The age of social media and technology can be lonely and isolating. One device tries to solve this problem by encouraging people to meet to interact with friends.
This tiny robot speaker is solely designed to foster connections between people. The cute device is hooked up to a group of houses and between these houses, Fribo detects movement or activity and encourages interactions. Equipped with an LCD screen that shows this robo-critter’s curious eyes, Fribo listens in on what each person is doing. For example, when Friend 1 walks into his apartment, Fribo prompts Friend 2 and Friend 3 with a casual, “Oho, your friend opened the front door. Did someone just come home?” Knocking twice near Fribo will prompt it to send a message directly to Friend 1 asking what he’s up to.
Of course, Fribo never reports which friend is doing which directly, as that can be a little too intrusive. Instead, it gives general statements on your friend’s activities and then gives you the choice to respond, or just message them yourself.
Fribo can detect activities that range from opening the fridge, doing the laundry, opening a closet — even going as far as checking which friends have been home and which friends stay out late. It literally prompts you to check up on your friends with random suggestions based on what they’ve listened in on. Basically, it learns your activities and creates possible conversations based on that.
With this unique robot, researchers hope to create a “virtual living space” that fosters conversation and interconnection — a possible solution to millions of lonely millennials living alone. If you’re worried about privacy, researchers assure us that though this robot operates by listening in on your “living noise,” voice recognition on this thing is minimal and it doesn’t record sounds.
At a time when technology has seemingly divided and segregated people, this robot attempts to foster human interconnectedness and relationships. And, it does so without any big gimmicks; just sheer making conversation between friends.
I’m personally curious as to how this will all pan out. Studies conducted in South Korea have been highly successful with researchers noting that Fribo brought about “a commonality with the state of living together… in the presence of a robot middleman.”
I mean, if we’re willing to open our homes to virtual assistants like Google Home and Alexa, why can’t we do the same to a cute robot that fosters friendship?
OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition: Testing a $2,000 phone
Will a luxurious phone make me more luxurious?
I won’t beat around the bush. This is the OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition and it’s worth almost US$ 2,000 or US$ 1,980 to be precise.
What’s so special about it? See that seal? It’s an actual Lamborghini. No, really, from the Italian luxury carmaker.
I got my hands on this delightful device and I’ve been using it for a few weeks. So, now that I have my own Lambo, what changed? Did using this expensive AF phone make me a classier person? Will I get more street cred because of my flashy phone? What does holding US$ 2,000 in form of a phone feel like?
Because owning such a luxurious device has made me a more gracious person, I shall walk you through my experiences with the Lambo.
It still looks and feels good
The OPPO Find X Lamborghini Edition has the same signature bezel-less screen of the regular Find X.
On the back, glaring in gold is the Lamborghini logo. This phone also has a different back design on that smooth glass back; almost elusive striped markings dubbed by OPPO as the black carbon pattern adorns the whole body.
Of course, there’s a special edition Lambo theme because if you’re paying that much for a phone, they better throw in a custom theme!
As cool as it was (especially for car lovers!), though, I opted to change the theme into something brighter during my time with the phone. 😅
I’ve said it about the normal Find X and I’ll say it again about this Lambo phone: It’s a pleasure to hold. The weight, feel, and that wide, crisp screen make everything feel premium.
The only downside is that the normal OPPO Find X and the Lambo phone are similarly great — which is a good thing if you own the normal Find X, but not such a great deal if you paid the US$ 825 difference for the more expensive phone.
Nonetheless, the Lambo phone does give a classier spin to the phone in black and gold. I mean, if you hold it strategically enough, people should take notice of that Lamborghini logo, right?
Touting such an expensive device day and night is not as easy as it looks. Because I’m secretly not rich (sad reacts 😢), I almost had a mini heart attack handling such an expensive thing that’s all glass. Thankfully, the phone came with a phone case that sports the same Lamborghini logo and stripe pattern that onlookers can accidentally ogle so they can realize how much my phone costs.
It didn’t make me more luxurious but it looked the part
As you may have noticed, I busted out classy AF props for shooting this particular device.
I figured this was as good a time as any to amp up the set design — it’s not every day your phone costs more than 18 bottles of Moet.
Sans the bottles of champagne, we did discover that the Lamborghini Find X looks great with classy rich girl outfits complete with pearl ensemble. I felt straight out of Gossip Girl, except even Blair Waldorf didn’t own a Lamborghini phone, did she?
The best fast charge technology that money can buy
The best thing about this phone comes in form of a brightly colored charger cord and Lamborghini-branded power brick. I sh!t you not (excuse my crassness but this tech deserves the profanity), this phone charges from zero to 100 in 35 minutes. Ten minutes of charging gives you 37 percent and thirty minutes of charging amounts to a whopping 92 percent.
Never have I seen such fast charging times. It’s unreal.
Honestly, charging became such an easy thing for me since using this phone. I just plug it in and it’ll completely charge before you can finish saying supercalifragilistic-holy-fudge-this-phone-is-so-expensive-docious!
Real talk though, because I don’t plug this phone in as much as you would other phones (shout-out to iPhone users), think of all the money you can save in terms of broken cords!
There are matching earphones
OPPO also threw in a pair of matching wireless earbuds because someone had to justify paying that much money for this set.
They come in a case stamped with the Lamborghini logo and automatically connect to your phone after initial pairing. They’re a decent pair of earphones that go well with the whole Lambo look except I seem to have misplaced one of the earpieces (which is not my fault because there is a serious design flaw to untethered earphones!) and now there’s a pit in my stomach when I think of how much that tiny thing probably costs. 😢
Different yet exactly the same?
At the end of the day, it’s still the same great phone.
The features that made me love the normal Find X are still the same features I enjoy on this Lambo: the fast face unlock feature, the awesome display, and the pop-up camera design (it never gets old).
Owning a Lambo *surprise* has not fundamentally changed me. I’m still really, really not rich. Most people didn’t even notice the flashy Lambo logo on my phone. Funny enough, people still only notice the pop-up camera and are still very much amazed by it.
But, I did, and still do enjoy using this phone. It’s a top-of-the-line device and it feels that way. I like it to the point that I keep using it despite having only one Lambo earphone now. 😢
Like a true luxury item, the price really doesn’t make sense. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s an awesome, awesome device — if you can afford it.
In the meantime, I’m unsure of how to live my life if I have to go back to charging my phone for more than 35 minutes. Let me leave you now as I sip on not Moet to ponder on my dilemma.
Images by MJ Jucutan
Freitag R523 Hoffmann: Recycled laptop bags have never looked this good
Each bag is literally one-of-a-kind
Continuing the never-ending search for a laptop bag I’d actually use, Freitag’s R523 Hoffmann was the next victim.
A good laptop bag is essential to your work, and your #OOTDs! When shopping for a bag that will house one of my most prized possessions (not to mention, the tool that gives me my living) there are certain considerations: Is the bag spacious enough? Will it protect my computer? Will I be able to carry it around on long days? Does it ruin my outfit?
So, does the Hoffman live up to my standards? What’s so special about this brand? Let’s find out.
What’s the deal with Freitag?
It’s really not your usual brand. Zurich-based Freitag boasts that each bag is made of truck tarpaulin, each one selected (yes, they have special truck spotters), washed, and cut to create bags — each one entirely unique to others.
So yes, these bags are made out of recycled materials but they look oh so good.
Also, they’re heavy-duty because, well, they are made out of materials designed to be outdoors under all elements. A big plus: That makes these bags waterproof, which is a great thing because I’m putting my laptop in it.
The bag I tried on for size was the Hoffmann:
Look and feel
My pick was a white bag because you can never go wrong with this color. It looks crisp, classic, and ready to match any given outfit.
Interestingly, it doesn’t seem like it’s a bag that’s made out of tarpaulin — at least not how I imagined a tarpaulin bag would look. It’s classy and it matches even business or work outfits which is great for those long meeting days. Also worth noting: Its texture gives off a great look and feel.
It has a strap handle which is pretty sturdy; no way this will break even when you have a laptop (and a whole lot of other things like I do 🙈).
It also has a longer strap so you can wear it around your shoulder. If you’re like me and you have frail arms, this feature is a godsend.
These straps are also very sturdy and adjustable. The better to carry everything you need with!
There are two outside pockets for stuff you want to keep but need easy access to.
And of course, it has a dedicated laptop pocket! There are also smaller side pockets inside for other stuff and knick-knacks. Great for organizing your things — no more bags that are bottomless pits of random stuff.
This is a surprisingly spacious bag. It can house my work gear (laptop, external hard drive, small camera, cords, and chargers) plus all my everyday essentials (a semi-big makeup bag, wallet, and perfume).
Despite it being sourced from upcycled materials, this is one expensive-looking bag. That’s also because it is. All those good qualities come at a price, listed at CHF 314.80 on their website and priced at over PhP 20,000 from Urban Traveller & Co. in the Philippines.
Freitag’s Hoffmann offers a good-looking laptop bag made out of heavy duty materials, ensuring your machine is always safe. A big plus is that it’s recycled — a great whoop for the environment!
One thing’s for sure: When you get yourself a Freitag bag, you get more than just a bag. You get a one-of-a-kind piece that’s not only an awesome home for your laptop, it’s also a statement on how you can breathe new life into random objects with some creativity. Each one serves as an example of how you can create new and amazing things from stuff that are seemingly worthless.
5 driving tips for pregnant women
What to do to ensure the safest drive
It’s 2018 and women can drive. And you know what? They can even drive while pregnant. 😎
But, having and growing another person inside of you entails special considerations. To ensure the safest and most comfortable drive, I’ve rounded up a checklist for those expecting.
Make yourself comfortable
Considering you’re driving around an instant two people, make sure you’re comfortable when you get behind the wheel. Being nice and cozy in the driver seat before you head out ensures less distractions when you’re already driving.
Adjust your seat so that you have enough room. We know the right positioning can be a little confusing because of how your body has changed, but as a general rule, your breastbone should be 10 inches from the steering wheel. You can even pack small pillows for your back to make sure it has proper support.
Use the seat belt properly
Yep, it can get tricky. But, here’s how it should go:
Your seat belt should be below your belly bump and the lock should be at your hips. The shoulder belt should run across your breasts to the side of your bump. Remove extra layers like thick jackets to make sure everything is fastened and secured in the right places.
There’s no shame in stopping to take a driving breather. You are carrying another human, so you’re excused. Make sure you stop and pause every 90 minutes for a toilet break. Use this opportunity to rest your feet and relax.
Like a true girl scout, make sure you’ve stocked your car with supplies and much-needed snacks. Always have a bottle of water ready and pick health food you can nibble on ahead of time for your drives. Have all your info with you in the car — including your doctor’s number and pregnancy details — just in case. Also, it helps to plan your routes ahead and schedule your drives.
You know yourself best so before heading out, assess how you feel. Make sure you’re feeling alright and consider how you’ll be feeling in the coming hour. Be honest with yourself and recognize that there might be days when you’re better off not heading out on your own. The best preparation is prevention.
Lastly, congratulations girl! 🎉
Thanks to our friends at Ford for sending over some driving tips and inspiring this piece.
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