Zap your bad habits into oblivion!

The title does sound like overkill, I admit… but this ‘shocking’ new invention can make you stick to your new year resolutions (what new year resolutions?) Yes the same ones you conveniently forgot about because it’s May already. The Pavlok straps to your wrist and gives you a tiny zap every time you indulge in a bad habit, or delay a good habit. All you do is program the wearable to respond to certain bad habits and the Pavlok will know when to shock you. Don’t worry though, the shock is as mild as the kind of static charge you get from touching a metal doorknob after walking around in socks. However, it’s enough to condition your brain into ditching bad habits. Close to a century of aversion therapy research has gone into the Pavlok, and it comes with FCC and CE certification plus hundreds of testimonials that claim it’s made them quit smoking, or sugar, or biting their nails, or even the rather addictive stuff like Facebook or YouTube.

Named cleverly after Pavlov and his dog experiment, the Pavlok uses a system of Positive Punishment to condition your brain into disliking the bad habit because you associate the shock (a bad experience) with it, thus making it unpleasant. Pavlok works using a wide variety of techniques, resorting to different methods to catch you indulging in a vice. The rather obvious manual mode allows you to shock/reprimand yourself when you’ve done something bad, or even gives the power to your friend (trust them well) to deliver a jolt when they see you reaching for that cigarette lighter or that Unicorn Frappucino. The other technique the Pavlok uses is that it talks to your smartphone, your fitness wearable, and third party apps like IFTTT to stay aware. For example it’ll know using your GPS if you’re inside a donut shop, or if you’re not at the gym. It communicates with your fitness wearable to check your body stats too, plus tracks your hands to know when you bite your nails or light a cigarette. For easier things like Facebook, the Pavlok basically keeps track of how long you have the tab open on your desktop or the app running on your mobile. The wearable even does the duties of an alarm clock, using vibrations and sound instead of zaps, to wake you up.

Ultimately, the Pavlok relies on the honor system. The more dedicated you stay (self reprimanding seems to be the most effective way of breaking a habit), the more likely you are to kick bad habits. Plus, it’s highly recommended that you convert your bad habits into good ones, allowing you to truly be your better self. Isn’t that just stunning? Pun intended!

Designer: Behavioral Technology Group Inc.

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This automobile is aggression amplified

This absolute monster of a car by Singapore based Vanda Electrics co-powered with Williams Advanced Engineering is code-named the Dendrobium. The fully electric hypercar has zero emissions, goes to a top speed of 200mph and goes from 0 to 62 in just 2.7 seconds.

The car was first developed as a concept as early as in the 1990s (can you imagine something like this sketched out back then?!) with the model only coming to life now because the battery technology hadn’t evolved yet. The carbon fiber monocoque body has an unbelievably edgy aesthetic with a majority of straight lines and very tight curves. The automobile concept ditches the rear-view mirrors for cameras, and features suicide butterfly doors that open upward and backward, almost like a show of strength and power! The spoiler on the back of the car doubles up as a rather futuristic looking taillight, while the body forms a streamlined conical tip at the end with a secondary taillight almost looking like a hornet ready to sting!

The car debuted at the Geneva Motor Show this year and the response indicates that you may see it on the streets as early as 2020!

Designers: Andries van Overbeeke, Marco van Overbeeke, Vanda Electrics & Williams Advanced Engineering.

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Jenga Architecture of Montreal!

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This Brutalist building looks like an urban Brazilian favela with the way it spreads all over the place creating a 3D landscape of buildings. Designed by renowned Israeli/Canadian Architect Moshe Safdie, the Habitat 67 is now considered one of Montreal’s finest pieces of architecture, and a Canadian National Heritage Site… not to mention a source of inspiration to architects world over.

The habitat comprises 158 homes stacked above one another, forming a 12-storey complex located beside the Saint Lawrence River in the center of the city. Each home has its own rooftop garden, as a result of the way the concrete boxes are arranged. To allow the prefabricated construction process to take place on site, a factory was set up adjacent to the site to produce the concrete modules, which were then connected by high-tension rods, steel cables and welding. The building was debuted at the Montreal World Expo back in 1967, commissioned by the Canadian government. According to Safdie, many of the original occupants continue to live in the building, and the architect also owns a private residence there.

From 1st June to 13th August, the Habitat 67 will be part of a special exhibition titled “The Shape Of Things To Come”, hosted by the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) Centre de Design. The exhibition in Montreal aims to trace the trajectory of Safdie’s work and analyze the design principles implemented in the Habitat 67 project (his very first) and his works thereafter. As part of the opening of the exhibition, the University will host a free Moshe Safdie lecture on May 31, 2017, 5:30 pm, at the Salle Pierre-Mercure of Centre Pierre-Péladeau, Montreal, Quebec.

Designer: Moshe Safdie Architects

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The Only Travel+Photography Bag You Need

People tend to anthropomorphize their special possessions like their car, bike, guitar, or their camera. They shower it with love and care, calling them “their girl” or referring to them as “her”. If your camera is like your girl, the V4 backpack by Black Ember is its super-essential little black dress. The modular backpack, designed ‘especially’ for shutterbugs allows you to carry any and everything related to travel, adventure, and photography in a format that is of use to you.

Designed to connect the dots between work and passion, the bag accommodates everything from clothes, to gear, and even comes with accessories like a foldout laptop sleeve. Carry it like a backpack, or sideways like a briefcase, the bag allows you to handle your gear in your own way too. The secret to the V4’s inherent awesomeness is intelligent compartmentalization. The bag comes with compartments that lock right to the bag’s secure inner wall using magnetic locks. The very experience of feeling your gear secure itself in place with the ‘kachunk’ sound feels great and knowing that no matter what, expensive pieces of equipment won’t collide with each other, is highly reassuring.

Individual compartment cubes (made for separate uses and needs) can easily be customized within the bag, allowing you to carry more or less equipment. The bag can even be compressed to 50% thickness so that it stays tightly packed when you have less gear. What’s more, the individual magnet-locking compartments can be used individually. Designed to echo the V4’s aesthetic, each ‘DSLR Cube’ can be used as a standalone carry-along pouch for when you just want to have a camera with you. If you really want to up your game, the V4’s additional accessories even include a passport case that snaps to the bag’s side and even though the bag is thoroughly weatherproof, an additional silicone coated nylon fabric rain cover shields your entire bag from the harshest rain, sleet, and snow… making your travel, adventure, and photography game absolutely hardcore!

Designer: Black Ember

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The Only Travel+Photography Bag You Need

People tend to anthropomorphize their special possessions like their car, bike, guitar, or their camera. They shower it with love and care, calling them “their girl” or referring to them as “her”. If your camera is like your girl, the V4 backpack by Black Ember is its super-essential little black dress. The modular backpack, designed ‘especially’ for shutterbugs allows you to carry any and everything related to travel, adventure, and photography in a format that is of use to you.

Designed to connect the dots between work and passion, the bag accommodates everything from clothes, to gear, and even comes with accessories like a foldout laptop sleeve. Carry it like a backpack, or sideways like a briefcase, the bag allows you to handle your gear in your own way too. The secret to the V4’s inherent awesomeness is intelligent compartmentalization. The bag comes with compartments that lock right to the bag’s secure inner wall using magnetic locks. The very experience of feeling your gear secure itself in place with the ‘kachunk’ sound feels great and knowing that no matter what, expensive pieces of equipment won’t collide with each other, is highly reassuring.

Individual compartment cubes (made for separate uses and needs) can easily be customized within the bag, allowing you to carry more or less equipment. The bag can even be compressed to 50% thickness so that it stays tightly packed when you have less gear. What’s more, the individual magnet-locking compartments can be used individually. Designed to echo the V4’s aesthetic, each ‘DSLR Cube’ can be used as a standalone carry-along pouch for when you just want to have a camera with you. If you really want to up your game, the V4’s additional accessories even include a passport case that snaps to the bag’s side and even though the bag is thoroughly weatherproof, an additional silicone coated nylon fabric rain cover shields your entire bag from the harshest rain, sleet, and snow… making your travel, adventure, and photography game absolutely hardcore!

Designer: Black Ember

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