A robot as your housekeeper

An Aeolus Robot can clean your home and even bring you a drink from your fridge. It can assign objects to specific individuals whose faces it has memorized, so that, for example, a child’s toy picked up off the floor doesn’t end up in an adult’s closet. It’s the first multi-functional robot that can act like a human being. Currently it’s like a child, but its capability will grow from a child to an adult with more use. Each robot will be connected to a network that allows it to share information using artificial intelligence to make it increasingly intelligent over time as it adapts to your home and your routines. www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2018/01/11/this-robotic-maid-takes-us-one-step-closer-to-the-jetsons/

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Clothes that grow with your child

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Petit Pli creates advanced technical children’s clothing . Children grow 7 sizes in their first 2 years and this equates to wasted clothing. The versatile waterproof clothes made by Petit Pli are pleated in such a way that they can grow bi-directionally to custom fit a range of sizes. The continuous size adjustment is a new way of approaching garment design, one suitable to high growth rates and discrepancies in children’s sizes. Petit Pli uses technical materials that are ultra-lightweight, waterproof and breathable because children are very active. http://petitpli.com/

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An office under a bridge

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With space at a premium, particularly by the water, this is a novel solution. A designer in Spain has built a minimalist office between the girders of a large, concrete bridge. At one end of the rails there are items that adorn a typical office — shelves, plants, framed pictures, a desk and a chair. Doors fold outward, giving you the option of opening up the office to the outside world. At night, the doors can be closed and bedding stored on the shelves above you to spend the night. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2017/09/08/this-man-created-a-mysterious-office-suspended-underneath-a-bridge/?

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Plates that trick you to eat less

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A UK startup has come up with an idea that makes your plate look twice as full with food. Studio Playfool are hoping their creation could help a global challenge in relation to many people who overeat. Using visual trickery, the mirrored tableware, Half/Full, shows a mirrored image of exactly what is on the plate, tricking your mind into thinking you’ve eaten double what was originally there. As well as a mirrored plate, there’s also a cup and cutlery featured as part of the range, so you’re able to take part in any meal of the day. https://www.springwise.com/mirrored-tableware-tricks-brain-change-eating-habits/?

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A fabric that’s tougher than metal

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Scientists have created a new hydrogel material reinforced with fibres that they say is up to five times harder to break than carbon steel – but still easy to bend and stretch. That combination of properties means the new fabric could be used as the basis for artificial ligaments and tendons designed to help the body heal, or in manufacturing where a very tough but elastic material is needed. Uses could include sports clothing, helmets or bulletproof vests. https://www.global.hokudai.ac.jp/blog/new-tougher-than-metal-fiber-reinforced-hydrogels/

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A wearable device that could help us read minds

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What if you could “see” directly into another person’s brain? The ability to read minds, referred to as telepathy, is a concept that’s abundant in science fiction. It may however be possible courtesy of a brain-computer interface (BCI) — a wearable device that works like a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine. https://futurism.com/this-wearable-mri-device-could-help-us-read-minds/

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Volvo to save the planet?

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Volvo has made the decision that all their cars will be fully electric, or at least hybrid, by 2019. Not one car solely powered by internal combustion engine will come off a Volvo production line by 2020. This will instantly change the charging infrastructure for electric cars. Currently you can fully charge an electric vehicle – one with a range of about 105 miles – in half an hour from a supercharger in a garage, however there aren’t enough superchargers. This move by Volvo will drive access to more high-speed charging points, as well as battery production and research and development into battery storage. http://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/is-a-carmaker-about-to-save-the-planet?

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A selfie that estimates how long you will live

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Artificial intelligence is being trained to estimate your health status and how long you will live-all from a selfie. With Chronos technology, you can take a selfie and scan your driver’s licence photo, against which your selfie is compared, to assess your premium for life insurance. http://www.smh.com.au/money/super-and-funds/a-selfie-could-become-the-new-way-to-obtain-life-insurance-20170616-gwsl2m.html

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