Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Talking to dogs, flawless sound, architecture-inspired pleasure toys and the changing face of fashion

New Technology Enhances Dog-Human Communication From Maria Goodavage’s brand new book Doctor Dogs, an excerpt in Wired probes the FIDO program at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Animal-Computer Interaction Lab. The epicenter of dog-human communication studies in the US, FIDO’s researchers have developed several prototype talking vest for dogs. They employ tabs and pulleys that trigger prerecorded statements that the wearer dog intends to convey. FIDO is also …

Shinola’s Lower Cost, Limited Edition Detrola Collection

Seven charismatic styles that reinforce the mission of the Detroit brand

Shinola‘s new Detrola collection successfully indulges the brand’s playful side. From bright, charismatic colorways to premium but sometimes unexpected materials, the seven-piece series comprises modern, personality-driven watches. Inside, the timepieces feature a Detroit-built Argonite 705 Quartz movement (visible through the exposition caseback on some models). Outside, a high-grade TR90 resin case pairs with K1 scratch-resistant mineral crystal and flexible silicone straps. The latter is lightweight, …

Detroit’s New Shinola Hotel

Accommodation, shopping, drinking and dining at the Detroit-based brand's new space

The vibrant terra cotta façade of the new Shinola Hotel rises up from Woodward Avenue in the center of downtown Detroit. It’s part of an ambitious redevelopment plan that is revitalizing once-grand buildings, in hopes of attracting new businesses and residents—and to show the world, once again, that the Motor City is back. Enter Shinola, the lifestyle brand launched in 2011 and known for its …