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Foursquare And Seven Years Ago. . .

Has it really been seven years since Foursquare emerged on the digital landscape and became the first location-based social network to take hold of our zeitgeist? Do you remember how check-ins and being acknowledged as a mayor of your local Starbucks distinguished you as a member of the social media elite -- and that the more places you visited, the more popular you became  — or so you thought?

The MeU Square: A Dazzling Wearable LED Display

The MeU Square is the latest in customized clothing and accessories. A smartphone application allows users instant communication with their surroundings. Read on to learn more about this innovative, wearable tech LED display.

Orange Sky Laundry: Non Profit Mobile Laundry For The Homeless

It's the season of giving - or at least it should be. So rather than focusing strictly on for-profit businesses, it's a great time to look at some of the charitable ones out there that are focusing on making a difference year-round. One of the cooler non-profit organizations we've come across lately focuses on offering clean clothing to those who need it.

TeaBOT: Custom Loose Leaf Tea Vending Machine

Some days I get the feeling that I overuse the term "trendy". But I also recognize that there are times when there is just no better description. The latest thing I'm going to apply it to is loose leaf-tea. Obviously, tea itself isn't a new thing, but embracing the loose-leaf form has once again started to become a mainstream trend in North America.

360 Virtual Urban Windscreen Previews Innovative Transparent Pillar Technology

Jaguar Land Rover's innovative 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen is coming to to your Jaguar, or Land Rover as the case may be. This futuristic system of remote blind-spot cameras and pillar-mounted screens provides drivers with unobstructed views of the road both ahead  and, with every glance over the shoulder, behind.

Innovative Digital Fabrication: 4D Printed Dress Made With Kinematics

Digital fabrication is exploding in the world of fashion design, making it possible to print almost everything under the sun (except maybe the sun). Read on to learn more about one company's plunge into 4-D printing.

Spice Box: Monthly Subscription Service Inspires Customers To Heat Things Up

Box of goodie subscriptions have been all the rage in the past year, with businesses offering door-to-door delivery of makeup, underwear, razors, beauty products, dog items, and even dates in a box (the activity, not the dried fruit). Another new concept has turned up the heat for the trend.

EDAG Light Cocoon Concept Car Makes Like A Leaf

How light is the EDAG Light Cocoon concept car? Well, it's skinned in fabric four times lighter than standard copier paper for one thing. Unlike paper, however, the revolutionary Texapore Softshell outdoor textile won't wilt in the rain.

Mobius II: A Car Built In Africa By Africans For Africans

By providing Africans with affordable, reliable, basic transportation, Nairobi-based auto manufacturer Mobius Motors hopes to succeed where others have failed. The long, unpaved and potholed road to success lies just ahead as the first fifty units of the company's one and only model, the Mobius II, are about to be delivered to customers.

YouBionic is Technology You Can Wear: Italian Designer Unveils 3D Printed Bionic Hand

Federico Ciccarese is an Italian technology designer in Milan who wants to lend a big helping hand to amputees around the world – literally.     The 33 year-old has just invented YouBionic, which is a 3D printed bionic hand. While still in the design, research and discovery phase, Ciccarese will be testing amputees with his invention in early 2015.