Attaching Fitbits to Port Jackson Sharks to observe their behaviour

A group of scientists has just discovered how modern technology can be used to study sharks out in the open. The researchers wanted to gain an understanding of shark behaviour and their whereabouts in order to reduce the amount and risk of human-shark interactions. Now, Macquarie scientist Julianna Kadar has just found the best method of using tagging technology to do just that. The researchers gathered Port Jackson sharks from the wild and attached a Fitbit like device – acoustic accelerometers – on the sharks to monitor their movements. The data collected by this new technology has since confirmed new information about the breed. https://lighthouse.mq.edu.au/article/august-2019/fitbits-throw-light-on-secret-lives-of-sharks

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An app that allows you to read books in the blink of an eye

Has there ever been a book you have always wanted to read and learn from but didn’t have the time to read? Blinkist is an innovative app that solves that problem. It provides the key ideas and concepts from non-fiction books to you in the form of text and audio. They have experts who read books, who then create a 10-15-minute review of the book containing summaries, key insights and points. The tech company has already provided summaries of over 2,500 best-selling books, creating shorter version “blinks” for you to read or listen to them within minutes. https://www.blinkist.com/magazine/posts/meet-app-transformed-reading-1-5-million-people

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Fighting motion sickness using AI

ZF, a German supplier of car parts is working on advanced technology that will make someone less likely to feel sick on long journeys. Rather than curing the motion sickness, the purpose is teaching your car how to drive and avoid it. By analysing the correlation between motion sickness and the dynamics of the moving vehicle, the technology is intended to also store preferred driving styles of each passenger in order to prevent any triggers to feeling sick. ZF is wanting to reduce the feeling of motion sickness and discomfort – including dizziness, headaches and nausea. https://www.just-auto.com/news/zf-teams-with-scientists-to-combat-motion-sickness_id190113.aspx

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New ways to reduce plastic waste in supermarkets

Since the national ban on single-use plastic bags from most supermarkets, new ways to be environmentally friendly when grocery shopping has since been introduced. Although most supermarkets have banned the plastic bags at the registers, most places are still using single-use bags in other areas of the store. Lidl is a supermarket chain that has reduced this problem by introducing inexpensive reusable bags that you can buy for your fruit and vegetables. With the new reusable bags made with cotton and drawstring openings, the company is hoping to reduce plastic waste. https://www.plantbasednews.org/news/lid-reusable-bags

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New app to help detect symptoms of sick children using facial recognition

This app by PainChek is designed to help with identifying the health problems in infants and children who are unable to communicate their medical symptoms and pain to health professionals. With the use of facial recognition technology, the app is able to detect and analyse any pain and signals with just the slightest change of facial expression by the child. This would be great help for medical staff and hospitals who have difficulty identifying specific and accurate problems – which will reduce the risk of misdiagnosis. https://neweconomy.media/2019/08/05/app-to-reveal-unspoken-pain-in-kids/

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Smart Writing Set

This technology allows you to write your ideas on paper by hand, while all the notes are taken down manually to the screen of your phone in real time. It looks just like a standard notebook and pen; however, the pages are dotted with grid pattern and the pen uses smart technology and a built-in camera to track your movement as you write or draw on the dotted paper. The Ncoded paper technology allows the special pen to recognize individual pages, capturing each stroke in real time and immediately transferring it to your device for it to be edited and shared directly. https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/23/moleskine-ellipse-smart-pen-saves-writing-for-later/

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Hands free video calling

This device known as Portal from Facebook allows you to stay connected with friends and family with smart, hands-free video calling. By following your action and moving with you, Portal allows you to move and talk freely, creating intimate moments by feeling as if you were in the same room. Calls can be made easily with any smartphone or tablet device and can include up to six people in one group call. Friends can connect using the Messenger app even if they don’t have Portal. https://portal.facebook.com/

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Helping those in need while fighting fashion waste

Did you know that 1/3 of produced clothing stock is dead stock and therefore cannot be sold? Or that 13% of Australia’s population is below poverty? Thread Together is an organisation that solves the problem of fast fashion waste by giving back to the community. They take unused clothing and shoes from high-quality Australian fashion retailers and deliver it to less fortunate people who are in need, while saving new clothing from going directly to landfill. https://www.threadtogether.org/

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