In today's tech round-up, 3D printing in space, a Polaroid for the 21st century, a high tech spoon from Google, a smart bra, and a 360 degree, 3D virtual Paul McCartney concert.
The social media giant have begun testing a new feature that allows users to make purchases directly from tweets.
How it works is, you add one of your card’s info onto your account, and then when you see a special offer you want to get, like say $2 cashback when spending $5 or more at a café, hit the redeem button. Then when you go to the café, pay with the card you registered and the discount cashback will happen automatically.
It’s still in the US only, but if successful is sure to be rolled out globally.
Meet the brain behind Spotify
Great read of the week goes to a New Yorker interview with Daniel Ek, the Swedish CEO of Spotify.
A millionaire by his mid-20s, Ek lived large for a year before realising he was depressed and looked for a new adventure to pursue. This led him to Spotify and the world of streaming music, and how it saved the music industry in Sweden.
It also touches on the push back from artists such as Radiohead and Taylor Swift, and chats to Napster co-founder Sean Parker.
3D printing in space
Taking 3D printing where no 3D printer has gone before, the International Space Station crew have successfully used a special made 3D printer in space to create a replacement part for itself.
The printer is called the Zero-G, and was built specifically by NASA and a company called MadeInSpace.
The new part will be taken back to Earth for testing to make sure it works properly before being put to proper use.
A casualty of the digital camera age, Polaroid-style cameras may be making a comeback thanks to Prynt Cases, a photo printer you can attach to your smartphone.
Launching soon with a campaign on Kickstarter, Prynt claims their hardware requires no Wi-Fi or pairing of any kind, you just plug in in to your phone and you can print any snap you take.
If you're interested, TechCrunch had a sneak preview of the device.
A high tech spoon may not be the first gadget you’ll picture when thinking of Google, but that’s exactly what they’re developing alongside company Lift Labs.
Using hundreds of algorithms, this clever scooper called Liftware senses how a hand is shaking, allowing people with essential tremors and Parkinson's disease to eat without spilling.
And soon it will be more than just spoons, with key, fork, and more attachments to be released.
Victoria’s Secret have jumped on the smartclothes bandwagon with a smart sport bra with built in electrodes that hook up to a heart rate monitor.
You do need to supply your own heart rate monitor, but it is a step in the right direction for the lingerie specialist looking to try new things.
Paul M VR
If you want to experience Paul McCartney in 360 degree 3D, all you need is a smartphone and Google’s $10 cardboard 3D goggles.
A free Android app, simply called Paul McCartney and developed by Jaunt VR, lets you experience Sir Paul belting out ‘Live and let die’ like you’re right next to him on stage.
A truly immersive experience, a TechCrunch review was quite impressed: “I found myself standing right next to McCartney’s piano where he was belting out ‘Live and let die’. Wherever I turned my head, I saw more of the stage: every band member and all of the audience, which was at my feet. I could look up and see the stage lights, stage left where the keyboardist was playing or stage right where roadies were frantically moving a piano.
“The theatrical smoke and fog surrounded me, and I could swear a spotlight shone on my head. Then again, I think I was getting a little swept away by the experience.”
Offtime is an Android app designed for those that keep getting distracted by pesky phone notifications when trying to do work.
Rather than just turn your phone off, Offtime lets you pick and choose who you want to silence and let through. More than that, if, for example, the same person calls you a few times in a row, it picks up that it’s probably important and let’s them through too.
Setting up the blocks on a timer is also handy so your phone can return to normal automatically.
An iOS light version is apparently in the works, but will not be as comprehensive due to Apple’s restrictions.