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The Value of Emoticons and Ref Cams

The Value of Emoticons and Ref Cams

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of June 10th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Emojis vs Emoticons: Is there any value in using emojis over the classical emoticons?

‘Scrabble WiFi‘: This mini-game converts Scrabble words into free WiFi in places without Internet connections. The length of time they are able to spend online for free depends on how high their Scrabble score is during the mini-game.

Drivers of Collaborative Consumption Today: Collaborative consumption rests squarely on a shifting value set — an old idea of sharing ideas, resources, and a peer economy, updated for the smartphone era.

‘Ref Cam’ Takes a New Spin on Basketball Games: As wearable cameras become increasingly commonplace and advanced, you can count on seeing plenty more ref cams — and player cams — in the not-so-distant sports future.

Misfit Shine: An elegant, all-metal activity tracker that you can sync with your smartphone just by placing it on your phone screen.

Points: An interactive digital street sign with arms that rotate in response to user requests.

Quadstreaker: The app divides the world into ‘Quads’ – small square units that fill in with colors as users explore new areas – encouraging users to get out of their comfort zones and traverse unfamiliar surroundings.

The Impossible Image: A visually striking documentary by photographer Richard Mosse which takes place in the Congo and was shot entirely in infrared. The utilization of infrared not only provides audiences with a completely alien depiction of nature, but also highlights the ways in which war and conflict have enveloped their world.