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Best Startup of CES 2018

Presenting the Best of CES 2018 winners!

Presenting the Best of CES 2018 winners!https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/11/best-of-ces-2018-winners/Black Box VR is building the gym of the future. Using the HTC Vive, motion-tracking controllers and specially designed workout equipment, Black Box turns exercise into a video game. The plan is to set up a boutique gym in San Francisco this year, where members can strap into a game, work out and attempt to land on the local leaderboards. This is just the beginning of the VR fitness market. — Jessica Conditt, Senior Reporter

San Francisco-based artist creates cartoonish shadows for street objects

San Francisco-based artist creates cartoonish shadows for street objects | DesignFaves

San Francisco-based artist creates cartoonish shadows for street objects | DesignFaveshttps://www.designfaves.com/2017/11/san-francisco-based-artist-creates-cartoonish-shadows-for-street-objects#refnlMonsters don’t exist… and this has been the reality of most people for most of their lives. But if you walk around the area of Redwood City in California, you just might rethink everything you know about monsters. Damon Belanger’s new art project is a mixture of “transformation and surprise.” His idea was to paint playful monster imitations as shadows of random street objects like the mailbox, bike rack, benches, and meters.

Netflix Delivers a Killer Serial Killer Series: Production on David Fincher’s ‘Mindhunter’

Netflix Delivers a Killer Serial Killer Series: Production on David Fincher's 'Mindhunter' | Creative Planet Network

Netflix Delivers a Killer Serial Killer Series: Production on David Fincher’s ‘Mindhunter’ | Creative Planet Networkhttp://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/news/shoot/netflix-delivers-killer-serial-killer-series-production-david-finchers-mindhunter/619627The first masterpiece from filmmaker David Fincher was his feature film Se7en, a procedural featuring one of the most memorable serial killers ever committed to celluloid. Ten years ago he returned this dark territory with Zodiac, an adaptation of the true-life case involving a still-unknown killer who struck repeatedly throughout the San Francisco Bay area. In the years since, Fincher helped launch House of Cards (an adaptation of the successful UK series) for Netflix.

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Oracle unveils Blockchain Cloud Service to bring security and resiliency to the enterprise

Oracle unveils Blockchain Cloud Service to bring security and resiliency to the enterprise - TechRepublic

Oracle unveils Blockchain Cloud Service to bring security and resiliency to the enterprise – TechRepublichttp://www.techrepublic.com/article/oracle-unveils-blockchain-cloud-service-to-bring-security-and-resiliency-to-the-enterprise/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=27689259515740508250262421970472Launched at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, the new service leverages the distributed ledger technology of blockchain to deliver enhanced security and more.

What it’s like to ship yourself overnight on Cabin’s sleep pod bus

What it’s like to ship yourself overnight on Cabin’s sleep pod bus | TechCrunch

What it’s like to ship yourself overnight on Cabin’s sleep pod bus | TechCrunchhttps://techcrunch.com/2017/07/22/cabin-sleep-pod-bus-review/A round trip Cabin between Los Angeles and San Francisco costs $230. What you get with Cabin is a sleep pod, bedding, free Wi-Fi, complimentary water, nighttime tea, coffee, earplugs and a melatonin supplement. You can store up to two pieces of luggage under the bus and carry on one small item that can fit inside your pod. Cabin is by no means the cheapest way to travel between San Francisco and Los Angeles. There’s Bolt and MegaBus, which both offer pretty cheap roundtrip tickets for about $50. There’s also, of course, flying, which is the fastest and, depending on how far ahead in advance you buy your tickets, not too expensive.

San Francisco loves tech and fancy coffee. So of course it has barista robots

San Francisco loves tech and fancy coffee. So of course it has barista robots - LA Times

San Francisco loves tech and fancy coffee. So of course it has barista robots – LA Timeshttp://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-cafe-x-automation-20170217-story.htmlCafe X combines two of San Francisco’s favorite things: artisanal coffee and automated technology. “I prefer this because you don’t have to wait,” said Franco, whose coffee was made in less than a minute. “It even accepts PayPal.”

The Brilliant Drone That’ll Deliver Medicine—Then Rot Away

by Sean Patrick Farrell @ wired.com

WHEN MOST PEOPLE hear the word “drone” they either think of uncrewed military aircraft or those multi-rotor mini-copters that could one day deliver packages to your doorstep. But what if the package is the plane? That’s the idea behind the Aerial Platform Supporting Autonomous Resupply Actions drone, a cardboard glider that carries about two pounds of cargo.

“It looks like a pizza box that’s been shaped into a wing,” says Star Simpson, an engineer at San Francisco robotics company Otherlab. Her team designed and built Apsara with funding from Darpa, which challenged them to develop a single-use delivery vehicle for emergency scenarios. But, Darpa being Darpa, there was a twist: The drones had to not only carry a small payload and land where you told them to—once they were on the ground, they had to disappear.

Award-winning animation ‘Simorgh’ claims numerous awards and high praise from all over the world

by Christian Puno @ designfaves.com

The choreographical piece Simorgh is Iranian-born Meghdad Asadi Lari‘s own elucidation of a customary Sufi ballad. The Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar is an extensive and praised ballad written in Persian exploring the delicacy of self-esteem. Every bird speaks to a human blame, for example, self-image, covetousness, excellence and power. The birds must cross seven valleys to achieve the residence of the unbelievable Simorgh bird, whom they trust will be their leader.

Meghdad’s animated adaptation incorporates the peacock, which symbolizes the fallen soul in partnership with Satan, the songbird symbolizing the lover, and the parrot looking for the wellspring of eternity, not God. As the enlivened story depends on writing, Meghdad devoted all the visuals – the fowls and their surroundings – to Iranian culture, art and history. It’s been broadly perceived at a universal level, winning a few global film and movement honors at 60 film celebrations, including the Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco, Plum Tuckered Film Festival, and the International Gold Panda Awards for Students.

A Developer’s Guide To Emoji

by Jackie Luo @ nylas.com

It’s a big time for emoji. The character 😂 (“Face with Tears of Joy”) was named Oxford Dictionary’s 2015 Word of the Year. The first Emojicon was held in San Francisco last year. Sony Pictures started production on a movie about emoji called Emojimovie: Express Yourself. And we came together as a society to emphatically decide what peaches really look like. 🍑

Toyota’s 2013 All-Electric RAV4 SUV

From hybridcars.com: Toyota joined forces with upstart Silicon Valley electric carmaker Tesla Motors to co-develop and co-engineer the latest all-electric RAV4. Toyota did the vehicle’s design, ride and handling, safety systems and its human-machine interface. Tesla supplied the RAV’s electric drivetrain, including the battery and electric motor, which it shares with Tesla’s base Model S luxury sedan. The battery-powered RAV4 is available for sale only through select dealers in California’s major metro market areas of Los Angeles / Orange County, the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego and Sacramento.