February 19, 2016

WEEKLY WINS: A WEEK OF DIGITAL CRAZY

WRITTEN BY: Michelle Knight

The digital world has plenty of room for those with eccentric tendencies and a fair amount of crazy, but when celebrities start begging other celebrities for money, things start to feel a little weird. But a begging Kanye isn’t the only strange event online this week, we can set Leo free on a red carpet rampage, Nissan have just released self-parking chairs (just what every office needs), Quartz allows us to get intimate with news messages and Sports Illustrated bring models into the virtual world.

We suggest you rinse out this weeks excessive cray cray with a cold beer and enjoy this week’s top digital news in the Weekly Wins.

1. Kanye’s public appeal

Kanye West is just short of begging Mark Zuckerberg for money, no, he actually begs. Hounding Mark on Twitter with slightly insane tweets about supporting artists rather then funding schools in Africa. For ‘the next Jesus’, he isn’t behaving very Jesus like. West’s debt accumulates to $53 million in debt – a sum that a rare few have hanging around in their bank accounts. And of course some kind soul has found the time to try and save this genius amongst us with their ‘Get Kanye Out of Debt’ gofundme page. It’s hard to know whether to laugh or be very, very, very concerned.

One of the coolest things you could ever do is to help me in my time of need.

2. Self parking chairs, just what we needed.

Nissan’s office is like a scene from Beauty and the Beast with their new self-parking chairs. So excited (according to Jalopnik) about their autonomous driving technology they have created chairs that elegantly waltz themselves into the perfect spot to help create a more convenient office environment. The room is pimped with at least four cameras to map the 3D space system that navigates the chairs into their perfect neat little places. We’re not entirely sure why this is needed, but the potential for a great Halloween prank is not wasted on us.

3. Give Quartz your number and chat.

The new Quartz iOS app according to The Verge ‘champions the news, making it consumable, and delivering it to you quickly’. Quartz have redesigned how we ingest the news by allowing users to have a conversation. Moving us away from reading, browsing or saving it for later, the new app sends you messages and push notifications run by the team behind the “Daily Brief” newsletter. Check it out, try it out and let us know what you think.

The thought was that this would tell you, like, this is an app meant to be consumed entirely outside the square icon.

4. Leo’s Carpet Rampage

This is a MUST TRY! The pressure is on for Leonardo DiCaprio to win an Oscar, seriously the world is ready for this to happen. So much so, that some genius built an addictive old-school game where users can run Leo down the red carpet after an Oscar. If you are looking for the 2 o’clock distraction look no further. It’s playtime with Leo.

5. VR and Models – it’s happened

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is now in virtual reality. It was only a matter of time and feels like a natural progression. Apparently the VR porn industry is going to 1B industry by 2020, and it has to start somewhere. It’s not last of this VR content for Sports Illustrated either. The videos are a few minutes and are played on a headset like the Google Cardboard design. The idea is similar to what the New York Times and many documentary makers have been doing, taking advantage of VR for immersive journalism. VR is next and content makers are racing to build their brand worlds around the users senses.

It’s one of the first times I’ve seen someone try to outright sell mainstream VR video.

We hope your weekend is filled with interesting events, great moments and no celebrities begging for your pennies. To finish off this edition of the Weekly Wins we’ll leave you with: