Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 47

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Fridge Master  

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If you've ever wondered what is living in the back of your fridge (and more importantly, if it's still edible) then you can finally rejoice, because Smarter have just released FridgeCam. A wireless camera that sits inside your fridge and helps to track use-by dates, auto-replenishes used supplies and even suggest recipes for ingredients that are close to their expiry.  The innovative gadget will go on sale in the UK next month for £99, a relative bargain given the potential saved in food waste. 

Read more here: goo.gl/2ZCqzu

How can we scale individual household solutions to tackle global problems? 


Holistic Holograms

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Australian company Euclideon has revealed the world's first multi-user holographic table. To date, holograms have been limited to the view of just one user however Euclideon's innovative new offering allows up to four users to view the same holographic image from different perspectives. Users wear specially created (and coded) glasses that allow the holographic table to track the eye positions and viewing angles of multiple people simultaneously, updating its models to correspond to what they’re seeing from each specific angle.  While gaming immediately comes to mind, there are potentially far broader applications of this technology - notably any collaborative design processes including creative brainstorming and product prototyping. 

Read more here: goo.gl/tNoHtb

How can we use emerging technology to re-imagine traditional object and drive heightened utility, collaboration and productivity? 


Predict And Prevent

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Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have combined AI with holographic microscopy to analyse images and identify whether they are strains of anthrax, the bacterial infection that can prove deadly. The study's lead author, YongKeun Park, and his team trained AI algorithms to spot differences in nearly 400 individual spores from five species of bacteria - of which one was the anthrax strain. The algorithm was able to correctly identify the spores with 96% accuracy, paving the way for greater preparedness in the fight against biothreats. 

Read more here: goo.gl/WQjg7C

How can we use technology to better understand the nature of medical anomalies... and to better predict and prevent future outbreaks in the process?