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This wildlife conservation project injects a permanent dye into rhino horns to deter and track poachers.
The Rhino Rescue Project aims to protect all rhino’s in South Africa from poaching by using an indelible dye to track rhino horns. With the number of rhino’s lost to poaching exceeding 300 in 2010 alone, over 400 in 2011 and 200 to date in 2012, this innovative solution for rhino poaching is a proactive approach to deter poachers from striking again.
Shoppers at Hointer scan a QR code to have their items delivered to the fitting room by speedy robots.
Hointer is a revolutionary shopping experience that enables users to pick out and try on clothes effortlessly with the help of a robotic sales staff. This blend of technology and service is the brainchild of former head of Supply Chain and Fulfillment Technologies for Amazon – Nadia Shouraboura. Once shoppers download an app, they can head into the showroom and scan the QR codes of the pieces of clothing they would like to try on. An automated backroom delivers the pieces straight to the fitting room, saving shoppers the hassle of going through stacks of clothing trying to find their sizes. When done choosing the perfect outfit shoppers simply swipe their credit cards on an in-room tablet and walk out of the store with their purchase.
The 'Aladdin Key' stores and generates all your passwords so users don't even have to type them in.
Created by Alvin Chang, an independent IT consultant, the Aladdin is a USB keyboard that stores all of your passwords. The idea was inspired by the leaking of 6.5 million LinkedIn passwords last June. Now, this Indiegogo project is trying to improve the current situation of people using simple or identical passwords everywhere by removing the need to memorize passwords. The Aladdin works by generating and remembering a set of alpha-numeric random passwords, each unique to a specific account from your email to Facebook. Once plugged into your computer, it can instantly type in your passwords so you don’t have to.
Skidome will become the world's largest indoor ski park complete with over 2 miles of hills.
Danish architecture firm CEBRA in collaboration with travel agency Danski debuts designs for a modern ski park located in Randers, Denmark. The Skidome will mimic the form of a six-point snowflake and feature over 2 miles of indoor and outdoor trails. It will become the largest indoor ski park in the world at over a million square feet. Part of the facility will also include a freestyle park, hotel, restaurant, and other modern amenities for visitors.
In South Korea and Japan, human-like figures are making their debuts inside store windows.
South Korea’s IMD Communications has developed a new robotic mannequin that physically models the clothes they are dressed in. The benefits of these mannequins are twofold. The first being that they attract more shoppers because of their novelty and human-like stance, and the second being that they are easier for employees to dress and undress. The new mannequins come in three models, each with specific poses integrated into their systems. ‘Endrani’ is described as a 30-something woman who exudes elegance, ‘Dipani’ highlights women’s confidence and creativity, and Marian – the most dynamic of the three – symbolizes strength and the outdoors. Researchers at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology are currently building a prototype of a similar mannequin. but one that works on Microsoft Kinect software to mimic movements of people standing in front of it.
VML Australia lets any compete with people around the world through Facebook.
Digital ad agency VML Australia released their 2012 digital Christmas card, titled Reindeer Races. The interactive card begins as an epic Hollywood-style trailer then leads the audience to a website where they can play with friends in a “real-world interactive race between four of Santa’s reindeer.” Users will be allocated a reindeer when they connect with Facebook and will be placed in the next available race. Players control their reindeer on a holiday-themed track, simply using two keyboard keys to control its speed while they race against their Facebook friends, or computer-controlled ‘bots’.
Mine is a social network that shows your connections' recent purchases in the form of a live feed.
Created by a small team based in Palo Alto, California, Mine is a social network that allows users to share and find interesting things to purchase. A cross between Twitter and Facebook, this new website can import users’ purchase history, help them look up, browse and follow other people, discover new items through them, and shop. Once logged with with an account, users can access their Amazon, iTunes, Etsy or Zappos account history and share it with their friends. When they buy a new item, a notification will pop up asking if they want to publish the purchase. Each user’s feed of purchase can also be “liked” and commented on by anyone in their friends list and they can also share purchases out to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.
This "merciless" app makes waking up a fun, social experience.
Wake N Shake is an alarm clock app that forces users to play mini games with friends as soon as they wake up. Also known as the “merciless” alarm clock, there is no snooze button to catch a few extra minutes of sleep. The only way to turn it off is by continuously shaking your iPhone or iPod. The app has recently debuted a version 3.0, in which it combines fun social features that will keep users motivated and help them get into the habit of waking up early. With Facebook integration, users can also play against and share their wake-up times instantly. Users earn achievements for being awesome at waking up and they can push themselves to wake up earlier and faster by competing with friends for wake up points.
Swiss car visionary revolutionizes urban traffic with small vehicles.
Swiss conceptual car design company – Rinspeed has created a revolutionary electric car so compact that passengers will have to stand upright inside the vehicle. Designed by Frank M. Rinderknecht, the “microMAX” is a blend of personal and public transportation that will make its first appearance at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. The 12.8-feet long vehicle offers space for the driver, three passengers, and even a stroller or shopping cart. microMAX’s unique upright seats are equipped with safety belts while offering a comfortable and space-efficient ride inside the 7.2-feet tall cabin. Best of all, the microMAX comes equipped with a coffee maker, refrigerator, and unlimited gadgets connectivity. Rinderknecht’s modern car is based off the idea of ride-sharing, as he explains below:
A silicon device inside of a mobile phone enables anyone to search for harmful material, drugs, or even health diagnoses.
GravityLight is an innovative solution for storing energy, powered by adding weight to the product.
London-based designers – Martin Riddiford and Jim Reeves have developed a revolutionary lamp that works solely on the power of gravity. A realistic alternative to Kerosene lamps, the GravityLight has the potential to become a sustainable lighting solution for developing countries and even an energy-saving resource for more technologically-advanced nations. It takes only 3 seconds to recharge, or lift the weight back to the original position, which powers the GravityLight, creating 30 minutes of light on its descent. The GravitiyLight’s power source comes from a durable mesh bag, that users fill with rocks and other heavy materials to weigh it down. Best of all, the light can be adapted to power other electronics as well, such as a radio and battery charger. GravityLight itself has no batteries to run out, replace or dispose of, creating a completely clean and green alternative to lighting.