Weekly Roundup – December 4th, 2015
Happy Friday, everyone! I hope all of our American friends had a great and filling Thanksgiving, and are looking forward to some more festivities and R&R a few weeks from now. Enjoy our favorite stories from the week in retail, design and tech.
Amazon released their first commercial featuring a drone (and it’s funny). The ad alludes to the Prime Air program being instated in the “near future” but with no specifics mentioned.
Remember the supercomputer Watson? He’s now being used to detect the age, gender, and emotion of shoppers in order to better curate product selections for them.
According to WIRED’s ever-histrionic headlines. Pantone announced the new color of the year, and it turns out it’s two colors! They are a light pastel pink and cornflower-ish blue (Rose Quartz and Serenity, respectively). WIRED makes some good points about the message of gender nonconformity Pantone wants to advance, but also points out a more interesting tidbit: about 80 years ago, the connotations for each of the colors were completely switched. Trends come and go!
These shoes don’t exactly exist yet, but the concept is pretty cool. What if you could wear sneakers made of Kindle-like e-paper material, and change the designs on your shoes with an app? Would sneaker pattern hacks in high school become the new swirly?
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced that they’d be funneling 99% of their Facebook shares into a separate LLC committed to philanthropy and advancing the causes they see as most important in the world.
The excitement at this news, of course, quickly gave way to cynicism and criticism when people first reacted by saying they were only doing this to avoid paying taxes on a huge part of their fortune. Then, everyone realized that an LLC isn’t legally bound to give charitably. Oh, and you do have to pay taxes on it. Zuckerberg responded with some good points about why he’d want this money in an LLC as opposed to a strictly charitable fund: being able to keep control of their money allows for the Zuckerberg Chans to make political donations (extremely impactful if they want to make any policy-based change), and investments in companies that are trying to do the world good, but aren’t in and of themselves charities. Can we all just wait until they start actually putting money places and see if they’re holding true to their word?
An interesting take on what the new live video status update feature means to Facebook.
TechCrunch provides us with 7 ideas of how to use VR to make an impact IRL.
Image Credit: Pantone