News Innovation & Inspiration Shout – October 2017

19th October 2017

Time for your monthly dose of awesome!
The monthly Innovation & Inspiration Shout is a collection of what inspires us from around the web. Enjoy!

Nike NBA smart jerseys to allow fans to connect to highlights, unlock exclusive offers

A jersey isn’t just a jersey anymore.

In taking over the NBA apparel deal, Nike announced on Friday that scanning the jersey’s “jock tag” with a phone will offer the most recent highlights of that specific player and his team. Doing it on game day will unlock offers specific to that player or team, including limited shoe releases.

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The Instagif is a Polaroid camera that ‘prints’ GIFs

Bringing back old tech is one thing, but what about reinventing it altogether? One Redditor named Abhishek Singh did just this after pondering if it would be possible to hold a GIF in your hand. The result: a DIY Polaroid camera that “prints” GIFs.

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Wickes has created a suncream for tradespeople

To help construction workers fight off the dangers of sunburn and skin cancer, Wickes is trialling a new product: a range of suncreams which will be given out free at stores nationwide this weekend.

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Google’s New Earbuds Can Translate 40 Languages In Real-Time

Google announced its new smartphone, the Pixel 2, today, and while it was pretty much what everyone expected, the company’s answer to Apple‘s Airpods blew everyone away.

While they might look like a standard pair of earbuds, the Google Pixel Buds will actually translate spoken language in real time. In other words, they’ll let you have a conversation with someone who speaks a different language.

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Mastercard and Swarovski launch VR shopping app

Mastercard has teamed up with crystal seller Swarovski on a virtual reality app that immerses shoppers in a “home” where they can browse and purchase items using Masterpass.

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Electric sunglasses have solar cells for lenses

If you’re using the sun to power a mobile device that you’re carrying with you, it only makes sense to put the solar cells on something you’re wearing that will be receiving a lot of sunlight. With that in mind, researchers from Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology have created a pair of sunglasses that generate electricity via solar cells that double as their lenses.

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