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What Will They Think Of Next

What Will They Think Of Next

We Live in the Future! Popsicle-Colored Phone Charging Stations Appearing in New York Bars

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It’s brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Genius, we say! A New York startup is stocking bars in the East and West Village with pretty, glowing phone charging stations. Plug in, place phone in locker, swipe a credit card to lock the door. You can even fish the phone back out using your card in order to text: “Hey, where are you guys? I’m in the back, by the pink and purple filing cabinet stuffed with iPhones.”  Read More

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Rent Out Your Driveway With ParkAtMyHouse

"GARAGE SPACE AVAILABLE TO RENT PER WEEK, MONTH OR YEAR. GARAGE HAS LIGHT AND POWER AND IS COVERED BY A CCTV SYSTEM. IDEAL FOR STORAGE OF A MOTORCYCLE OR SMALL AMOUNT OF GOODS ETC. WITHIN EASY REACH OF ALL MAJOR BUS ROUTES, AIRPORT AND CONTINENTAL FERRY PORT." (parkatmyhouse.com)

Launching tomorrow in New York, D.C. and Boston, this U.K.-based startup is formalizing the practice of renting out one’s driveway, yard or sidewalk to drivers—you know, haven’t you ever gone to Virginia Beach for the Fourth of July? No? Okay well this reporter is from there, and people rent their driveways to tourists because parking is sparse.

You know where else parking is often sparse? New York City! But a press release identifies New York as a “heavy commuter cities where parking at places like train/bus stations can be an inconvenience and cost-prohibitive.”

Except people don’t have driveways here, so we’re not sure how this is supposed to work. Note to disruptive transportation startups from out of town: We have an intricate system here, and you should probably make sure you know how it works (cough, Uber). Read More

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No Jello for You! This Vending Machine Gives Out Samples Based on a Face Scan

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Facial recognition technology is getting scary. First Facebook creates a database matching faces to names; now Kraft and Intel have teamed up to deny Jello to children.

The iSample, an experimental vending machine installed at the South Street Seaport as well as somewhere in Chicago, is dispensing samples of Jello’s new Temptations concoction using facial recognition and mobile technology to ensure samples are only dispensed to adults, and only once per person. Read More