Category: Technology

Moogfest 2017 Recap (Conversations)

Moogfest was incredible; I’m so glad I had the chance to attend this year. I actually shot Moogfest last year too; got to meet Rome Fortune and saw some dope shows. For those who aren’t familiar, Moogfest is “the synthesis of music, art and technology.”

By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. This mind-expanding conference attracts creative and technology enthusiasts for three days of participatory programming in Durham, North Carolina. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant garde experimentalists of today.”

Moogfest was a fast-paced, information-filled, thought-provoking four-day journey filled with mind blowing conversations, stimulating workshops and astounding live performances.

During the stint of the bull city-based festival, I attended five intellectually broadening conversations: Talib Kweli’s dialogue with The Atlantic’s David Graham about the nature of media in the age of the Trump administration, a discussion on the future role of religion in the scientific age, a Sci-Fi reading from collectives Afrofuturist Affair and Metropolarity, an exchange about the creative process between recording artists’ Lafawndah & Princess Nokia and a hilarious recording for Hannibal Buress’ live podcast featuring Flying Lotus.

 

In Conversation With Talib Kweli

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Knowledge; supreme knowledge. I felt so empowered just from listening to this man speak. Kweli gave us some extraordinary wisdom during his talk with David Graham and touched on many topics that most black people in America could relate to.

Here’s some footage from Kweli’s conversation in Moogfest’s Day 1 Recap:

 

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A real eye-opener. This one wasn’t for the religiously weak of heart. The speaker touched on the positives and negatives of practiced religion. He even gave a chance for attendees to defend their own belief systems.

 

Nowtopia

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This was my first experience at a Sci-Fi reading and I can honestly say it was captivating. The tales read during Nowtopia were all stories that most millennials could find a relation to. From readings about online role-playing relationships to real life issues; it was dope.

 

Masterclass: Lafawndah & Princess Nokia

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Sadly, Princess Nokia showed up a little late, but she more than made up for it with the great insight she gave about her creative process. Listening to Lafawndah and Nokia discuss music and their development was really inspiring.

 

In Conversation With Flying Lotus

(So I don’t have pictures from this conversation because the lighting was super trash from where I was at; forgive me)

If anyone tries to tell you Hannibal Buress isn’t funny, they have a fear of being real with themselves and aren’t your friend. It was just funny as hell. Hannibal, Fly Lo and Tony were all playing with synthesizers that would distort their voices during the podcast recording. When the episode drops, I’ll definitely update the article with a link to it for you guys.

Get Ready For Moogfest 2017!

In 2016, Infinite had the opportunity to cover the Durham, NC-based technology, art and music festival Moogfest via our social media; this year we’ll be doing the same! From May 18th-21st, Moogfest will be going on in downtown Durham including more than 300 musical performances, daytime workshops, conversations, masterclasses, film screenings, live scores, durational sound installations, and interactive art experiences.

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Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art and technology. Since 2004, Moogfest has brought together artists, futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists and musicians. By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. This mind-expanding conference attracts creative and technology enthusiasts for three days of participatory programming in Durham, North Carolina. Performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant-garde experimentalists of today.

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With numerous themes ranging from Black Quantum Futurism and Hacking Systems to The Future Of Creativity and Techno-Shamanism, Moogfest provides an array of dope programming that anyone could fall in love with. Flying Lotus, Talib Kweli, Princess Nokia and NC natives Professor Toon and Pie Face Girls are just a few of the music performers the Infinite staff are excited to see this year out at Moogfest. Make sure you get your tickets for Moogfest this year here; don’t miss out!

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Here you can check out the full schedule for this year’s Moogfest: Moogfest 2017 Schedule

Follow us on social media (@InfiniteDotCo on Twitter & Instagram) for live updates during the festival!

Hope to see you guys out there!

10 Amazing Gadgets That Just Might Change Your Life

Inventing something is beautifully overwhelming, isn’t it? On one hand, there are so many ways where someone’s invention actually helps people or reignites previous desires for products long past or even teaches people something. On the other, though, there are moments where people fall short of truly creating something. Technology’s advancement over the years has certainly helped tons of inventors and entrepreneurs get their products out of their dreams and into consumers’ hands. Below are 10 of some of the most amazing, innovative, and -frankly- downright cool products out there today.

  1. Root – A small robot that teaches users how to code by allowing them to program Root how they see fit; make it run, play a tune, draw a picture then erase it, or even respond to sensors on a user’s device like their phone or tablet. It has multiple levels teaching the basic to more detailed aspects of coding, allowing users to improve their skills. The best part is, Root and it’s accompanying app are suitable for users of every age. Find out more on their Kickstarter page.
  2. Freedrum – Any of your musician friends may fall in love with this innovative, lightweight design. Austin Berning, the inventor, got the idea for Freedrum (a pair of Bluetooth-enabled sensors you can attach to a set of drumsticks or your feet) when he was searching for an alternative to drum kits because his son wanted to learn how to play. It’s compatible with Apple iOS and Windows as well, it’s even small enough to fit in your pocket! Learn more about the project here.
  3. Rocketbook – This notebook seems to be a first; it’s a reusable notebook combining pages that can be wiped clean and used again while the notes are sent to your favorite cloud-enabled services like Dropbox and Google Drive. Rocketbook Everlast comes with its own free app with designated buttons to your preferred online storage. The special pages work with the Pilot Frixion line of pens and bonds with the paper quickly; the writing won’t come off until you wipe it clean with a wet cloth. Discover it here!
  4. SPUD – Also known as the Spontaneous Pop-up Display is 24 inch screen that opens and closes like an umbrella, weighs less than 2 pounds, and lets you easily connect your devices for work, school, or play! It contains USB and HDMI ports so you can connect your laptops, tablets, smartphones, any device! Find out more here.
  5. Bonjour – This clock might just change the way you wake up or sleep in or even get ready for work. This voice-controlled alarm clock has artificial intelligence and records your habits/activities/schedules, you name it. It can even help you get a better night’s sleep, remind you of upcoming meetings or events, inform you of the weather, even automate the devices in your home! So you can control lighting, heating, cooling, or even your home security systems. Check out more info here.
  6. SWON – In an average American household, people use approximately 17 gallons of water, which is pretty wasteful considering most of us spend our time waiting for the water to heat up. Water waste like this is harmful to the environment but luckily the tech gods have given us an answer with SWON. This revolutionary device attaches to your shower head and the corresponding app shows you how much you use and when, it can even help you save money! Find out more about this little guy here!
  7. Dashbot – Take A.I. to your car with this nifty little device. Dashbot is a Bluetooth-enabled device that answers your phone calls, replies to texts, plays your favorite songs, or finds a new route all without touching your phone! The masterminds behind this cool dash device is working on integrating with Amazon’s Alexa platform. Special noise-cancelling speakers find your voice through the sounds of your car and the road. Learn more about Dashbot and its amazing features here.
  8. Vue – These days, there’s a ‘smart’ version of just about everything on the market. Smartwatches, smart thermostats, security alarms, and even sunglasses. Vue’s taking it to the next level by creating smart glasses for everyday wear. You can make phone calls, listen to music or directions, track your activity, find your glasses if you misplace them. You can even get these with your prescription in the lenses. I might have to get a pair for myself! Learn more here.
  9. Halo Back – Playing off the smart everything on that last gadget, this one-of-a-kind screen protector is the very first one to be considered smart! The amazing Halo Back is the first smart screen protector that acts as a back button for your iPhone. No more drops trying to swipe back to that really funny video! It’s available in three options. Self-healing does just that – heals itself from everyday scratches! Glass Pro is a tempered glass version of the Halo Back and anti-fingerprint. Privacy keeps your personal and sensitive information away from the prying eyes of others. This seems like a must have for any iPhone user, no word yet on when any Android versions will come. But discover it here!
  10. Sevenhugs Smart Remote – The first remote of its kind where the screen adapts to whatever you’re pointing at. This remote is designed to alleviate the need for multiple remotes to control all the devices in your house and even lets you request an Uber right from the comfort of your couch. You can connect the remote to your devices via infrared, Bluetooth, or using WiFi. Learn more here.

20 Crowdfunding Companies to Help You Get Started on Your Next Big Idea

Have you ever had an idea that you knew would be amazing but you don’t have all the resources you need to make it happen? Have you and your friends ever thought of a product that was useful and unique but you weren’t sure how to get started?

Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular method across the Internet to generate funds for something; sometimes it’s to help a young couple pay for wedding expenses, or a family that’s fallen on tough times and could use the kindness of strangers. Sometimes there are really cool inventions that require some cash to get the buzz growing. Whatever the need is, there’s a crowdfunding site out there for it. Check below for our list of 20 crowdfunding sites and find the perfect one for your next big project!

  1. Crowdrise
  2. Fundable
  3. SeedInvest
  4. WeFunder
  5. CrowdCube
  6. YouCaring
  7. Patreon
  8. AlumniFunder
  9. Kiva
  10. GiveForward
  11. Causevox
  12. CircleUp
  13. Razoo
  14. PledgeMusic
  15. Sellaband
  16. AppBackr
  17. Crowdfunder
  18. Microventures
  19. DonorsChoose
  20. Peerbackers

Some honorable mentions:

Kickstarter

GoFundMe

Indiegogo

 

Could Autonomous Vehicles be the Wave of the Future?

Nauto, a tech startup specializing in autonomous (self-driving) cars, has received a large amount of funds for the project and began partnerships that involve data-sharing with Toyota, BMW, and Allianz Group after previously raising $12 million to fund the startup.

So what does Nauto do? The company, founded in 2015 by CTO Frederick Soo and CEO Stefan Heck, uses GPS systems, cameras, their own AI (artificial intelligence) software, and motion sensors to create vehicles that are capable of seeing, and reacting, to what’s inside the car or what’s on the road. On their Facbeook page, their about section states:

“Nauto is an AI-powered networked vehicle system that helps give a complete picture of driver behavior and helps businesses operate safely and more efficiently on the roads.”

 

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Designed to help drivers focus on what’s in front of them and create safer roads, Nauto utilizes cabin-facing and forward-facing cameras that begin recording the moment it senses a collision may happen. In the event a collision does happen, there is archived footage from the various cameras that allow professional drivers to present exactly what happened and avoid the ‘whose fault is it?’ question asked at every vehicular accident. This allows the driver, the car company, and insurance company to get a better picture of the accident and any damage sustained.

 

Drivers also have the option to “initiate” a collision, which is basically recording movement within the vehicle in the event of unruly passengers or view obstruction by objects. This feature will allow the driver to contact their manager if a problem arises and provides a live stream so that everyone can see what’s going on in and around the car.

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Though everyone is familiar with the standard rules of the road, these rules don’t always apply in cities where there is large amounts of traffic such as New York or San Francisco. The technology that Nauto has created is used by fleets that deliver oil and gas, food, packages, or transports passengers via taxis, limos, or other transportation services. Uber and Lyft, two ride-sharing companies that employ mobile applications that allow rider and driver to connect with one another, have allowed their drivers to sign up and receive Nauto through drivers’ associations despite not having a deal with the company just yet.

Toyota is hoping that this technology will usher in a new era with autonomous vehicles that are safe for mainstream use.

…I wonder how much a self-driving car will cost us in the future?

 

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To find out more about Nauto, visit their social media:

WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK

NASA Launches Spacecraft Aimed At Asteroid Possibly Containing Elements of Life

Last Thursday (September 10) NASA launched a spacecraft on an ambitious seven-year voyage to intercept an asteroid more than 100 million miles from Earth, scoop up a piece of it and bring the sample home. The material that OSIRIS-REx collects from its target is made of the same substances that were present at the origins of the solar system. Scientists believe that this material could help reveal how the planets were made, and maybe even learn how the ingredients for life arrived on Earth. The destination for  OSIRIS-REx is an asteroid named Bennu, a 4.5-billion-year-old relic.

Bennu is large enough to be safely approached — smaller asteroids spin too wildly — and its chemical composition suggests it has persisted mostly unchanged since the solar system’s genesis. It is rich with carbon and and could contain amino acids, the building blocks of proteins that are essential for life. After rendezvousing with Bennu at a spot more than 100 million miles from where it launched, the craft will do what NASA scientist Lucy McFadden calls a “gravitational dance” with the asteroid. For two years, OSIRIS-REx will scoot alongside the space rock, surveying its surface and conducting research on its behavior.

 

TIDAL Is Taking Major L’s With Reports Showing Millions In Net Losses

TIDAL owner Aspiro AB recently filed a number of financial statements with Swedish authorities, and the contents of those statements don’t look so great.  Aspiro AB, the TIDAL parent acquired by Jay Z last year, posted a net loss of 239 million Swedish kronor, according to the document, or roughly 28 million in US dollars.

A second document, specifically for ‘Tidal US,’ reported net losses of 130 million Swedish kronor, or $15.2 million.  This suggests that a great deal of losses are coming from the US market where competition against streaming giants like Spotify and Apple Music is especially fierce.

Despite exclusive deals with elite artists in the music industry it appears that Tidal is far from the leader of the pack. How much longer will Tidal be for all, or anyone for that matter?

 

Neofect Helps Stroke Victims Regain Control of Their Lives

With all that technology has accomplished and imagined, it’s no wonder that tech nerds and developers alike are joining forces to make the world a bit easier to go through for those who end up with the shorter stick. Technology has made phones smarter, money faster, and transportation as easy and leaning forward; one innovator, Ban Ho Young, founder of Neofect, has been working in conjunction with gaming designers and rehabilitation experts to create a product that could potentially change the daily lives of stroke victims.

A stroke happens when blood flow to a particular area of the brain is cut off and brain cells die due to the lack of oxygen. Some of the symptoms of a stroke include: numbness in the arms, legs, or face, especially on one side of the body, droopiness in the facial area including mouth or eyes (on one side as well), sudden confusion or difficulty speaking, vision problems in one or both eyes, and severe headache with no known cause. Each year about 800,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke, and rehabilitation for stroke victims or survivors varies with only about 10% of stroke victims recovering completely. Factor in another 10% needing long-term care, 25% recovering with only minor impairments, and another 40% requiring moderate or special assistance or care, and it becomes very easy to see why another form of rehabilitation may be necessary.

In South Korea, where Ban Ho Young hails, about 105,000 people suffer a stroke each year, which is small compared to the U.S.; what differs between the two is that Young has found a niche within this number of South Korean citizens who also like gaming. With advancements in gaming technology showing up almost every year it seems, it definitely makes sense that Young would reach out to some of the people behind this techno boom to help create a glove specifically designed to help stroke victims relearn essential motor skills, but in a way that’s a little more dignified and less overwhelming than traditional physical therapy.

In comes the Rapael Smart Glove, with a design reminiscent of the Nintendo Power Glove, but tailored to assist stroke patients in recovery through motion-based games. This allows the patient to not only improve their brain function (presumably through regaining their ability to use their motor skills), but regain the usage of their arms and hands as well. The patient can choose which games they’d like to play based on which area they’d like to rehab first, such as the hand. There’s even a game to help them face their palms downward and upward. There are sensors imbedded in the glove that monitor any motion from the extremities, and there’s an accompanying app (Rapael Smart Rehabilitation System) that can analyze data or keep track of the training progress.

So far, only about 20 units have been shipped out to some of the top medical facilities in South Korea. However, Young hopes that the Rapeal Smart Glove will be available to consumers some time next year. To rent the glove would be about $85.00 USD and considering how difficult healthcare can be, that’s a pretty big deal! It’s not yet available in the United States, but something tells me, we’re not too far off from receiving this life-changing technology sooner than we think. Check out the video below to see the Rapael in action!

 

 

 

Prince Set the Bar High for Music Subscription Services

Many things in life can leave you in a devastating daze, and you always feel as if there’s no way this could happen.

That’s exactly how it felt as news of the incomparable Prince’s passing rang truer by the hour, it felt like I got punched in the gut. Nobody I knew could really believe it, most refusing to do so. I remember telling my mother, “I forgot you can’t get his music electronically.” She’s an 80s baby, so she’s got everything already – lucky her!

However if you were a part of the NPG Music Club (named after Prince’s band, New Power Generation) between 2001 and 2006, you were among the 400,000 Prince devotees who were treated to new music and exclusives like soundcheck passes. Prince didn’t just want to share his music with his fans, he wanted to share in their lives and foster relationships where people could come together to enjoy his artistry.

During the beginning, fans could use choose between a basic monthly subscription option (like current poplar music streaming services like Apple Music) that cost $7.77 a month and an annual Premium option that cost $100 a year. With the Basic option, users had access to three songs new with music videos and free 1 hour radio show featuring Prince and his band. Premium subscribers were treated to features like access to concert seats and passes to afterparties. They even got a free copy of Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic album mailed to them. When his subscribers began voicing their opinions about the amount of traffic in the ticket portion of the service and not receiving the exclusive, membership was subsequently lowered to $2.50 a month or $25 for a lifetime subscription.

Unfortunately for all of us now, the site has since been closed down with Prince feeling that he took the service “as far as it can go” after five years of bringing artist and fan together like never before. It remains to be seen if current music streaming and subscription services will take a play out of Prince’s handbook and try to recreate the experienced he pioneered.

But then again, we’re talking about Prince here.; the man, the myth, the Purple Legend.

 

fitCapture Wants to Change How You Consume Fashion

Let’s be honest, we’ve all had our days where an outfit we had on was just too good – almost for no reason. And in the age of sharing (or oversharing, as some feel) and fashion-blogging, there’s never been a more perfect time for a social network dedicated to fashion.

Sure, sites like Chictopia and Lookbook exist and are incredibly popular but they don’t do quite what fitCapture, a fashion-based social network, does. Founded in March of 2015, fitCapture allows its users to track and view trending fashion around the globe. A feature like this is incredibly important in the ever-changing climate of the fashion industry and makes it possible to really stay on top of the latest trends, colors, and styles.

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fitCapture also allows users to connect with each other; models looking for work, photographers looking to expand their portfolio, designers looking to get their start in the industry all have a place here and can collaborate with one another. Earlier this year, in April, fitCapture hosted their very first event, A Night of Opulence, held in Greensboro, NC. The event provided an opportunity for designers and fashion lovers alike to come together and showcase their artistic talents. It also provided an opportunity for these people to network with one another after the show and highlighted the features of the fitCapture app.

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If you’re interested in a community where you can not only keep in touch with other up-and-comers like yourself or track fashion from around the world, then fitCapture is the app you need to download ASAP. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest news and exclusives!