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The Focals by North smart glasses

Imagine having your texts, emails, weather, and more all in your field of vision. Sounds like an episode Black Mirror, right? It’s actually available now for $600 through a pair of Focals By North Smart Glasses.

These days we have all of our notifications available immediately with our phones and even our watches. It only makes sense that infiltrating our vision would be next. The idea of “smart glasses” sounds both exciting a little scary. On the one hand, they could be very convenient. Maybe I won't even need to carry around my phone anymore. …


Indistractable

We have to help our children manage their tech usage — not outlaw it

Credit: Dean Mitchell/Getty Images

Nir Eyal is the author of the new book, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. This piece is part of a weeklong series on how to battle distraction, co-edited by Eyal.

Our fears about what technology and smartphones are doing to our kids has reached a fever pitch. Articles with headlines like “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” and “The Risk Of Teen Depression And Suicide Is Linked To Smartphone Use” have, ironically enough, gone viral online.

“It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades,” writes


Indistractable

How the difference between traction and distraction could transform your productivity

Illustration: Nicole Ginelli

Nir Eyal is the author of the forthcoming book, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. This piece is part of weeklong series on how to battle distraction, co-edited by Eyal.

I know how distractions work from the inside. For over a decade, I’ve helped tech companies build products to keep you clicking. In fact, I wrote the book on it. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, which came out in 2014, was written to help companies build healthy habits in their customers, like regularly going to the gym and eating right. But in the process of…

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