Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 57


What Stores Data, Feels Soft and Keeps You Warm?  

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In recent times we have seen a great push for creating smarter, more technologically powered and responsive clothing. Exploring this very space is a group of researchers from the University of Washington. By magnetising conductive thread, they have been able to create a textile with its own magnetic signature. This means that it can retain digital data in binary or visual form, essentially developing a fabric that can store data without any electronics or batteries. From wristbands or sleeves that can replace pass codes to allowing remote interaction with smartphones via the magnometer, this fabric has the potential to serve multiple purposes which researchers are still continuing to explore.

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How else can we make data and information more seamlessly integrated in our day to day lives? 

Poaching the Poachers

The poaching of turtle eggs is a serious problem across many countries. Within Nicaragua itself, 95% of turtle eggs that are laid on beaches are poached and consumed as a delicacy. Paso Pacifica, a nonprofit organisation has been working with volunteers to protect these beaches. However a lack of resources to protect all beaches saw the creation of a new approach. 

Combining 3D Printing with a GPS tracking device, they’ve created fake eggs. With 100s of eggs in one nest, it’s quite tricky to spot the fake one. Conducting tests has proven that there is scope for this intervention. Further to helping identify trackers and tracker paths, the data set obtained provides hard evidence of border violations, a key drive for getting the government to take a more firmer stance. 

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How else can tracking and location based technology improve the way we protect animals in an unobtrusive way?

From Distress to De-stress

With health and wellbeing becoming a core focus of work spaces, furniture design is taking centre stage. 

In 2016 Veronica Bartosch and Elinor Samuelson founded Kokon, with the aim of helping eradicate stress and tackle it with a bottom-up and top-bottom approach. The duos first offering is The Kokon Pod. Launched at the Singularity University Summit in Copenhagen, the Kokon Pod is a multi-sensory hanging chair that manipulates scent, sound, touch and position to induce a physiological state of relaxation. It particularly works to lower cortisol levels, entrain heart rate, slow breathing and boost happy brain chemicals. The Kokon Pod also provides insight for companies into stress patterns within their organisation using Wellbeing Management KPIs, enabling them to make more strategic decisions in regards to stress and burnout management. The product is now being offered via a subscription models as a means of improving health in the corporate setting. 

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How else can we enable companies to improve health and well-being in the workplace?