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Added 1 September, 2015

The VAN Beethoven truck is a mobile orchestral experience using virtual reality to deliver a LA Philharmonic performance. Visitors will enter a customized van and put on a Oculus Rift headset connected to the LA Philharmonic’s virtual reality app. The experience allows viewers not only to experience the music of the Philharmonic, but also the...

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Added 17 June, 2015

While a fad arrives quickly and then disappears just as fast, trends are far more durable. As a musical genre, electronica in general, and danceable techno in particular, is a trend that has now been with us for over 30 years. It’s official: techno is part of the musical establishment. Further proof, if it were needed is evidenced by the new...

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Added 18 May, 2015

In this age of email, texts and posts, wouldn't it be nice to get an honest-to-goodness handwritten letter by hand-delivered mail? Real mail, not the "e" kind. Well, the trends says yes, but who's got time to write? Lately we've seen several services emerge that use technology to create old-fashioned looking mail that sets its senders apart and...

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Added 12 May, 2015

Any athlete can tell you how important it is to have great shoes that hold up to hours of game time and miles of footwork. Perfecting fitting footwear helps optimize performance by minimizing pain and maximizing efficiency. Trouble is that each of us has a unique footprint that is additionally impacted by factors such as how and where we put...

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Added 7 May, 2015

People who love music have always had to make a choice: either stay at home and hear great sound, or pack the travel speakers and sacrifice quality for light weight. While digital music has made our favorite songs a lot more portable, many of us end up listening on tiny laptop or smartphone speakers with less-than-optimum sound quality. Decent...

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Added 6 May, 2015

Selfie sticks, those long rods that people are using to hold their camera-phones at greater than arm's length, are so last week. Why tire your arms when you can have a device hold your camera for you, facing you at all times, of course. Japanese anime network Animax recently released a just-for-fun commercial featuring a young man liberated by...

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Added 5 May, 2015

3D printing has already boldly gone to create everything from automobiles to entire houses. Some companies are even using it to create parts for commercial jet engines. Yet somehow it still comes as a surprise that the technology is now being used to create rocket ships. Because 3D printing can make featherweight flying objects more quickly and...

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Added 5 May, 2015

A social media fad is hitting Japanese high schools. Called Insta in My Hand, the "foto fad" is basically an image of the user’s hand overlaid with a translucent screen grab of their social media page. Yup, that’s really all there is to it, essentially a photo of someone’s smartphone screen without the smartphone framing the image. This flash-...

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Added 21 April, 2015

3D printing is helping to drive a long-term trend towards personalization and customization that can give everyone exactly what they want. Because it is so personal to begin with, fashion has long been at the frontline of personalization. And the epitome of personalization when it comes to apparel has always been bespoke goods: one-offs that...

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Added 18 April, 2015

3D printing has been slow to catch on with consumers, but those in the know (read: us) say it will prove to be one of the biggest trends of the decade. New and novel uses for the technology are coming along faster than ever, and some are proving to be life-changing. Once such invention is the Handii, a myoelectric prosthetic hand designed by a...