Lung Cancer Detection AI Outperforms Human Radiologists

In partnership with Northwestern Medicine, Google researchers created an AI system that detects lung cancer from CT scans better than well-trained humans. The model was trained using more than 42,000 CT scans taken from 15,000 patients during the National Institutes of Health (NIH) study conducted in 2002. Compared to six expert radiologists, when analyzing these CT scans, the model proved to detect cancer five percent more often, with an eleven percent reduction in false positives. https://venturebeat.com/2019/05/20/googles-lung-cancer-detection-ai-outperforms-6-human-radiologists/

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Informing Air Pollution Levels Through Lighting

As we all know, South Korea has a severe problem with air pollution. The Hanwha Galleria, one of the South Korean malls, cares for its customer’s wellbeing by installing the mall’s exterior lighting that changes according to the level of fine dust pollution. The lighting will be red if the fine-dust concentration is at elevated levels and it will be green when the levels of air pollution are low. https://www.hanwhagalleria.co.kr/en/index.jsp

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A Smart Bike Helmet that Can Detect Collisions and Change Shape

Lukas Franz has created Madillo, a helmet that can detect collisions and call an ambulance if the wearer gets into an accident. The helmet is made of an auxetic material, a material that becomes thicker when stretched, to provide a better fit for its wearer. The Madillo helmet also includes smart sensors and LEDs weaved into the design. The helmet will shine whenever the wearer changes directions. If it senses that the rider has been in a collision, it even sends an SOS signal out to the nearest hospital and summons for an ambulance, while transmitting the location until help arrives. https://designbylukasfranz.com/vadillo

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A Custom Post-Mastectomy Bra for Cancer Survivors

Having an idea to create a custom bra for women who have had a mastectomy, Lisa Marks combined technology with the craft of handmade lace. Firstly, the AI scans the wearer to produce a pattern of a lace that is as symmetrical as possible. Then, the craftspeople use the scanning result to handcraft the lace. The bra does not use underwire, which tends to hurt post-surgery sensitive skin. http://www.lisamarks.com/work#/parametric-lace-1/

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The World’s First Electric Ship

Dutch maritime company, Port-Liner, has developed the world’s first fully electric container ship. It will be powered by carbon-neutral batteries and it is 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 a 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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