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Got your virtual reality kick on? While it is mind blowing to see how far the technology has come over the past couple of years and can still go over the next few years, it’s often important to look back and see how we’ve come this far. And I’m talking way, way back. Before their was the HTC Vive, Rift, or any of the other VR headsets and variants, the world had…paper. Yes, paper peep shows. Tiny, layered paper dioramas created the illusion of depth. Bringing to life scenes like the 1851 Great Exhibition, theater plays, images of far away places and hundreds of other places beyond the viewers own experiences, paper peep shows were sought after souvenirs in the 19th century. The world’s largest collection of these little pre-VR headsets/pre-3D glasses now exists at the V&A Museum in London. An amazing resource of what was once considered exotic and popular entertainment back in the day, paper peep shows are even thought to be ancestors of film. Click here to be transported to a different time and place and learn more about the paper peep shows of the 1800’s!

Search “photos” in your App store and you’ll be met with an insane amount of options. From editing, adding filters, and doing a million other things associated with the perfect Instagram post, wouldn’t it be fun to have something just totally unique and different? That’s where Finger Quilt comes in. Designed by Jeffrey Scudder and at $2 a pop, this iOS mosaic-style app brings that fun back into photography on the iPhone. The app works like this: you see your screen through a grid (big or small). When you tap a square, the image within that part of the grid freezes - sorta like you’re taking a microphoto. From there, you can move your camera around, freezing little squares as you go, until you create a full image - or, a “quilt”. With hardly any other options built into the app, it’s fairly minimal. The fun is all in the tapping. Click here for more info on the app and to see it at work. If you like what you see, you can purchase Finger Quilt via iTunes here!

The world of business is getting less and less stuffy these days and more and more innovative in terms of creative thinking and "against the grain" strategies. Get inspired by checking out Fast Company's annual list of the most creative leaders in business - ones that are helping to shape the future of their industries in new and exciting ways. From content curation to fashion design, the list is extensive and well worth checking out! Head here for profiles on 100 of the most inspiring leaders in the workforce today.