Taking a selfie is not as obvious as it might seem. About five billion people, of the 7.4 living on our planet, don’t own a smartphone. These two boys use the nap of their flip-flop as a camera to take an imaginary selfie. Still, their selfie went viral and became our peculiar image of the week.
Image via Volkskrant
What was your childhood dream for the future? Many kids fantasize about becoming princesses, astronauts, or maybe superheroes. As part of the Disney Accelerator program, UK startup Open Bionics, is helping children in need for bionic hands. With Iron Man, Frozen, or Star Wars-themed prosthetics, their fantasies become reality.
The launch of augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go certainly did not go unnoticed. The world basically went crazy for it. The game “broke the Internet” and troops of trainers entered the augmented arena, all determined to become Pokémon masters. An avalanche of media attention is what followed.
Biancoshock is an Italian street-artist, known for his provocative yet realistic projects. His last work is called Web 0.0, an urban activism project in which the Internet and web apps are contextualized in everyday life. It represents living proof that services like Facebook or WhatsApp have always existed and will continue to exist, even in a small provincial town almost untouched by virtual reality.
Languages are in a constant evolution, but recently they are developing faster than ever. This is happening due to the unquestionable evolution of communication means. In this globalized age we often fantasize about a universal language, even more than English, one that can be used by people of all backgrounds, ages and level of education. This is where the phenomenon of emojis takes place as something verbal and nonverbal at the same time.
The photo at the top is not captured in Google street view. It is a giant Google map pin in the middle of an analog city. At the start of the digital era, metaphors from everyday analog life – like map pins – were used in order to make new technology acceptable. Google could have come up with any icon to mark a location. But they didn’t, because they wanted us to understand their digital version of maps. Some years later, this typical digital map pin has proven itself. It has proven itself that much that it even pops up into the analog world. Is it analog, or is it digital? It’s a boomeranged metaphor!
From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game
How many times did you refer to Facebook as a drug that gives you addiction? Unfortunately this metaphor has recently boomeranged into the physical world, in the form of an illegal Facebook-branded synthetic drug sold in Hungary.