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"The Happy Show" is the result of edgy Austrian design artist Stefan Sagmeister's fascination with the psychology of happiness. Known for designing album covers for recording artists like Lou Reed, the Talking Heads, and the Rolling Stones, Sagmeister took a one-year sabbatical from his regular commercial design work in 2000 to launch an informal investigation of the components of happiness...

April 24, 2013 — Jenna Finwall Ryan

Unexpected Risks of Intelligent Infrastructure

In 1999 a technology manager called Kevin Ashton coined the phrase “The Internet of Things”. It was to convey the fact that not everything connected to the Internet generates data via humans tapping on keyboards...

April 24, 2013 — Alan Woodward

I just pre-ordered my HAPIfork

Why, oh why, would I order a plastic fork, costing $89 (on-sale), 5 months before its scheduled release? Because it promises to help me control my eating speed, which, I am now convinced, is indeed critical to controlling obesity and diabetes.The fork is essentially a Bluetooth device that communicates to your smartphone and counts how many bites you take each meal...

April 23, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Electric utilities can now adjust your Nest thermostat to shift energy demand

Two new features for the Nest thermostat could help customers and utilities reduce energy consumption. At the Bloomberg Energy Finance conference held on Earth Day 2013 in New York City, Nest Labs introduced a set of energy services that will allow electric utilities across the country to manage electricity demand...

April 23, 2013 — David Wogan

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