“Unreliable Machinery”

$2,000 beer, Hypercolor cars, Google's Quantum AI Lab and more in our weekly look at the web

As tech powerhouses like Google and Apple fight to make their products increasingly context aware, Studio NAND is fighting back. Software developers are working to estimate a user’s activity by tracking mobile device sensors to gain insight into that person’s behavior and environment. But will users behave differently knowing their actions are being traced? Studio NAND’s “Unreliably Machinery” project focuses on making up the context, …

The Nest Protect

$2,000 beer, Hypercolor cars, Google's Quantum AI Lab and more in our weekly look at the web

Nest turned an unloved wall appliance into a sought-after tool with their sleek Learning Thermostat, and they’re doing it again with their all-new smoke detector, the Nest Protect. Wireless connection is of course involved, along with an attractive design and smarter sensors—everything you would expect from Nest founder and famed iPod designer Tony Fadell. With the smoke detector’s history of poor design—we’re all too familiar …

Upslope Brewing Company

Canned craft beer from the mountains of Colorado, brewed with snowmelt and Patagonian hops

Cracking open a cold one in the great outdoors shouldn’t mean lowering your standards. While many favorite brews are bottle-bound, the crew at Upslope Brewing Company of Boulder, Colorado knows good things can come in cans. CH tested three of Upslope’s libations for freshness, palate and body. Upslope takes inspiration from its surroundings when it comes to ingredients. As the bulk of the water used …