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inkpop Fundamentals: August 17, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on August 17, 2010

Free ice cream! Illustrating the point that, as years pass, technology is only going to grow more and more prevalent in our daily lives; Unilever has unveiled…Share Happy. Share Happy is a vending machine with the ability to sense the presence of people. Equipped with facial recognition technology, Share Happy not only has the ability to determine an individual’s gender, age, and emotion; but has a built-in “smile-o-meter” which it uses to rate a person’s smile. So how does ice cream fit into the mix? Share Happy is actually an ice cream vending machine that will dispense free ice cream to anyone whom the “smile-o-meter” feels has a big enough smile! MobileBehavior.

I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your books down! Many bibliophiles dream of owning an entire room full of books; but Matej Kren, an artist based in Prague, gives new meaning to the dream. For years Matej has constructed rooms completely out of the reading material that oftentimes litters our nightstands. Known as the Book Cell Project; Matej relies upon the use of thousands of books, in addition to mirrors and lights to create sculptures dedicated to the written word. Flavorwire.

The ‘book-to-movie bounce’ It’s no surprise that a book selected to be adapted for the big screen typically has a following of loyal fans, and huge numbers when it comes to sales. Regardless of the novel’s magnitude of popularity, however, books that make it to the big screen oftentimes undergo what is referred to as the book-to-movie bounce; wherein right before a film adaptation of a bestseller hits theaters, the book receives a bump that sends sales jumping – as visible with the leap in Eat, Pray, Love sales last week, as reported by The Nielsen Company. Though many writers say that they are opposed to film adaptations of literary works; when a boost in sales is a possibility, is it really shocking that so many jump at the chance to see their novel on the big screen? Marquee.

Over to you…what do you think of Share Happy? Are you excited to see the implementation of interactive vending machines; or would you rather keep using old-fashioned vending machines? What do you think of book-based architecture and sculptures? Would you ever love to live in a room full of books; or, in Matej’s case, a room made of books? If your book was published, would you allow it to be adapted into a film if it would guarantee that it would increase sales of your book – why or why not?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

One Response to “inkpop Fundamentals: August 17, 2010”

  1. Laney said

    If your book was published, would you allow it to be adapted into a film if it would guarantee that it would increase sales of your book – why or why not?

    Honestly, for me, it wouldn’t matter if making a movie would guarantee a rise in sales for me book. I would just like the gurantee that the movie would do my book justice. Because if people go and read my book, I dont want it to be too off from the moive. That always annoys me when i read books before or after a movie and the movie is barely like the book at all.

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