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Carry the Sun for When There Isn’t Any
Carry the Sun for When There Isn’t Any

SULI uses 3D printable accessories to bring light where it is most needed

Imagine gathering sunlight in a bottle and saving it until you really need it, to light your home, your path, your bike. A new device called SULI makes this into reality, combining solar technology with 3D printing to save light energy for later use in a multitude of ways.

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Furry Facial Recognition Finds Lost Pets
Furry Facial Recognition Finds Lost Pets

Finding Rover app adapts the same facial recognition used for humans to dogs (and soon, cats) in hopes of human-pooch reunions

Anyone who’s lived with a cat or a dog can tell you that their face would be unmistakable to them in a crowd. John Polimeno, realized this when he was sitting in a coffee shop and looking at all the lost pet posters. He also had a deeply personal memory of a lost black labrador that he spent days putting up posters about, with his children crying in the back seat of the car. All this, and two-plus years working with The University of Utah software development center, led to Finding Rover, the ultimate app for finding lost dogs.

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Bespoke Fragrance Mixing for the Masses
Bespoke Fragrance Mixing for the Masses

A fragrance-blending kit from Kyugum Hwang allows consumers to mix customized fragrances based on color and scent preferences

“What’s your favorite color?” A question once reserved for the rudimentary is now an integral part of selecting and identifying scent. Designer Kyugum Hwang has used a color-coding system to develop an accessible perfume-designing station that enables consumers to blend bespoke scents based on his-her sensorial preferences.

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Show Other Drivers How You Really Feel
Show Other Drivers How You Really Feel

MotorMood makes driving a little brighter with a light-up smiley face emoticon

You’re on the highway and traffic is a mess, with cars lined up for miles. Your lane always seems to be the slow one. Up ahead, someone signals and starts to merge in front of you. You let them in, grumbling about it, until the car ahead of you lights up with a smiley face emoticon to thank you for your courtesy. You have just experienced MotorMood.

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Smart Mannequins and Wireless Charging Stations Dot Men’s Shop
Smart Mannequins and Wireless Charging Stations Dot Men’s Shop

The Dandy Lab is a laboratory-modelled store that adapts a variety of tech touchpoints to create a hybrid shopping experience

The Dandy Lab is the best of both worlds: men’s fashion inspired by decades past and forward-looking tech that defines the entire experience. The pop-up has wonderfully crafted collections on board, browsed by seeing and touching but also by the swiping of a touchscreen.

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A Tree Lives On as Headphones in Brooklyn
A Tree Lives On as Headphones in Brooklyn

The limited edition GH1 by Grado Labs is fashioned from a Brooklyn maple tree

Audio company Grado Labs has been hand-building products in Brooklyn for over 60 years and the Grado family’s Brooklyn heritage goes back to 1911. To celebrate their heritage, they have designed and created a limited edition pair of headphones using a maple tree from Brooklyn for materials.

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The HIV Self Tests the World Needs Are Here
The HIV Self Tests the World Needs Are Here

The BioSURE HIV Self Test is affordable and boasts a 99.7% accuracy rate

The HIV Self Testing kit from U.K. startup BioSURE can change the way people think about getting tested. The test is packaged to make it easy for anyone to sample their own blood and execute a foolproof test for AIDS all in the comfort and privacy of their own home.

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A Rocking Chair That Charges Your Phone
A Rocking Chair That Charges Your Phone

Volta is the final project of four students from UC Berkeley, which harnesses a chair's rocking motion to generate energy

Four undergraduate students from UC Berkeley designed a useful rocking chair that can generate energy through rocking back and forth. Nicknamed Volta, the chair was invented by Matthew Cheung, Jessica Chiu, Julia Solano and Nick Firmani as part of their final project for the Interactive Seating Design Competition. This interdisciplinary class is offered by the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, and the goal was for students to design “smart chairs” that improve some aspect of sitting with mechanical, electronic and software changes.

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The Freelance Economy Takes Off (Into Interplanetary Space)
The Freelance Economy Takes Off (Into Interplanetary Space)

NASA and Freelancer.com join forces; this partnership will lead to the creation of a number of CAD models for the International Space Station

NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation has partnered with Freelancer.com to help design CAD models of tools. These will be used by the Robonaut 2 (a humanoid robot that functions as an astronaut assistant) on the International Space Station.

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