Grab your reusable bottle since Dasani is rolling out 100 BYOB vending machines – essentially, refillable water stations – as a test approach to curb plastic waste. The company also will start selling water in aluminum cans, which are made from more recycled material than plastic bottles, in the northeast this fall.
Facebook Wants to Read your Mind
Although it may seem like it, Facebook can’t yet read your thoughts, but the company’s Research Lab is making progress into getting inside your brain using infrared. In collaboration with the University of California in San Francisco, Facebook has run recent experiments analyzing brain activity in real-time.
Designers Take Back Time With The Help Of Manufacturers
The advent of the Internet has done more to revolutionize the way design is realized today than any other technological advancement. Certainly, the proliferation of personal computers enhanced the way designers work, but the Internet’s immeasurable value lies in its capacity to create new marketplaces, facilitate an exchange of ideas and images at breakneck speed, and induce far-flung but fruitful collaborations. That demand for excellence makes today a very challenging time to be a designer. There is, however, a growing trend in the industry that lessens a substantial load on designers. It’s been called “the rise of dealer designers” and while these individuals are not new to the industry, their ability to drastically relieve the pressure of client demands on designers is coming to the light.
It's called the Replicator and it could very well be the future of 3-D printing. Inspired by both Star Trek and CT scanners, the Replicator projects a video of a 3-D image into a synthetic resin that solidifies under certain intensities of light. The result is a super smooth, bespoke object. Right now the Replicator can only print things at the centimeter scale, but the possibilities once it is scaled up could be astounding.
New Solar Blind Harvests More Power Than Window Coatings
Soligami may sound like a delicious cured meat, but it's actually the next development in transforming windows into solar panels. While there are currently coatings that can generate solar energy from windows, they darken rooms and aren't particularly efficient. Soligami, developed by Australia-based design firm Prevalent, would hang like a drape and use unique origami-inspired folds to bounce light around across multiple panels, generating large amounts of energy.
The Robotic Future of Farming
Thanks to advances in zoological sciences, we know that humans are not the only species that have the capacity for self-awareness, language, or even farming. But one cognitive ability we do have over other animals is thinking into the far future, which is a skill we've been under-employing as we face the looming threat of cataclysmic climate change and a swelling global population. But changes in the way we do agriculture, which currently produces 33% of green house gas emissions, could have long term positive effects on our planet. And a lot of these changes will be the result of robots taking on most of the tasks on large and small farms.
Every January, tech investors, manufacturers, enthusiasts, and journalists flock to Las Vegas to get a glimpse at what the products of the future may look like at CES. This year's crop of gadgets brought some exciting developments in artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and robotics (including one that can bake bread). But it wouldn't be CES without some truly head-scratching, and ego-deflating, entries.
More Unsettling Tech Developments Arriving in 2019
New year, new future tech to be equally wowed and disquieted by. As we leave 2018 and all of its tech-related scandals and outrages behind, it's tempting to look ahead to this year's developments with a futurist-friendly outlook. In an ideal world, tech would be used solely for good or entertaining purposes — sadly, we don't live in an ideal world. Read on to find out what future developments you should keep a discerning eye on in 2019.
Scientists Attempt to Cool Earth with Calcium Carbonate
The news about climate change may not be getting any better on the ground, but there's some hope up in the stratosphere. Scientists at Harvard will launch the first solar geoengineering experiment this spring, which will attempt to reflect some of the sun's rays back into outer space and keep our planet from reaching the dreaded 1.5-degrees celsius mark. This idea, known as stratospheric aerosol injection, mimics a natural global cooling phenomenon that can follow volcanic eruptions.
NASA's new tool for looking at our planet is seriously sophisticated. Called the Scientific Visualization Studio, the program referenced nearly a terabyte of data gathered from NASA's Goddard Earth Observing System Model to create an animation that produced petabytes (one million gigabytes) of output. The overall goal of this super-powered computational tool is to "promote a greater understanding of Earth and space science research," according to NASA.
Moooi Smacks Down Counterfeiters With New App
Cheating sucks, in relationships, in school, and definitely in business. Everyone, from individual designers to giant design houses, goes to great lengths to make sure their intellectual property stays out of the hands of counterfeiters, but Moooi may have found a solution that is foolproof and looks cool, too. Going forward, all Moooi products will come with a small floral button that contains a identifying microchip. Shoppers with the brand's new authentication app can scan the button and confirm if what they're looking at is a real Moooi product.
Water Abundance XPrize Winner Announced
The Water Abundance XPrize awarded two designers from California the $1.75 million prize purse for an invention that pulls drinkable water straight out of the air. Called WeDew, the winning project extracts moisture from its surroundings and transforms it into 2,000 liters of clean water per day, satisfying the daily needs of 100 people. It's composed of two devices, SkyWater and a biomass gasifier, and housed inside a shipping container.
In 2017, HIV/AIDS claimed nearly one million lives, with an additional 36.9 million people living with the disease. HIV is a treatable illness if caught early, but once it becomes AIDS it is fatal. A new device developed by product designer Hans Ramzan gives people in the developing world, where the majority of new HIV/AIDs cases emerge, the power to test themselves at home for the virus, removing dependence on foreign aid.
In the Future, Couples Will Break Up Over Everything Except Assembling Ikea Furniture
Ikea furniture may look innocuous, but it has a well-documented history of destroying new couples before they even leave the store. And when lovebirds do escape the commercial behemoth's clutches, they inevitably fall apart when it comes time to assemble the pieces. Two researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore may have finally given couples everywhere a solution to the latter problem with a robot that can (partially) put together Ikea products in under a half-hour.
Carbon XPrize Contestants Transform CO2 Into Valuable Products
Carbon capture may be in its infancy, but it'll need to grow quickly if we're to rely on it to mitigate global climate change. The Carbon XPrize currently has ten teams competing for the $20 million purse prize. The goal is to transform captured carbon into products that can be used in the built environment, or as alternative fuels, or commercially available items.
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