Working in tech and covering the latest trends in gadgets has made me feel that I’ve seen it all — the new and latest fangled machines the world has to offer.
But, every now and then, I stumble upon some tech that’s so mind-blowingly awesome, it makes me want to dance. It doesn’t even have to be complex or ultra high-tech; there are just some gadgets that inspire unfettered joy in people despite it being built from such a simple concept.
Take the Dancebot.
Don’t let those blue eyes fool you.
This tiny robot has moves.
Great, right? What it is, really, is a speaker. Pair it with your phone and it can play anything from podcasts, voice memos, and of course, your music.
And speaking of playing some jams….
This thing does not only groove; it grooves to your sounds. Intelligent algorithm allows it to get with whatever type of music you’re blasting. Whether it be K-pop, like above, or some old school funky sounds like below, Dancebot will have moves. It doesn’t even repeat steps even when you play the same songs over!
Obviously, I couldn’t get enough of it…
Testing out this dancing robot and it’s my new favorite thing 😂 pic.twitter.com/JQtQQkKrxU
— Isa Rodriguez (@sisasaid) October 26, 2018
With all that funky foot magic, the robot will need space and a flat surface, otherwise, there might be some missteps.
It’s not perfect but it gets back to dancing no matter what 😂 pic.twitter.com/EUrgUJnuC3
— Isa Rodriguez (@sisasaid) October 26, 2018
Perhaps the funniest thing about this speaker is that it demands to be used. When you stop playing music on it, it will do a little jig every now and then as if begging you to play more music.
It can be pretty cute, to be honest.
Do we really need dancing robot speakers? No. Do I want it? Yes!
As weird as it may sound, this thing really grows on you. I’ll tell you now that this robot has managed to make anyone who has ever seen it dance.
Now this is innovation I’m totally on board with. Visit its Kickstarter page here.
5 accessories to protect yourself and your gadgets from the elements
Don’t just get an umbrella, duh!
I hate changes in weather. One minute it’s hot and sunny like a perfect summer day, next minute, it’s raining as if Zeus and Poseidon are having the war of their lives. Monsoons got worse thanks to climate change, especially in tropical countries. It’s now even more impossible to predict the weather so you need to stay ready for all kinds of elements.
So we scoured the internet to help you prepare. Here are the accessories you need to protect you and your gadgets, of course, without getting out of style.
Dress your phone with a pouch and a case
Ready to brave the storm? Make sure you put your phone on a waterproof pouch. I know, I know. The thought of using a waterproof pouch sounds cringey. But of course, you don’t have to sacrifice style with this one. Most waterproof pouches let you change their straps to something fancier.
In particular, Travelon’s Clear View Waterproof Pouch comes in five colors and you can still tailor the strap to your preference. For something clearer and more transparent, Anker has a pouch but it looks a little bit tacky.
For those who’d want a case instead, LifeProof offers one of the best waterproof cases in the market. Most cases look bulky and sturdy, but LifeProof made it more fashionable with its bright and popping colors.
Stay fashionable while you protect yourself from the elements
Of course, nothing beats a good old umbrella when it comes to protection against the rain but you can up your style by picking one that’s clear and transparent. Even better if it’s a bubble or a dome-shaped one.
Additionally, you can keep your gadgets and makeup safe with a waterproof bag. Fjällräven has an array of water-resistant and waterproof backpacks that don’t compromise style. Brands like Doughnut and Pacsafe have a set of stylish yet functional waterproof bags, too.
Lastly, cap off your style with a water-repellent raincoat or parka. This particular blush pink raincoat by Cole Haan should be a part of your ensemble, especially when it’s raining. Avoid using black, neutral, and earthy-tone since most people would prefer using a darker hue when it’s raining, and you won’t stand out if you wear the same colors.
For those who don’t feel like wearing a raincoat, Uniqlo has a Blocktech line of water-repellent parkas that you can use casually or for your outdoor needs. NikeLabs has a longer parka as well if you prefer using one!
If you want the world to see your OOTD, you can opt for a transparent raincoat so people can see what’s underneath.
Bonus: Get a water-resistant watch!
If it’s raining while on your way to an important meeting, chances are you’ll be keeping your gadgets inside your bag to prevent it from getting wet. This might keep you from tracking time. Thus, you need a watch that can handle these kinds of elements. Apple and Samsung both have smartwatches that are water-resistant yet stylish at the same time.
Now, who told you rain can’t be fun?
#GetWellSoonMina trends, fans show support for TWICE member
The idol is taking a break due to anxiety
Fans of K-Pop girl group TWICE received sad news on Thursday, July 11 after the company announced that one of its members — Mina Myoui — will miss the rest of the group’s world tour called TWICELIGHTS as the member “is currently struggling with sudden extreme anxiety and insecurity towards performing on stage.”
— TWICETAGRAM (@twicestagram_) July 11, 2019
Soon after finding out the news, TWICE’s fans officially known as ONCEs poured out support for the idol through encouraging messages on Twitter.
This will take longer than a broken arm or leg to heal since it’s beyond a physical injury… Mina needs time more than anything, so take all the time you need and know we’ll be patiently waiting when you come back as yourself again. ♥️#GetWellSoonMina pic.twitter.com/tDD1pq1u2s
— misa •͈ᴗ•͈ (@misayeon) July 12, 2019
you can take all the time you need to take care of your health and we will always be here to support you and have you back minari. you’re the cutest person ever and i hope you know how talented you’re and how much we’re proud of you, we love you#GetWellSoonMina #WeLoveYouMina pic.twitter.com/Z3ui6NS2n2
— sana pics (@sanapics) July 11, 2019
so it seems we won’t be seeing mina for quite a long while, probably longer than we’ll expect 😢 I’m gonna miss her but this will be good for her and her mental health. She’s gonna come back with a stronger heart and mind ❤ #GetWellSoonMina pic.twitter.com/aJkTx0KESD
— きむ💓 37💕 (@hiraimyouis) July 12, 2019
I love you.
— twice in mani-li-a (@momotozakis) July 11, 2019
— Nox (@noxeore) July 11, 2019
It didn’t take long for the hashtag #GetWellSoonMina to trend on Twitter.
#1 Worldwide – #GetWellSoonMina
The world is behind you with support. 💕
Don’t feel pressured and don’t feel bad for taking the rest you need. @JYPETWICE
— misa •͈ᴗ•͈ (@misayeon) July 11, 2019
ONCEs showed solidarity by changing their Twitter display photos to that of a Candy Bong Z — TWICE’s official light stick — showing Mina’s official color.
This feels good… pic.twitter.com/YY36ix984y
— May™️| Mint for Mina | Twice 7•23 (@sweettalkermay) July 11, 2019
Currently, ONCEs shifted to using a Twibbon on their display photos and continue to show their support especially with the group flying to Singapore today for the next leg of their world tour.
— misa •͈ᴗ•͈ (@misayeon) July 12, 2019
TWICE was formed in 2015 and debuted with the song “Like Ooh-Ahh”. The group started gaining a massive following after the release of their second title track “Cheer Up”. Today, they are considered one of the top K-Pop groups and are actively promoting in Korea and Japan. This year, they launched their first world tour that include concert dates in the US.
What Ariel’s Instagram feed looks like in 2019
If she weren’t a mermaid
Have you ever imagined what Ariel of The Little Mermaid fame would be like in the age of social media? No? Well, we have. She would, first and foremost, not be a sea creature with scales because let’s be honest, the internet won’t be a thing under the sea.
Ariel is a full-fledged human at the top of her Instagram game in 2019.
She is after all, the girl who has everything — including a major case of FOMO (fear of missing out, for those who live under a rock).
Like any modern woman of today, she’s also tech-savvy but having gadgets and gizmos aplenty isn’t what makes her happy.
Like most women our age, she longs to be wherever her friends say they are on social media.
Her mantra when traveling is to not leave any side street unexplored.
Unlike cartoon mermaid Ariel, modern woman Ariel ironically daydreams about the beach when she’s at work…
… even if she has access to a nice swimming pool because let’s be real, there’s nothing more relaxing than being at the beach.
She wants to be surrounded by bright young women like her — ready to stand to fight for their rights and freedom!
She uses her privilege to question things both online and offline.
Ariel is an empowered woman who just wants to feel like she belongs in this world.
She’s neither little nor a mermaid nor is she someone’s princess. She’s her own person fully capable of making her own decisions. Unlike cartoon mermaid Ariel, she will not give up her voice for a chance to be with a guy she just met. She’ll probably give up a few vacation days at most for a chance to get to know someone she finds promising.
Sure, she’s privileged, but she’s a strong, independent woman who wants the same fundamental rights as any other human — for herself and for other women — in a world that’s systematically oppressive to women. Sure, she has FOMO on Instagram, but her biggest fear is missing out on earning the same set of opportunities that are simply handed over to men.
Modern woman Ariel refuses to be silenced while pursuing her wants and needs, even if the world around her tries to stop her. Even when no man is there to help her.
All photos from Unsplash.com
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