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3D printed reproductions enable gallery visitors to touch and feel precious historical objects
A parent’s worst nightmare during a museum visit can be when kids try to grab the artefacts on display, but ‘no touching’ rules do present a barrier to interaction, making exhibitions less engaging. Dutch designer and art historian Maaike Roozenburg now hopes to change this with her Smart Replicas project, which uses augmented reality and 3D printed reproductions of priceless museum objects to make visits more hands-on. READ MORE…
Neighborhood mailbox stickers let communities display items they have to share
If those nostalgic for the pre-digital age are to be believed, neighbors used to simply knock on a door to ask to borrow something, but now they’re too engrossed in their smartphone screen to even know who lives next door. To solve this problem and renew a sharing community spirit, Pumpipumpe is a Switzerland-based project that is encouraging residents to place stickers on their mailbox to denote the goods they’re willing to lend to their neighbors. READ MORE…
Platform helps digital sports influencers get sponsored by brands
Social media has made the careers of bloggers, YouTube stars and opinion leaders. A major source of revenue for these new influencers is to team up with brands, but finding the right partnership is a hard job for both creators and companies. Focusing on the sports industry, Raynforest is a marketplace that helps fans with social influence get paid for reviewing products and promoting brands. READ MORE…
Digital magazine helps those with learning difficulties to cook their own meals
People with developmental disorders can often learn to perform difficult tasks, but they need special help in order to do so, and instructions designed for non-disabled readers can be confusing. We’ve already seen Match use color-coded equipment to help those with autism make sense of the kitchen, and now a new interactive magazine called Look, Cook and Eat is designed especially to teach those with learning difficulties to cook for themselves. READ MORE…
Modular smartwatch lets wearers pick and choose the functions they need
While Google’s Project Ara may be some way from hitting the market, we have already started to see similar projects that enable consumers to customize the hardware they use. The NEX band has combined modular sensors with custom designs to capture the fickle teen market, and now Blocks is a smart watch whose wrist is made up of varying components that enable wearers to tailor the device’s functions. READ MORE…
Plug-and-play device brings smart capabilities to entire car fleets
Not everyone can afford to trade in their current car for a model that comes with smart features as standard, never mind businesses with large fleets. We’ve already seen the OBDLink MX WiFi marketed as bringing connected cars to individual drivers, and now Poland’s Cloud Your Car is enabling companies to track their fleets and driver behavior with a device that plugs into any car. READ MORE…
Robots enable web users to virtually roam London’s Tate art gallery at night
Opening up access to art galleries and museums is certainly a good thing, but for some entry can be too expensive, galleries can be located too far away or the experience can be ruined by bustling tourists. While Google’s Street View Art Projecthas already brought brick and mortar institutions into the digital world by allowing users to virtually walk through its rooms, the UK’s Tate Britain has developed the After Dark scheme, which enables anyone to browse the collection through a robot that moves around the gallery when everyone else has gone home. READ MORE…
Mirror takes a selfie and sends it to your phone
Trying on clothes in the changing rooms always gives a better idea of whether an item is a good fit, but sourcing advice from friends isn’t easy if they’re not there to see it in person. While we’ve already seen Amsterdam’s Karl Lagerfeld Store has already used changing room tablets to enable shoppers to snap their new look and share it with friends, France-based Pixglass now wants to make the process easier, with a camera-enabled mirror that digitally captures whatever is in front of it. READ MORE…
Micro meal recommendations help drop calories and fight national hunger
Many people in the US are looking for ways in which they can lose weight at the same time that others struggle to get access to or afford food. Schemes such as Halfsieshave already joined the two together with half-size restaurant portions matched with donations to charity. Now FoodTweeks is an app that gives users small suggestions to tweak their diet, with each calorie cut rewarded with support for local food banks. READ MORE…
Debit card holds both cash and virtual currencies
The traditional wallet is under threat. Last year, we wrote about Coin, the credit card-sized device that stores up to 8 cards at once and can be used in their place. Now Shift has introduced a card that lets users pay with both traditional bank accounts, loyalty points and virtual currencies. READ MORE…
App translates sports fans’ cheers from the armchair to the stadium
During the height of the Arab Spring, the Tunisian government banned crowds from gathering at games played by the soccer team C.S Hammam-Lif. To enable fans to continue supporting their team, the Mobilizing the 12th Man campaign translated virtual clapping and cheering from an app into real sound played through speakers in the stadium. Although these were special circumstances, the average fan can also be locked out of supporting their teams in person thanks to extortionate ticket prices and the cost of traveling to away games. The UK’s Fanmode is an app that enables stay-at-home sports fans to have their support broadcast at the game venue. READ MORE…
QR code badges could help lost seniors find their way home
QR codes are proving to be an enduring method for easily attaching digital information to physical objects, and we’ve seen them used in a variety of ways. Australia’s StrayHat has made it easier for parents to find their kids’ lost stuff with QR code labels, and now a local authority in China has now issued QR code badges to elderly people, enabling passersby to help them back to their home if they get lost. READ MORE…
Stockholm tourist guide is based on the city’s most popular taxi trips
Travel guides have undergone a huge upheaval with the advent of the web, with more tourists than ever before relying on the opinions of people like them instead of more professional reviews. We’ve even seen real-time digital data such as social media trends and Instagram photos incorporated into guides before. Now Sweden’s Taxi Trails is offering another example, displaying the most popular cab destinations in real-time to offer city suggestions for tourists. READ MORE…
Smart sensor alerts homeowners of water leaks as soon as they happen
When a pipe springs a leak, it not only damages property and wastes resources, but can result in a huge bill for homeowners — especially if it goes weeks or months undetected. We recently wrote about the Everydrop LA app, which enables vigilant citizens to report instances of water leakage to help them get fixed, and now Wally is a smart device that connects to homeowners’ water system to let them know when a leak needs fixing. READ MORE…
Platform helps separated couples plan and manage child support without arguing
Divorces and separations are emotionally fraught enough without having to get both parties together to arrange and maintain child support plans. However, the reality is that parents need to work as a team even more so after a split. We’ve already seen services such as Wevorce aim to make them more amicable by replacing the two-lawyer system with a single common representative who works with both parties. Now SupportPay is an organization tool that can make the process of managing child support payments and post-break up communication less stressful. READ MORE…