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The Week That Was: Levitation At MIT, White Lies At Instagram, And Alcoholic Mist

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The Week That Was: Levitation At MIT, White Lies At Instagram, And Alcoholic Mist
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MIT Creates Amazing UI From Levitating Orbs. “There is something fundamental behind motivations to liberate physical matter from gravity and enable control. The motivation has existed as a shared dream amongst humans for millennia. I have aspired to create a space where we can experience a glimpse of this future.”–Jinha Lee, of the MIT Media Lab.

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Student’s Dead-Simple Idea Could Fix iPad’s Lousy Typing. Note to Apple: Hire this guy. Like five minutes ago.

Infographic: When The Lights Go Out, The World Eats Junk. It’s midnight? Somebody pass the tub of lard!

Millennials Don’t Think Like Their Parents. How Do You Design For Them? “To Gen X, rebelling was kind of a cornerstone on how they drove their individualization, establishing themselves versus their parents. To millennials, it’s more about the collaborative whole.”–John McFarland, Chevrolet’s senior manager of global youth marketing strategy.

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The 3 White Lies Behind Instagram’s Lightning Speed. Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger reveals a few backend tricks that make users think the service is responsive, even when it isn’t (and why that’s a good thing).

Why Aren’t We All Working In Outdoor Offices Like These? Briefcase, check. Lunch sack, check. Tanning oil and a copy of Fifty Shades of Gray, check.

Windows 8 Schools Google Chrome In Building A Great User Experience.

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Infographic: The Rise Of Tumblr’s “Fuck Yeah!” Movement
. Awesome infographic? Fuck yeah!

In Innovation Today, The Smartest Companies Collaborate With Enemies. “The most important, most effective, most impactful brands are those that have put petty competition behind them and embraced collaboration as an operating principle.” — Wolff Olins’s Nick Keppel-Palmer.

OMG This Exists: Inhalable Alcohol Gives An Instant Buzz. Back in my day, we called that whippets.

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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