The World’s First Electric Ship

Dutch maritime company, Port-Liner, has developed the world’s first fully electric container ship. The vessels’ will be powered by carbon-neutral batteries and are designed to operate without a crew. The ship can travel for around 14 hours on a single charge, long enough to cover the popular Rotterdam/Antwerp/Duisburg shipping corridor. The barge can carry around 8 percent more cargo than similarly-sized diesel vessel and has greater loading efficiency. https://www.portliner.nl/

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A Credit Card that Can Track Carbon Emissions of Each Purchase

Doconomy has launched a credit card that tracks the carbon emissions of each purchase and allows users to compensate for the impact with donations. The card comes with an app named Aland Index which calculates the carbon impact of every single transaction. The card itself is made of bio-sourced materials and is printed with ink made from recycled carbon particles. https://www.doconomy.com/

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Brain Decoder that Turns Brain Signals into Speech

Brain decoder is a new UCSF-developed tool that can convert brain signals into a computer simulation of the vocal tract. The electrodes are implanted into the brain of volunteers and then decoded signals in cerebral speech centres to guide a computer-simulated version of their vocal tract – lips, jaw, tongue and larynx – to generate speech through a synthesiser. https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2019/04/scientists-develop-brain-decoder-that-turns-brain-signals-into-speech/

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A New Whiskey Experience Using 3D Printing Tech

Bulleit Frontier Works developed a new whiskey experience using 3D printing tech at Tribeca Film Festival. For this particular project, Bulleit partnered with Machine Histories which 3D printed the bar structure and Print A Drink which supplied the robotic drink-printing arm. The purpose of this project is to encourage people to explore and experiment with liquids and to create new experiences in the drinks industry. https://cheddar.com/media/diageo-bulleit-whiskey-3d-printing-tribeca

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Shoes that Can be Recycled

Adidas just introduced running shoes made from 100 percent recyclable material. They allow customers to return the shoes to the company instead of throwing them away. The ‘used’ shoes are then washed, ground to pellets and melted into material for components for a new pair of shoes. https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/25/business/adidas-recyclable-shoe/index.html

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A TV that Looks Like Designer Furniture

Panasonic collaborated with Vitra to create a transparent television called Vitrine that looks like a piece of furniture. The technological components are cleverly concealed within the wooden frame, which doubles as a stand for the TV. The design shows how new technologies can be seamlessly integrated into our living spaces. https://panasonic.net/design/works/milan2019/

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Bomb-resistant Industrial Tape

The Fast Wrapping Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FasRaP) is a newly created industrial tape that is strong enough to withstand earthquakes and bomb blasts. FasRaP may reduce labour and material costs as well as help restore historical buildings. Unlike the common fibre reinforced polymer sheets that require teams to apply the resin to the damaged surface first, FasRaP resin hardens when it is exposed to light. It is proven that a pillar covered by FasRaP withstood 80 percent more force than an unwrapped column. https://www.springwise.com/bomb-resistant-tape-strengthens-and-repairs-ageing-concrete/

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Digital Assistant to Monitor Your Health

Amazon just announced new skills of their electronic assistant ‘Alexa’ that enables users to monitor their health conditions. Alexa is able to relay and store blood sugar measurement, schedule doctor’s appointments, and pass on prescription delivery updates by securely accessing users’ private medical information. Amazon also ensures to protect users’ privacy according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. https://www.wired.com/story/alexa-whats-my-blood-sugar-level/

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High-tech Menu that Offers Personalized Customer Experiences

Dynamic Yield just introduced a smart electronic menu that will be used at McDonald’s drive-thru. This system will tempt you to buy extra products based on the customer data, the restaurant queue length, and even current weather conditions. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/mcdonalds-uses-ai-to-tempt-you-into-extra-purchases-at-the-drive-thru/

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