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On-Demand App Gives Stranded Drivers a Boost

Canada – Boostmi is an on-demand app for motorists to connect with other drivers and mechanics, in the case they need to jump start their...Read More

A Smart, Self-Installing Car Safety Seat

USA – Car safety seats are infamously tricky to install correctly, so the upcoming 4moms self-installing child seat is a welcome development....Read More

Driver Distraction Tool Monitors Pupil Activity

USA – HARMAN eye-tracking software will determine the driver’s mental load, and auto-adjust smart car features to do-not-disturb mode....Read More

Cashiers Will Keep an Eye on Elderly Customers’ Wellbeing

The Hague – Dutch supermarket staff are keeping an eye out for signs of loneliness or neglect in older customers as part of the Super Care...Read More

Rent-a-Mom Service For Twentysomethings

USA –  Millennials in need of some motherly care can now rent the services of Nina Keneally, who runs the business Need a Mom. Aimed at...Read More

Students Get Free Accommodation at Dutch Care Home

Netherlands – Humanitas Residential Care Center, gives free accommodation to students, in exchange for 30 hours of voluntary work in the home...Read More

Disposable Fingertips for Greasy Food

Italy – For lovers of greasy and messy food, the Italian Design Agency has created a product to enable them to satisfy their appetites on...Read More

Socks Pause Netflix When the Wearer Falls Asleep

USA – Netflix Socks are homemade high-tech wearables that send a signal to the viewer’s TV, which will pause Netflix when they doze...Read More

Fishing In The Great Oudoors . . From Home

Romania – RoboFisher enables users to fish-from-home – remotely control a robot fishing rod and catch fish in real-time. The platform...Read More

The Seeing Car

Radar, camera sensors and a remote-sensing technology called Lidar will help cars see their surroundings and decide what actions to...Read More

“Vehicle-to-Everything” Autonomous Tech

V2E is actually an umbrella term, under which vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-pedestrian all fall. Delphi says its aim...Read More

The Caring Car

Fit Driver is a driver wellness project by Audi that links fitness wristband or smartwatch data with in-car sensors. The technology aims to reduce...Read More

Locker System Could Improve Airport Bag-Check Experience

Qylatron is a self-service honeycomb locker system that could provide more efficient carry-on security checks at airports. On the busiest days of the...Read More

Travelers Have Affordable, Premium Essentials Delivered to Hotel

unPack delivers an inventory of essential items and clothing – starting from $29.99 – to users’ hotels, so they can go...Read More

Bluelight Filter App

Can’t sleep on the plane, bus, train, or your hotel . . . this app might help. It’s hard to escape the glow of a computer screen-maybe...Read More

Nashville Car Dealership Opens Huge Vehicle Vending Machine

Online car dealership Carvana has unveiled a huge gamified vehicle vending machine, from which customers collect their car purchase....Read More

Drive Different Cars Each Week According to Your Travel Needs

Clutch is a monthly service that lets you rent a broad range of cars dependent at rates of $800 or $1,300 a month. Clutch is a subscription service...Read More

The Car Owner’s Manual Drivers Might Actually Read

Dacia collaborated with multiple writers and illustrators to create an updated car owner’s manual for the Gaudeamus book fair in Romania. For...Read More

Short Story Vending Machines Encourage Reading

French publishing company Short Edition prints out receipt-like short stories to encourage commuters to kill time by reading. They installed...Read More

Speed Reading Platform Uses Visual Cues

Read Good enhances reading speed and comprehension by presenting single words with symbolic images. Based on Rapid Serial Visual Representation,...Read More

Publisher Delivers News Based On Reading Time

To help news hounds find articles they can consume in the amount of time they have at hand, Few Minutesrequires users to specify the length of time...Read More

At Foodseum You Don’t Just Learn About Food, You Experience It

Chicago’s Foodseum opened in September with an exhibit that celebrates the Windy City’s most famous food: the humble hot dog. “The...Read More

Is Future Food Delivery as Simple as a Text Message?

Products and services are becoming increasingly easy to access. The latest company to offer such simplicity is Dashio, a new food delivery service...Read More

Grocery App Notifies Forgotten Items and Suggests Cheapest Stores

PriceSwarm uses customer receipts to create tailored shopping lists, suggest where the best offers are, and help users budget. The app analyzes...Read More

Smart Dashboard Camera Can Reduce Collisions by 40 Percent

Mobileye 5-series is a smart camera system that can be used in any car to help drivers learn from and avoid reckless mistakes....Read More

Volvo Tests Kangaroo Detection System

Volvo is developing a system to detect kangaroos’ unique movement, in order to curb road accidents in Australia. While more camera-based...Read More

Dashboard Anticipates What Drivers Will Do Next

A shift of the shoulders or a slight acceleration is enough indication for Robo Brain and Brain4Cars’ system to sound an alert or take over the...Read More

Smart Plate Lets Kids Earn Virtual Currency When Eating

Yumit’s interactive plate detects when food is eaten, rewarding children with virtual currency they can spend on in-app games. The Yumit meal...Read More

E-piggy Bank Gives Kids Tangible Rewards with Virtual Currency

ASB Bank’s Clever Kash moneybox lets parents “swipe” virtual dollars into it, so children can learn the value of money. The...Read More

Smart In-Ear Thermometer Gives Parents Medical Guidance

Very few people know what a thermometer reading means, except that a 104 degree temperature is cause for concern. The Kinsa Smart Thermometer on the...Read More

Convertible Desk for Office Power Naps

There is no longer any excuse for nodding off in an important work meeting, because Greek designers NL Studio have created the first ever work desk...Read More

Email Filter System Cleans Up Any Inbox

SaneNoReplies is a new feature of SaneBox that puts unanswered outgoing emails in a separate folder, reminding users to follow up the correspondence....Read More

Reconfigurable Rooms Built by Tiny Robots

Project DOM Indoors (created by New York-based robotics company Asmbld) uses a team of tiny robots stored beneath the floor to rearrange small...Read More

Dog Owners Find Unintentional Design Feature in Smart Cars

Germans have discovered a feature in Smart’s forfour model (a larger 4-door version of their ultra compact car) that appeals to dog owners. Smart...Read More

Mumbai Taxis Provide Platform for Young Indian Designers

Mumbai’s 55,000 taxis are one of the city’s most iconic elements of culture, catering to the 21 million population. But while the outside of the...Read More

Audi Headlights, Parking Sensors and a Cockpit as 3D-Printed Dresses

Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht presented her new fashion collection inspired by the Audi A4 at Audi City Berlin. The four 3D-printed interactive...Read More

For Every Vélosophy Bike Sold, One is Donated to a School Girl in Ghana

The biggest problem that many of us faced when traveling to school was getting up on time to make it before the bell rang. Girls in Ghana have far...Read More

London Workshop Provides Refugees with a Bike and the Skills to Fix It

London has a history as a refuge for persecuted peoples, and that looks set to continue with Britain’s decision to accept increased numbers in...Read More

Prisoners Refurbish Bikes to Help Fund Community Projects in Malawi

The most effective charities make a difference at every stage of their work, rather than simply providing a group of people with something they need....Read More

Calling All Runners: These Smart Clothes Will Track Your Every Move

Sensoria’s system of running clothes can record everything from your mileage to your foot landing. Running, just like so many other activities, has...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 […]