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So many amazing implications... my mind is whirling. So cool:
Who needs sensors and circuit boards when you have ultrasonic waves?
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Whatever the author of this was paid to write it, it wasn't enough. Kudos.
Apple Watch photo: The Associated Press I was in New York last week, and stopped to have coffee with a friend in the afternoon. I’ve been wearing the Apple Watch for more than a week now. We like to look our best.. Righty or lefty, whatever wrist you choose or orientation you desire, Apple Watch has you covered: There are so many things the watch can do.  I’ve worn it on my wrist every day, doing everything possible that I could think of.
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"Timeshifted TV" is a new one to me -- I like the sci-fi-ness of it. Anyway, the stats here caught my attention (as did the tragic brutalization of yet another misused pie chart, but that's another story):
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Neat bit of research/reimagining.

From the post: "If the figures look like they’re walking, then your brain doesn’t worry about them shooting out into the road... But if they’re running, then you can imagine them being in front of your car in a hurry."
People pay more attention to signs that appear dynamic than those with static figures, according to a new study.
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“Toby is more likely to buy a Toyota, move to Toronto, and marry Tonya than is Jack, who is more likely to buy a Jaguar, move to Jacksonville, and marry Jackie.” Fascinating. 
The mere letters and sounds used in a brand name can have a curious impact on its reception by the public.
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"An independent research team from MIT reviewed the Mars One plan and concluded that it will only take 68 days for the first person to die." Well, yes, but... Mars!
Once the final 24 are selected, a reality show will follow their every move as they prepare to leave Earth for good.
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Unnerving article (shared with me by +Kurt Loescher); check this out:

In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere—the world’s largest agricultural machinery maker —told the Copyright Office that farmers don’t own their tractors. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.”
It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership.
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This is the kind of thing that makes me wish I was five years old again:
Inspired by Lego, Tinybop's Robot Factory encourages kids to design robots beyond their wildest imaginations.
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This certainly puts things in perspective (from the article One Nerd to Rule Them All - goo.gl/cWddXg):
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So I've been obsessing a bit about accordions (we're at that stage of a design)... here are some interesting posts on the subject from UX blogs of which I'm a fan (they're fascinatingly contradictory, though with interesting caveats):

Usability Testing: An Integral Part of Corporate Responsive Redesignhttp://ericdux.com/2014/09/10/usability-rwd/

(Caveat from post: "The site was account and finance related – so perhaps the + leads to confusion.")

Plus Sign Better Than Chevron For Show/Hide Content: http://exisweb.net/plus-sign-show-hide

Testing Accordion Menu Designs & Iconography: http://viget.com/inspire/testing-accordion-menu-designs-iconography

(Caveat from post: "It should also be noted that operating system may have influenced these results. Early versions of Windows use the plus and minus combination to navigate files while later versions along with the Mac OS use triangles. As stated above, the vast majority of participants were using Windows...")

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Pretty sweet idea.
A graphic designer turns the runways of five American airports into gorgeous silkscreen prints.
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Today's lunchtime reading: this compellingly goofy post on a Wikipedia editor's lonely crusade to rid the site of the phrase "comprised of" (shocking confession: I had no idea this was a grammatical sin).
This man has been on a seven-year quest to fix exactly one grammatical error throughout all of Wikipedia
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    User Experience Lead, present
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