Amp Fiddler | Energy – Basementality 3

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Stella Jean 2015/16 F/W & 2016 S/S

STELLA JEAN | Global Taste Maker

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Post Couture | Download, Print & Customize No Sew Fashion

Digital Fashion Designs Are Downloadable And Customizable

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Post-Couture produces editable clothing designs, which consumers can print and self-assemble at their local makerspace.

As the maker movement advances, nurses are able to create customized hospital equipment, just as beatmakers are able to invent parts for their production tools. Netherlands-based collective Post-Couture brings the concept to clothing, producing customizable designs that users assemble in their local maker-space.

Post-Couture’s range uses Spacer fabric — a 3D-knitted material made from recycled PET plastic bottles. Users first choose a design on the collective’s website, and input their measurements — they can even customize the design file using Illustrator or Rhinoceros. They then receive the fabric and download the pattern, which they use to etch out the item with laser-cutting equipment at their local makerspace. Interweaving tabs form the seams of the pieces, meaning that material can be assembled into the correct shape without any need for sewing. Users also have the option to receive the materials pre-cut, or buy the digital design files from EUR 5 to print themselves. Any trimmings or discarded garments can be returned to Post-Couture for recycling.

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With an opening range designed by fashion label mphvs, Post-Couture’s products are priced between EUR 40 — 130. What other ways can fashion facilitate greater consumer customization?


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Eco Tent Bed

Tent For Beds Is Warm And Energy Efficient

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Room in Room tents come with device holders and fit over beds, circulating warm air to help reduce fuel costs by up to 25 percent.

When users want to reduce their winter energy bills, they could turn to these tiny robots that fit insulation beneath floorboards. Failing that, they could keep warm by recreating the experience of camping in the great outdoors, all in the comfort of their beds at home.

Combining inspiration from four-poster beds and the necessity to keep warm when camping, Korea-based Room in Room developed tents made to fit over users’ beds. Made of Tetron cotton, the easily assembled tents create a bed-based microclimate five-degrees celsius warmer than the rooms. The large inner space circulates warm air while mesh ventilation keeps the atmosphere fresh. Trimmed with the mod-cons of today’s bedroom, the Room in Room comes equipped with a laptop stand and smartphone cradle for watching movies while wrapped up in the warm tent. Currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, pledgers can receive a double bed size tent from USD 70, which could help reduce heating bills by up to 25 percent.

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How else can businesses borrow from outdoor activities, and help users keep energy bills down over the bitter winter?


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Self Service Airport Security Check

Locker System Could Improve Airport Bag-Check Experience

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Qylatron is a self-service honeycomb locker system that could provide more efficient carry-on security checks at airports.

On the busiest days of the year, the TSA screens more than two million travelers, so it is no wonder that wait times often surpass 20 minutes. We have already seen the BlipTrack Indoor Sensor System, which gives customers real-time info on wait times, and now Qylatron is a honeycomb locker system that could improve the situation further, by offering an efficient alternative to the current conveyor belt system.

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The Qylatron was created by airport security tech firm Qylur. To begin, passengers walk up to the stacked wall of lockers and scan their ticket. Then, they place their carry on luggage inside one of the lockers and walk through the body scanner. The Qylatron scans the luggage using x-ray, radiation and chemical screenings and machine learning. If it detects a problem it alerts the staff, if not the customer simply retrieves their bag from the other side of the locker and continues with their journey.

The system can cater to 600 passengers per hour and since two or three passengers can put in or retrieve their luggage at any one time, the Qylatron system may provide a more efficient airport security experience. They also take up less space and require less staff to manage each cluster. We first spotted the Qylatron in 2013 and since then the technology has been trialled at the World Cup in Brazil and the Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco. Airport testing should follow soon. Where else could Qylatron be used?


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Kyocera | Washable Smart Phone

Washable Smartphone Is Water And Soap Proof

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This Kyocera smartphone has a soap-proof and self-healing casing, so users can wash it like they would their dishes.

As we enter into the colder months in the Northern hemisphere, colds and flus are prone to spreading around offices, making us remember that smartphones — which spend their time close to mouths and hands — are not particularly hygienic. We recently covered a Korean cafe that provided toasters for customers to sanitize their devices while they await their coffee, and now Japan-based Kyocera has developed a smartphone users can wash with soap.

The Digno Rafre handset contains standard Android software, and its outer casing has been specially designed to resist penetration of soap and water. This enables users to wash their handsets as they would their dishes, and accommodates a wide range of activities such as using their smartphone in a bubble bath. The case also has a self-healing coating, so minor abrasions will restore itself. The model is currently only available in Japan through the carrier KDDI, with no plans for a wider release.

Could this casing be developed for other devices too?


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Robo Car Race | Driver-less Car Technology

Formula E Announce First Driverless Car Championship

Driverless Race Car 1Kinetic, in partnership with Formula E, are developing driverless cars that will use AI to compete in races from 2016.

There has been much talk about driverless cars, and we’re seeing an abundance of assistive driving technology, such as this software for car-to-car communication. To demonstrate just what driverless cars are capable of, electric vehicle racing series Formula E have partnered with Kinetik to announce the world’s first driverless car race.

The Roborace, scheduled for the 2016/17 season, will involve ten teams using the same basic driverless vehicles — the challenge will be in developing the competitive software. Teams will develop artificial intelligence that must be capable of dealing with real-time obstacles, overtaking maneuvers, and weighing up risk and reward scenarios. The races will take place on Formula E circuits in major cities around the world, with the aim of showcasing the performance and ability of driverless technology in the extremes of speed and risk. Besides the professional teams, at least one team is to be crowdsourced.

Further details are set to be announced in early 2016. First person drone racing has already been around for over a year. How else can autonomous robotics be applied to sports?


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SwipeCast | Agency Free Model Casting App

App For The Modeling Industry Bypasses Agencies


Swipecast is an app that connects modeling professionals directly with clients, sidestepping agencies altogether.

We are seeing the emergence of an industry based around reducing the need for a middlemen. The latest such example is Swipecast, an app that connects modeling professionals — including models, photographers and stylists — directly with clients, sidestepping the traditional business model of agencies altogether.


The modeling industry has already been somewhat transformed by social media — Instagram in particular, enables professional or amateur models and creatives to market themselves online and grab the attention of both the public and potential clients. Now, Swipecast aims to democratize the industry further by providing a platform dedicated to communication and booking facilities. To begin, users create a profile with photographs, personal description and details of any campaigns they have already been used in. Then, bookers can search the database, browse portfolios and get in touch with interesting users via in-app communication tools. They can make booking requests, finalize arrangements and organize payment through the app.

Swipecast takes a ten percent cut of any booking made through the platform, which is significantly lower than agencies who usually take approximately 40 percent. Models who are already on an agents’ books can still use the platform and direct clients to their agent, or use it to book small gigs that would usually be passed over. Could a similar platform be used for booking other professionals, too?


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Biometric Nose Clip | First Response Monitor

Biometric Clip Monitors Patients’ Vitals In Emergencies

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The First Response Monitor is a wearable device that can monitor patients’ heart and respiratory rates in mass-casualty emergencies.

In a mass-casualty situation, first responders often have to monitor dozens of injured people at once, to make sure information about each patient’s vitals is readily available. Previously, medics would have to take measurements repeatedly — a hugely time-consuming manual task that prevented them from administering emergency care. Now, the First Response Monitor, created by Cambridge Design Partnership, is a wearable device that can take over the task, monitoring patients’ heart rate and respiratory rate, providing medics with data on-demand.

The compact biometric device clips onto the patient’s nose and constantly monitors both heart rate and breathing rate. Measurements are displayed both on the wearable and on a paired device, which receives the data via Bluetooth. Medics can also access data graphs that show how the patient’s condition has changed over time. Respiratory rate has, until now, been largely neglected by previous wearable monitors, but it can — in combination with other information — provide indications of life-threatening conditions such as sepsis.

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What other monitoring equipment could be adapted for field work?


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ArcelorMittal | Will Create Renewable Energy From Carbon Emmissions

Steel Plant Will Convert Harmful Byproducts Into Renewable Energy


ArcelorMittal is launching a scheme at their Ghent plant, which will convert the damaging byproducts — CO and CO2 — into ethanol.

ArcelorMittal — the world’s largest steel company — produced 93.1 million tons of steel in 2014, generating a problematic amount of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. But now, the company is launching a pilot scheme at their Ghent plant in partnership with bio-engineering organization LanzaTech, which will convert this waste product into useful ethanol, using a microbe originally found in rabbits’ guts.

LanzaTech’s system captures carbon monoxide using a customized clostridium microbe and converts it into bio-ethanol, which can be sold to power cars and airplanes. The scheme is expected to cost EUR 87 million, but if successful the plant could eventually produce 47,000 tons of ethanol a year, and would potentially lead to the system being utilized in all of the company’s factories. ArcelorMittal are not the first corporation to experiment with turning a polluting byproduct into a financial asset: we recently wrote about United Airline’s new bio-fuel made from household trash. Both schemes could benefit the companies financially, as well as the environment with its renewable energy alternatives. Construction is expected to begin in 2017. What other waste products could be transformed in this way?


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