January 19, 2018

Weekly Wins: Subway Sneakers

WRITTEN BY: Ivana Atlija

Subway sneakers, Google matches you to your artwork doppelgänger, Spotify launches Spotlight, and more digital goodies in The Weekly Wins.

Adidas creates sneakers that let you take the train for free in Berlin, Google’s Arts & Culture app now matches your face to those in famous artworks, Spotify embraces the demand for mixed media, a new AR app called Orbu helps you stay Zen anywhere and everywhere, and a smart dishwasher that you can also cook seafood or wash your clothes in. Cheers!

1. Subway Sneakers

Adidas has made shoes that can get you from point A to point B a lot quicker. No, they haven’t invented rocket-boosted sneakers; they’ve introduced a limited-edition sneaker with a built-in an annual train pass for The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (A.K.A., the BVG. A.K.A., Berlin’s transit system).

The shoes were created as a collaboration between Adidas and BVG to celebrate the transportation company’s 90th anniversary and feature a colourful design inspired by the train’s seats.

Who's your look-alike?

2. Artwork Doppelgängers

Everyone likes to make look-alike comparisons, but it’s usually with modern day celebrities and not classical artworks. Google’s Arts & Culture app now lets people find a famous painting that looks like them, and people have had a blast playing along.

Curious if you resemble a Rembrandt or a Renoir? Just download the app, take a selfie, and the app’s algorithm will run your face through a database to find your doppelgänger.

3. Spotify Launches Spotlight

Many brands are moving in the direction of mixed media, including Spotify. This week, Spotify launched Spotlight, a brand new multimedia format that merges audio like podcasts, audiobooks, news bites and more with visual elements. The new feature will provide content in playlist form and allow for photos, videos and text to exist along audio.

Spotlight is first launching in the U.S. with content from some of their current partners like BuzzFeed News and plans to expand soon.

Stay chill at work

4. Stay Zen in AR

Next time you’re at work and stressed out about a meeting-gone-wrong, just pull out your iPhone or iPad and enter a peaceful, Zen garden in augmented reality. Orbu is a new app that turns your home or office (or wherever you are) into a magical place full of relaxing games.

Orbu allows players to find butterflies, feed fish, navigate their way through obstacle courses and more as a break from the craziness of life. The game even transforms across different spaces and as the seasons change. Try if for yourself for 2.99.

Dinner is served!

5. All-In-One

Start-ups love making gadgets that do things people didn’t know they needed. The latest one is a $300 smart dishwasher that also can also cook your seafood. Tetra is an internet-connected countertop dishwasher that doesn’t require plumbing to operate. It’s quite compact, making it ideal for small apartments, and uses Ohmic Array Technology to heat the water.

Although it sounds high tech, it’s pretty easy to use. You just plug it in your wall, add water, then watch it clean your dishes, sanitize your baby bottles, cook your lobster, and even wash your clothes. Conveniently cool or grossly unnecessary? You decide.