IOSSELLIANI | Stacked Gunmetal & Black Zircon Cocktail Ring

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IOSSELLIANI All That Jewelry! Stacked Ring - Black


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MOOV NOW | Wearable Personal Trainer

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PaperJohn | Grocery Bag Backpacks

Cycle-Friendly, Biodegradable Paper Backpack For Groceries

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PaperJohn is a biodegradable backpack made from recycled paper, which encourages cyclists by accommodating their movement.

One million plastic bags are used every minute, contributing massively to pollution through both their production and disposal. Many countries have introduced incentives to encourage the use of reusable bags, but despite their best intentions, the average shopper is prone to forget them at least some of the time. Offering a solution is the PaperJohn, a biodegradable backpack made from 100 percent recycled paper — which can be worn on the back, enabling people to cycle to the store and avoid plastic bags altogether.

From Germany, the PaperJohn — made by Ogata — can carry more groceries than the average paper bag, since it is made with higher density paper. It is 320 x 170 x 450mm, and features shoulder straps. The raw material comes from renewable wood, avoiding precious resources such as oil or food, and Ogata plan to manufacture the product in one of Germany’s neighboring countries, to reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation. The bag can even be branded with logos or advertisements at very low costs.

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Stores will be hopefully able to offer this eco-friendly alternative soon: a crowdfunding campaign is set to launch next month. How else could customers be encouraged to make their shopping trips more environmentally friendly?

Website: www.paperjohn.de
Contact: office@paperjohn.de

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JAR | Fingertip Password Security

Hack-Proof Biometric Device Could Replace Passwords

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JAR is a personal biometric crypto-key, which uses the customer’s fingertip as their password for every login and registration.

The sheer number of passwords needed to protect online accounts means that one inevitably gets forgotten every now and then. But a new device called JAR, developed by the German startup of the same name, could put an end to this traumatic process of account retrieval, by replacing passwords altogether.

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JAR is a personal biometric crypto-key that uses the customer’s finger tip as their password for every login and registration. Boasting 100 percent security, it would take a hacker 6 quadrillion years to access the user’s data. The device comes in the form of a touch sensitive button, which plugs into smartphones and laptops via the audio jack. It can easily be attached to a keyring and can be replaced if lost without any longterm disruption to users’ accounts. JAR will not store or access any of the data protected by its device and plan to make the software completely open source.

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In the past decade the number of stolen personal datasets and the global annual damage resulting from cyber attacks has increased massively. JAR hopes to change this by reducing the possibility of compromised accounts and password leaks. JAR is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter where backers can pre-order the device for an early bird price of USD 69, for delivery in January 2016. How else could the digital world be made safer using biometric technology?

Website: www.yourjar.de
Contact: www.twitter.com/your_jar

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Kyocera | Japanese Solar Farms

Abandoned Japanese Golf Courses To Become Solar Farms

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Electronics manufacturer Kyocera is converting some of Japan’s defunct golf courses into massive solar energy farms.

One of the challenges with alternative energy is finding sufficient space to farm it — both wind and solar require large amounts of land in order to harvest sufficient quantities of the green energy. Now, Japan has found a solution in the form of abandoned golf courses. Japan has an estimated 600 unused golf clubs, and electronics manufacturer Kyocera is planning to convert some of these into massive solar plants.

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Many of Japan’s golf courses — built during the country’s boom years — were abandoned when the economy’s growth stalled, and have lain unused, taking up valuable space on the densely populated island. Kyocera will begin by constructing a 23-megawatt solar farm in the Kyoto prefecture, along with another site in the Kagoshima prefecture. The Kyoto farm will be the biggest in the region, producing enough power to supply 8,100 local households. Former golf courses are particularly suited to solar farming because they boast a low concentration of tree shade and high sun exposure.

The projects are expected to be completed by 2018. A number of cities in the US are said to be considering similar proposals. What are some other abandoned spaces that can be converted into green energy farms?

Website: www.global.kyocera.com
Contact: www.contact.kyocera.co.jp

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Self Folding Origami Robot Performs Several Functions

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UNICOIN | Engages Kids For Global Early Education Charity

Digital Currency Teaches Kids About Charity

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Created by UNICEF and H&M Conscious Foundation, Unicoin is a crypto-currency which will engage kids and promote access to early education.

More than 200 million children around the world are deprived of access to education before they even reach the age of five. Now, Unicoin is a charitable crytocurrency, which will enable children in more privileged parts of the world to help ensure every child gets the chance to reach their full learning potential.

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Children can earn a Unicoin by submitting a drawing and small piece of writing about their future dreams to the project, launched as part of a collaboration between UNICEF and H&M Conscious Foundation. Their sketch will be rewarded with one Unicoin, which will be spent on supplies for Early Childhood Development programs in underdeveloped communities. The project is part of the Global Program for Education, which H&M will donate USD 9.3 million to over the next three years. It is also informing kids in privileged parts of the world the importance of charity and education. UNICEF plan to distribute 20,000 learning packs with notebooks and pencils, each one earned by the creation of a Unicoin.

We have seen the Bitcoin model used for good before in the form of SolarCoin — a digital currency option that is backed by the production of solar energy, but Unicoin is the first to actively engage children in the project, enabling them to use their creativity to help their peers. Are there other age groups that can benefit from digital currency?

Website: www.unicoins.org
Contact: www.unicef.org/contact

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BigBelly Trash Bins | NYC Municiple WiFi Network Pilot

Smart Bins Could Provide Citywide WiFi In NYC

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Waste management company Bigbelly is piloting a scheme in New York, using their smart trash cans as vessels for a municipal WiFi network.

We have seen initiatives using everything from sidewalk slabs to city buses, that attempt to create citywide WiFi networks. Now, in New York, a waste management company called Bigbelly is piloting another solution by using smart trash containers which could collectively create widespread municipal WiFi.

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BigBelly’s solar-powered garbage containers and recycling units are already fitted with Qualcomm chips, which automatically inform management when the bins are full — or smelly — via text or email. Now, BigBelly are hoping to persuade municipalities to deploy their WiFi enabled bins across their cities to provide continuous internet coverage. Since the bins are at street level, they would not be confronted with interference from the city’s tall buildings, and could also be used to display public service announcements and emergency alerts, on top of collecting valuable data for governments.

What other existing smart structures could be used to enhance connectivity?

Website: www.bigbelly.com
Contact: info@bigbelly.com

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Byxee|Road Hazard Scanner For Bikes

Smart Device Warns Cyclists About Upcoming Road Hazards

Byxee could help cyclists conquer irregular road surfaces, by scanning the road ahead and alerting them of upcoming hazards.

We have seen an encouraging amount of schemes and devices aiming to make urban cycling a safer experience. Volvo Lifepaint is a highly reflective temporary spray aimed at making cyclists and their equipment more visible at night, while WeCycle lets cyclists track their journeys, pooling their data to create heat maps for city planners. Now, Byxee is a smart device which could help cyclists conquer the hazards created by irregular road surfaces, by scanning the road ahead and alerting them of upcoming dangers.

Byxee is a a smart safety device that attaches to the rider’s handlebars, and uses an advanced video system to spot hazards — including potholes, gratings, bumps and tarmac patches — up to 80 feet away. It does this by analyzing the shadows and contrasts created by road hazards, and provides a warning signal in the form of audible beeps to alert the cyclist in time for them to avoid them. Byxee also detects obstacles such as animals, pedestrains, moving hazards or car doors, but knows to keep silent when the cyclist is riding as part of a group.

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Byxee is currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo, where pledgers can pre-order the device for an early bird price of USD 139 for delivery in February 2016. How else could technology be used to make roads safer for cyclists?

Website: www.byxee.com
Contact: www.twitter.com/byxeepro

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Joana Almagro | Vionette Bronze Jacquard Dress

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