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Open source robot helps automate lab work

Add / Remove Automated technology that can help complete complicated and delicate tasks is already seeing developments in the medical field, with the first full-scale surgeries using an autonomous miniature robot taking place this year. Now, a new robot could make everyday laboratory tasks a little less laborious. OT.One, a micropipette robot from Opentrons, is helping to automate lab work. The … Read More »

Global record label for street musicians

Add / Remove There are a huge array of talented street musicians around the world, and we have seen a couple of projects such as a Paypal method and a Bitcoin portal for buskers, which make it easier for passersby to support them through online donations. Now, Sound of Change is a record label for street musicians, which aims to … Read More »

Site for making regular donations to climate change campaigns

Add / Remove Promoting and fundraising for good causes online can be an effective way to raise awareness and money quickly, but worthy projects can easily get lost on big crowdfunding websites. And while one time donations are welcome, getting support over time can be difficult. That’s why Cool Effect, a crowdfunding website focused on climate change, is helping individuals … Read More »

Offline app teaches passengers about the places they are flying over

Add / Remove Long flights can often seem impossible to fill, regardless of the huge array of entertainment now provided by most airlines. Now, Flyover Country is taking another tact — encouraging passengers to think about the world they are flying over rather than distracting them from it. The offline app was created by the University of Minnesota with funding … Read More »

Smart speaker reads emotions to play music

Add / Remove We have already seen headphones that stimulate nerves to let users feel their music. Now, a new speaker system is claiming to use human moods to learn what tunes users want to listen to. Moodbox uses its artificial intelligence system to work out what music users most want to listen to. Users interact with the Moodbox by … Read More »

Marketplace for properties with existing, reliable tenants

Add / Remove Buying property to let can be a lucrative investment, but the hassle of finding and securing reliable tenants can often put people off. Now, based in Oakland, California, Roofstock is a marketplace for already-rented homes. The business recently raised USD 13m in funding and is about to launch in central Florida. Roofstock is an online marketplace that … Read More »

Bacteria could generate sustainable light for smart cities

Add / Remove As culturing bacteria becomes more accessible, we’re seeing more technologies use their unique characteristics to create devices such as temperature-adaptive clothing and bacteria-powered robots. Glowee, a Parisian startup, believes bacteria could also provide an alternative to electric lights. Glowee cultures the bacteria that give squid their bioluminescence — the ability to glow in the dark. These bacterial … Read More »

Inner-ear stimulation cures VR motion sickness

Add / Remove Having covered how a tilting seat can be used to reduce nausea while VR gaming, we bring news that vMocion have developed a system that makes the user feel like they are actually experiencing motion. Motion sickness occurs because of a disconnect between what the eyes see and what the inner ear perceives. vMocion’s 3V platform overcomes … Read More »

Database of local activities for children

Add / Remove Nearly 3 percent of American children are homeschooled. While this can provide an enriching education, it often means that kids miss out on group activities or school trips, which they might otherwise get to experience. San Francisco-based company Outschool is helping to change this, by offering dozens of workshops and activities for children to enjoy in groups. … Read More »

Platform enables architects to rapidly catch marginal errors

Add / Remove With large-scale construction projects, any slight deviation from design during the building process can have significant consequences downstream. SKUR have developed software that enables users to rapidly detect any variance between design and build. Users take a laser scan of the material (usually LiDAR scans), which provides what’s known as a ‘point cloud’ — a large and … Read More »