One full week of keeping track of absolutely everything, to see if gamification can net you a win in the game of life
By Matthew Shaer
Posted 02.09.2012 at 3:56 pm 4 Comments
The experiment began at 11 a.m. in my bedroom in Brooklyn. I bought an app from the iTunes store called EpicWin, a fantasy-themed game designed to improve users’ lives by motivating them to accomplish real-world goals with virtual-world rewards. Before starting the game, I had to pick and customize an avatar that would represent me in the digital landscape of EpicWin. I chose a cadaverous warrior named Calcium Facebone. He held a blunt mallet in one hand. “Add new task,” the screen read.
Were these photos of New York taken by tourists, or by natives?
By Eric Fischer and John Lounsbery
Posted 02.07.2012 at 2:01 pm 0 Comments
Eric Fischer analyzed thousands of photos of New York. Based on the historical data from each uploader's Flickr account, he deduced which were taken by tourists and which by locals, and plotted the results on a map.
Now we've turned the geo-data into a game. Can you figure out which photos are which?
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.