Here in the Innovation section of Nokia Connects, we have decided to put together a weekly roundup of some of the things we’ve seen this week that are making us happy, but don’t necessarily fall under the category of “innovation” per se. This is our first shot at it, so enjoy! (please be gentle).
Aherk is a new platform that let’s you blackmail yourself into getting something done. You upload an embarrassing photo of yourself and set a time for the task to be completed. If you don’t get it done in time, then Aherk automatically uploads the photo and shows it to all your friends. The site is still in Beta right now, so you might want to wait for them to work all the bugs out before you put your reputation on the line like that!
Are lolcats making us smart? That’s the question posed by The Atlantic this week as they explore the scientists and cultural theorists who are doing academic research on the power of memes and how they help us forge human connection. According to Kate Milner, who wrote her Masters dissertation on the power of LOLcats: “When it came to LOLCats, sharing and creating were often different means to the same end: making meaningful connections with others.” A long, but worthwhile (and unorthodox) read.
Installator is a new Tumblr site dedicated to art behind-the-scenes, showing us the decidedly less enchanting, but no less fascinating, aspects of art installation and picture hanging. I can tell you honestly that I never lived before I saw 50 feet of Marylin Monroe’s legs on the back on a semi.
Child’s Own Studio is a company that will take one of your child’s crayon drawings and bring it to life in the form of a plush toy that they can cherish for a lifetime. The artistic interpretations are just really incredible, but there aren’t enough words to do this justice, you’ll just have to check them out for yourself!
That’s all for now! Be sure to check back in with us every Thursday, as I’m sure we’ll have plenty more for you next week!