Circuit Scribe is a rollerball pen that allows you to draw a circuit directly on paper.
Here’s how Bob Dylan’s 48-year-old song became a viral, interactive video. It’s powered by a proprietary tech called Treehouse. And it’s full of Easter eggs for Dylan devotees.
"It’s almost a miracle to see each letterform leave his paintbrush so fully formed and perfect."
Eye-popping images on Colossal will make art lovers of us all
Now, Japan’s NEC Corporation thinks it can sell robotic butlers, and to do so, it’s using the power of cuteness. The machine NEC just revealed is called PaPeRo Petit, and it is a reincarnation of some older robot tech NEC has been working on for years under its Partner-type Personal Robot research program. At just inches high and less than three pounds, the new machine is much smaller than its predecessors, but it still packs in impressive tech. This includes camera-based facial recognition, microphones and speakers, and a sensor package that can monitor the environment by measuring temperature and distances to objects.
One way to have more energy at work? Eat smarter. If you don’t get enough protein in your diet—as in, you survive on bagels and coffee, like Ms. Hepburn above—then you’re inviting the low-energy grump into your life. As Lifehacker writer Jason Fitzpatrick notes:
A diet comprised mainly of carbohydrates… . is a recipe for a constant cycle of blood-sugar highs, lows, and the accompanying feelings of exhaustion that go with them. If carbohydrates are the kindling of your metabolism, protein is the slow burning old-growth wood that keeps you going.
How to get more? Fitzpatrick recommends eggs, peanut better, and working in some protein powder. 8 unobvious ways to have way more energy at work
As far back as the early 2000s, fingerprint sensors were embedded in a slew of devices, from laptops produced by HP and Toshiba to phones made by Nokia and Motorola. But while Apple was able to make fingerprint sensors feel like a fresh idea, its competitors were only capable of making the technology feel superfluous, stale, and unready for market.
It’s Friday! Make it a good one by making note of how you carry yourself today. Why? Because, as a growing body of research is finding, the way you hold your body shapes the way your mood will hold you. In other words, your posture predicts your feelings—and your work.
"Smiling is so effective because it may reduce the body’s stress response when you’re in a brief period of stress, regardless of whether you’re happy or not.”
Good morning! If you’ve felt like you’ve been kicking yourself all week, here are a few tips to help you end the week on a high note:
- 6 habits to help you ride the (inevitable) waves of work stress
- How Kanye is so perplexingly productive
- Everyone at Google is meditating. You should too
Have a great day!
It’s Monday. You’re probably trying to stay motivated. Here are a few tips that will help you be productive today:
- Want to get more done? Go somewhere else
- 11 simple tips for having great meetings from some of the world’s most productive people
- 5 weird habits that make people successful and awesome
Have a great week!
"Mirror City" shows urban landscapes as you’ve never seen them.
Please, don’t let this happen to you.
The slack created by the summer months is fine time for reading—the kind that can help you sustain healthy habits, productively procrastinate, and generally understand what the hell is going on in your life.
It’s called a lilac chaser. You’ve seen it before. It’s an optical illusion with a small black cross in the middle, encircled by twelve blurry lilac-colored dots. A green dot animates over the lilacs as though counting the time on a futuristic clock. Stare at the cross long enough and the lilacs disappear, one by one. But the moment you get distracted and look away, the lilacs come back.
The black cross is the work you do. The lilacs are all the things ancillary to your work. They’re the small choices you’ve made around your black cross: the time you wake up, the tools you use, what you have for breakfast, when you check your email, and so on. They’re the various aspects of a daily routine—things that, when fixed in place, disappear with the passage of time.