Discover Your Creative Self: A Quiz

I’m always a sucker for quizzes that claim to “tell you who you really are.” I’m sure there’s some study I could find that goes into the innate curiosity of humans and their need to take some stupid tests online. I’m not saying I take the ones that say “Click to find out what kind of pasta you are!!!” But, I will admit, I’m a fiend for personality tests and the like.

I find myself to be a lot more different than what I’m described by my friends and family as. I would consider myself a fairly introverted person, which is typically in stark contrast to the comments of, “Wow Sydney you’re so social and outgoing!” Not trying to toot my own horn here by any means. It’s just extremely fascinating that every individual is completely unaware of themselves externally. I read a post the other day that had said something along the lines of this: “You’ve never seen your face in anything but a reflection. You’ve never seen yourself smile and get excited when you hear good news. You’ve never seen the little frown you make while you try to concentrate. You’ve never seen yourself laugh until you can’t breathe. You’ve never seen yourself in a candid way like others always do. So why do we listen to our inner dialogue more than we listen to others?”

I think that’s such a powerful way of looking at it. We’ve all had to deal with negative self esteem at some point in our lives. Each to a different extent, but we all have friends and family that surround us, telling us how amazing we are. But only a few of us actually believe them. We take quizzes online to tell us we’re this or that, because we want some force to tell us what we probably have already heard. Or better yet, know ourselves! Your friends are your friends because they love you. As much as they might berate and tease, they wouldn’t be there if they didn’t find you amazing.

I’ve seen several of my friends posting about this quiz from Adobe called Creative Types.

It’s one of the more artistic interpretations of a quiz that I’ve seen so far. The questions aren’t very groundbreaking, but the snippets of art after you answer each step (15 in all) are great. They are very vague, visual projects that could be considered impressions of each response. Who knows. But I think it’s worth a few minutes of your time.

I’m not roasting people who take quizzes (or maybe I am making a horribly self-detrimental joke in the process). I am merely pointing out that people who seek to find themselves through an algorithmic quiz should first take to heart all of the wonderful things everyone has said about you. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Virtual Retail Showrooms

I’m not a big watch person. I bought my current one on Amazon for about $35. It gets me through the day, tells the time, and looks decent. That’s all I need.

But for people who are really into watches, and are making a hefty purchase online, the last thing you want to do is buy something that doesn’t end up fitting properly or looks completely different than the photos. Insert the company Chrono24. They take 3D modeling software of each watch they have in their catalog, and can superimpose the watch (with exact dimensions) onto your wrist.

I personally think it’s a little ridiculous, but hey, if this is something that people actually use, it’s a great idea. Who knows, maybe online clothing stores will start having virtual app try-ons. It’s uncharted territory for the most part, so it could be a new big thing sooner thank we think.

Watch the video below if you want to know more:

The Loop: Recyclable Tennis Shoes

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The most recent shoe release from adidas sports a brand new cyclical business model. Their 4 step process (shown above) takes old shoes that are sent back from consumers to 1) be cleaned, 2) ground up, 3) melted down, and then 4) reformed.

Plastic is extremely hard to recycle. For those that aren’t familiar with plastic processing, there are two distinct types: thermoset and thermoplastic. The basic information you need to know is that thermoplastics can be melted and reformed, whereas thermosets (hence the name) remain set in a physical state (aka no melting, they just burn). So although most companies have a great ambition to fully recycle, it’s extremely difficult to do so.

Even within the thermoplastics range, you have multiple forms. If you’ve never looked at the bottom of a plastic part, go to your kitchen cupboard and pick a piece of tupperware up. Within the recycle symbol stamped in the bottom, there is a number. Those numbers range from one to seven. Look at this website if you want to see the distinct breakdowns for those sections.

Because each plastic is typically pretty unique in composition, remelting and reprocessing is very tedious and costly. Adidas has figured out a pure plastic process that can be optimized to reduce waste and take full advantage of the benefits of a TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane). According to their webpage for the launch (check it out here), they state over 91% of plastic throughout the world is not recycled. I’m not surprised. As someone who has been around plastics more than the average person (hi dad), I’m well aware of how much effort and time it takes.

So, for adidas – especially as a company as large and global as it is – to promise recyclability within its own structure, I think it’s a great initiative. Here’s a wonderful video showcasing the process of it all. Quite honestly, this completely blows my mind. A wonderful design and a monumental shift in changing the way we consume.

Robotic Walking Fossils

Using a found fossil, roboticists and scientists used the skeletal structure and footprints of this species to create a moving model. Watch the video above to see the complete process. Really interesting way of tracing back (reverse engineering is their terminology) millions of years of science.

Even more interesting than the video, is the website that let’s anyone explore the different animations and algorithms that were tested in this experiment. I ended up spending quite a few minutes going through the different selection options like spine curvature, body height, and more. Highly recommend you check it out here!

If you have time, and a lot of interest in this stuff, here’s a link to the academic paper that was published. Enjoy!

Trash Eating “Shark”

Drones have – for the most part – been partitioned to the sky. But drone-like robots have been existing and thriving on land (and in water) for years. Insert RanMarine’s WasteShark. This drone is like a roomba for the water.

It sucks up garbage in marina areas in Dubai and several European countries at the moment. Take a look at the video below for more details!

NASA Reinvented the Wheel

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It’s finals for me right now, so my posts will be shorter for the next week or two. But I’m going to be doing a short snippet of technology I find interesting each day.

For today’s technology, it is NASA’s mesh wheel. It is made of shape-memory alloy. Typically when something is deformed, it can’t go back to its original shape. But NASA invented this material that reverts back to the original form. Super interesting and cool.

If you want to know more, definitely check out this video below. Pretty detailed breakdown and explanation of the process.