News Innovation and Inspiration Shout – February 2020

28th February 2020

Smarter health and nutrition is the key theme this month – it’s astounding what the entrepreneurial world is able to cook up when a group of talented individuals focus laser-like on improving one thing.

Please browse and enjoy the latest global innovations to capture our attention.

These Coca-Cola Bottles Use OLEDs To Light Up Rey And Kylo Ren’s Lightsabers

With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker released last December, you’ve probably seen a lot of products tying into the movie, but few will be as unique as these Coca-Cola bottles. They feature main characters Rey and Kylo Ren, with lightsabers that light up anytime you touch the labels…more

LifeFuels Launches Its Unconventional, Long-Awaited Smart Nutrition Bottle

After five years of development, and several teasing demos at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the developers of a complex but innovative bottle that fills you up with flavourful drinks while also pumping you up with nutrients have finally launched the long-awaited product…more

Air New Zealand Trials Edible Biscotti Coffee Cups

Air New Zealand is trialling an edible biscotti coffee cup from family-run business Twice for select customers in the air and on the ground. After finishing the coffee, passengers can actually eat the vanilla-flavoured cup like a normal biscuit…more

The Soundshirt Lets Deaf People Feel Music On Their Skin

The soundshirt is a haptic wearable device that allows deaf users to feel music on their skin. Designed by fashion tech company Cute Circuit, the soundshirt brings music to life using a series of haptic sensors that are built into the material…more

Vegan Condoms Are The Answer For Eco-Conscious And Safe Sex

Most of you probably didn’t even realise condoms aren’t vegan-friendly. In fact, they contain an animal protein that softens the latex.

So, to appeal to eco-conscious consumers, Berlin-based Siefer and Zeiler decided to create their very own sustainable condoms: the Einhorn…more

Making Protein From Thin Air? Yes, Startups Are Doing It

Finnish startup Solar Foods came out of stealth to promote its new innovation, a protein derived through gas-based fermentation—or using enzymatic reactions to convert carbon dioxide, with a minimal amount of water, nutrients and electricity, into human-edible proteins. The new form of protein, dubbed Solein, will be produced in a powdered form to be used similar to flour in food production…more

Walmart, Nuro Test-Drive Autonomous Grocery Delivery

Walmart has announced a partnership with autonomous vehicle company Nuro to test autonomous grocery delivery in the Houston market in 2020. The driverless technology will deliver groceries to customers who place an online order and opt into the service…more

Cross-Bred Cosmic Crisp Apples Can Stay Fresh For A Whole Year

Move over Granny Smith and Red Delicious, there’s a hot new apple in town and its built to outlast them all. The Cosmic Crunch apple is hitting shelves today in the US, and through careful development across two decades, is promised to offer fans of the fruit an extra juicy and crispy experience, with a storage life of up to 12 months when kept in the right conditions…more

Personalised 3D-Printed Vitamins

British startup Nourished is using 3D-printing technology to make bespoke “stacks” of vitamins designed for individual customer needs. The chewy vitamins are sweet and made of vegan gel…more