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From Vacuuming Robot to Abstract Expressionist Painter
From Vacuuming Robot to Abstract Expressionist Painter

A Japanese artist turned a Roomba into a painting robot that creates abstract splatter paintings, not unlike the works of Jackson Pollock

Meet Mr. Head: the robot artist behind abstract, Jackson Pollock-esque splatter paintings. He’s a 15-year-old robot, and he’s undergone a serious career change. He began his life as a house vacuuming, cleaning assistant. In October 2014, with the help of human HYdeJII, he transitioned to his new life a a working artist.

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Fatty Water Could Be the Next Big Health Drink
Fatty Water Could Be the Next Big Health Drink

From the makers of Bulletproof coffee, comes FATwater, a drink laced with coconut oil extracts and a punch of energy

Oil in water conjures images of an upsetting ocean spill rather than effective rehydration, but a diet hack thinks otherwise. Startup Bulletproof thinks oily water could be the next big thing in health trends. The product page for it’s latest product, affectionately named FATwater, reads as follows.

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Turn That Sweat and Wellness Into Virtual Coins
Turn That Sweat and Wellness Into Virtual Coins

Wellcoin is the first fitness-oriented social platform to track exercise and eating that adds tangible rewards to its system of points

Wellcoin is a combined social media/rewards platform that helps people make healthier lifestyle decisions. Members can report performing wellness-friendly activities, like exercise or upholding a diet, and receive online points they can accumulate and later trade in for prizes. Meanwhile, the Wellcoin community provides social support for those times when motivation lags.

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Protecting Men’s Falling Fertility with a Pair of Briefs
Protecting Men’s Falling Fertility with a Pair of Briefs

Wireless Armour provides protection from electromagnetic radiation where men need it most

Making babies is a two-way street. Both male and female must have healthy reproductive systems. However, though we often hear on women’s fertility issues, the truth is, men face the same reproductive challenges. A fact that led to Wireless Armour, an underwear developed by London scientist Joseph Perkins aimed at protecting men’s fertile crescent from electromagnetic radiation.

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Device Displays the CO2 Footprint of Factories
Device Displays the CO2 Footprint of Factories

BIG's Steam Ring Generator would puff out a steam circle for every ton of CO2 generated by the Waste-to-Energy power plant in Copenhagen

With every bold and provocative puff of a generator, BIG wants to express to the public how much CO2 their Waste-to-Energy power plant in Copenhagen will emit. They will release one solid steam stack into the air from their factory’s largest pipe for every ton of CO2 they release. This informs locals how much CO2 enters the air at any given minute, providing a visual reminder of how responsible (or irresponsible) a manufacturer is about their carbon footprint.

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Umbrella Redesigned So You Can Text in the Rain
Umbrella Redesigned So You Can Text in the Rain

Designed with a C-shaped handle, the Phone-brella won't let it rain on your texting parade

With a handle that wraps around your forearm, you don’t need to wait for shade when texting with this umbrella. This redesign, named Phone-brella, specializes in letting smartphone users do their thing even under intense rain.

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Single-Stitched and Open-Source, A Simple Tee Redefines Manufacturing
Single-Stitched and Open-Source, A Simple Tee Redefines Manufacturing

Intelligent Design builds low-impact clothing that’s easy to make at home under a Creative Commons 4.0 license

Forget the 3D printer a moment; take out that sewing machine and build a wearable tee at home without even breaking a sweat. Open-source label Intelligent Design, from jeans and tees maker London Denim, launches on Kickstarter with a low-impact, simple yet attractive T-shirt.

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Should You Go Solar? Let Google Convince You with Machine Vision
Should You Go Solar? Let Google Convince You with Machine Vision

Through satellite imagery, Project Sunroof visualizes how much you can save when you cover your roof with solar panels

A Google engineer has devised a multi-factorial tool that will help you calculate savings when you turn your home into a solar-powered one. Named Project Sunroof, it’s an early stage project poised to educate people about the potential financial benefits of using the sun’s rays as electricity.

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Color-Changing Helmets Won’t Just Minimize Trauma, They’ll Detect It
Color-Changing Helmets Won’t Just Minimize Trauma, They’ll Detect It

Color-changing polymer developed by University of Pennsylvania reveals head trauma, helping flag injuries that might have gone untreated

Soldiers’ lives are always on the line. Athletes also suffer many life-threatening blows for the love of the game. Accidents can happen anytime. How would one know if he or she is already suffering from a brain injury if there are no other obvious symptoms? A team from the University of Pennsylvania developed a polymer that changes color upon impact to determine whether a person has suffered head trauma, as reported by the American Chemical Society.

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A Vase that Grows and Changes with Your Plant
A Vase that Grows and Changes with Your Plant

GROWTH is a project that explores what happens when vases conform to plants, instead of the other way around

Beyond their functional purpose, vases are a fixture of good design. Choose the right one, and your coffee table can instantly look 10 times more sophisticated. But some plants can change considerably once they start growing—and ultimately outgrow the vase you so carefully picked out. Thankfully, Studio Ayaskan came up with a solution to this indoor planting problem: a vase that conforms to the plant’s changing shape and size.

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Kirk Souder: Summoning Corporate Giants for Change
Kirk Souder: Summoning Corporate Giants for Change

The Co-Founder and Creative Lead of a creative agency reflects on the heights made possible by a partnership between elite brands and social impact culture

In our work creating shared value platforms for brands we’ve observed there may be both a preoccupation and a prejudice in today’s social impact culture—the purpose-driven businesses and organizations seeking to create positive change—that may be limiting the speed and scale of betterment in our world.

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Why Stop at Steps Counted? Track Your Stroke Count While You’re At It
Why Stop at Steps Counted? Track Your Stroke Count While You’re At It

Speedo releases a water-based wearable called Shine that tracks fitness, sleep, and your backstroke

Wearable fitness trackers are nothing new this year—that technology broke big last year—but Speedo is releasing a specialized wearable aimed at their core audience: fitness swimmers. This week in Burlingham, CA, they will introduce tracker Speedo Shine that tallies a swimmer’s lap and stroke count.

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