Mifold is a portable carseat that holds down the child’s seatbelt, offering an alternative to bulky booster seats.
Traditionally, car safety seats for children work by lifting the child up to the height of the adult, so that the seatbelt can hold them securely in place. Unfortunately, this means that car seats are cumbersome and parents generally keep them in one vehicle. But now, a new portable gadget called Mifold inverts the process and holds down the seatbelt instead, offering parents an affordable, convenient alternative to bulky booster seats.
To begin, the gadget is placed onto the seat and the child sits down on top. Then, the adult feeds the seatbelt through three belt guides, which are all adjustable. The device holds the belt firmly in place on the child’s hips and shoulder, avoiding uncomfortable areas like the stomach, face or neck. Mifold can be used to secure children — from 4-12 years old — in any car. Since it is light and portable it can be taken easily from vehicle to vehicle and used during carpools, vacations and taxi rides.
Mifold recently completely a successful crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, raising over USD 750,000. It can now be preordered from USD 39 for estimated delivery in May 2016. Could a similar logic be used to upgrade the highchair and other child access aids?
Every customer who buys a Kirin beverage from their new Vendorphoto machines can also take a selfie and share it for free.
Long before there were smartphones and selfies, the photobooth reigned supreme as the best device with which to take a photo of yourself and your friends pulling funny faces. Now, Japanese beer company Kirin is blurring the line between the two with its Vendorphoto, created in collaboration with Intel and the mobile messaging app Line.
Vendorphoto machines enable customers to take a free photo whenever they purchase a drink. The user gets three attempts to perfect their pout against a choice of backgrounds. They can also add Line’s kawaii characters and share the photo for free via their Line messaging account.
The Vendorphoto screen can also be used as advertising space or to share useful information such as weather and transport warnings. Vending machines are selling everything from short stories to hot burritos. What other crowd favorites could vending machines offer?
Nissan’s Car For Post-Millennials Is Made Of Nothing But Screens AND IT’S LIKE DRIVING AROUND TOWN IN A LIVING SNAPCHAT RAINBOW BARFIE.
Millennials are officially old news. Now, generation Z—the cohort of people born after the late ’90s—is about to get behind the wheel and hit the road. This is why Nissan is asking itself a simple question: How do you market a car to an entire generation of people whose eyeballs are perpetually glued to a touchscreen?
Enter the Teatro for Dayz, which is essentially one giant touchscreen. The name sounds like generation Z gibberish, but that’s exactly the point. It’s a concept car aimed at “share natives” who want to learn to drive a car only if it happens inside a physical manifestation of social media as an electric Kool-Aid acid test gestalt.
And this is completely different from just customizing a car. The idea is for the car to have the ability to match any given mood of its gen-Z passengers. In other words, it’s for people who want to be able to skin their car’s interior like they change their iPhone wallpaper or their profile pic.
Every surface inside the Teatro for Dayz is pure white by default. When the car is off, all the driver sees is a steering wheel, an accelerator, and brake pedals, but when on, can be customized according to the driver’s preferences, like Android widgets. For example, you could download a fuel efficiency meter, or see how many tons of CO2 your car put off during a custom trip. You can also effectively skin the inside of the vehicle, so that the inside of the car reflects the season of the year. You could even get more extreme with it, transforming the inside of your car into a 360-degree IMAX of the latest Fast and the Furious movie, endlessly on repeat.
Nissan doesn’t really explain how the entire inside of the car is a display, although given the fact that no one exactly wants to sit on a hot glass LCD, my guess is the plan is to use some kind of projection mapping to achieve the effect. Either way, to this gen-Xer, the Teatro for Dayz feels like a fever-dream blend of genuinely good ideas (software-customizable interface panels and gauges) and ones that make me pray that self-driving cars take over the roads sooner rather than later. When I’m crossing the street on my walker, a few decades from now, I’d rather be run over by a robot than a “share native” driving a living Snapchat rainbow barfie around town. But for now, the Nissan Teatro for Dayz remains just a concept.
The consensus on smart-home electronics so far is that they’re long on promise, short on delivery. Sure, it’s possible to set up a system to dim your lights on command, but that often takes thousands of dollars of professional installation and programming to accomplish. (You might be better off getting a Clapper.)
Savant, a leader in ultra-high-end connected home systems—one of their points of pride is kitting out Steve Jobs’s yacht—is bringing a new family of wireless products to the public that aims to make the connected home more accessible and “democratize lifestyle automation.”
Savant CEO William Lynch believes many automation systems play into worry and fear. The products emphasize how connected devices can let parents keep an eye on their kids remotely, track who enters their home, and use a fleet of sensors to ensure that there isn’t a flood or heating system that’s gone awry. But what if you’re not a worrier?
He’s instead playing the entertainment angle. “It’s about unlocking who you are and driving more enjoyment to your home,” he says. The new system centers around a souped-up universal remote, lighting controller, host, and infrared blaster that links all your electronics and streamlines the interaction process.
Savant worked with former Beats collaborator Ammuniton to design the products and packaging. In typical Ammunition fashion, the products’ physical presence is detailed and thought out. The host, with its softened triangular shape, looks domesticated; not too techy. The remote has a nice weight to it and feels good to hold, with both a touchscreen and push buttons at your disposal. It’s also voice-activated and remembers the channels you like to watch or services you use most, and keeps them at the top of the menu. Instead of fumbling with apps on your phone to operate different systems, they’re all accessible through the remote, which can control over 380,000 different electronics. Setting up the app supposedly takes less than 10 minutes.
Savant is best known for creating scenes—programmed settings for a particular moment, like getting your coffee maker to start brewing, CNN to turn on, and the thermostat to get your house nice and toasty when you wake up in the morning. Programming typically takes a lot of time and expertise, but the new Savant Instant app makes it as easy as taking a screenshot.
For example, users can tweak lights to their ideal level, sync a playlist, and then hit “Capture” on the app to save the preferences as a scene. After sitting in the Savant experience center and seeing how easy it was to program, my Roku remote at home felt hopelessly and utterly inadequate.
Pricing for Savant’s new line starts at $100 for the lamp controller, and $500 for the remote-and-host package. The products hit shelves in December 2015