The South Pacific island of Niue is issuing legal tender emblazoned with Star Wars characters. Queen Elizabeth II, Niue's head of state, will be on the front of 40 new coins but Luke, Leia, and the gang will appear in color on the flip side. From The Telegraph:
As legal tender, the coins will have a face value of NZ$2 (£1), but the silver content in each is worth considerably more than that.
The coins are primarily aimed at collectors and investors around the world in a bid to boost Niue's flagging government coffers.
Sets of four, each containing 1oz of silver, will sell for NZ$469 (£235).
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
The Lytro Illum dares to be different, boasting even more robust features than its first generation predecessor and a sleek design reminiscent of professional DSLRs. What’s so cool about it? Most cameras capture the position of light rays, producing a statoc 2D image.
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