With SXSW coming to a crescendo this week there has been no shortage of interesting news bubbling up to us from Austin. We’ll be taking a look at some of it, as well as the rest of what’s fun, new and interesting in this latest edition of Spry Hive.
As noted, there’s always a gamut of new exciting things to see, touch and feel at SXSW. One of those things this year that provided all of that was a robot petting zoo. The particular robots featured in this exhibit were designed to assist humans in the event of a natural disaster.
According to one Google exec, Google Glass may have been a victim of it’s own fast fame. Speaking at SXSW, Astro Teller explained that Google’s “explorer” program had intended to get feedback, but may have prematurely created false impressions.
If you feel like you missed the action at SXSW Interactive, not to worry, there’s an online tracker that provides a visualization of what was the most talked about keywords and trends.
The whole process of 3D printing is pretty badass in itself, but kicking things up a notch, here’s a printing technique that is 25 to 100 times faster than anything on the market today and is inspired by Terminator 2.
In a rather eye-opening move, CNN, The Financial Times, The Guardian and Thomson Reuters are combining their ad forces against Google and Facebook. They are calling it Pangaea Alliance, and their hope is that by pooling their audiences, their ad inventory can better compete with the reach of these giants.
If you really want to tell the world how much something sucks, you’ll soon be able to purchase a “.sucks” domain to make it official. More interesting is the fact that companies with registered trademarks will have to pay a heftier price to purchase and protect such domains.
Gmail has a new extension that allows you to see if the email is being tracked before you open it. It’s called “Ugly Email,” and it seamlessly integrates with Gmail. Currently available for Chrome and Firefox is apparently in the works.
Hike.io is an open source platform which allows techy outdoorsman to find, map and view photos of beautiful hikes. With a bit of a Wikipedia-like approach, the information is free and entries can be added and edited by the public.
For those interested in learning to code in Swift, you can do it via your phone. The Swifty app provides a simplified approach for experimenting with code as well as access to over 200 interactive lectures.
If you desire to advertise your expertise and passion for your preferred dev frameworks you’ll likely enjoy browsing ShirtJS. After all, it has become a bit tricky lately to find those “Eat, Sleep, Angular, Repeat” t-shirts at Target.
Libraries.io is an open source massive database of programming libraries sorted by language, platform and license in periodic table form. The site also offers a popularity list so you can view just what libraries others are using.
CSS sans is a font implemented in pure CSS and is definitely worth a look.
If you’ve ever lost your wallet you know that replacing everything is a treacherous ordeal. Where’s Wallet is a line of wallets which come embedded with a small sensor that alerts your phone if you leave it behind you. Now, of course if you misplace your phone, then we don’t even know what to tell you.
The wallpaper for your phone doesn’t have to be dull or even static. TapDeck offers smart wallpapers that can be changed at any time and swiped to provide story and facts behind each image.
Do you ever wonder how Spotify does what it does, or better yet, how they pay so little for the ability to serve all that music? Jack Stratton provides a brief, but measured take on how many artists are unhappy and why he believes lite listeners should be too.
And thanks to a new partnership with the music streaming service Rhapsody, users of the Twitter app can now stream full-length songs for free. The ability only exists within the app, however, and if you do try to access via web you’ll be rerouted over to Rhapsody’s site for a shorter clip.
The National Science Foundation is pushing to make more research public more quickly. This week it did so by announcing a plan for comprehensive public access to research results.
If you tend to think simplicity is beautiful when it comes to art and design, here is a great showcase of single weight line art illustrations.
That brings us to a close for the first day of spring 2015. We look forward to seeing you same time, same place next week.