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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Sensors that improve processes

Sensei enables customers to achieve a greater understanding of their harshest process environments, allowing them to more effectively optimise their processes. Using Sensei, sensors are embedded in the material being processed and can be set to transmit readings at whatever time intervals are required. It is the only solution in the market that has the potential to provide cost effective measurement and productivity benefits for mining, petroleum, food and beverage and environmental industries. Sensei has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/Accelerate1/Sensei

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Giving robots human qualities

Contactile gives robots the sense of touch. Contactile’s technology is a tactile sensor that provides the sensory advantages of the human hand without the physical limitations related to size, strength, environment and fatigue, enabling robotic gripping with just the right amount of force. Contactile has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Accelerate5-Teams/Contactile

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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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Preventing power faults before energy disasters occur

ViON introduces a novel online approach to accurately predict faults within various assets in the power network before they arise. This identification allows companies to take immediate and preventative action before any catastrophic consequences occur. ViON measures the input/output of current/voltage for each asset in the electricity grid to create a ‘fingerprint’. Any variation in the fingerprint is then an early indication for faults. ViON has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/ON-Accelerate4-Teams/ViON

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A virtual trip to the zoo for children in hospital

Special robots — a type of tablet on wheels — will enable sick children to visit a zoo in Poland as part of an initiative by an animal charity. The young patients will be able to steer a robot around the zoological gardens in Poznań. Thanks to the robots, they will see everything that is going on in the enclosures, and will even be able to visit parts of the zoo not usually available to visitors. www.thefirstnews.com/article/robot-named-bear-takes-sick-children-on-virtual-trip-to-the-zoo-5185

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One of the world’s first drone delivery services

Alphabet’s drone delivery company Wing announced it’s launching one of the world’s first drone delivery services in Canberra, Australia following regulatory approval. Customers place an order for popular items — like food, coffee and medicine — through Wing’s app. Minutes later, a drone arrives with the goods at their doorstep. 100 homes have access to start. https://www.producthunt.com/newsletter/2702

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An aquatic vacuum cleaner

The WasteShark is a 1.5 metre long drone that works like an aquatic vacuum cleaner. It’s modelled on the whale shark, which is a filter feeder that sucks prey like plankton into its mouth. As it ‘swims’ through water, the WasteShark sucks in plastics and other rubbish, eating up to 200 litres of waste in a single trip. The drone is capable of swimming for up to 16 hours and can be controlled manually or set to patrol a defined area. https://watersource.awa.asn.au/technology/innovation/this-waste-eating-shark-drone-is-cleaning-up-waterways/

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Technology that can safely inspect assets

Every year, Australia loses billions of dollars due to infrastructure failures, spends billions of dollars on inspecting its aging assets and loses some of its bravest men and women who take the risk to do this dangerous job. Hovermap is an intelligent Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with advanced collision avoidance, non-GPS flight and accurate 3D mapping capabilities – all tailored to suit industrial inspection requirements. It is an inspection tool of the future that can be used to safely and efficiently inspect hard-to-reach assets and collect extremely high fidelity data in previously unreachable places. Hovermap has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/Accelerate2/Hovermap

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Reducing the risk in dangerous work environments

Wireless Ad hoc System for Positioning (WASP) has the potential to reduce dangers in dangerous work environments such as oil and gas, drilling and processing. WASP provides high risk work environments with the ability to track movement of people or vehicles, predict collisions, pinpoint dangers like gas leaks and direct people in emergencies. It also allows people to verify what happens in an incident. WASP has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/Accelerate1/WASP

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