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A 6th sense for blind people

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A wristband called Sunu emits a high-frequency sound wave that bounces off objects as far as 14 feet in front before registering as a gentle, pulsing vibration. The closer the object is — whether it’s a wall, trash can or person — the more frequent the pulses become, allowing blind people to create a mental map of the world around them using echolocation. It’s like the sonar device being used in vehicles to sense nearby objects and avoid crashes. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2017/10/27/for-decades-the-blind-have-used-canes-to-get-around-now-an-special-wrist-band-helps-them-locate-hazards/?

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A startup that allows travelling mums to send breast milk home

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US law requires employers to provide nursing mothers with a “reasonable break time” and a place to express milk, but those requirements do not extend to business travel. Milk Stork is a startup that allows a traveling mother to ship her milk to her baby at home with a cooler that arrives in her hotel room as a postpaid package. She can send up to 72 ounces per day with the materials provided, and packages are shipped overnight anywhere in the United States. This service is making it more possible for women to continue their careers while having children. www.milkstork.com

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A bike that can glide across water

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Manta5, a New Zealand-based company, is offering a new bike designed to glide across any body of water, including lakes, rivers, and the ocean. It’s pedal-electric and has a 400w motor to amplify pedaling. A clever feature is its ability to perform submerged launches, so you don’t have to worry if you fall off the bike in the middle of the ocean. You can now register for pre-sales. https://manta5.com

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Body Labs

Body Labs, a startup that’s recently been taken over by Amazon, is able to develop a fully realistic 3D body scan, that goes well beyond matching up points on a body eg it allows you to add motion to the 3D body model to see how certain fabrics or materials might move or wear in the real world. Users can upload their body scan and share it with companies who need it for a fitting. Companies can use these avatars to customize products. https://techcrunch.com/2017/10/03/amazon-has-acquired-3d-body-model-startup-body-labs-for-50m-70m/

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Valuing natural capital

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Natural capital is another term for the stock of renewable and non-renewable natural resources (e.g. plants, animals, air, water, soils, minerals) that combine to yield a flow of benefits to people. With financial capital, when we spend too much we run up debt, which can, if unchecked, eventually result in bankruptcy. With natural capital, if we keep drawing down stocks without allowing or encouraging nature to recover, we run the risk of local, regional or even global ecosystem collapse. There are a growing number of businesses from all around the world that are valuing natural capital. The Natural Capital Coalition is developing a Protocol Application Program to support businesses as they begin to measure, value and integrate natural capital considerations into their business decisions. IdeaSpies is very pleased to be a natural capital coalition organisation. www.naturalcapitalcoalition.org

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An apple that doesn’t turn brown

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This month, a special kind of apple slice will go on sale at select US supermarkets and, thanks to CSIRO research, these apples won’t turn brown when they’re cut, bitten, or bruised. Arctic® apples have been developed by an innovative Canadian biotech company and their first product will be bags of fresh non-browning Arctic® Golden apple slices. While there are other sliced apple products already on the market, these are often coated with vitamin C and calcium to prevent browning and to preserve crispness, and this can change their taste. https://blog.csiro.au/apples-no-longer-cruising-for-a-bruising/

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A bin than cleans the sea

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Seabin is an Australian invention. It’s a floating debris interception device designed to be installed in the water of marinas, yacht clubs, ports and any water body with a calm environment and services available.  It’s installed in a specific “debris problem area” in the marina on a floating dock and the wind and the currents bring the debris directly to the Seabin. The catch bag can hold up to 12Kgs of debris. Trials of these Seabins are being conducted around the world, most recently in the UK at Portsmouth Harbour. https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/11/seabin-portsmouth-harbour/

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A virtual fitting room

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Alibaba has partnered with a virtual fitting room startup called Haomaiyi to allow customers in its TMall to try on as many outfits as possible, without the hassle of putting on and taking off clothes. You can visit an offline shop and try on clothes by just tapping the clothes on the screen of a smart mirror, and the 3D image on the mirror can demonstrate 90% of the look. Haomaiyi aims to give AI-driven fashion recommendations to its customers in the future. http://technode.com/2017/10/18/alibaba-tech-showcase/

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