With drones to fly you home, exoskeleton-aging simulators and running shoes to track performance, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) again took centre stage with the newest and most exciting gadgets and products. More than 3,800 exhibitors and 170,000 attendees gathered in Las Vegas for the annual January tech and electronics sneak peek into your future.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has awarded PARC, a Xerox company, $1 million to develop a metamaterial that can ‘self-cool’ without water or electricity, in buildings, satellites, power plants or military tents under the desert sun, and prove its scalability.
The BMW Group and the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations (UNAOC) have announced the Intercultural Innovation Award’s fourth edition. The initiative recognises 10 innovative grassroots projects that promote cooperation and intercultural dialogue around the world. Eligible non-profit organisations can apply until 30 September.
Releasing trace materials, such as barium or strontium, into the Martian atmosphere to be tracked and studied by spacecraft in orbit and on the ground – this idea was inspired by a process used to analyse the Earth’s atmosphere but given a brand new scope. The concept is the winner of NASA’s Mars Balance Mass Challenge.
The woman pushed the stroller to the curb, failed to lift the front wheels, and the baby shot forward out of the pushchair. In a Wired interview, Sam Pearce recalled that instant when he first asked, ‘Why can’t you put the suspension into the wheel?’ His clever, shock absorbing Loopwheels are now shortlisted for the 2015 Designs of the Year award.
Do you know anyone ‘responsible for an innovation that has been a proven success in the past decade’? If you do, The Economist newspaper invites you to nominate that ‘outstanding’ person for the Innovation Awards 2015, until 17 April.