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Benjamin Hubert, Vimeo

This Wearable of the Future Will Track Your Carbon Footprint

Benjamin Hubert, Vimeo
Benjamin Hubert, Vimeo

Benjamin Hubert spends his time imagining a greener future—and trying to create the environmentally friendly technologies to go along with it. Most recently, the London-based designer has teamed up with Carbon Trust to develop a wearable device called Worldbeing that will monitor the user's carbon footprint. 

The device, which looks like a Fitbit, will be paired with an app that will not only give users feedback, but allow them to compete with each other to see who can reduce their environmental impact the most. According to Slate, the app will track everything from transportation decisions to food and energy consumption. 

So far, Worldbeing is just in the concept stage. And, to some degree, the rest of the world still needs to catch up with that concept: the app imagines a world where the majority of businesses list the carbon footprints of their products. Slate notes, “The designers anticipate that ‘the near future will be a place of accountability.’” But even without the full transparency of other businesses, the app could still provide tons of useful information. Check out the concept video below: 

[h/t: Slate]

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How to Perform the Star Wars Theme—On Calculators
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Star Wars © & TM 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

The iconic Star Wars theme has been recreated with glass harps, theremins, and even cat meows. Now, Laughing Squid reports that the team over at YouTube channel It’s a small world have created a version that can be played on calculators.

The channel’s math-related music videos feature covers of popular songs like Luis Fonsi’s "Despacito," Ed Sheeran’s "Shape of You," and the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, all of which are performed on two or more calculators. The Star Wars theme, though, is played across five devices, positioned together into a makeshift keyboard of sorts.

The video begins with a math-musician who transcribes number combinations into notes. Then, they break into an elaborate practice chord sequence on two, and then four, calculators. Once they’re all warmed up, they begin playing the epic opening song we all know and love, which you can hear for yourself in all its electronic glory below.

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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This Cuddly Robot Is Designed to Lull You to Sleep
Somnox, Kickstarter
Somnox, Kickstarter

For people seeking all the benefits of a human sleeping companion without the human part, there’s a new Kickstarter-backed product. As Mashable reports, Somnox, the self-proclaimed “world’s first sleep robot,” is designed to give you a more comfortable, energizing night’s rest.

The bean-shaped cushion is the perfect size and shape for cuddling as you drift to sleep. Beneath its soft exterior is hardware designed to get you to deep sleep faster. Somnox rises and falls to mimic the movements of human breathing. Lay with the pillow long enough and the designers claim your breath will naturally sync to its rhythm, thus prepping your body for sleep.

Somnox can also be set to play sounds and music. Some content, like guided mediation, lullabies, and gentle heart beats, come built-in, but you can also upload audio of your own. And you don’t need to worry about shutting it off: Once you've customized its breathing and audio behaviors through the app, the device does what it's programed to do and powers down automatically.

Having a robotic sleep aide will cost you: You need to pledge about $533 to the team’s Kickstarter to reserve one. Even with the steep price tag, the campaign surpassed its funding goal.

[h/t Mashable]

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