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As we kick off a new week we thought it would be cool to highlight another example of augmented reality (AR).

Think of how in the future AR will be able to impact sales or even change the consumer shopping experience.

A new trend has major retailers and social media giants like YouTube trying to cash in.

What is it?

Shopping haul videos – the act of an individual showcasing and reviewing items that they purchased online for the world to see via social media networks such as YouTube. Take a look at the video, which we posted above. It was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America on July 14th, 2010.

Talk about the convergence of word of mouth, user generated content and social media all being produced into unofficial commercials. It’s definitely something to keep an eye out especially because one has to wonder if this is the future of commercials or even sponsored programming.

So how does an iconic fashion brand such as Levis manage to stay relevant? Especially after one hundred plus years.

Some would state that its apparel is timeless and that’s the reason for such a success. And while there is little room to argue that, we believe there are other reasons.

A couple of weeks ago, Levis announced another extension to their “Go Forth” campaign designed by Widen + Kennedy. Instead of doing traditional ads that center on beautiful models and fashionable clothing, Levis will shift the focus to a struggling American town that reflects todays’ current situation where a once booming town tries to piece a community and neighborhood back together.

The brand hopes to shine a light on Braddock Pennsylvania and capture the real essence of truly “going forth” by helping to rebuilding a small town that embodies the true spirit of hope.

Now some sceptics will say that this is another big company PR stunt trying to cash in on the whole cause-related marketing craze. But you have to give Levis credit for such a daring move as the brand will donate more than a million dollars to rebuild this area.

What does a modern and contemporary international art juggernaut, such as the Guggenheim, have in common with Youtube, the world’s largest user-generated content powerhouse?

Not much, many would answer.

But that’s about to change! Thanks to a new initiative, Youtube Play, the digital and art world are about to collide. The result, we hope, is a thrilling masterpiece. The museum will select 25 of the best videos, which will be submitted and voted on by people like you and me for an exhibition that will be on display later this year.

In an age where people can gain celebrity status very quickly through Youtube’s equalizing distribution platform, the Guggenheim is seeking to find the next “Justin Bieber” of the art world.

Participants are asked to submit all types of creative work, animation, motion graphics, narrative, non-narrative, or documentary work, music videos and entirely new art forms—creations that challenge the world’s perceptions of what’s possible with video.

Talk about the worlds biggest pool of creative crowd-sourcing. Everyone should definitely keep their eyes open for what’s about to come.

Here at Adrenalina we’re art lovers. We love to experience all the creativity that mankind has to offer. But, we also know it can be hard for small-time artist to get the exposure they need. That’s why we are so excited to highlight a pair of websites we feel gives capitalism a much needed dose of creativity. Not to mention it’s also helping to spread the wealth.

What happens when you take a social-networking based T-shirt store such as Threadless.com and combine it with a user moderated art gallery like Society6.com?

The answer: ArtistShoppe

This new hybrid web site allows artist to post their work on Society6. The artworks are then promoted by their fans, earning featured placement on the site. Not only do you get to purchase the art featured but Threadless.com will also select a few lucky artists from Society6, and will printed their works on T-shirts. Talk about a match made in heaven.

Artists will now have access to a whole new market for their creative inspiration, an exciting fusion between art, social-media, and the free-market. The partnership between these two innovative companies is one that will likely continue to offer opportunity for artists, and consumers alike.

Have you or your friends been to Levi.com lately?

If not, then maybe you should.

Levi’s just launched their new Social Shopping platform and it’s pretty awesome. When you enter the site you’ll hear some hipster music, and then you’re greeted with the option to link with FB via Facebook Connect. It all happens very seamlessly.

From there you can “Like” different items in the store just by clicking on the “FB Like” icon. In addition, you can see some of the most popular items in the store. If that’s not cool enough, you can see specifically what your friends “Like.”

Other features include forwarding items to friends or posting Levi’s merchandise on your wall.

Basically Levi’s has found a way to mimic in-store peer pressure online. “Oh I like that top, you should get it.” or “Oh shit, Lucy likes those jeans. I better order those before she does. Maybe then Chris will notice me.” Alright maybe it isn’t that severe, but nonetheless it’s a smart way for Levi’s to drive more sales.

We’re looking forward to seeing the results. Here’s a vid on how it works: