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- 💖 Optimism RetroPGF Recap & CES 2024
💖 Optimism RetroPGF Recap & CES 2024
The year of impact is here
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💖 What an exciting week in tech!
I’ve always wanted to attend CES but have yet to visit the showroom floor for the world’s biggest tech event of the year. Read below in the main section for my thoughts on Optimism RetroPGF round 3.
This week’s newsletter is all about impact = profit, and we’re not just talking about RetroPGF either.
My personal standouts from CES this year are focused on energy conservation and eco-friendly tech, quality of life improvements, and, surprisingly, camping gear. Why these? As we move into a more AI-forward future enabled by spending more time away from screens and out in nature with friends, media and entertainment experiences, we’ll seek this tech more and more.
A series of actually stylish and increasingly helpful wearable rings unveiled this year are giving the Oura ring a run for its money. The Evie smart ring is available for iOS users to purchase now for $269. It handles activity, sleep, mood, and menstrual tracking and comes in silver, gold, and rose gold colors.
LG unveiled several fun, groundbreaking tech sights at the show, including a futuristic Bon Voyage “glamper” for some high-tech camping, complete with karaoke and cocktail bar. They are also aiming for a “zero-labor home” of the future with a Jetsons-style AI robot. However, I don’t know how I feel about the marketing term “Affectionate Intelligence,” sounds a bit too sensationalized.
Dexcom introduced the Stelo Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) for Type 2 Diabetics who don’t need insulin which is projected to bring a more affordable option to 25M people who don’t have insurance coverage for CGMs.
And lastly, Mouthpad (yes, you read that right) is a retainer-like accessibility gadget. With this Bluetooth-connected device, control your phone, mouse, tablet, and more with the flick of a tongue.
This week Phil from Bright Moments led Onchain: a Farcaster experiment in long-form content. Farcaster users wrote essays on governance, economics, and culture. Since my essay last year on Expansive Communities was written before channels became permissionless, I wrote a follow-up as part of this essay collection.
I highly recommend the essay to all community builders, especially those implementing decentralized social in their experiments. It explains how to get started, why these channels are important, and their impact.
You can read The State of Expansive Communities on Farcaster, collect it on Base, and subscribe to my Mirror collection at the link below to be notified of updates.
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