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Digital lockers will take parcels and clean laundry
Services such as LaundryLocker have been attempting to replace the traditional laundromat with a 24/7 automated service inside apartment buildings for years now. But now it has a competitor in NYC-based Clean Cube, which is adding secure package pick ups and drop offs alongside quick and easy dry cleaning services. READ MORE…
Smart sticker could stop your car being towed away
Parking restrictions are clearly there for a reason, but sometimes drivers have a need to just quickly park to pop into a shop or pick someone up. It seems to be in these moments that motorists are most likely to get a ticket or — even worse — get towed. While the Fixed app already help drivers retrospectively challenge parking tickets, TowStop is a smart sticker that alerts car owners when a parking enforcer is about to tow their vehicle. READ MORE…
Interactive radio ads let listeners speak back
We’re now used to interactive media, but many ads — even online ones — still feel like a one-way message. Platforms such as AdYapper have previously provided a platform for consumers to comment on TV spots and help advertisers get feedback on their work. Now XAPPmedia wants to turn Internet radio ads into a conversation, enabling listeners to speak back to take part in offers and discounts. READ MORE…
At Düsseldorf Airport, a robot called Ray will park your car
Airport parking lots can be a hassle. Every driver knows the experience of spending the better part of an hour searching for a spot, only to find one that’s miles away from the terminal entrance. Those flying from Düsseldorf Airport may no longer have this problem thanks to a new robotic employee. Ray is a robot valet that will safely store travelers’ cars and have it ready for them when they return. READ MORE…
Software add-on makes your Tesla smarter
While companies such as Google are still working on their driverless vehicles, true smart cars are still some way from consumer driveways. Earlier this year we saw theBDLink MX WiFi kickstarter campaign successfully fund a small widget that retrofits any car with smart capabilities. For Tesla owners, Smartcar is now enabling them to personalize and automate their car’s climate and charging settings using their smartphone. READ MORE…
Smart grill cooks food perfectly every time
Home cooking can be very rewarding when it goes right, but also kind of soul crushing when it goes wrong. Devices such as the Drop smart kitchen scale have already helped amateur chefs to avoid disaster by adjusting recipes on the fly if they accidentally veer from the instructions. Now Palate Home wants to take out the human element altogether, with an intelligent cooker that never undercooks or overcooks meals.the patent pending algorithm will make sure the food is never under-cooked or over-done. READ MORE…
Camera-embedded sports kits bring first person POV to all sports
Newly affordable tech such as the GoPro camera or HEXO+ autonomous sports drone has changed what we expect from action footage. Yet coverage of sports such as soccer, tennis and basketball often still use the same distant shots to show fans what’s going on. Spanish tech company First V1sion is aiming to change this, with sportswear that features an integrated camera to show real-time action from the athlete’s point of view. READ MORE…
Through app, kids ask questions about politics via text
While general elections in the UK typically receive a moderate voter turnout — usually above 60 percent — there’s still widespread disaffection with politics and voter numbers have been dropping since the 1950s. Young people especially aren’t engaged by political activity in their region and learning about it isn’t mandatory in schools. Now a new campaign in the country is looking to change this with Ask Amy, an app that uses artificial intelligence to provide kids with answers to their questions about politics. READ MORE…
This ring lets blind people read non-Braille books
One of the problems with Braille is that it’s typically printed in specialist books aside from the copies created for sighted people, meaning that those with sight difficulties can’t borrow their friends’ books and need to seek out the bookstores and libraries that cater for them. In the past, we’ve seen projects such as Thailand’sMr. Light and Mr. Dark — which uses special typography to enable the blind and non-blind to read the same book. Now the FingerReader initiative from MIT provides visually impaired readers with a wearable ring that can scan written text and read it out loud. READ MORE…
Offline device stores user passwords and deletes them if it’s tampered with
The information we place online is highly private — ranging from credit card details to personal photos — and yet the average consumer continues to use a single password for their multiple accounts. In order to encourage web users to diversify their security measures, Gilmo is a device that allows them to quickly pull up the password for any account without storing the details online. READ MORE…
Smart power adaptors track seniors’ daily routines to make sure they’re ok
The population of the elderly is growing, and along with it the strain on nursing homes. Even if some seniors value the independence of living in their own home, they can still worry about the lack of help if an accident happens. We’ve previously written about Amulyte, a wearable emergency assistance button that helps seniors let family and caregivers know if they’re in trouble, wherever they are. While this could help the elderly lead more active lives, it comes with the price of having to wear it constantly. Evermind is a new system which tracks the seniors’ use of home devices so that relatives can be alerted to breaks in routine. READ MORE…
For premature babies, haptic mattress helps them feel their mother’s heartbeat
Around 15 million premature babies are born every year, and many of those need to spend at least the first weeks of their lives in isolation before they can go home with their parents. However, during this time they lose the vital physical and emotional connection with their mother, who is often limited to one hour of holding time a day. Platforms such as BabyTime, which uses Apple’s FaceTime system to visually connect mothers with their newborns, have previously tried to tackle this disconnection. Now, Babybe is a system that translates mothers’ heartbeats into haptic feedback for the baby inside the ICU. READ MORE…
Micro beacon stickers turn any object into a smart one
GPS already helps smartphones make sense of the outdoor world, and devices such as iBeacons are enabling indoor spaces such as stores and homes to be connected to mobile devices. For example, San Francisco Airport recently installed beacons to help blind people navigate its Terminal 2. Now Estimote stickers are tiny adhesive beacons that can be attached to any surface to help unconnected objects interact with smartphones. READ MORE…
AR lets customers virtually preview furniture designs in store
Brick and mortar stores still have a few benefits over web retailers, with the biggest being the ability for customers to try out products in a way they can’t online. But they can’t even offer that bonus if the items aren’t currently in stock. We’ve already seen Poland’s A+D use augmented reality to trial store designs through lifesize projections. Now Vizera is leveraging AR to enable customers to virtually visualize products in a range of different designs. READ MORE…
Bicycle-to-car communication app helps avoid collisions
There’s a tension between cyclists and motorists when it comes to sharing the road. Bikers consider careless drivers to be the reason for the majority of collisions that occur — and they may be right — while car owners believe cyclists don’t respect the rules of the road. We’ve already seen products such as Fly6 — the bike light that doubles a camera to encourage drivers to check their behavior. Now TheBikeShieldApp wants to help both parties to work together, offering alerts alerts to both when either comes too close or appears in a blind spot. READ MORE…