MIT creates battery-free sensor for deep-sea and extraterrestrial exploration

An underwater internet of things monitoring the effects of climate change or sampling waters on distant planets is the dream of a group of MIT researchers who have created a battery-free underwater... Read more »

Vollebak’s plant and algae t-shirt becomes “worm food” in 12 weeks

Tech-based clothing startup Vollebak has launched a t-shirt made entirely from wood pulp and algae, which breaks down in soil or in a composter within three months. The t-shirt itself is made... Read more »

Winston filter promises to give people control over their online privacy

A hardware filter called Winston that users plug into their modem to protect their data has launched, in response to mounting concern over digital privacy and surveillance. Created by US start-up Winston... Read more »

Bluebell reinvents the baby monitor with wearable devices for babies and parents

Design agency Tangerine worked with British start-up Bluebell to develop a smart monitor, which uses a device attached to the baby’s clothing to send alerts to parents through a wearable wristband and... Read more »

Danish designers propose using roaming 3D-printing robots to repair environments

Buildings and coastlines could be monitored by fleets of autonomous repair robots, according to a Danish initiative that advocates “freeing” 3D printers to fix global problems. Called Break the Grid, the initiative is... Read more »

Annie MOORE algorithm matches refugees to best-suited US cities

Researchers have developed an algorithm to match refugees arriving in the US with the city where they are most likely to find employment and a good quality of life. Developed by researchers... Read more »

Whooshh Passage Portal uses AI to shoot fish through a tube over dams

Fish with migration paths blocked by a dam can be shot over the top via the Whooshh Passage Portal technology after being sorted by artificial intelligence. Whooshh Innovations is a Seattle-based company... Read more »

Rotofarm by Bace proposes “rotary hydroponics” as sustainable source of fresh veg

Apartment dwellers can enjoy nearly 1.5 metres of indoor veggie patch using the Rotofarm by Bace, a countertop hydroponic garden where plants are rotated to grow more quickly. Like all hydroponic systems, the... Read more »

London’s King’s Cross uses facial recognition to track visitors

King’s Cross in London is using facial recognition technology to surveil the tens of thousands of visitors that frequent the site each day, and Canary Wharf is “considering” following suit. According to... Read more »

RoundAround dynamic “bridge” is made of autonomous boats

Carlo Ratti and his team at MIT’s Senseable City Lab have come up with a “bridge” made of continuously circling autonomous boats for a tricky patch of Amsterdam’s waterway. The robot boats,... Read more »