News Innovation and Inspiration Shout – October 2019

3rd October 2019

From the ultimate golf ball to underwater Uber and brain implants, here are the interesting bits we found from around the world this month to spark your imagination.

Apple Offers New Augmented Reality Art Sessions

Apple recently opened registration for a series of new art-based Today at Apple augmented reality (AR) experiences, called [AR]T, offered at Apple Stores around the world. The three new sessions include an interactive walk featuring works by some of the world’s premier contemporary artists, an in-store session that teaches the basics of creating AR using Swift Playgrounds and an AR art installation viewable in every Apple Store worldwide…more

Snow-Powered Nanogenerator Works Where Solar Panels Don’t

Snowy places aren’t ideal for harvesting solar energy – panels can’t do much if they’re buried under blankets of snow, of course. Now a team from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has developed a new device that can produce electricity from snow itself…more

Mi Zhou Reduces Plastic Waste With Shampoo Packaging Made Out Of Soap

Toiletry products such as shampoo are predominantly mass produced and packaged in plastic for a relatively low cost. This packaging is not only disposable but also has a very short lifespan, usually used for just 1-2 months. It is estimated that over a lifetime, a single person uses around 800 shampoo bottles, most of which are just thrown away and pollute the environment, taking thousands of years to degrade…more

ScUber Ridesharing Submarine

Uber can get you places on land, through the air and on the water. Starting soon, they’ll be going below the surface, too. ScUber is the world’s first ridesharing submarine, offering some lucky riders the chance to see the Great Barrier Reef up close. For international riders, there’s a contest to enter that includes a five-night trip to Queensland, Australia, while riders in Gladstone, Cairns, Palm Cove, and Port Douglas will have the opportunity to book a ride right in the Uber app…more

Elon Musk’s Neuralink plans its first brain chip implants for next year

More than two years have passed since the world caught wind of Elon Musk’s Neuralink, an ambitious and mysterious startup focused on developing brain-machine interfaces that can connect minds to machines. Not a lot has been revealed since, but the company today emerged from the shadows to share its progress so far, along with its plans for the future, which involve implanting its first chips in humans as early next year…more

Nissan’s Autonomous Self-Driving Golf-Ball Will Give You A Hole-In-ONE Every Time!

In what seems like a very “we-made-it-because-we-could” sort of situation, Nissan’s latest self-driving design isn’t what you think. It isn’t a car, a bus, or any sort of automobile. In fact, it’s a golf ball! Titled the ProPilot, the golf-ball is inspired by Nissan’s ProPilot 2.0 driving technology, and is the company’s way of showing how they can fit their incredible self-driving chops into something literally palm-sized…more

Former KeepCup Co-Founder Launches Reusable Bowl Startup

The founder of Aussie success story KeepCup is taking another bite of the reusable products market, launching a new bowl and cup sharing startup aimed at inner-city workers. Aptly called Returnr, the business lets customers pick up their food in a reusable stainless steel bowl after paying a $6 dollar deposit. After eating, users can then return the bowl, re-use the bowl, or keep it forever (and forgo their $6)…more

Scientists Develop Robotic Contact Lenses That Zoom In By Blinking Twice

A robotic contact lens that can move at the users command may sound like something from a science-fiction movie, but a team of research scientists at the University of California in San Diego have made it a reality. After an in-depth study, which was recently published in the peer-reviewed publication Advanced Functional Materials, the team has explored how using soft robotics can work in collaboration with human beings to create a direct relationship between the two…more

Teenager Wins Google Science Fair By Removing Microplastics From Water Using Magnets

Irish teenager Fionn Ferreira has won the 2019 Google Science Fair with his project focusing on extracting microplastics from water. titled ‘An Investigation into the Removal of Microplastics from Water Using Ferrofluids’, he posits a novel way to filter them out of water using magnets…more