That’s Interesting and Uplifting 02.07.2020

As we all try to adapt, cope, be safe and do our part to control and overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important to find ways to stay motivated and positive. That is why, over the last few weeks, That’s Interesting has been focusing on initiatives and ideas that are uplifting and inspiring in these challenging times.

So, from Circadian windows to the Kanye’s new and weirdly wonderful website, here are some things that made us say “That’s interesting, and uplifting!” in the studio this week.

Circadian window.

Korean start-up SunnyFive – backed by Samsung, as part of its C-Lab Inside incubator – has created a digitised window that mimics the phases of natural sunlight, supporting the Circadian Rhythm. Spending more time indoors deprives us of this biological timekeeper, and can result in conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and vitamin D deficiencies. The wall-mounted device features a frame and a frosted screen, through which a programmed, luminous gradient effect replicates the full-spectrum of sunlight, helping to get us back in synch.    ⠀

Let the sun shine here

Mindful gifting.

Widening its health portfolio beyond the body and into the mind, UK retailer Boots has partnered with leading mindfulness and meditation app Headspace to launch an exclusive gift card. For £30, consumers can now choose to buy someone the gift of better mental health, with a 6 month subscription to guided meditation sessions on Mind, Health, Sleep and Focus. With the current global turmoil weighing heavy on many of us, it is positive to see brands taking steps to make support more accessible.

It’s the thought that counts here

World Wide West.

YZY SPLY is Kanye West’s website featuring his clothing and apparel collection. The rapper has called on image-maker Nick Knight to redesign Yeezy to become a website like no other. The videos and images released so far (it isn’t live yet) reveal a dreamy, lo-fi virtual world with no words, where items are displayed in mesmerising, impossible formations, and 3D models try on clothes for you and tell you about themselves. The intent is to create a more humane digital experience, enriched with art-like displays and the stories of its inhabitants, who have been picked by West for their compelling narratives and contributions to their community.

The art of the web here 

Space balloon.

The possibility of going on holiday somewhere seems like it might be just around the corner now that lockdown is easing … And the sky’s the new limit (literally). Transport design studio PriestmanGoode have developed a concept for hot air balloon space travel. Their two-part spaceship is made up of a high-altitude balloon and a pressurised capsule shaped like a spinning top. Up to eight explorers would travel in this pod to the Earth’s stratosphere, to cruise and bask in the glorious views of the planet through the panoramic windows. Named Neptune, the vessel was designed for American space tourism start-up Space Perspective, and the first test flight will take place as early as 2021.

To infinity and beyond here

 

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