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Domino's Pizza has an ambitious new plan to expand into double the number of grade school cafeterias that feature their pizza nationwide.
Domino’s Pizza has an ambitious new plan to expand into double the number of grade school cafeterias that feature their pizza nationwide. But it’s not what you think. The new Smart Slice is engineered to meet new federal guidelines for school lunches. The pizza boasts 50% whole wheat flour and lite mozzarella cheese and the plain version without toppings comes in at three hundred calories and contains 50% of the recommended daily calcium. While fast food companies in schools might give one pause, at least Domino’s is making an effort to create a somewhat more healthy option. Kids do love pizza.
Working with the idea that people are often bored in public places or in transit, publisher A Book gives away short stories via a printout machine and other novel methods.
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Toulouse is testing a new system that could help cut down traffic and pollution as well as the frustration of finding an open place to park.
Toulouse is testing a new system where local drivers can find parking spaces by cell phone. The application can also tell if a car is illegally parked or whether someone has not fed the meter.
An interesting new service allows users to bridge online discounts with physical purchases.
CLOVR Media is a new company that connects credit cards to web banner offers. Users register a credit card, then click on offers that have the CLO (card linked offer) symbol online. When later purchasing the item in a physical store with that card, the discount is automatically applied. Never clip or save a coupon again!
ProtectedPlanet aims to increase visits to and awareness of protected areas of the planet.
The United Nations Environment Programme has recently turned to the power of the wiki to provide a worldwide picture of wildlife conservation efforts. The new site, ProtectedPlanet, aims to increase visits to and awareness of protected areas. The potential is then generated for increases in upkeep funding and popularity of conservation efforts. ProtectedPlanet links into Wikipedia, Google Maps and the Google photo site Panoramio. According to Charles Besancon of the UNEP, protected areas are one of the best ways to safeguard ecosystems and plant and animal life.
The coffee chain is currently engaged in a nine-week program to reclaim a significant portion of the three billion paper coffee cups used in the US annually.
Starbucks is currently engaged in a nine-week trial program to recycle its coffee cups, and hopes to reclaim a significant portion of the three billion paper coffee cups used in the US annually. The recycling program, which started in early September, is running at all 86 New York City locations. Stores are outfitted with new just-for-cups recycling bins. Cups are collected by the same company that picks up the company’s cardboard recyclables so additional collection is not required.
Musicity is a new location-based phone application that links music and architecture.
Musicity is a new London-based phone application from Jump Studios that links music and architecture. When using the application, MP3s of commissioned musicians connect users to London landmarks when they are directly near that location. Consider Musicity a self-guided walking tour with location based extras. Using detailed geo-location information could present exciting new interactive mobile concepts beyond the current Gowalla and Foursquare uses.
An experiment by researchers at the University of Tokyo points to a future where disabled persons could mind-control wheelchair motions.
There’s a new rat cyborg to contend with in Japan. Researchers at the University of Tokyo have a created a brain-machine interface called RatCar. Neural electrodes are implanted into the rodent driver’s motor cortex enabling the rat to collaborate with the vehicle to create forward movement in tests. This interface could point to a future where disabled persons could mind control wheelchair motion.
The "GYT: Get Yourself Tested" promotion offers a special badge to users who check in at a clinic or doctor's office.
For its Fall promotional campaign “GYT: Get Yourself Tested,” MTV is teaming up with Foursquare with the aim to motivate Foursquare enthusiasts to get tested for STDs. A special Foursquare badge will be availible for users who take a test and check-in at the clinic.
The iStethoscope app allows users to easily monitor and share their heartbeat.
The iStethoscope app, available in the UK and US, allows medical practitioners to monitor heartbeats by turning a mobile phone into a pocket stethoscope. The smartphone is applied to the patient’s chest and the resulting waveform can be easily emailed out. The benefit is clear for patients who email a self-test to their physicians from home, but also for doctors working in remote field areas who can send results to a specialist. iStethoscope has been downloaded over three million times according to the BBC.
Medicine vending machines will be tested in two of the chain's locations starting this month.
Sainsbury’s supermarkets in the UK will be testing out automated prescriptions in two stores starting this month. Customers, using an ID and PIN number (or fingerprint scan) scan their empty medicine, place it in an envelope and drop it into the machine. They are then issued a receipt with pickup time. A licensed pharmacist checks the medicine is properly prescribed and replaces the medicine pack into the unit for customer pickup with quick same day turn around times possible. Sainsbury’s Head of Pharmacy Michael Luck estimates 80% of prescriptions are repeat refills so the streamlining benefit is significant. To avoid consumer care concerns, the machines are not offered as a replacement for the option of speaking to a pharmacist about a medication.
A new service, based in New York City, offers easy custom shirts.
New York tailoring company Second Button brings affordable made-to-measure casual workplace shirts for men to your home. The service will dispatch a professional tailor to take your measurements and create a unique look for you, at only $85-$70 a shirt.