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  • Market, Tech Comments Off on How Technology And Clothing Were Combined To Make Ugly Sweaters

    People often receive ugly sweater from their aunts who usually wear too much perfume without even considering how they invade other’s personal space. Ugly sweaters always have their space in the storage located at the attic. But that was the case before, because, in today’s modern world where ironic t-shirts are in trend, people see ugly sweater as fashionable clothing that gave birth to an event called the National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.

    This is good news for NASA rocket scientist named Mark Rober who is now making ugly sweaters for Christmas. Aside from the ugly designs that Rober puts on his sweaters, people will also notice a small pocket for each sweater. They will have to download an application, put the phone into their pocket and then an interactive video will start to play. This video will give life to the ugly sweater.  You can choose from various sweaters with their own app with video.

    Rober told that he sells his sweaters quickly and are now available in Amazon and eBay. This makes it easier for people to order for the sweaters and wear it for the Christmas season. Just perfect for the increasing demand of ugly sweaters. When looking for a design, people can choose from a burning fireplace, a gingerbread man with his head eaten, or a Santa that gets stuck in a chimney. So before Rober runs out of stock, it would better that people should place their order right away to be assured that they have something to wear this coming Christmas season and surprise their family and friends.

    How This Tech Ugly Sweater Started

    The idea came from the Halloween costume made by Rober in the year 2011. While using two iPads for facetiming, he was able to present himself with a hole in his body, making it look real. The video showing the costume went viral online and gave him the idea of combining technology and clothing. So whatever designs of ugly sweater that people would want to wear, there is one thing that they should enjoy and that is to celebrate the day of wearing ugly sweaters!

  • Market Comments Off on The Demand For Homes in Shipping Containers

    It would definitely take time to adjust when you want to live inside a steel box. There is a student village in Amsterdam which is made up of 1,000 recycled shipping containers. One student moved into the steel box and initially did not like t idea but after three years of living in the steel box, he said that he has no regrets.

    He was not impressed with the containers at first and was struggling to make the decision whether to live in it or not. He started liking the idea when he visited a friend living in the steel box. After that he moved in and realized that it was a great move. He becomes comfortable in the container and likes having a lot of space for his own. The village is known as the Wenckehof remains to be the biggest development of container houses in world. It was initially built as a temporary experiment for the housing market but then proved to be very popular to students which are why it was given a permanent status by the authorities in Amsterdam in 2011. The success of the housing experiment has intrigued different housing organizations and architects into looking for various low-cost solutions to the shortages of housing in different cities are around the world.

    In Berlin, Germany, repurposed shipping containers have been in use for the accommodation of students and more recently for a shelter to asylum seekers. In London, organizations began moving young adults who are struggling to pay escalating prices of rents and are at risk of becoming homeless into the “myPad” containers. The occupants though can only stay for just a maximum of one year.

    Those who are advocating for shipping container homes say that cost savings on materials and speed of installation as well as the capacity to re-use the units in new locations make it a very good option for urban housing. With this trend of the housing sector, the painting and decorating industry as well is gaining momentum. More and more homeowners are looking to renovate and repaint their homes. Indeed, companies like Fitzhugh Decorators Northampton which you can visit at, is benefited from this promising turn of events.

  • Dev & Design Comments Off on Are Maps Really Difficult to Create?

    If you have worked with maps before whether that may be conventional or digital, you will know that mapping is not always that easy. Why do professional creators of map have a difficulty of making maps of different places? Typically, it is much easier to describe a trip that you make than it is to draw a map. Most people have this perception that a map needs to look like something and are therefore afraid to create their own maps thinking that it might be very silly compared to the other standard maps.

    Personal maps

    Usually an element of personal knowledge compared to a general knowledge about a place is what can make a very useful map and a powerful one. When you run out of words to describe a certain location which is not general knowledge, a map can picture it out for you. Maps are usually used in order to supplement a verbal description of a place but since you need to create a map which involves drawing a perspective from your mind, it can be very intimidating to do. The lack of ownership as well as intimidation of ownership over maps will create an interesting dilemma. In your minds, you might think that maps are made by professionals who have high knowledge regarding a certain place. What do these professionals lack? They mostly will just show the general or common information and it often lacks personal information which would make the map more interesting or useful to you.

    Technological barriers

    Creating maps with the use of digital technology is not anymore a new topic. Since the time that computers were created and could create graphic elements of different locations in the earth, people have been creating maps with the use of these technological interventions. Map illustrations are really helpful when you are locating for a place that you do not know what it looks like. The different sophisticated graphic techniques used on personal computers will allow you to create your very own high quality maps. It might seem difficult at first when working with software and programs that you are not familiar with but then eventually you will get the grip of it.

  • Tech Comments Off on New Armored Tech-Based Costume for “The Flash” Movie

    If there is one thing that is dominating both the small and silver screens, it would have to be the concept of ‘superheroes.’ Ever since superheroes were first introduced in the early 20th century, they have become a part of society’s pop culture especially during the golden age of comic books which introduced prominent superheroes such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Iron Man and Superman who is also considered as the greatest superhero of all time and an American pop culture icon.

    Superheroes first came into prominence through comic books before and all throughout the 1940s. But during the cold war era, people had seemed to have lost interest in them. Luckily, the 1970s seemed to have ignited people’s interest with superheroes and they have not only progressed into Television but into the silver screen as well with Superman once again leading the fray. Since then, superheroes have dominated both the small and silver screens. In fact, based on the American Film Institute’s List of Highest Grossing Films, four of the top 20 films are superhero films with Marvel’s The Avenger’s taking the top superhero spot at number 4.

    In the small screen, as of late, two DC Superheroes have been ruling the Superhero programming: The Flash and Arrow, with the former about to release an exclusive film as well. A peculiar case, the TV universe of The Flash is one and the same with its cinematic universe. The challenge to be seen, however, is how they would be differentiated from one another seeing as there are two different actors playing the titular character in the two franchises.

    One of the few ways to create distinction between the two is probably with the costume. The costume plays a great role in every superhero production that is why the people at DC are doing all they can to create a movie costume that would perfectly fit the upcoming The Flash film. According to reports from Den of Geek, the movie costumes being made for the film will be designed intentionally to avoid comparison with Grant Gustin’s TV version of The Flash. They said that they will go for a more tech-based look to oppose Gustin’s burgundy leather suit.

    The film’s costume is said to have been based on The Flash costume in the game Injustice: Gods among Us which had featured an armored tech-based costume for the super fast superhero.