Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Packaging made from soap, a seesaw at the border, the women who invented popular music and more

Bright Pink Seesaw Unites People at US-Mexico Border A set of neon pink seesaws along the US-Mexico border (in Sunland Park and Ciudad Juárez, respectively) have been installed by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello—who work together as Rael San Fratello. The installation—called “Teetertotter Wall”—is playful and powerfully defiant. Rael calls it the “literal fulcrum for the US-Mexico relations” where it’s blindingly clear that “the …

Sony’s Reon Pocket Wearable Air Conditioner

On Sony’s crowdfunding platform in Japan, the slender, personal thermoelectric cooling unit known as the Reon Pocket can purportedly reduce a user’s body temperature by 13 degrees Celsius (or 23 degrees Fahrenheit). About the size of a card wallet, the Bluetooth-equipped device slips into a dedicated sleeve on the back of an accompanying undershirt. Its temperature can then be controlled through an iOS or Android …

Tokyo Exhibition Celebrates 40 Years of the Walkman

First released in July 1979, the SONY Walkman changed the way we listen to music—and launched a genuine cultural revolution. Celebrating “The Day the Music Walked” is a new exhibition in Tokyo that traces the Walkman’s history, from cassette to CD versions to current iterations. There are 40 personal stories from well-known individuals for a section called “My Story, My Walkman” and a Walkman Wall …