Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Contraceptive jewelry, a credit card that limits your carbon footprint, and more clever advances in our look around the web

The Lifelong Benefits of a Single Psychedelic Trip For decades, numerous scientific studies have set out to determine the benefits of psychedelic trips. From stabilizing moods to boosting creativity, substantial findings support the positive impact of psilocybin. But, a slew of recent work—specifically a survey conducted by Johns Hopkins—suggests that trips could do even more: they can instill newfound purpose and a sense of connectedness …

Interview: Dan Tepfer, the Musician Coding the Future of Concerts

With a playback piano and VR, the pianist entrances every audience he plays for

Billed as the future of concerts, Dan Tepfer‘s live show—a solo performance wherein a self-playing Yamaha Disklavier is the only instrument—entrances every attendee. From the intimate-by-choice setting and the Google-branded VR headsets to Tepfer’s winding style, the show captivates with each song and its visual accompaniment—all of which is improvisational and diverges from the original recording. There are rules in music and in coding and, …

The $400 All-in-One Oculus Quest VR System

It may not be the most powerful VR system on the market, but the just-announced Oculus Quest has the potential to be a breakout hit. The system’s wireless headset and two Oculus Touch controllers offer six-degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) experiences—meaning you can walk, crouch or jump in the real world and your character moves in the virtual one. Games drop players right into the middle of the …