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SickWeather Maps Out Where the Sick People Are So You Can Avoid Them

SickWeather

Getting sick sucks. Catching a bug during the holidays sucks even more. Sick people are around us all the time. Some might be mere carriers, while others might already be sick even though they aren’t exhibiting any symptoms just yet. If you want to minimize the odds of bumping into someone who has a cold or is down with the flu, then you might want to check out SickWeather before you leave the house.

SickWeather’s advanced logarithm analyzes posts and status updates by users on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter and checks for any mention of illness or sickness. It takes note of the places where these illnesses or sicknesses are mentioned and flags these locations down on the map. Alternatively, you can also search by specific illnesses on the map to see which sites are relatively safe (cough and cold zones) and which sites are places that you should definitely avoid (chicken pox-infested areas.)

Check out SickWeather here.

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‘BetterMe’ App Shames You Into Becoming a Better Person

Better Me App

What motivates you to become a better person? What makes you want to achieve your goals? For most people, it’s self-satisfaction. For others, it’s peer pressure and approval from other people. In a sense, the BetterMe app would seem like a better fit for the latter group, don’t you think?

BetterMe is described as an app that utilizes public humiliation to encourage the user to be on time, break bad habits, keep appointments, and be a better person overall. It features an alarm clock, a goal tracker, and a GPS check-in system that work together to make sure you complete your tasks–or else.

GPS Check-ins: First input the address and time of your gym, class, or work schedule. Then the app will use GPS to check if you arrived at your destination on time. If not, then you will be shamed on Facebook!
Goals: Goals are announced on Facebook. It asks your friends to hold you accountable. The app will later ask if you have achieved your goal and if not then you will be shamed on Facebook.
Alarm: Snooze this alarm clock and receiving a shaming immediately.

BetterMe is available from the iTunes App Store for free.

‘Give It 100′ Encourages People to Learn a New Skill While Recording Their Progress

Give it 100

The thing about routines is that they can be boring. Since life is basically composed of a series of routines, then you might want to mix things up every once in a while so you don’t fall into a slump. The simplest way to do that is to get a hobby or learn something new. Eager to help you out on the latter is Give It 100, which is an interactive site that encourages people to practice something for a hundred days.

The premise is simple. You start off with choosing a skill or hobby that you want to learn or take up, like dancing or painting. You can sign up for lessons or teach yourself by looking for tutorials online. Through the website, you’re then tasked to upload a ten-second video to show your progress at your current project.

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Australia Post Rolls Out Interactive Video Stamps

Australia Post Video Stamps

Australia Post is making snail mail a little more high tech with the release of their video stamps. They’re not the first to introduce QR codes on stamps (Croatia released theirs last year), but they are the first to do more with it. Instead of tracking your mail as it gets to you, senders can opt to send video messages along with the package to the recipients.

Senders can record clips that are as short as 15 seconds and as long as 12 hours. This way, letters can be made even more personal with a recorded video message.

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Designer Gets Creative With His Resume, Makes a Game Out of It

Interactive Resume

It’s a tough world out there and jobs are hard to come by. You could post the usual resume that lists all of your skills and credentials, or you could show potential employers what you’re made of instead. The latter is what designer Robby Leonardi chose to do with his interactive resume. The entire thing plays out like a video game, complete with stages and levels that let you know what Robby is all about.

As others have pointed out, the only thing missing is the boss level. The resume ends in a contact form where you can send Robby a message and even offer him a job or two. Check it out here.

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Augmented Reality Gives Greeting Cards a Virtual Facelift

Augmented-reality greeting cards

Greeting cards have been around for decades. It’s time they got an upgrade, don’t you think?

That’s what tech company DAQRI is trying to do with their Gizmo Kickstarter project. They look like typical greeting cards…until you point your tablet towards it. Instead of seeing the plain card on your screen, it’ll literally come to life with a short but fun interactive animation. The cards can be customized depending on the occasion or event being celebrated, including birthdays, Christmas, and Valentine’s day.

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Interactive Dress Moves and Glows When Someone’s Looking

Light Up Dresses

Some people just love it when the spotlight’s on them. Others, however, are not too keen on the extra attention. But if dresses had personalities, then these pieces by designer Ying Gao belong to the first category. They’re plain frocks at first glance, but they’ll literally light up and move once they feel your gaze upon them.

Gao worked with robotics designer Simon Laroche to create the two dresses collectively known as (No)where (Now)here. The dresses are equipped with eye-tracking sensors and motors; the former, to detect when someone’s looking at it, and the latter, to trigger the wave-like movement of the fabric. The glow is generated by the photoluminescent thread sown all over it.

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Ready to Party? Heineken Debuts World’s First Interactive Bottle

Flashlight Beer

Glow sticks are so yesterday, because we’re in the age of light-up beer bottles now. At least, that’s the approach Heineken is taking with the concept that ad agency Tribal DDB came up for them. Heineken’s Jeremy Brook, who heads the digital and media innovation at the brewery, dubs it the “world’s first interactive beer bottle.”

The bottle itself comes with a green plastic base that’s equipped with a wireless sensor and LED lights. Whenever someone takes a swig from the bottle, the entire thing sparkles. When there’s music playing, the light will blink in sync with the beat. Totally makes you want to dance or at least bob your head to the music, right?

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Bing Me Up? Check Out Bing’s Interactive Star-Trek Themed Search Results

Bing Star Trek Search

Google has always known as the search engine giant, but is its stranglehold slowly slipping away? Bing is on the rise as it accounts for 25.6 percent of the search results in the US. Perhaps in a bid to further cement their popularity (and following Google’s footsteps somewhat with interactive search), Bing has unveiled interactive Star Trek-themed search results that’ll beam you up to a different galaxy on the interwebs. Or should I say, Bing you up?

Just type in “Beam me up” on Bing.com’s homepage and you can see what I’m talking about for yourself.

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