Here’s a compilation of the best of the Web today, including Imogen Heap’s high-tech music gloves, Mary J. Blige’s redemption album sequel, and a new “buy one, give one” model.
Music with Hands
Singer Imogen Heap is creating music with her hands. At Tuesday’s TED Global Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, Heap showed off a pair of high-tech gloves to demonstrate a new way to make music. Equipped with wireless mics, an accelerator, a magnetometer, a gyroscope and sensors, Heap was able to create a song using her movements and gestures. Movements include spreading the arms wide to increase the sound, while a “shh” movement quiets it. The sensors transmit the movement data back to the computer that allows the performer the freedom to create music in real-time.
Sevenly, the New TOMS
Sevenly is combining the “buy one, give” model with online shopping. Sevenly raises money for charity by designing and selling a T-shirt every seven days to represent the week’s nonprofit. Seven dollars from each tee will go to the charity of the week. Check out this week’s tee.
Smelly Socks to Fight Malaria
Smelly socks could be a life-saving tool to fight malaria in many African countries. Tanzanian researchers are using dirty socks to lure malaria-infected mosquitoes and insects into traps, where they become contaminated with poisons and eventually die. The traps are square boxes that resemble beehives. Researchers will use human-odor bait, such as socks worn by adults and cotton pads that children will put inside their socks for a day and then give to researchers. The bait-and-kill strategy is the latest in malaria prevention efforts, a disease that kills nearly 1 million people every year.
My Life Too
Mary J.Blige is writing the next chapter to her autobiographical 1994 album, My Life. She endured tumultuous trials and poured it all into that sophomore album. Now 17 years later, the Queen of Hip-Hop and Soul is releasing My Life Too: The Journey Continues, due out in October. A brighter sequel, My Life Too tells her story of triumph, celebration and challenges. Blige tapped beatmakers like Swizz Beatz to produce the myriad of ballads, love songs and workout anthems. “There’s all kinda stuff!” Blige said. “This one is definitely what people are looking for from me, and I’m digging and I’m reaching in deep to give them what they need.”