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Portable cycle

It’s possible to save electricity while showering. But for a clear conscience, why not go further still? A startup from England has designed a portable system that reuses shower water to wash clothes. A detachable water tank is placed on the shower floor like a mat. Once full - typically after 2 minutes - it is reattached to the...

Lone hand

Oh, to be James Bond. Just once. In ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’, Pierce Brosnan drove his car using a cell phone. Now a mobile home manufacturer has launched the concept of a remote-controlled trailer. Equipped with batteries and wheel hub motors, the trailer can be moved around by app. Makes hitching, unhitching and parking a cinch. While travelling, the electric...

Traditional future

Peanut shells are good for plants. Leftovers from chocolate production can be useful too. With its design for a smart village, an Australian company wants to provide businesses from the cocoa sector with a creative environment. The goal is to drive innovation for the circular economy and reduce the industry’s carbon footprint. The proposed Ecuadorian village is inspired by...

Understanding on demand

Communication is vitally important. Particularly in times when physical contact is limited. Support for deaf people might be coming soon thanks to a product designer from Dubai. Her intelligent bracelet converts language into text that can be read on the integrated display. A touch of a button, and the device scans the immediate environment to confirm the number of...

Comforting time-out

When things get on top of us, we look for peace and serenity. A designer from France has created a chair specially aimed at preventing people within the Autism spectrum from experiencing sensory-overload. The cocoon-like chair is equipped with noise-absorbing, plain cushions which can be inflated at the touch of a button. The resulting pressure on the torso and...

Old-school innovation

Combining a pair of new trousers with grandma’s or pop’s old jacket is in. Classic cars have never been out. Which is why a restaurateur from Finland has developed a new, human-powered vehicle in the style of an antique race car. A time-honoured concept relying on leg work with a vintage new look. A foldable hood makes getting in...

Creative alternatives

Decommissioned materials still have lots of potential. Take these plastic bottles, for example, which are being used to build schools. In Scotland, a company is developing creative new uses for wind turbines that have been replaced by newer, more efficient models. Since older incarnations are only 75% recyclable, it is important that items such as rotor blades, which are...

Safe release

A tear in vacuumed packaging is irritating. But excess air in your body is dangerous. A stab wound, say, can result in air leaking into the space between the lung and chest wall. If this air then presses on the lung, it can trigger a collapse. Cue a research team from Calgary University in Canada, which has developed a...

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