Category Archives: New and Noteworthy

Smart Cane with Facial Recognition and GPS


It is about time that contemporary modern technology is being used for the vision impaired beyond the mere usage of computers. Students at the Birmingham City University packed a lot of brains into a cane turning it into a “smart … Continue reading

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Swiss ICT Awards 2014: The Winners


On November 5th, 2014 the Swiss ICT Award ceremony was held in the KKL Lucerne. Many companies had applied for the prestigious award and the Jury earlier this year had selected the finalists for the last round. See the finalists for the Swiss … Continue reading

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CH Open Source Awards 2014: Here are the Winners


For several years I have had the honor to have been serving in the jury for the Swiss Open Source Awards. This year the decision was a tough one. Entries were interesting and mature. But the jury had to come … Continue reading

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A Broken Bone? 3-D Print Your Cast!


Recently there had been some bad vibes around 3-D printers due to all the reports that you can now download files to print your own (working) guns. But this new development is rather fascinating: As the Daily Mail in its … Continue reading

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A Mobile Phone Construction Set: The Lego Approach


SmartPlanet today reported on a Lego-type approach taken by Dave Hakkens to build phones from modules that fit together to form a phone and that can be replaced for instance to increase storage or to change the display. Read the full … Continue reading

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Gravity-Powered LED Lamp Revolutionizes Self-Sufficient Lighting


This is a very interesting new development. Since the arrival of affordable LEDs and their increasingly better efficiency and light quality new mechanisms can be used to power these new lights in any dwelling. British designers Martin Riddiford and Jim … Continue reading

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Chicago Debuts Smog-Eating Street | SmartPlanet


Sarah Korones reports on an interesting story in SmartPlanet: Chicago debuts smog-eating street (21-OCT-2012). From the article: “In an effort to clean up its city streets, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has set out to create the “greenest street in America” … Continue reading

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