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Steve Jobs in His Own Words

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

Pocket-Sized Light Field Camera Takes Photos You Can Refocus Later

This week, the small but mighty Lytro camera was unveiled, which captures interactive photographs that can be shared and refocused online. The pocket-sized camera packs a powerful 8x optical zoom and f/2 lens, and its innovative light field sensor captures 11 million light rays of data, including the direction of each ray. The light field engine it contains then processes the data into an HD quality picture. This can be refocused on the camera, and when the photographs are shared online, the light field engine travels with them so others can interact with them on mobile devices, without the need for specialist software.

The world’s deepest subterranean hotel room

Deep within the dark tunnels and cavity shafts of an old Swedish silver mine, guests can sleep in the world’s deepest hotel suite. The Sala Silvermine… is believed to date back to the Middle Ages. For a long period of time the mine was Sweden’s largest source of silver, and is now home to an underground hotel room, dining experience, museum, live theater and numerous exploration activities.