A camera that helps musicians practice better

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Musician’s Mirror helps players overcome bad habits and avoid injury. The computer vision based system watches its users practice and feeds back instantly, sounding warning notes to make them aware when they slip into bad habits. The system uses a camera, typically mounted on the music stand, to track the musician’s overall posture, or any part of their body that they want to concentrate on. http://www.arthurcarabott.com/musicians-mirror/

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Floating power plants

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Imagine a power generation facility that is connected to the local power grid but floating on water. Floating power plants can be designed to be easily transportable and positioned in ports, on rivers, in deep oceans or even in sheltered coastal regions to enable power to remote locations and to regions during natural calamities. It’s something that the Chinese and the Japanese energy experts have pulled off recently. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/floating-power-plants-look-future-energy-harihara-balasubramanian

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Carbon Nanotube Yarn – Electricity Generation from Body Movement

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Carbon nanotube yarn could help create battery-free wearables, powered entirely by their users’ movement. Imagine being able to harness the energy produced during your morning jog and using it to power a music player or fitness tracker. Researchers have developed a special ultra-thin yarn created from carbon nanotubes. It efficiently converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. The yarn can be twisted into elastic-like coils that allow the threads to generate electricity when stretched. The energy from one piece of yarn can generate 250 watts per kilogram when a number of them are bound together and stretched 30 times per second. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/carbon-nanotube-yarn/

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A white garden that celebrates the life of Princess Diana

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The whole approach to Kensington Palace has changed since Princess Diana’s death 20 years ago. It’s open and light, spacious and welcoming, hospitable and also fun. While 7 or 8 million people walk up and down the Broad Walk each year, only 100,000 or so used to visit the Palace Gardens. Now it’s a million. https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/how-the-white-garden-celebrates-the-life-of-princess-diana-20-years-after-her-death-a3620386.html

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3D solar towers offer up to 20 x more energy

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According to MIT researchers 3D solar towers can generate anywhere from double up to 20 times the amount of energy as flat solar panels with the same base area. These 3D designs increase electricity output because their vertical surfaces allow them to capture sunlight even when the sun is closest to the horizon during mornings, evenings and winter and when sunlight is partially obstructed by shadows or cloud cover. http://news.mit.edu/2012/three-dimensional-solar-energy-0327

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More bugs on menus

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In May this year, Switzerland revised its food safety laws to allow for the sale of insect products containing crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms — the first European country to do so. Coop, a supermarket chain in Switzerland, recently started selling edible bugs in the form of insect balls and burgers made by the startup Essento. Noma, recognised for years as the no 1 restaurant in the world, is known for its insect delicacies, including ants. The health benefits of bugs are now being promoted. https://www.essento.ch/

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A keyless smart door lock

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With the Otto system, the lock senses your phone and unlocks the door at the touch of a button. If the phone runs out of battery, there is a pin entry alternative. You can also assign limited-time pins to let housekeepers, delivery people, and dog walkers in at pre-specified times, but can revoke access outside those time windows. https://www.meetotto.com/

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A shoe that grows

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Sometimes a simple invention can change millions of lives. That’s the goal of The Shoe That Grows, a sandal that can adjust its size, allowing children in impoverished nations to grow up without having to go barefoot. The shoes, which come in catch-all Small and Large sizes, can grow 5 sizes and last at least 5 years. www.theshoethatgrows.org

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