Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick's wearable data objects, based on open data from air quality sensors, visualize the burden pollution places on us
Data artists Stefanie Posavec and Miriam Quick created a collection of necklaces and glasses that communicate the physical burden air pollution places on people’s bodies. Air Transformed are wearable data objects that look decorative but are entirely based on open data from air quality sensors in Sheffield.
Hipcamp's land sharing model creates more camping opportunities across a nation dominated by privately-owned land
Camping discovery and booking service Hipcamp has launched a new initiative enabling private landowners to transform their space into campgrounds. The company is helping people interested in the program with everything from the creation of an online listing, to photography, insurance, bathrooms, maps and more. Its model works similar to Airbnb, with payments made weekly to landowners via direct deposit.
Old Spike Roastery in London was founded to offer high-quality coffee while helping the local homeless with high-quality jobs
Lucy, a barista at Old Spike Roastery in London, isn’t your typical coffee shop employee. She’s very friendly, but she has only just started to learn English. She can make a mean flat white, yet she learned how to do so only five months ago, when the shop’s owners hired her right off the street.
Protect RAPID implants hidden cameras and GPS on rhinos to catch and deter poachers
In 2007, poachers in South Africa killed 13 endangered rhinos. Despite a dedicated anti-poaching police force, that number skyrocketed over the years. Last year, poachers killed 1,215 rhinos, mostly for their horns, which are often harvested while the animal is still living. To combat poachers, conservation group Protect has begun field trials of the Real-time Anti Poaching Intelligence Device (RAPID), a GPS tracking collar combined with a heart-rate monitor and video camera.
Apple hopes to make our connection with our information-sensitive devices more personal with facial recognition tech
The selfie loving star may soon be able to unlock her Apple mobile products with facial recognition software, according to reports. But the proposed security feature is not just for reality TV stars or fans of a sultry face grab. Steamrolling over the Eyeprint ID by ZTE, Apple’s latest patent shows that all iDevice users might soon be able to unlock their device using a new facial scan technology.
Designed to fit over any mother-to-be's tummy, the Ritmo Pregnancy Audio Belt will have 20-week-olds growing with the womb
Fact: a 20-week-old unborn baby can already hear sounds outside the womb. Another: when a fetus hears a sound, it reacts to that particular sound by moving. It is safe to say that sounds help support the brain growth of an unborn child. This concept is what drove Nuvo Group to create Ritmo, the pregnancy audio belt that will allow every mom to give her baby the gift of sounds and music.
Pixar character animator Alonso Martinez created a spherical robot whose goal is to form strong emotional connections with humans
Pixar may have designed one very cute robot in the form of WALL-E, but its technical director, Alonso Martinez, has made an adorable real-life creation that rivals the character in cuteness: Mira.
University of California, San Diego designs a thin invisibility cloak to hide objects on flat surfaces
Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak was one of his go-to survival tools and it saved his life on several occasions. Though recently associated with magic, the University of California, San Diego and its electrical engineers have made quite the scientific breakthrough, designing a cloak that can hide any object.
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German startup JAR is developing hack-proof hardware to replace passwords
JAR is a coin-sized device that can hold all your log-in credentials. All you need to do is plug it into the 3.5mm input of your smartphone, tablet or laptop, and you’ll be able to securely access your online accounts.
Nike-sponsored Olympian Blake Leeper discusses how brand partnerships can help redefine "disability" in American culture
Taking a break from the archetypal slow-mo-flashing-lights-and-glory-in-strength commercials that have come define sportsmanship, Nike has selected a more inspirational tone of voice for its Inner Strength campaign. The documentary-style series has highlighted athletes from the culturally renown to lesser known yet noteworthy competitors. Nike takes a deeper look into what it takes—physical strength aside—to train and compete among the world’s greatest.
The average sneaker takes 65 years to decompose; designer Ammo Liao uses advanced processes to create more sustainable footwear
The textile market has become an increasingly progressive arena for innovation. In line with industry objectives and technological advancements, one designer aims to redefine the way in which textiles are produced, consumed and recycled. Designer Ammo Liao has developed the Bio-Knit—a single material that takes on multiple physical properties—in hopes to reshape the current sneaker industry.