This week we’re hopping in the pool on our favorite fry inflatable, forest bathing in the heart of London, and checking in on our old friend Barbie who has some environmentally awesome news.

The internet of things gets bigger and weirder

Amazon’s new feature, named Sidewalk, makes your internet-ready devices, like smart doorbells, lights, and Amazon Echos, stay connected to the internet, while also granting access to new features.The catch? It uses slivers of you and your neighbor’s internet bandwidth to function. Instead of borrowing sugar, ask your neighbor for a spoonful of Wi-Fi.

Take a dip on the In-N-Out fry float

Fries are a quintessential summer food, so naturally In-N-Out seized the opportunity to make a pool float in the style of their famous french fry vessels, palm trees and all. And unlike their notoriously regional burgers, these floats can be purchased anywhere via their online store. Your move, Shake Shack.

A forest grows in London

Designer Es Devlin is making a bold botanical statement about overdevelopment at the London Design Biennale. Devlin’s installation, called “Forest for Change,” reminds us that combating environmental woes like global warming and deforestation can’t be ignored, even in sprawling cities like London. Great design with a good cause. We dig it.

Barbie gets an eco-friendly makeover

The iconic child’s toy Barbie is doing her part to combat the ocean waste epidemic. A new line of Barbies, called the “Barbie Loves the Ocean” collection, is made of recycled materials. We love to see toy companies take playtime a little more seriously.

The car dealership of the future

As a new wave of luxury electric vehicles hit the market, fuel isn’t the only thing they’re improving. New automakers such as Lucid are changing the showroom experience. Where once car dealerships were either glaring fluorescent nightmares or imposing marble pressure chambers, Lucid offers an experience more akin to a midcentury modern living room. They aim to create a comfortable setting to explore new vehicles and drop $70,000 in style.

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