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This hover backpack will make you jump, jump!

My dream of being able to dunk may come to reality thanks to the Lunativity Hoverpack.

Students from the University of Tokyo developed a hover backpack that frees you from gravity’s pull so you can jump and hang in the air like Michael Jordan. The rotors in the device thrust downward, allowing humans to jump 3 times higher than normal.

The team’s goal “is to augment humans’ physical capabilities.”

The Japanese students built the wearable device to “make the world a more interesting place.” While its planned use may be ambiguous, the rest of up to the imagination. The Lunativity will be a slam dunk!

For more information, check out the official website.

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Cool Products Creativity

Creative infographics from Pop Chart Lab including a poster of every emoji

From hand-illustrating every emoji ever to showcasing all varieties of beer, a taxonomy of rap names, and a compendium of basketball jerseys, the artists at Pop Chart Lab turns data into creative infographics.

Not surprisingly, the visuals make perfect posters for the wall. You can order a standalone print, pair it with a handmade frame, or request a print mounted on a panel. Check out the Popchart website for more cool prints.  

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Every Emoji Ever
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The Very Many Varieties of Beer
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Grand Taxonomy of Rap Names
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A Visual Compendium of Basketball Jerseys
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Fashion Psychology Science

What’s cooler than cool? 

Quartz published an interesting piece on the neuroscience and origins of “cool.”

Today, we define cool through the lens of fashion and consumption. Instagram is the fashion runway for generation thumbs. Social media influencers signal the new trends. Studies show that our medial prefrontal cortex lights up when we see something desirable in our feed.

But I found the history of the word cool most interesting.

“It was black Americans at the turn of the 20th century who first used “cool” as an expression of approval.

From blues to rock, from hip hop to Eminem, black culture is American culture.

Given the heightened racism in American politics today, it is worth examining why American culture became the cultural hegemony of the world in the first place. We are the hodgepodge of experiments.

And it is our duty to ensure American culture — one of openness and plurality — appears cool.

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Cool isn’t going anywhere
Cool isn’t going anywhere