Instagram Printing Device

If you’re anything like me ( Lets not forget Facebook of course too) and you love Instagram then you’re going to be pumped about this one. The people over at Breakfast – a physical-digital interactive agency (As they refer to themselves) are working on a new Instagram printing device that they hope to bring to market by late summer. It looks pretty rad!

What is the device? It is a small box that they call Instaprint that prints out Instagram photos at events while they are posted. It has embedded technology that can find photos using the event’s hashtag, includes likes and comments when it prints, and uploads the collection to a website for browsing later.

I am sure it’s in the works, but it would be cool if the website allowed you search for photos of you, purchase, and have them sent to you in the mail – everyone loves physical photos of themselves.

Is this something you would like to have at your next event? I do. Then lets help them out. Breakfast is raising funds and gauging interest — on Kickstarter. They hope that, with everyone’s help they can get the price down to $399 – something that more people could afford.

If the funding goes through and they start shipping late summer, each device will be powered by a mini Linux computer, easy to set up through wireless internet and be inkless – the ink comes from the actual paper.

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What do you think of this new printer? Do you want one?

 

How to get people to pay attention to you at dinner

I found out about this on Tumblr a few weeks ago and I’ve been wanting to share it. A San Francisco dancer named Brian ‘Lil B’ Perez and his friends came up with a game to constrain their cellphone use when they’re out having dinner. The purpose of the game was to get people off their stupid phones and engaging in conversation.

I think the idea is brilliant! It can also be used with family, co-workers, your wife, and random meetings – that is if you’re frisky enough to throw this game out there at random meeting. I say try it and see what happens! What’s the worst thing that can happen someone says, that’s a stupid game”, and get’s up and leaves.

I’ve started playing this game with friends and family and it’s a riot! Give it a try and have some fun with it! If anything, it will spark up great conversation about technology and how it impacts our lives today.

Here are the rules to the game:

“Don’t Be A Dick During Meals With Friends.”

The first person to crack and look at their phone picks up the check. Hell yeah, I totally dig this!

The Rules:

1) The game starts after everyone has ordered.

2) Everybody places their phone on the table face down.

3) The first person to flip over their phone loses the game.

4) Loser of the game pays for the bill.

5) If the bill comes before anyone has flipped over their phone everybody is declared a winner and pays for their own meal.

 

PREMATURE SCALING: LEADING CAUSE OF STARTUP FAILURE

I’ve failed at a lot of things in my life including start-ups, and you know what, I’m pretty excited about it. You would think that I would be sitting here crying a river like most people, but I’m not. Instead I’m reading, learning, studying, asking tough questions, reflecting on my screw ups, and working on a bunch of new start-ups with amazing and brilliant people.

Realizing that it is a combination of things that cause a start-up to fail, one question that I’ve asked myself over and over after having a start-up fail pretty bad is, “What makes start-ups succeed or fail?”

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THE POWER OF A TECH HOLIDAY

Are you taking a tech holiday, because if you’re not you’re just setting yourself up for burnout.

Tweet, post, blog…..what the hell are we doing? Getting the message out right? It is important to get the message out, connect with people, have great conversation, and build your brand or brands, but when it starts to have an effect on your well-being, you better get it in check and take a holiday away from it.

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4 POINTS ON COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE AND WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER IT

How intelligent do you really think you are? I would go to bat saying that you are not nearly as smart as you think you are. I know I’m not as smart as I think I am sometimes! Now, where I am smart, is at leveraging a group of people who have come together after social collaboration and competition to make intelligent decisions.

If you are not making decisions this way today, you better start. With all the social tools, and new technology advances that we have at our finger tips we are able to make far more intelligent decisions than ever before.

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WHY I MOVED TO CALIFORNIA

For several weeks now maybe months people have asked, “why California? Why do you want to move there?” These are all great questions and I’m very happy that people have asked them.

I’ve been pretty vague on my answers though. Not because I wanted to be rude (it probably came across that way) but because I didn’t want people trying to sway me from a decision that I felt God leading me. I think often times we make decisions not based on our inner voice from God, but based on the people around us. I wasn’t going to be that guy anymore. When God speaks we need to listen!

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3 MOTIVATIONS TO TAKE RISKS WHILE YOU’RE YOUNG

Are you one of those people who enjoy taking risks, living on the edge, and exposing yourself to danger? If this is you, I just want to say that I love you and appreciate you very much.

It is because of you that innovation and amazement occur and happen each day. It is because of you that great things are created and bred daily. It is because of you that people have jobs. And it is because of you that we can do almost anything from our white iPhones!

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