An upcoming bracelet and app called the Pavlok will help you change your habits by giving you an electric shock when you fail at them. You get to choose the habit you’d like to work on, like spending too much time on the internet, going to the gym, losing hard-earned cash, or getting up at a certain time in the morning. Then you get to set a consequence to hold yourself accountable, which can range from Pavlok posting embarrassing stuff on your on Facebook wall, vibrations from your bracelet, losing hard-earned cash, or even a 340V electric shock. As the Pavlok’s promotional video says, there are so many self-improvement devices on the market that don’t really work, so “what if we get a device that changes behavior?”
Spoiler alert: the other products didn’t work because people change their own behavior. Keep reading »
It’s a special day. Pikinis, an app that syncs with your Facebook friends list and allows you to search exclusively for bikini pics, is now available for download.
According to the app’s creator, Ted Kramer, Pikinis is for both men and women who want to see those they desire is a state of partial undress. But that’s very clearly bullshit — this app is for looking at girls. It even has a fun “pineapple” feature that allows you to “pineapple” a pic for later — that is, to save it. So you can look at it, um, you know … later. When you’re alone. Keep reading »
[Said in the voice of a petulant teenager:] ”Thanks, Starbucks, for taking over my life EVEN MORE.”
The ‘bux announced last week that it’s making your fast food coffee experience even easier: you will soon be able to preorder your drinks and pay via an app, according to the tech blog Recode. Just like hailing a cab with Uber or ordering sushi over Seamless, coffee jerks can save time by paying for a coffee ahead of time and avoiding lines. The company is testing the process at an “undisclosed location” and will eventually bring it nationwide. I could see myself downloading the app, but use it only when I’m in a rush. (And I’m not that important to ever really be in a rush.) Part of what I like about Starbucks is it being a “third place” in addition to work and home. It’s a reason to get out of the office for a 10-minute break in the afternoon and stretch my legs. It’s about the short walk, the music, the socializing. The app sounds useful for, say, personal assistants in a rush to please their boss, but for me, I’m happy to take my time. Within reason, of course. [Recode]
You know that moment when you’re telling your friend about the dream you had last night and her eyes start to glaze over? There’s an app for that. Enter DreamSphere, an app that wants to hear your navel-gazing about how last night you dreamed your best friend morphed into a purple octopus. DreamSphere prompts you to record the symbols in your dreams when you wake up, explains what they mean, and shows you on a map where others are dreaming about the same thing. It also studies patterns in your dreams over time to analyze parts of your waking personality, like how assertive, anxious or confident you are. Not surprisingly, I’m kind of obsessed with it. Keep reading »
Nature, you sexy beast. This timelapse video of various flowers blooming — including my beloved PEONY, which is in season right now, YIPPPPPEEEEE — is downright sensual and I NEVER use that word. It’s actually from 2009 and is promotion for a cool-seeming app called Bloomclock which shows the passage of time via the blooming of various flowers. Puttin’ it on my download list! [Bloomclock via YouTube]