Congratulations, if you’re reading this you’ve successfully completed another journey around the sun while riding a space rock. In other words, happy new year, and what better way to celebrate the arrival of 2022 than with a look back at the best the internet had to offer in the closing month of the year? Enjoy yet another, …now you know.
our collective drive to optimize our world
Of course our eyes go to the Dual Fisheye Lens by Canon and Sony’s new 3D audio speakers, but we also acknowledge that the invention of COVID vaccines were a pretty big f-ing deal. From new treatments for rare diseases to next-gen tanks to the washing machine of your dreams, Popular Science has rounded up the year’s most impressive new tech.
The 100 greatest innovations of 2021
what are those?
In a true sign of the times, a company that makes billions selling physical products has purchased a company that makes digital products representing physical products. Is Nike’s acquisition of digital sneaker company RTFKT Studios yet another step into the future for the forward thinking Nike, or the latest sign that everyone’s buying into an empty hype-cycle? For the full range of perspectives on the answer to that question, we’re throwing in two bonus articles.
- Nike just bought a virtual shoe company that makes NFTs and sneakers ‘for the metaverse’
- We asked seven venture capitalists if the metaverse is the next big thing or just a lot of hype
- Brian Eno on NFTs: “Now Artists Can Become Little Capitalist Assholes as Well”
code me more
A collaboration between Doja Cat and Girls Who Code – an organization we proudly support – this code-able music video is one of the coolest ideas we’ve seen in a minute. A music video you can directly change is the new definition of an interactive experience.
With all the talk of mega-metaverse business deals, it’s good to remember that sometimes the best creative endeavors can be as analog as subverting the good ol’ library system.
Inside a hollow library book, a secret library
no outside force can harm the coyote
Creativity thrives within boundaries, and it’s fascinating to read the list of rules for the Wile E. Coyote universe. That show became endlessly entertaining exactly because we couldn’t wait to see how creators would find yet more room to maneuver within those parameters.
Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner, Laws & Rules