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DENT 2016: From Eradicating Malaria & Disruptive Ideas to Virtual Reality

March 30, 2016 by  

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Putting a dent in the future — isn’t that a compelling idea? And, what’s even more compelling is that it means such different things to different people and why the eclectic DENT Conference in Sun Valley Idaho, is so unique. From technologists, entrepreneurs and scientists, to artists, astronauts and Olympic Gold medalists, people gather around to hear radical new ideas, learn from the best of the best and share their best practices, all under the roof of the Sun Valley Inn, a stone’s throw from Baldy Mountain and incredible skiing, even in the Spring. The brain child of Seattle-based Steve Broback and Jason Preston, DENT is now in its fourth year and my third year of attending, DENT’s format is a mix of educational, interactive and thought provoking, with un-conference break-out sessions, fireside chats and general talks. Since the backbone of the conference stems from the technology community, it seemed fitting that American futurist and author Amy Webb would speak. As the Founder of the Future Today Institute and an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, she dabbles in a lot of projects. She asks us wryly: “What happens

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Driving a Buick LaCrosse is Bliss, Even in the Dead of Winter

March 30, 2016 by  

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I’m a huge fan of Buick and love that we get to drive them on some of our family travel adventures. People think that I own one, at least that happens to be the case on social media. It appears that there’s a bunch of Instagram Buick lovers as well and it’s fun to see enthusiasts join us on our journey. Our most recent Buick adventure was in the dead of winter in New England and we got it all: snow, ice, damp air and below zero temperatures every night. We decided to go with the LaCrosse 2016 model, which includes a boat load of bells and whistles, including one of my favorites: heated seats. It’s not as if heated seats are a unique feature in the luxury car category, but not all of them warm up quickly – not the case with Buick. Within a few minutes, our bottoms were toasty warm. While everyone who has either grown up in the Northeast or spent a lot of time there knows, it can be biting in February between the slush and wind chill that sends shivers up and down your spine.  It was around 30 degrees or…

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The LOOP Fixes the Tangled Earbud Problem for Good

March 22, 2016 by  

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Ever been frustrated with your tangled earbuds especially when you’re on the road and need to use them quickly? We just discovered the LOOP which makes it easy to quickly access and use your earbuds without the mess. What’s so nifty about this product is that your earbuds simply wind on and wind off design keeping them organized when they’re in your backpack, purse or pocket. The LOOP also serves as a great protector of your earbuds from damage which helps to increase their lifespan as well. They’re designed to be durable, so very hard to break and as you know, we love color over here — take a look at the wide array of options they come in! Let’s be honest, tangled earbuds are something that effects nearly everyone I know.  Having to untangle a Gordian knot of earbud wires is something I deal with every time I go to the gym and regardless of how neatly I put them back into my fanny pack, they come out tangled the next time I need them. The device was born out of necessity and the personal experience of its inventor, Scott Rodwin, a Boulder-based architect, designer…

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Direct Sound’s Serenity II Headphones, a Great Option for Road Warriors

March 8, 2016 by  

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Meet a pair of stylish headphones that are noise cancelling at their core. At home or on the go and you want to focus on your activity, not the background noise – Direct Sound’s Serenity II Headphones are a great solution. They tout the best passive, battery-free sound isolation and TruSound tonal accuracy on the market to boot. For those of you not familiar with the brand, Direct Sound is known in the professional music world as the category leader for isolation headphones — headphones used by world class recording artists to isolate live instruments (such as the sound of live drums or guitars) out of the headphones so the artist can hear clearly during recording. The engineering team took the same leading isolation design approach they used with musicians and applied it to the Serenity II, which equates to top notch foam and padding. and over-the-ear ear cup design to isolation noise. They don’t require batteries or other finicky phasing technology used in many noise-cancelling headphone models. The Serenity II headphones have an NRR (Noise Reduction Rating) of 25 db (dB stands for Decibels), meaning they isolate that level of exterior sound. Virtually no other travel headphone…

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Book Your Flights the Green Way Through This Useful App

March 4, 2016 by  

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green travel Photo: Bill Williams/Unsplash; Edited: Epicure & Culture Though Simon Smedberg may have saved 50 dollars by booking flights to Thailand that included three stopovers, he ended up with remorse when realizing the amount of carbon offsets that would be released as a result. So upon returning home to his native Sweden, Smedberg decided to make up for his decision by co-creating a travel search engine providing data on selecting low-carbon emission flights. Glooby, which launched in 2015, is a green travel search affiliate website designed to give consumers informative purchasing decisions relating to sustainable travel options. While Glooby sorts and assembles a list of flight suggestions from sources such as travel agencies, airlines and booking sites — as other search engines do — this site touts itself as being the first to show suggestions for low-carbon emission flights plus eco-friendly hotels. green travel Glooby searches and compares the most fuel-efficient flights and eco-labeled hotels. Smedberg is noticing travelers are taking more notice about sustainability concerns. Recent studies pack it up too. For example, a 2010 Travelzoo survey found that more than 90% of American travelers would choose to…

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Wisdom 2.0: Practice Bringing Consciousness Into Everything You Do….

February 28, 2016 by  

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I’ve known about Wisdom 2.0 for awhile now but never managed to secure a ticket in time to attend, at least not formally so since I’ve been to a few sub-events and parties here and there. As I scanned the sessions, I realized I knew half a dozen speakers on the main stage, which would serve as a place for discussions over three days at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. Facebook tells me that I share 30 mutual friends with its founder  Soren Gordhamer, although somehow given where I’ve been spending more of my time lately, I’m surprised it’s not more. I couldn’t align with his vision more. His vision is centered around how we use technology and making sure consciousness is at the core. Essentially Wisdom 2.0 addresses the great challenge of our age: to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world. I’ve been starting to see more and more technologies crop up that aren’t necessarily healthy for us physically or emotionally. CES over the last…

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Let a Robot Clean Your Floors While You Pack For Your Trip

February 24, 2016 by  

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The truth is, I’m not new to robots. I was introduced to early functional robots in the early nineties, consulted for a few products over the years, including Keecker’s Smart Connected Robot and Willow Garage, whose PR2 robot can not only fetch a beer and knows how to dance as well. And, this and last year’s CES demoed a ton of robots, for a myriad of things ranging from helping the handicapped and flying drones to more functional uses like cleaning your house. Ahhh yes, what woman doesn’t love a little help to get a sparkling clean house? Having grown up with a conventional oh so English grandmother, we used to get on our hands and knees and scrub floors before guests would arrive — a mop simply wasn’t enough for some reason! Today, I have less time than ever to clean the house, especially with so much travel on the schedule. Just because I love to travel and travel often, it doesn’t mean I don’t want my house to be dust free — in fact, I’d argue that a product like iRobot’s Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot (above) is a…

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5 Travel Apps to Bring You Into Genuine Local Experiences

February 24, 2016 by  

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Today, there is no shortage of travel apps that can help you organize your trip. That being said, it can be difficult to sift through the dominant generic information to find suggestions for local, ethical and authentic travel experiences. Every location has its unique charms, but that uniqueness can get lost in the mass of information. That’s where the following apps come in to simply your travel planning. authentic travel Image courtesy of eva101 via Spotted by Locals.

1. Spotted by Locals

Who better to tell you how to explore a place than the people who actually live there? Spotted by Locals features easy-to-follow travel advice for all kinds of cities, compiled by locals. Use this app to find places you wouldn’t hear about otherwise, recommended by people who really know their stuff. Image courtesy of oneinchpunch via Shutterstock. Image courtesy of oneinchpunch via Shutterstock.

2. Grouper

Any travel guide can send you to a well-known restaurant or a new bar. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, Grouper can offer you a more personalized dining, partying or bar-hopping experience. The app links you up with locals or…

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