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Easing elements

A robot shapes dresses. If we ourselves don’t feel in great shape, perhaps because we are experiencing stress, a special ball can help us calm down. Now, thanks to a design student’s award-winning concept, items of clothing could soon fulfil the same function. Inflatable elements of various sizes are sewn into the upper part of her garment. Where exactly...

Fair training

Creatives can transform their stories into games or compose music on smartphones and share it on their socials. The most well-known AI chatbots are trained using data that software firms find on the internet - even if creatives haven't consented to its use. Reason enough for a US-based organisation to try and make things more equitable. Their method? To...

Attaching activities

3D printing can deliver adaptors for handheld toothbrushes and bespoke prosthetic limbs. Now, a London-based startup has come up with a new concept, developing a special sleeve for those with below-elbow limb differences. Once the soft, lightweight sleeve is attached, different adapters can be fitted to it. Enabling those who rely on prosthetics to undertake a range of activities....

Changing clarity

Some car tyres can adapt their size according to the terrain. Flexible walls mean flats can be easily converted. But eyewear that automatically adjusts focus between near and distant objects? Sounds unlikely, but it’s exactly the product a startup from Japan has recently developed together with a design firm. Before first use, consumers adjust the diopter for both integrated...

Colourful salvation

Seaweed can be used as a fire retardant. In Berlin, meanwhile, a female designer has developed a thin algae-based film and coated it with a natural dye. The aim? To stop still edible food being wasted. Her film changes colour according to the pH value of what it’s covering, reacting upon contact with gases like ammonia, produced when fish...

Asymmetrical comfort

Artificial body parts can be tailor-made for extra comfort. For women who have had mammary tissue removed because of cancer, there are bras with built-in prostheses. Still, these are not always comfortable. A London-based architect, a cancer survivor herself, teamed up with underwear specialists to create one-cup lingerie and swimwear. Because not every woman chooses breast reconstruction, and losing...

Intuitive level

Trees planted by companies can be a playful enterprise. But all game-designers need programming skills. Right? Wrong. A new platform developed by an English startup allows games to be designed intuitively. Ready-made figures, obstacles and collectable objects can be selected from a menu, with additional criteria such as size, position and movement completing the animation. Keyboard controls are quickly...

Gentle strength

Origami techniques can help vehicles achieve greater stability, whatever the terrain. Whereas, less stable objects can be lifted by robots with grippers made from soft materials such as cloth or silicon. Though useful, these grippers’ low load capacity is a limiting factor. Enter a Seoul-based research team, which is using a centuries old technique so that robots can grasp...

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