Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 38

Our weekly round-up of thought-starters, opportunities & ideas... 

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Defib Drones

When someone suffers a heart attack, every minute that passes without CPR or defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by 10%. Despite the best efforts of ambulance drivers, the time it takes to negotiate traffic often means it can often be too late.

To combat this, the Swedish Transportation Agency has just completed a successful trial of an autonomous flight Defibrillator Drone that can be rapidly dispatched, travelling up to 75km/h and deliver a defibrillator that’s simple enough for use by an untrained individual. The drone was able to reduce the response time of emergency services to just 5 minutes, a saving of 16 valuable minutes.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/anvbtC

How else can autonomous transportation technology improve the efficiency of distribution and delivery in emergency situations?

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Cycling Safety Lasers

Michelin have created a simple solution to tackle one of our biggest road problems. The Bikesphere is the first product to launch off the back of the company's new attachable laser system that projects a ring of light around the rider, marking the safe distances cars must keep in mind when passing. The attachable laser creates a visual marker to increase rider visibility at night, with in-built proximity sensors to detect when a car is approaching, intensifying its laser projection to alert both the rider and the driver of the risk.

It's estimated that 1 in 5 drivers don’t respect a cyclist’s space on the road, leading to over 3,400 serious injuries for Australian cyclists each year, however this simple solution could dramatically reduce that toll and create a safer road environment for cyclists and motorists alike.

Michelin plans to make the entire design open source and mostly 3D printable, so riders can build their own at home.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/zqZeZZ

How else can proximity detectors be used to assist driver and cyclists to reduce accidents and increase safety on our roads?


Wearable Visions

From one sensor to the next, a new system of wearable tech is being developed at MIT to assist the visually impaired in navigating without using a cane. The prototype brings together a 3D depth-sensing camera with vibrating pads that guide the wearer and alert them when approaching an object. The system can even recognize objects such as chairs and tables, and uses an electronic braille pad to convey this to the wearer.

Although still in its relative infancy, the device shows promising signs of significantly improving the autonomy and ability of the visually impaired.

Read more at: https://goo.gl/Ca2yw3

How could we harness wearable and emerging technologies to bring greater accessibility to products, services and experiences?