remains Uber’s second-largest market, solidifying the decision to begin its new venture in the country.

 

Omio, on the other hand, has previously created its own app services for its customers. However, its true prowess lies in creating APIs for B2B customers. The co-founder of Omio, Nareen Shaam, told TechCrunch that Uber was the first company to gain full access to its ground transport inventory.

 

Omio covers over 1,000 different transport providers in 37 countries at present. This includes actual transport providers as well, such as LNER from the UK.

 

According to TechCrunch, the partnership looks hopeful about bringing the venture into the US in the future and is using the UK as a way to set its wheels in motion.

 

 

 

[via TechCrunch and Travel Tomorrow, cover image via Emil02050/Pixabay (CC0)]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419802/Uber-Swaps-Roads-For-Tracks-With-Train-Bookings-From-UK-To-Europe/

How California Law May Now Sponge Up Single-Use Plastics In Fashion & Beauty



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With many brands looking to capitalize on a greener image, many skincare, makeup, or fashion brands you see may be labeled as “recyclable.” The truth is, as the American Association for the Advancement of Science notes, only 9% of the material has ever been recycled. 

To address the issue at its root—which is the overconsumption and reliance on single-use plastic—California recently passed a bill in June that will require all industries to use recyclable, refillable, or compostable packaging by 2032. 

According to Governor Newsom’s statement, by the deadline, any product sold, distributed or imported into The Golden State will have to reduce its use of single-use plastics by 25%.

 

Plus, within the next decade, 65% of the material will have to be correctly recycled—with the manufacturers made to bear the cost of proper recycling infrastructure. 

While it remains to be seen just how brands will overcome the hurdle of doing away with the ubiquitous material, it certainly seems to be a step in the right direction to reducing waste for good. 

 

In particular, as Vogue Business reports, the fashion and beauty industry need to be on high alert, considering that the law will require changes in all forms of packaging. This ranges from single-use polybags used by retailers to mail clothes, or plastic films and niche single-use items used to store cosmetics. 

 

In place of those, businesses will be required to use packaging with a higher percentage of recycled plastic or fully recyclable construction. 

A failure to comply with the new rules will see companies fined US$50,000 per day per violation, which will then go into the Circular Economy Penalty Account and California Plastic Pollution Mitigation Fund to help disadvantaged communities battle the effects of plastic waste. 

“Our kids deserve a future free of plastic waste and all its dangerous impacts, everything from clogging our oceans to killing animals—contaminating the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat,” said Governor Newsom.

“California won’t tolerate plastic waste that’s filling our waterways and making it harder to breathe. We’re holding polluters responsible and cutting plastics at the source,” he added. 

 

 

 

[via Vogue Business and Input and Office of Governor Gavin Newsom, cover image via Laura Chouette / Unsplash (CC0]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419795/How-California-Law-May-Now-Sponge-Up-Single-Use-Plastics-In-Fashion-Beauty/

Clothing Brand Turns Unwanted Fabrics Into Colored Dyes To Make New Apparel



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These pastels are pink, orange, blue, and yellow—but mostly, they’re green.

 

Pangaia, a material science brand, has upcycled its own garment waste into vibrant dye for its latest clothing collection.

 

The ‘Re-color’ collection is a pastel-shaded loungewear capsule line that takes a sustainable approach to dyeing. The process to obtain the color reimagines an age-old method and mixes it up with a patented dyeing process called ‘Recycrom’. 

 

‘Recycrom’ was created by Officina+39, an Italian textile brand that takes scraps of fabric that have been tossed and turns them into colored powder. This is then used as the basis for other clothes.

 

The powder works with any organic fiber, nylon, and artificial blends. To take eco-friendly measures to the next level, the dyes can be filtered out of the water to reduce carbon footprint even further.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The colors Pangaia has created include ‘Aloe Green’, ‘Sky Blue’, ‘Banana’, ‘Apricot’, and ‘Coral Pink’. The bright and environmentally-friendly hues were then turned into a line of hoodies, sweatpants, T-shirts, and shorts—fit for the most colorful Earth-lovers out there. 

 

Pangaia’s production methods are also a testament to its sustainability. It uses 100% organic cotton and rain-fed water during the process. Coupled with that is the brand’s own Pprmint Treatment—a blend of peppermint oils that have an antibacterial effect on the clothes—used on the garments to keep them fresher.

 

As the fast-fashion industry grapples to keep out of landfills, it is refreshing to see brands repurpose waste into things that are aesthetically pleasing, even.

 

The clothing line is being sold on the brand’s website and ranges from US$75 to US$175.

 

 

 

[via Input Mag and Fast Company, cover image via PANGAIA]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419796/Clothing-Brand-Turns-Unwanted-Fabrics-Into-Colored-Dyes-To-Make-New-Apparel/

Kid-Sized Vladimir Putin Statue Arrives At NYC Playground To Play Among Children

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Joining the ranks of rocking horses and see-saws, a red statue of Russian president Vladimir Putin meets children at eye level at a playground in Central Park.

The sculpture was created by French street artist James Colomina, reputed for his bold, red installations designed to engage the public. It depicts the Russian leader sitting on a war tank as if it were a toy.

As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine escalates, the sculptor says the piece takes aim at “the absurdity of war” while commending children’s bravery in the face of tragedy.

The playground in New York City isn’t the first one that ‘Putin’ has been to. In the wake of the war, the sculpture has also been seen in Barcelona and Paris.

The sandbox’s other visitors haven’t taken too kindly to this intruder—though, as intended by the art, they’ve been pretty fearless in its presence. Photos capture children bullying ‘Putin’ right back by dumping sand over the figure, attacking him with a water gun, and sticking a finger in his ear. You know, the usual playground politics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[via CBS News and New York Post, images via various sources]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419803/Kid-Sized-Vladimir-Putin-Statue-Arrives-At-NYC-Playground-To-Play-Among-Children/

Busch Light Shows How To Upcycle Cans Into A Functional, Homemade Guitar



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Do you love beer so much you want to write a song about it? Well, now you can with Busch Light’s newest DIY hack, an upcycled guitar made from beer cans.

 

The beer company is giving fans a step-by-step guide on how to build their own guitar out of a 30-pack of its beer. The guitar was created with the help of Logan Elliot, who has made a name for himself by building instruments out of everyday objects.

 

The guitar—which looks to be a row of empty beer cans attached to some plywood in the shape of a guitar—is a fully-functional instrument that you can use to jam out with as you crack open a cold one with your friends.

 

The campaign is also a smart way of getting consumers to head out and purchase the beer needed for the DIY project, but it also connects the drinker to the brand in a whole new way with their own crafted instrument. 

 

Who’s strumming their BUSCH LIGHT GUITAR🍺🎸?

We want to see what you’re rocking with! Show us what you made with #BuschCountry.

Sip-by-sip directions here: https://t.co/2sJZre9GOv pic.twitter.com/GOpLX6ENLc

— Busch Beer (@BuschBeer) August 4, 2022

 

A handcrafted guitar is Busch Light’s ode to Midwest communities and the country music scene as it celebrates its entrance into the genre, as it states in a press release. The homemade guitar also marks the brand becoming a sponsor of the Country Music Association’s CMA Fest.

 

It is also extending support to other country music artists such as Ashland Craft, Matt Sell, and Jordan Davis in 2022.

 

Besides creating their own refreshingly cool instrument, fans can also have a chance to win a Busch Light guitar made and signed by country artist Jordan Davis by using the hashtag #BushCountry on social media from August 9 to August 11. More details can be found here.

 

 

 

[via Busch Light]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419800/Busch-Light-Shows-How-To-Upcycle-Cans-Into-A-Functional-Homemade-Guitar/

H&M Draws Long Lines In Russia As Stores Briefly Open For One Last Hurrah



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When Russia first began its invasion of Ukraine, many global brands responded to the incident by halting operations in the country, with H&M being no exception. 

The fashion retailer shuttered all its 168 stores in the country in a bid to express solidarity with the Ukrainian people, saying it was “deeply concerned about the tragic developments” and that it was supporting “all the people who are suffering.” 

Earlier this week, however, long lines formed in front of H&M’s Russian outlets once again, but it’s not because the company has reneged on its promise to Ukraine. 

In fact, it was quite the opposite, with the stores opening one last time to let go of unsold inventory before the brand leaves the country for good. 

According to the Moscow Times, H&M had started operating in the nation all the way back in 2009, and it appears to be popular among the general public, considering the long snaking lines as hopefuls wait to snag the last of a deal. 

All of its stores are expected to reopen in the coming weeks in a last-ditch attempt at selling stock, though the company was reported by Kommersant as already looking for a buyer to take over the outlets and its distribution center. 

 

 

 

[via Reuters and The Moscow Times, cover image via ThamKC / Shutterstock.com]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419799/H-M-Draws-Long-Lines-In-Russia-As-Stores-Briefly-Open-For-One-Last-Hurrah/

Ai Weiwei To Curate Exhibition Of Works By Incarcerated People



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Ai Wei Wei’s fight for freedom through art will continue at a showcase of works by incarcerated individuals.

 

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Koestler Awards—which started in 1962 to honor artistic achievements by those within the UK’s criminal justice system—the famed Chinese dissident artist willcurate a special exhibition in London, entitled Freedom.

Freedom, taking place this fall, hopes to reflect the diverse creativity of individuals incarcerated in prison, mental health facilities, immigration detention centers, and youth offender institutions.

According to the organization, Ai Weiwei has said he wants this year’s showcase to be “the most ambitious yet,” and that he will comb through thousands of visual artworks, music, and writing submitted for this year’s awards to choose his favorites. 

 

ARTnews notes that the topic at hand is close to the artist’s heart, considering that he was detained in 2011 during China’s crackdown, spending 81 days in prison. After which, he was subjected to interrogations and constant surveillance from the government. 

It’s no surprise that when asked, many entrants suggested Ai for the role of guest curator, which has now become a reality.

 

As Ai puts it, some of the most important works of art and literature throughout history were created when the artist was “restricted, oppressed, and challenged, rather than being completely free.”

Freedom is set to take place from October 27, 2022, to December 18, 2022, at Exhibition Space, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall, at the Southbank Centre in London.

 

 

 

[via ARTnews and Koestler Awards, cover image via J Morc / Shutterstock.com]

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Pelosi’s Flight ‘Most Tracked’ Of All Time, With People Worldwide Watching



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As Nancy Pelosi made the journey to Taiwan, her plane became the most tracked flight in Flightradar24’s history.

 

The SPAR19 flight that carried Pelosi and her team took off from Kuala Lumpur and began its momentous trek to Taiwan. People from around the world took to the tracking site to watch as she made her way to Taiwan, marking the first visit for a US House speaker there in 25 years.

 

The flight tracker site issued a blog post updating that the traffic on the page got so heavy it almost crashed its entire service. In order to stop that from happening, Flightradar24 limited access to only those who were subscribed and even opened a waiting room.

 

A total of 708,000 users followed her entire journey through the site, and a grand total of 2.9 million people checked in on her flight status at one point during the trip, seemingly out of uncertainty that she would stay true to her word to visit the island. 

 

After Taiwan claimed independence from China, the nation refused to acknowledge its independence. Strains between China and Taiwan have been rife over the last two decades.

 

Pelosi’s move to meet Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-Wen in person was an act of defiance against the Joe Biden administration, which warned her of China’s potential reaction to this decision. Still, she kept her promise and made an unplanned stop.

 

In a letter via The Washington Post, she stated that her intentions were to make it known to the democratic island that the US would not abandon it. President Tsai publicly met with her on television, where she thanked Pelosi for her commitment to the relationship and gave her Taiwan’s highest civil honor.

 

 

 

[via Bloomberg and CNN, cover image via 12019 / 10257 images/Pixabay (CC0)]

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Instagram Rolls Out NFT Support To More Than 100 Countries



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These days, you can’t think “digital art” without thinking of non-fungible tokens. As such, Instagram—one of the main platforms for digital art (and, obviously, part of the umbrella of metaverse-seeking Meta)—plans to move with the times with NFT integration.

The social network first tested NFTs in May by giving a small group of creators and collectors in the US the ability to show off their tokens online. Now, Instagram is bringing those NFT features to over 100 countries spanning Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the expansion in a bizarre post of a real baseball card that was fronted by his nine-year-old self. The card itself will be minted as an NFT.

Meta says the international rollout will help “empower diverse voices” and boost accessibility to the NFT space, making it “more inclusive to all communities.” Back in May, Meta and Instagram said digital collectibles were another interesting way for artists and others to express themselves, and, importantly, a new avenue for creators to make money.

 



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The expansion includes diversified support for the Coinbase, Dapper, and Phantom digital wallets, adding to the existing list of Rainbow, MetaMask, and Trust Wallet.

Currently, the social media app has Ethereum and Polygon integration, with Flow and Solana coming on board soon.

All users need to do to share NFTs is to hook up a compatible digital wallet to Instagram. Once connected, artists and holders will be able to select the digital artworks they wish to showcase on Instagram, kind of like choosing a photo from your camera roll. There will be no need to pay a fee to post or share NFTs.

 



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NFTs on Instagram are distinguished from other images and videos by a shimmer effect, along with details of the asset. Depending on their privacy settings, creators and collectors may also be automatically tagged in digital collectible posts.

“Every day, creators inspire people and push culture forward around the world. With the incredible opportunity of blockchain technology, they can now leverage new tools to earn income, and fans can support their favorite creators by purchasing digital collectibles—art, images and videos, music or trading cards—as non-fungible tokens,” Meta shares in an updated statement.

 

 

 

[via PetaPixel and CNET, images via various sources]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419797/Instagram-Rolls-Out-NFT-Support-To-More-Than-100-Countries/

How Much Could A Baseball Card Of… 9-Year-Old Mark Zuckerberg Be Worth?



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Ask any Major League Baseball (MLB) fanatic, and they’d tell you the most prized trading card in history is without a doubt the 1911 American Tobacco Company card of Honus Wagner, which sold for an astonishing US$6,606,000. 

Now, another baseball card is heading to auction, though it’s not of Wagner, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, or any other legends of the sport. In fact, this special card belongs to someone you’d least expect… Mark Zuckerberg. 

Yup, as per Signal Digital, to commemorate Meta’s expansion of its digital collectibles to over a hundred countries, its founder is putting his signed little league baseball card—which someone had recently found—up for sale.

According to MLB, the card features a nine-year-old Zuckerberg at Elmwood Day Camp in Westchester, New York, and had been dug up by camp counselor Allie Tarantino a few years back. 

 

🧢⚾🥎 “In honor of expanding digital collectible #NFTs to 100 more countries on @instagram and launching new integrations with @coinbase and @dapperlabs, I’m sharing my soon-to-be #NFT old little league baseball card, which someone recently found and sent to me.” – @finkd @Meta. pic.twitter.com/iSPSjHsKuP

— Signal Digital (@signaldigital) August 4, 2022

Of course, there are plans for the physical card to be turned into a non-fungible token (NFT) as well. 

If you’re thinking of adding the limited-edition Zuckerberg to your collection, the physical version will go under the hammer in US dollars, while the digital asset will be sold on the Ethereum blockchain. 

At the moment, the price point for the collectible remains unclear, though the card does rank the CEO as a .920 career hitter, which is pretty impressive. 

How much will this baseball card of young Zuckerberg really go for? It really depends if the commodity is—as a slightly older Facebook founder would say—hot or not.

 

 

 

[via NBC Los Angeles and Major League Baseball, cover image via Frederic Legrand – COMEO / Shutterstock.com]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419792/How-Much-Could-A-Baseball-Card-Of-9-Year-Old-Mark-Zuckerberg-Be-Worth/

Earth Sped Up And Experienced The Shortest Day In Recent History



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For some of us who juggle work and life on a thin line, 24 hours in a day may not be enough. Now, time seems to be more fleeting as Earth has just recorded its shortest day. On July 29, 2022, scientists noticed that the day ended 1.59 milliseconds less than its usual 24 hours.

 

This is all due to the Earth spinning faster on its axis and causing shorter days. The planet’s rotation fluctuates on a daily basis when measured over a long period of time. Some days may take a fraction of a millisecond longer, while others may take a fraction shorter. However, the general consensus is that Earth’s rotation is becoming longer with each passing century.

 

Yet, in recent times, the planet appears to be speeding up again. In 2020, 28 of the shortest days since the 1960s were recorded using atomic clocks. In 2021, things slowed down again—and now in 2022, Earth is revving it up with this new record-breaking time.

 

So why exactly is this happening? Scientists don’t have a clear answer. In fact, it is made up of a number of things happening all at once. The Moon’s pull on us, first of all, is a big factor. It affects our tides, our ocean, and our gravity. According to the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS), it states that the sharp increase and decrease in the length of each day is dependent on the Moon, and most of the shortest days ever recorded usually happen in July of each year.

 

Another reason researchers have pointed out is the processes occurring in the inner and outer layers of the Earth’s crust, as well as glaciers melting and reducing their weight on the poles. However, scientists are bringing forward a new theory at next week’s Asia Oceania Geosciences Society meeting, the ‘Chandler Wobble’.

 

This theory denotes small irregular movements of the Earth’s geographical poles.

 

Now, if you’re wondering if there will be any ramifications to this phenomenon: yes, there are. In fact, the Earth’s speeding tendencies can directly affect your smartphone as well. If Earth continues to hasten its rotation, it would necessitate the introduction of a negative leap second.

 

This is an extra one second that will be used to match our civil clocks (clocks used to measure time on Earth) with solar clocks (clocks that track the sun’s movement). 

 

If this happens, our clocks will skip one second to keep the civil and solar clocks on time. This will lead to major problems for smartphones and other electronic devices that synchronize with the Network Time Protocol (NTP), which does not take into account the Earth’s changing rotation.

 

 

 

[via Forbes and Mashable, cover image via blueblackimage / Adobe Stock]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419793/Earth-Sped-Up-And-Experienced-The-Shortest-Day-In-Recent-History/

Obama Presidential Center Will Pay Homage To His Mother With Sculptural Fountain

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Earlier this June, the forthcoming Obama Presidential Center allowed us a peek into its sprawling museum and public spaces, with details of the exhibits and gardens slated to grace the building once it opens its doors in 2025. 

Now, former president Barack Obama has revealed that a special sculptural fountain has been commissioned for the center’s Water Garden, with one of his favorite artists Maya Lin—who previously worked on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial—tasked to create a stunning centerpiece. 

To make the sculpture even more significant, the stone water feature will be named in honor of the president’s mother, Ann Dunham, who is said to have been the biggest influence on his life. 

 



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“She believed strongly in the power of human connection and the inherent dignity in all of us, values she instilled in her children. Decades later, a commitment to those same values would inspire millions of Americans to join a movement that carried President Obama to the White House,” the statement said of Dunham. 

The Ann Dunham Water Garden will be a special place within the Presidential Center where families can “enjoy a quiet moment of reflection, children can go for a splash through the water fountain, and the community can come together for intimate performances.” 

Take a look at a touching video of President Obama and his mother below. 

 

 

 

 

[via The Art Newspaper and Obama Foundation, images via Obama Foundation]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419791/Obama-Presidential-Center-Will-Pay-Homage-To-His-Mother-With-Sculptural-Fountain/

Obesity Has Gone Down With Ban On Junk Food Ads At UK Subways



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Though the issue of obesity has taken a back seat in the wake of COVID-19 and monkeypox, its prevalence is still an enormous worry for health authorities, with the UK noting that nearly two-thirds of adults in England were classified as being overweight in 2015. 

Public Health England believes the problem is responsible for over 30,000 deaths annually, depriving an individual of nine years of life on average. In fact, the matter is so pressing, obesity could be set to overtake tobacco smoking as the largest cause of preventable death. 

To tackle this, back in 2019, Transport for London (TfL) networks implemented restrictions on junk food advertising, limiting commuters’ exposure to snacks that were high in fat, salt, and sugar (HFSS). 

Now, three years later, researchers from the University of Sheffield and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), who charted the effects of the ban, have posited that it could have prevented nearly 100,000 cases of obesity, and saved the National Health Service (NHS) £200 million (US$242 million).

The study, which surveyed 1,970 people in London and Northern England, where there are no restrictions currently in place, estimated that the advertising clampdown resulted in a 1,000-calorie decrease in unhealthy purchases in travelers’ weekly grocery hauls. 

Using a health economic model based on NHS weight and health data, the researchers suggested that there certainly is merit to the TfL’s efforts, considering it may have prevented 2,875 cases of diabetes and 1,915 cases of cardiovascular disease.

“In conclusion, restricting advertisement of HFSS products on the public transport network in London is likely to have led to considerable health and economic gains, whilst also reducing health inequalities,” summed up the study. 

“Out-of-home advertising policies represent an effective tool to help reduce population obesity and its long-term consequence,” it added. 

Perhaps, which how successful this initiative has proved to be, the same rules will be applied to other regions in the UK and maybe, even the rest of the world.

 

 

 

[via Nursing in Practice and International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, cover image via Klaushertzladiges | Dreamstime.com]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419790/Obesity-Has-Gone-Down-With-Ban-On-Junk-Food-Ads-At-UK-Subways/

Algae Chandeliers Illuminate Your Home With A Part Of The Ocean



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A design studio is shedding light on creatively tapping into Mother Nature’s gifts with Algae Lamps.

 

Created by New York-based nea-studio, these chandeliers are made from organically-sourced marine algae. It took the designers over eight years to find the perfect breed of the plant to turn into these stunning fixtures.

 



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After lucking out in finding the right supplier for the algae, the studio finally landed on a local seafood store in Brooklyn.
 
The light fixtures are made up of bronze sconces and translucent algae that shade the room in soft golden light. The algae are shaped into cylindrical forms around LED lightbulbs and their modular ability allows them to be used as singular lamps or with sconces to form chandeliers. 

 



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According to Vegconomist, founder Nina Edwards Anker said she was inspired to create these lights while doing her PhD and studying light and materials. She deep-dived into different ecosystems to find the right biomaterial that could soften the glow of an LED bulb.

 



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Algae is becoming an incredibly desirable material in the design space. With its durability and versatility, it is able to be adapted into a myriad of designs and products. It is also a departure from materials such as plastic and wood which can have detrimental effects on our environment. 

 

 

 

[via Trend Hunter and Vegconomist, cover image via nea-studio]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419787/Algae-Chandeliers-Illuminate-Your-Home-With-A-Part-Of-The-Ocean/

Tabasco Comes In Hot With Bright Visual Identity Made To Linger Globally

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Tabasco has brought the spice for more than 150 years, but it never got the recipe for its branding right. Its look varied depending on where you lived. It’s been a long time coming, but the hot sauce brand has finally debuted its first-ever visual identity system, unifying its branding all over the world.

For the perfect amount of sizzle, Tabasco enlisted New York creative agency Mrs&Mr to build its global visual identity, with ‘Light Things Up’ as its theme and new tagline. The revamp refines classic elements of the brand, so it’s still the same Tabasco that ignited fans’ hearts.

 



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Steering clear from tacky imagery to insinuate heat, like flames, the new brand system embraces bold colors and artwork instead. It is designed to be versatile, serving as a template that can be readily seasoned to reflect the needs and tastes of local markets, flavors, as well as activations.

 

 

The diamond-shaped logo has been redrawn, and illustrated backgrounds give off a more authentic, handmade quality.

 



Old logo (left) VS new logo (right). Images via Wikimedia Commons and Mrs&Mr

 

Old logo VS new logo. Images via Wikimedia Commons and Mrs&Mr

 

Other additions to the visual identity include vibrant food photography, a refreshed color palette, and polished typography.

 



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The saucy overhaul will make its way across Tabasco’s communication channels worldwide.

 



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[via Creative Review and LBB, videos via Mrs&Mr, images via various sources]

http://www.designtaxi.com/news/419789/Tabasco-Comes-In-Hot-With-Bright-Visual-Identity-Made-To-Linger-Globally/

Say Bon Voyage To Re-Bookings As Airline Refunds Could Soon Be Law In US



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The pandemic has thrown the flight industry into a tailspin, with borders shutting and plans getting canceled at the last minute. With that came the storm of flight cancellations, which left people stranded in foreign countries and without compensation.   

 

As we move forward into an uncertain future of aviation, the US government is seeking ways to mitigate any further losses incurred by passengers. 

 

The proposed law called ‘Cash Refunds for Flight Cancellations’ states all flyers who have had their flights canceled must be returned the money they forked out. This will potentially apply to flights that have been delayed or postponed indefinitely with less than a 48-hour window of notice given. 

 

The call to action was suggested by the lawmakers after almost 100,000 flights were canceled throughout airports in America this year alone. 

 

Flights that have been canceled since March 1, 2020, could also be refundable.

 

In the press release from the Senate, senior fellow for Aviation at the American Economic Liberties Project, William McGee, said that airlines have been holding over US$10 billion worth of refunds from customers due to the pandemic. 

 

So far, airlines have only given customers the chance to rebook their flights or vouchers, making it incredibly difficult for flyers to get their hands on a refund. The act will be an enforceable law that grants consumers the right to pursue reimbursements. 

 

Vouchers are still acceptable to be given once the law is passed. However, a clear note must also be provided stating that cash refunds are also available. 

 

While passing a law can take a long time, this bill has support from both the House of Representatives and the Senate, giving it a higher chance of being passed. 

 

 

 

[via Gizmodo and Simple Flying, Photo 16022587 © Outline205 | Dreamstime.com]

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