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With This Revolutionary Paint, Your Walls Can Turn Heat Into Electricity

Thermoelectric Paint<p>Home owners of the future may be able to save on electricity costs by simply buying a can of paint thanks to a new study by …

The Era of Cloud Price Discounts Is Fading

Not so long ago, the discussion of whether businesses should use Amazon, Microsoft, or Google data centers instead of their own, centered mostly …

Bad Neon - Poster Series

This poster series has a lot of great elements that we love on Abduzeedo, first of all we’ve always been fan of everything related with the word: …

Viral videos are pushing songs such as Harlem Shake and Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) into the charts. Now, record labels are looking to commodify trending tracks and the artists behind them<p>It took several months, and a little help from some dancing clowns, for Juju on that Beat to become a viral meme. …

Social Media

Podcasting is the new blogging

Call it the Serial Effect – named for the true crime podcast that went viral in 2014 – but podcasting seems to have reached a tipping point in popular culture. According to The Infinite Dial 2016, a study by Edison Research and Triton Digital, an estimated 21 per cent of Americans (57 million …

Don’t bother making beats, Google’s ‘Infinite Drum Machine’ has got you covered [Video]

The beautiful thing about artificial intelligence is that due to its relatively back-end nature its applications seem to be virtually endless.<p>Today is music’s lucky day, as sound is the latest area which has undergone Google‘s AI surgery in its recent wave of “experiments”…<p>With a little help from …

There's finally a home robot like Rosie from 'The Jetsons,' but it looks awful

When I was a kid, I begged my parents for a dog, promising to walk it and feed it every day.<p>My parents, being generally sensible people, figured that it was unlikely their elementary school-aged son would actually take full responsibility for a live canine. So, given that they're also major nerds, …

A new virtual reality piece from the director of 'Everest' could change how we think about VR

The user looks down from the rope bridge, aware a wrong step will spell doom. An ill-advised pivot in one direction, or an awkward shuffle in another, ‎and a plummet to the ice-coated rocks hundreds of feet below will commence.<p>The consolation prize for this encounter with imminent mortality: The …

Microsoft's HoloLens just got a bit more convenient

With VR products such as the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Google's new Daydream platform dominating the news in recent weeks, Microsoft wants you to remember that its HoloLens augmented reality headset still has some skin in the game.<p>In addition to shipping its second wave of orders to developers …

Augmented Reality

Digitalize your creations with Equil Digital and Ink Smartpen 2

Studies have shown that taking notes on a laptop doesn’t result in nearly as much retention as you would when taking notes by hand.<p>Sometimes you want a touch more personal than a keyboard, and Equil Digital and Ink Smartpen 2 brings both worlds together for total convenience.<p>Now you can use Equil …

What is the Effect of Street Art on Real Estate Prices?

May 30, 2016<p>A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.<p>Marginalized at first, street art and graffiti …

ARM’s new CPU and GPU will power mobile VR in 2017

ARM, the company that designs the processor architectures used in virtually all mobile devices on the market, has used Computex Taipei 2016 to announce new products that it expects to see deployed in high-end phones next year. The Cortex-A73 CPU and Mali-G71 GPU are designed to increase performance …

Delhi's first designer auto-rickshaw is inspired by Vincent van Gogh

If Mumbai is synonymous with <i>kaali-peeli</i> (black-and-yellow) taxis, then Delhi has its ubiquitous auto-rickshaws or autos in local parlance. The …

India

Japanese engineers say their flying cars will be in the air by the Tokyo Olympics

A team of young Japanese engineers is developing a flying car with the goal of launching it in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.<p>The futuristic vehicle – dubbed Skydrive – is fitted with three wheels, a motor and four rotors, enabling it to take off and land vertically from public roads without the …

Simple brain hack from Harvard can stop you forgetting important tasks

But Harvard University has uncovered a simple ‘brain hack ’ to bring back those forgotten to-do lists - the mental equivalent of tying a piece of …

Spectrum Apartments

Spectrum Apartments is situated on a site with three frontages. It was critical that the architecture address and activate all three frontages but …

Ignore Most Productivity Advice: This Is the 1 Thing You Need to Know About Habits

Wake up early? Journal? Meditate? Here's the trouble with these and other oft-recommended habits.<p>If you're looking to increase your productivity, there's no shortage of advice out there. Sir Richard Branson thinks you should wake up at 5am every day. Or maybe try journaling. Others swear by …

New Zealand artist's airbrushed tattoos are sure to give sick kids a smile

Remember when sporting a temporary tattoo was the coolest thing ever as a kid?<p>One artist from New Zealand is taking it up a notch by pledging to help …

Photo Manipulation

Google Home: A Device for Our Post-Device Future

Last month, Google C.E.O. Sundar Pichai made a bold statement in a letter to shareholders. After describing the evolution of computers since the nineties, from hulking desktop machines to petite portable devices, he wrote, “Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of …

3. Games Within Games

The company Valve manage the Steam IP, easily the biggest software distribution platform for PC users. The company wanted to increase the engagement …

15 Cool Things You Can Do On The Internet For Free

The Internet is full of free things If you know the right place. You can learn anything on the internet free from seeing and reading. Today in this …

France's free coding school is coming to Silicon Valley

For 3 years, Paris residents wanting to learn programming have had access to 42, a school that offers a radical approach to technical education: there are no teachers, no lesson plans... and no tuition fees. As long as you're between 18 and 30 and thrive in a 4-week coding challenge, you can spend …

Silicon Valley

PETA Opened a High-End Leather Store, but Inside the Goods Was Something Horrible

Today in Horrible Things that Defy Imagining, Ogilvy & Mather Bangkok teamed up with PETA to give leather shoppers the fright of their lives.<p>In …

It's coming. The Internet of Eyes will allow objects to see.

In the near future, every inanimate object we interact with may not only have the ability to see, but could also improve our lives.<p>In order for this visibility to happen, objects will need the assistance of visual sensors and cameras.<p>Though hotly debated in privacy sectors, experts agree that …

How to declutter without going minimalist

Many people like the idea of living in a calm and clutter-free home but don’t want to go down the all-white, minimalist route. Here are some great storage ideas that will help you stay tidy while retaining those all-important personal touches that make your place feel more like a home and less like …

How Giphy's Alex Chung created a $300 million GIF empire

<i>This article was first published in the June 2016 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted</i> …

Bottled air started as a joke. Now China can't get enough.

BEIJING — Moses Lam was an overworked mortgage broker when he started selling bags of air from Canada on eBay as a joke.<p>Now his company, Vitality …

Making home cooking the delicious, affordable, and convenient choice | Eat.Think.Design.

<i>Blog post by project team Cooking Simplified, with team members Michelle Azurin, Ben Maring, and Sara Draper-Zivetz.</i><p>“How might we make home cooking …

A Fashion Blogger’s Secret Weapon: Know the Trends Before They Happen

There are so many fashion bloggers in the sea these days that it seems almost impossible to find a way to stand out. Windfalls of traffic and immense …