Some geniuses at MIT have given the world something we didn’t know we needed and really, really don’t want — a vest that hugs you every time one of your Facebook posts gets “liked.” I am cringing with my entire body right now. The Like-A-Hug vest, from Melissa Chow, Andy Payne, and Phil Seaton at the MIT Media Lab, inflates every time a post receives approval. If you’d like to offer your heartfelt digital feelings back, a second squeeze will send a similar “like” to a friend. The vest is supposed to act as a proxy link to the real world, and I could see it having really positive effects on say, someone with autism. (Some people with autism like the feeling of being squeezed, but don’t actually like being touched by other people. See also: Temple Grandin.) But I think I’ll pass. [CNet]
Colonel Meow is like the anti-Lil Bub — a cat so fiercely snooty and evil that he refers to his followers as “minions.” The other day, Colonel Meow took to Facebook to show his disdain for another familiar furry face — Boo, the adorable Pomeranian pup. Needless to say, Meow is not a fan. [YouTube]
I pretty much use Facebook exclusively to post pictures of my dog and complain about the outcomes of my favorite reality TV competition shows. But plenty of other people — and companies — use the social networking platform in more creative ways. For example, Intel and Toshiba teamed up with director Drake Doremus (who did the movie “Like Crazy,” which I loved), and actors Topher Grace and Mary Elizabeth Winstead to create “The Beauty Inside,” a social film about a guy named Alex (Grace does his internal monologue) and his girlfriend Leah (Winstead). The film is broken down into a series of episodes in which, each day, Alex wakes up with a different face and body (he uses his Toshiba Portégé Ultrabook — product placement! — to document his changing appearance). The filmmakers held an audition process in order to cast actual audience members to portray Alex in his various states of appearance in the episodes and on his Facebook Timeline. You can watch the first episode above and check out the whole “Beauty Inside” social film on their Facebook page.
A mom and dad in Sedro-Wooley, Washington, took “To Catch A Predator”-esque tactics into their own hands and caught their teenage daughter’s sex offender boyfriend sending dick pics to a supposed 15-year-old girl over Facebook.
William Elms (also known as Liam) is a 19-year-old low-level/”level one” sex offender for committing third-degree child molestation. He was also dating a 17-year-old girl since April, against her parents’ wishes. So this July, with the help of one of their daughter’s friends who was a “friend” with Elms on Facebook, Jesper and Julie Myrfors created a fake Facebook profile for an imaginary 15-year-old girl and went after Elms themselves. Keep reading »