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Hotel Brings Local Foods Directly To Your Room

USA – Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Hotels’ new full-service boutique hotels for urban travelers, teamed up with mobile food-ordering company...Read More

Commute to Work in Mobile Spin Class

UK – For residents of large cities, the daily commute to work can often be long and stressful. But 1Rebel’s latest fitness offering...Read More

Motorcycles are an Unlikely Mosquito Repellent

Thailand – Mosquito-borne infections affect hundreds of thousands every year, from the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil to a surge in...Read More

Futuristic Bus Could Help Curb Air Pollution And Traffic

China – It is estimated that outdoor air pollution contributes to the death of 1.6 million people a year in China. With car ownership soaring...Read More

Say What? Lets Busy Workers Tune Out of Conference Calls

USA – It can be hard to pay attention in a conference call, especially for employees with other work to be getting on with. Now, Josh Newlan,...Read More

App Offers Recommendations Based on Where You’ve Been

USA – Location intelligence company Foursquare trained its users to declare their presence by checking in, but their latest venture takes the...Read More

AI Lawyer Speeds Up Legal Research

USA – Lawyers have to maintain and recall vast amounts of information in the form of legislation, case law and secondary cases, and they spend...Read More

Adorable iPad Game Teaches Kids to Solve Puzzles Offscreen

China – There is no way to know yet how the widespread use of iPads and other screens is going to affect the current generation of children...Read More

Crayon Labels Teach Kids Chemistry Elements

USA – Art supply designers Que Interesante have created a set of Chemistry Crayon labels which use color to help budding artists learn the...Read More

Plywood Programming Toy Helps Children Learn About Coding

England – Parents are increasingly told that coding is the future of their children’s education. But it is still difficult to find...Read More

Skip the Gas Station Forever

USA – Aiming to be the Amazon of gas, Filld delivers gas directly to customers during an allotted seven-hour window. The company’s...Read More

The Mobile Car Wash That Comes to You

USA – Squeegy offers on-demand car washing throughout Los Angeles, enabling people to have their vehicle cleaned whether it’s parked at...Read More

One Less Thing on your To-Do List

USA – Yoshi will come and fill-up your car every week, saving you a trip to the gas station. After the user downloads the Yoshi app...Read More

Coffee Wrapped in Daily Newspaper Shows Off Its Freshness

Brazil – Many shoppers want to buy the freshest produce, but knowing how long your food takes to get to your plate or cup has been almost...Read More

Free Fresh Food Markets in Boston Elementary Schools

USA – One in seven people struggle with hunger in the US and rely on food banks and pantries. But there is still a stigma attached to turning...Read More

Tiny Robotic Kitchen Makes a Healthy Meal From Scratch in Five Minutes

USA – Eating out at a fast food restaurant is less about the quality of food and more about convenience, so big chains rarely prioritize the...Read More

Fully Automated Apartment Lets Users Live Like The Jetsons

USA – Connecting up devices in the smart home, from lights to blinds and music players is nothing new, but now a startup is looking to...Read More

Robotic Concierge Provides Assistance in Care Homes

USA – The world’s population is aging – in America alone, 10,000 people turn 65 everyday and 70% of those will require long-term...Read More

Now Windows Have Entered the Internet of Things

USA – View’s windows tint automatically according to the weather conditions and can be controlled by a smartphone app. The system tracks...Read More

Smart Thermostat for Idling Truckers

USA – Idle Smart is a heating control system that uses a smart thermometer to automate the temperature in truck drivers’ cabins...Read More

Roving Craigslist for Truck Drivers

USA – Roadswap is an app that enables truckers to join the sharing economy and buy, sell and swap items at truck stops. After creating a...Read More

Billboard Rest-Stop Provides Temporary Bedroom for Tired Drivers

Peru – Tiredness behind the wheel is one of the major causes of road accidents globally. Now, Sodimac – a home center in Peru –...Read More

Mentor Platform Links Applicants with Current Students for Advice

USA – StudentConnect matches college applicants with student mentors who have similar majors, interests and ambitions, so they can receive...Read More

App Links Coffee Lovers with On-demand Baristas

Netherlands –  Coffee Shots is an app, which connects coffee lovers with nearby home-baristas, so that they can enjoy a coffee together. To...Read More

Matchmaker Links Users Who Want to Form Similar Good Habits

USA – Partners In Grind is a matchmaking service that links users up with an accountability partner, so they can keep each other in check....Read More

Virtual Reality Stadium Lets Distant Friends Watch the Game Together

USA – Most sports-lovers would agree that one of the main pleasures in watching a match is the shared experience of being among fellow...Read More

Conflict Zone VR Game Teaches Peacekeeping Skills

Ireland –  Rightly or not, violent video games have often been criticized for encouraging aggressive and callous behavior in their players....Read More

Virtual Reality Platform for Nervous Public Speakers

UK – VirtualSpeech can help nervous speakers gain confidence, by enabling them to practice in front of a virtual crowd using Google...Read More

Diet Coke Unveils Millions of Unique Package Designs

USA – Diet Coke is launching a fun new packaging design in the U.S., using HP Indigo digital printing technology to create millions of...Read More

Downloadable Designer Furniture Can be Made Locally

UK –  Opendesk is a platform that enables customers to download furniture designs from around the world, and have them made at a local...Read More

Two-in-One Juvenile Wheelbarrows

USA – Modern child toy design is becoming more focused on development than ever, which is what the ‘Nest’ wheelbarrow does by...Read More

Timeshare for Car Leases Via App

USA – Car-sharing is becoming an increasingly popular way for commuters and drivers around the world to save money. Now car manufacturing...Read More

App Allows Car Owners to Message Via License Plates

USA – When a driver leaves their lights on, or a car alarm goes off endlessly, there is often little people can do to get in touch with the...Read More

Gamified App Encourages Safe Driving Habits

USA – Though the talk of driverless cars are rampant, we still have a long way to go, and businesses are increasingly offering intelligent...Read More

Posture-Correcting Eyewear Turns Off Devices

Canada – Gameboy disease is a catch-all diagnosis for those who suffer from conditions such as backache, headaches and vision problems induced...Read More

Kid-to-Kid Toy App Introduces Children to the Sharing Economy

USA –  Sharing is something children all struggle with to some degree, and many have a hard time parting with their precious toys, even if...Read More

Diabetic Doll Helps Children Understand Illnesses

USA – American Girl’s diabetic care kit and arm crutches help children create a doll as unique as themselves. Dolls were once...Read More

Autonomous Fireproof Drone Can Navigate High-Rise Fires

South Korea – FAROS is a fireproof drone, which can autonomously navigate a fire site and provide vital data and information before...Read More

Drone Can Airlift Casualties From Conflict Zones

Israel –  The AirMule drone can carry passengers and land in a variety of terrains, including forests and urban conflict zones. The unmanned...Read More

Bird-Repelling Drone Imitates a Predator to Clear Unwelcome Pests

USA – Scarecrows and other visually intimidating props placed on the ground can be useful in deterring birds within a certain radius, but one...Read More

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  • True confessions: A plastics engineer discovers the true meaning of Black Friday December 11, 2019
    It happens every year, on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Stuff is on sale. All kinds of great stuff. And at incredible prices! Image: Ablokhin/Adobe Stock. One story about the meaning of the phrase Black Friday is that retailers begin to turn a profit for the year on this day, with their net revenue number going […]
  • More engineering salaries at leading companies December 11, 2019
    Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper. RELATED ARTICLES: What Are 20 of the Top Tech Companies Paying […]
  • Growth returns to semiconductor and EDA tools M&A markets – for now December 11, 2019
    There was an uptick in M&A activity for the semiconductor space in the first eight months of 2019. This was a welcome change after the market slowing in 2017 and 2018. The combined value of 20-plus M&A agreement announcements reached over $28 billion for the purchase of chip companies, business units, product lines, intellectual property (IP), and wafer fabs between […]