Slap Bracelet-Notepad Hybrid Is the Perfect Tool for Forgetful '90s Kids

Wemo
Wemo

If you own a fancy smart watch, you can access directions, grocery lists, and other notes you write by glancing down at your arm. But blowing a few hundred bucks on a high-tech wearable isn’t the only way to keep your notes where you can see them. As Co.Design reports, the Wemo bracelet is a notepad for your wrist, and it only costs around $11.

Wemo (short for wearable memo) should look familiar to anyone who grew up in the 1980s or '90s. The oblong-shaped, silicone band wraps around your wrist like a slap bracelet. Lines or a bullet journal-style dot grid act as the template for your notes, which you can jot down with either a marker or ballpoint pen. The writing stays clear even if you’re working in the rain or underwater. When you're ready to wipe away what you’ve written, an eraser or a few quick rubs with your finger will do the trick.

Designers working for the Japanese brand Kenma were inspired to create the product after seeing nurses write notes directly on their skin. Emergency medical technicians, police officers, and construction workers may also need to write and access notes quickly while keeping their hands free. But even if your job doesn’t require it, Wemo may be a smart option if you’ve ever found yourself writing a brilliant idea on some scrap of paper you were bound to lose when you didn’t have a notebook handy.

Bracelet standing up and wrapped.
Wemo

Bracelet on a person's wrist.
Wemo

Colorful bracelets.
Wemo

The bracelets are available to purchase in green, cream, and light blue from Amazon.

[h/t Co.Design]

Google Creates First AI Doodle for Bach’s Birthday

Google
Google

Although there’s some debate about Johann Sebastian Bach’s exact birth date, today is roughly the 334th anniversary of the famous composer’s birth. In celebration of Bach’s contributions to a genre that would later be called classical music, Google created a Doodle that lets users create a song in Bach’s signature style.

Google has created musical Doodles before, but what sets this one apart is that it’s the first-ever Doodle powered by artificial intelligence, according to Newsweek. In this case, users create a simple melody by choosing their preferred notes on a musical staff, then increasing or decreasing the pace (measured in beats per minute, or BPM) or changing the key, if desired. Once satisfied, all they have to do is hit the “harmonize” button and let AI create a more sophisticated tune.

Fortunately for Google, there was a lot of material to draw from. Bach was a busy man, creating more than 1100 compositions in his lifetime (while also finding time to father 20 children). However, for this Doodle, a machine-learning model called Coconet was fed a portion of his oeuvre—306 harmonies in total. In addition to being trained to recognize the musical patterns in Bach's work, the model is also capable of creating harmonies, smooth transitions, and compositions from scratch.

“So when you create a melody of your own on the model in the Doodle, it harmonizes that melody in Bach's specific style,” Google explained in a statement. And just for fun, there’s a feature that lets you hear what the harmony would sound like in a modern rock style.

For a behind-the-scenes look of how the Bach Doodle was made, from both an artistic and technical perspective, check out Google’s video below.

[h/t Newsweek]

IKEA's Kåma Sutra Wants to Help You Master the Art of Loving Your Bedroom

iStock.com/KatarzynaBialasiewicz
iStock.com/KatarzynaBialasiewicz

Plenty of guides can show you how to add spice to your bedroom, but few do it like this new book from IKEA. The IKEA Kåma Sutra includes fully illustrated positions (of furniture, that is) designed to help you get more satisfaction from your living space.

"Are you satisfied with your bedroom? Have you grown bored or tired with the same old bedroom positions? Do you yearn for more?" the book's description reads. "The IKEA Kåma Sutra can help you master the art of loving your bedroom. We've designed multiple bedroom furniture positions that will satisfy your every need."

The online manual features bedroom layouts furnished with popular items from IKEA, including couches, bed frames, and dressers. "The Seated Desire" comes with a leather LANDSKRONA sofa, and "The Doggy Style" has a LURVIG pet cushion. Each design includes a full-color picture, so you know exactly what you're getting into before you try the position at home.

You can browse the IKEA Kåma Sutra online, or download it to read it at your leisure.

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