A robot that tells you what to wear

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In the not-too-distant future it’s predicted that busy career women will rely on artificial intelligence to update their wardrobes. Jamie is a virtual shopping assistant that offers this service now. Through artificial intelligence Jamie learns about your personal style, while regularly sending you a curated selection of outfits tailored to your taste. https://www.jamieandi.com/

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Recycling hotel toiletries

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Every day millions of hotel toiletries are being sent to landfill around the world. Meantime poor sanitation is killing millions of people in the developing world. CleantheWorld now collects these toiletries and has distributed more than 40 million bars of soap to impoverished people in 115 countries. http://www.traveller.com.au/the-shameful-truth-about-what-happens-to-your-hotel-toiletries-gw4uge#ixzz4hI0rF0U0

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A house that can be folded up and transported anywhere

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IIT Madras students have developed a house than can be folded up and transported anywhere. It’s a two-storey house made out of metal frames and iron panels that can be unfolded and fixed to accommodate 20 people at a time. It can be set anywhere that’s flat; all you have to do is unfold its metal frames and start fixing the panels which will be the walls for the house. There are provisions for electricity and water supply as well. This construction should be especially useful when natural disasters render many homeless.

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Conserving sea turtles

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All species of sea turtle are now classed as endangered. In Sri Lanka you can visit a hatchery that increases the baby turtle survival rate from 1% to 10%. Eggs are gathered from the beach and buried in a protected area. When the baby turtles are hatched they are kept for two days then released at night on the beach. You can see and hold them at the hatchery with older examples of different turtles. http://www.srilankaseaturtles.com/

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Volunteers help drug-addicted babies with cuddles

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Babies in withdrawal who are held often require less medication and go home sooner than babies who aren’t. Cuddling helps them manage through their symptoms by making them feel safe and secure. Cuddle-care programs are now offered in many US states and volunteers are encouraged to join. http://educateinspirechange.org/health/can-volunteer-cuddle-drug-addicted-babies-order-help-heal/

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A win for public health!

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The World Trade Organization has upheld Australia’s right to impose plain-package label restrictions on the sale of tobacco products, dealing a blow to the cigarette industry. A WTO dispute-settlement panel backed Australia’s argument that the rules it set in 2011 don’t violate trade law because they qualify as a legitimate public health measure. More countries are now expected to introduce plain-package laws, one of the most popular ideas on IdeaSpies. http://www.ideaspies.com/clever-legislation-stops-branding-on-cigarette-packets/ https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/articles/2017-05-04/wto-said-to-uphold-australia-s-ban-on-cigarette-logos

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Getting the ideas people in the room

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IdeaSpies was very fortunate this week to have highly regarded director Naseema Sparks AM facilitate a Creative Workshop to generate ideas for its future development. The workshop was hosted by the innovative law firm Ashurst and the 26 attendees were carefully selected based on their ability to come up with ideas.

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A digital tombstone to remember you

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This tombstone at first glance looks like any other, but after a few seconds it senses the presence of a person viewing the grave and displays an interactive screen. This screen can contain any kind of digital content, such as a film of your life, text, or still pictures. When there is nobody to interact with the gravestone it will then simply display your name, birth and death date the same as any other traditional gravestone, therefore saving energy.. https://www.springwise.com/cemetery-visits-interactive-twist/

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Clean drinking water from saltwater and sunlight

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Salt water is poured into the top container, which then gets heated by the sun and converted to steam by solar energy. The increase in pressure forces the steam to travel through a tube to the lower container where it re-condenses. The clean drinking water gathers at the bottom of the lower container. https://borgenproject.org/eliodomestico-water-purifier/

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Eye-tracking tech alerts sleepy drivers

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Australian company Seeing Machines is dramatically reducing fatal vehicle accidents with its eye tracking technology that can detect, in real time, when a driver is drowsy or distracted. http://www.australiaunlimited.com/technology/seeingmachines

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A solution to lost school clothes

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Sydney startup RagTagd offers parents a solution to help find their child’s lost property with a smart tag that is attached to uniforms, hats and jumpers. You activate the tag with an SMS then any time the item is lost and goes to lost property you are automatically sent an SMS saying the item is there. www.ragtagd.com

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Flying on grass

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Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium have developed a way to turn grass into biofuel which could be used for air travel. If they can keep working on optimizing this process, in cooperation with industrial partners, this idea could become feasible http://www.ugent.be/en/news-events/news/from-grass-to-grassoline.htm

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Criminals promoting a police museum

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I was quite surprised when I saw these life-size figures in the dark near Circular Quay Sydney. When I looked more closely I saw that they were criminals from the early 1900’s standing in front of the Justice and Police museum- a clever way to attract attention to the museum. www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/justice-police-museum

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How Airbnb disrupted the industry

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A world premier trampoline experience free in the CBD

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In Martin Place Sydney today you could see rehearsals for this colourful performance which goes till April 1. It’s by Legs on the Wall who began performing in 1984 and have performed around the world since then, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

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PeaceMakers helping to stop domestic violence and human trafficking

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My Choices Foundation was born from the desire to see families become the focus of prevention and transformation of the most pervasive and intractable forms of injustice against women and girls – domestic violence and human trafficking. Elca Grobler, an AGSM MBA graduate, established this Foundation and was the only graduate featured at the 40th year celebration of the AGSM last week. www.mychoicesfoundation.org

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An innovative suggestion box

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At Adobe Systems, employees with ideas have access to a tool called the Adobe Kickbox. It’s a cardboard box. Inside are coffee, chocolate, pens and pencils, a notebook. and a credit of US$1,000 each to test their idea! https://kickbox.adobe.com/what-is-kickbox

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The top idea from the Ashurst March 2017 Boardroom Lunch

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Three ideas were selected from Idea Spies at the Ashurst Boardroom Lunch and the idea that received the most votes was no. 3- sand from recycled beer bottles. This idea now goes to the final at the December Boardroom Lunch to select the top idea for the year.

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