Wearable Tech Gets Emotional

London-based studio Vinaya's minimalist Zenta bracelet goes beyond tracking activity

London-based tech design studio and lab Vinaya wants wearables to make us feel more human and less hamster. For its debut line Altruis, they developed luxe—albeit still bulky—jewelry in iPhone-evoking colors that vibrates different patterns under specific conditions you set: a call from mom, emails from your team, texts from a potential date, a personal alarm, etc. All with the goal to focus on the …

15 Essential Apps for Freelancers

With digital communication making it possible to work from almost anywhere in the world, many creatives are turning to freelancing to pay the bills. Making the switch can seem daunting, though, since working on your own terms also requires constantly searching for new jobs, keeping everything organized and the will-power to stay focused outside of an office. If you are thinking of venturing into freelancing, …

You’re Probably Wasting Time by Working Late

Just because you worked late into the night doesn’t mean you’ve been productive. And while that might seem obvious, many still fall victim to someone else’s “labor illusion”—or the misguided mindset that someone who’s worn themselves out on a problem has spent more energy. Even the “Effort Trap” (which sways us to value 10 hours of busy-work over two hours of concentrated thinking) persists in …