Geeky Octogenerian




Masako Wakamiya created and launched an app called, Hinadan, an iOS game based on Japan's traditional festival Hinamatsuri, or Doll's Day, which is celebrated in early March.

During Hinamatsuri, ornamental dolls representing the emperor and his entourage dressed in traditional clothing are displayed in a specific arrangement. In Wakamiya's app, users have to decorate the dolls and get them in the right position for Hinamatsuri.

She has become a model to many, especially to those who have reached retirement age and think all they need do is to tour the world and sip glass after glass of lemonade while sitting on a window facing the ocean.

Masako Wakamiya is a retired banker who fell in love with mobile games but couldn't keep up the speed of the younger generation. She began using the computer at age 60 when her elderly mother came to live with her. Caring for her mom restricted her movement. She couldn't go out and socialize that much and that was how she began to use the computer.       In her own words, "Back then, computers weren't so user-friendly and I recalled it took me three months to set up my computer and get online. My face was covered in sweat and tears." She revealed that she felt compelled to do something after noticing a shortage of fun apps aimed at people her age. After asking a bunch of people to create games for seniors, but no one showed interest, she took matters into her own hands and achieved something many people half her age haven't done.

She said " I wanted to create a fun app to get elderly people interested in smartphones and this took about half a year to develop because we easily lose games when playing against young people since our finger movements can't match their speed."

"You don't have to be a professional," she said. "If you have creativity, if you have a playful mind, you can create teaching materials." Wakamiya now gives computers classes and blogs regularly in Japanese (and English with the help of Google's translation tool).



Wine In Your Mail Box? We Bet You Never Expected It


The bottle, which is designed to fit specifically in your letterbox or mailbox, helps you to avoid the hassle of lost packages, as well as post-work errands to the local liquor shop. As The Telegraph reports, the bottles are made from “tough glass-like plastic and are slightly taller than your average wine bottle, but are around half as thick.” The bottles come insulated in a cardboard box to avoid breakages and spillages upon delivery. The Subscriptions begin at 10 British Pounds per month.

Company co-founder Santiago Navarro said: ‘I was well aware of the problems that exist with wine delivery, having previously owned an online wine company.

The bottles are made from hard glass-like plastic and are packaged in cardboard boxes which cushion the fall from the letterbox to the floor. The bottle itself is 13.5in – about 2in taller than a regular wine bottle – but around half as thick. Club members will be sent bottles on a daily, weekly or fortnightly basis depending on their subscription plan. The process has accelerated after the company won a Dragon's Den-style show called 'Pop Up Start Up' on US network CNBC

The 29-year-old entrepreneur, Joe Revell, has developed a slim-line wine bottle which can be posted through letterboxes; he came up with the idea after listening to a friend complain about missing deliveries at home, when he was not there to open the door and sign for the bottles. It holds the same amount as a 750ml bottle but has been flattened and made longer so it can fit through a standard slot in a front door or postbox.

‘We spent lots of time speaking with designers from around the world when eventually the eureka moment came to us. Since then we worked for a year and a half to get these bottles manufactured.

Mr. Navarro will source wine from around the world and ship it to the UK in bulk, where it will be decanted into the bottles. Garcon Wines is to become the UK’s first subscription based ‘wine by post’ service when it begins shipping in the spring. Club members can choose from a variety of subscriptions with daily, weekly or bi-weekly deliveries.

‘There has never been anything like it before. The bottle feels very nice in your hand, with similar rigidity and clarity to a regular bottle.’

Expansion Plans

Speaking to db, , Revell said Garcon Wines is planning a round of crowd funding next month ahead of launching its wine subscribers to the service in March.

 The team is initially targeting £50,000 which it will use to build its UK consumer-base and build technological capabilities to offer subscribers a more curated list that can make suggestions based on consumers’ individual preferences, but Revell is also hoping to be able to extend the reach of the “innovative and disruptive” product in due course.

“Because of the TV show we’ve had a lot of international interest, as CNBC has a large global reach,” he said. “We want to focus on the UK initially, but want to branch out.”

The team is currently in discussions with winemakers and wine producers around the world, but wants to offer a range of ‘niche’ wines from boutique producers that will provide its customers something difference as well as providing smaller producers with a new route to market.

“We are putting a massive of emphasis on the quality of the wines,” he said. “We want to provide exciting and different wines with a story behind them.”

“There are so many wine producers and lots are tiny, and getting into the UK market is very difficult. We want to get to the point where we can open that up.”

Club members will be able to choose between daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly deliveries which Revell said will “suit and stretch” their interests and make suggestions.

“Hitting the £10 bracket was a very important price bracket as going over that is a big mental element for consumers,” he said, adding that the economies of scale helped make this a viable and sustainable price.


The downside?

Well they can’t be added to your wine cellar; Telegraph quotes co-founder Santiago Navarro saying “We are not supplying fine wines that would be put in cellars in months or years. Hopefully the majority will be drunk within three months.” So you are to consume all the contents of the wine bottle as soon as it gets to you, sort of like what you do when you get a mail, if it isn’t outstanding bills that is.

Also, currently, bottles are dropped off by a courier, meaning someone needs to be at home to collect their purchase. This often results in people missing deliveries and having to retrieve their order from a depot.

Another shortcomings is the fact that it is dropped off by a courier and the contents can be altered either by the courier personnel or at the depot where it gets to wait till you can pick it up if you missed your home delivery.



Our Suggestion

While the advent of wine home deliveries is a totally welcome idea; they want to work on a safer mode of delivery, a method that not just only allows the consumers choose how they want it delivered but ensures safety and the fact that their goods would not be tampered with from dispatch to delivery.



1,2 Buckle Your Shoes: The "Quick Shoelace"


As much as many of us might have enjoyed that nursery rhyme, that singular act did cause many to go late to school and even drives adults out of their minds. Well, it does drive me mad too.



Good news. There is a way out, revolutionary if you like. It is called the “Quick Shoelace”. It acts just like the normal shoelace offering you variety of styles and colours, eliminates the hassle and ensures a lesser time to get the job done.

Watch the video below:

QuickShoeLace is the brainchild of Slovenian inventor David Knez.

MEET David Knez (Owner of InDavidual) the inventor of the “Quick Shoelace”

"All my life I have been improving my knowledge and searching for new skills. From welder, mechanical engineer to a 3D modeling as design engineer for plastic injection tools. Then I got an idea of having my own line of clothes under the brand name 'InDavidual', so I started sewing and designing unique clothes. While I was sketching clothes and shoes I got an idea of creating a shoelace that will be simple and functional. At that point The QuickShoeLace was born. These two years were the hardest but also the most artistic and important in my life. In that time I finally discovered who I really am and that nothing is impossible. "Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom".