Following in the footsteps of Snapchat and Instagram Stories, Twitter is now getting into the game of disappearing tweets. They may be a little late to the game, but that’s not stopping them from moving ahead with “Fleets.” Like similar features before them, “Fleets” are tweets that you only want around for 24 hours and not any longer. Many of us noticed the feature this week, but before that, it had been tested successfully in South Korea, Brazil, Italy and India. “Fleets” isn’t necessarily a bad idea, but one has to wonder, why now?
Written in a recent blog post by the team, “…some of you tell us that Tweeting is uncomfortable because it feels so public, so permanent, and like there’s so much pressure to rack up Retweets and Likes.” Not exactly anything groundbreaking in that statement or what we wouldn’t expect them to say.
Adapting to a lifestyle with less human interaction these days isn’t easy for everyone. Due to the pandemic, people are experiencing higher levels of anxiety through the isolation and a desire for physical human contact. Japan has stepped in with a solution for these adorable healing robots.
The robots are able to gather data that detect the well being of the human they are around. As sales start to rise, the data shows that many are purchasing them for their elderly parents who they can’t visit during this time. While that is just one example of a demographic, the robots are also appealing to younger children who may be experiencing more emotional stress during this time.
With more than 50 sensors, it can recognize, approach and make eye contact with its owner. The sensors allow it to feel where its body is touched and avoid obstacles, light enough to pick up, with arms adjustable to a “hug mode” and a temperature similar to the human body, it can express jealousy — a first for a robot — when it is with another robot which is getting more attention.
I may not be in any position to become a pet owner at this moment, but a robot seems like the low maintenance thing I need.
When you’re caught in an awkward embarrassing moment, what is your go-to move? Mine is immediately pulling out my phone like that was what I was doing the entire time or looking away and staring off into the distance. It’s unavoidable. This is a part of our lives, but we can laugh about it sometimes right? Nate Metlukh’s “Awkward,” is a new animation that collects all of these moments in one compilation. Earlier this year, the animation also won for Best Short Film at Promofest held in Spain.
The desire for more outdoor spaces is at an all time high. Alongside the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, a massive mural made to look like uneven sand dunes is an eye catching piece. Designed by Canadian architecture firm, NÓS, “Moving Dunes” borders a walkway and features neutral toned lines. It’s clearly a hit with the kids, but adds for a more creative way to your daily walks if you so choose.
I love this view from above, which shows just how massive this piece is.
I have a friend who would love this as a gift! In an effort to be more sustainable, [Final] has created a reusable, collapsable boba straw that you can take with you on the go. Attaching itself to your keychain, you’ll have it ready for any last minute drop in to a boba shop. The straw comes in five different colors and is being sold for $12.95 USD [here]
One of the best parts about quarantine is being able to see everyone else’s creative projects. When we aren’t hopping from one social activity to another after work or on the weekends, where do we spend our time? What things can we build when we give ourselves the space for it? If you’re like me, you’ll turn to TikTok. However, some are getting further into the details. Japanese artist, Manami Sasaki, is creating beautifully designed toasts. You thought your local avocado toast was good; this is next level. With inspiration from artists like Picasso to characters like Mickey Mouse, Sasaki lets her imagination fly.
Each piece of toast will take about three hours to create. Like the artist that she is, everything is laid out to a tee. First comes the concept before she skips off to the market for the actual ingredients. For an entire gallery of everything she’s created during this time, visit her [Instagram].
When I first saw images of this bridge spanning Lianjiang River, I was instantly reminded of bridges in South Korea or the one in Switzerland. Both of which were iconic to the K-drama series, Crash Landing on You. This new bridge in China though is neither. What it is is setting a new world record, however, for longest glass bottomed bridge in the entire world.
The suspension bridge connects two sides of a gorge 660 feet above the river and has a capacity of 500 people. Suspended from cables and supported by two red towers at either end, it’s constructed using three layers of tempered laminated glass, and has a transparent bottom that allows tourists to look directly down at the water. There are also large viewing areas where visitors can stop to take photos. The glass-bottomed feature offers a pretty cool perspective, but if you’re afraid of heights, this bridge might just be your worst nightmare.
Because of its beautiful glass bottom, this is sure to be a popular spot for photos.
Waking up to an overwhelmingly red sky had me thinking today about our climate, pollution and the environment we live in. To continue living in the world that we enjoy, we need to take better care of it. Anyone that thinks it isn’t a priority or isn’t real is being foolish. Created by animator, PoChien Chen, “Selfish” is a short animation that shows us what we think we’re getting at a sushi restaurant. It’s quickly followed by a juxtaposition of what we could be served and the results aren’t great. The animation finishes with facts that we need to be reminded of. In a way, it’s a call to action. We all can do much better. Often times, our environment is so easily neglected, but there isn’t anything stopping us from being more proactive to protect our Earth.