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Added 14 March, 2019

Burger King has opened the world’s first 100% silent drive thru called ‘Silent Pick Drive’ in Helsinki, Finland. Thanks to the new innovation a customer can now order, pay and pick up the order from the restaurant without any kind of verbal communication or waiting. For now, the Silent Pick Drive is only available in Finland but in the long run...

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Added 23 February, 2019

At the moment, in order to tell our virtual assistants to do something, we still have say something like "Alexa, tell X to do Y". But this is changing so that you can ask any question or make any request in natural language, and Alexa will connect to the appropriate skill automatically. For example if you say "what are the surf conditions at...

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Added 17 February, 2019

Mindfulness apps are the must-have addition to smartphones in 2019. A good example is Moodrise, which aims to use digital content, nicknamed “digital nutrition”, to help alleviate pain, boost emotional resilience and improve experiences of everyday life. Instead of focusing on meditation like other wellness apps, Moodrise offers up different...

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Added 27 January, 2019

Tiffany & Co. is introducing a new provenance tool as it strives to meet its 2020 goal of making the entire journey of its stones transparent. The Diamond Source Initiative will share the origin of all of its mined diamonds which are larger than 0.18 carats. “We are ushering in a new era of transparency for diamonds,” said Tiffany’s chief...

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Added 26 January, 2019

Looking to generate more happiness in the office? Some companies are partnering with local Humane Society branches to to reduce ruff days around the office. There are few things that can make people smile like a cuddling a purring kitten or the joyful wag of a dog's tail. The Toronto Humane Society will bring shelter pets looking for some TLC...

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Added 24 January, 2019

We've already seen assistive robots for seniors, which sit in one place in the user's home. A team at Washington State University, however, has developed one that figures out where its user is, then goes to them and offers its assistance when needed. The university's Robot Activity Support system (RAS) consists of a mobile wheeled robot that...

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Added 12 January, 2019

Basepaws offers direct-to-consumer DNA testing for cats, focusing on delivering breed information and supposedly actionable health insights. Each test reveals the genetic breakdown of the cat, with results that tell you what breeds your cat's DNA contains, and even if any wild cat genes are part of the mix. As more owners add to the growing...

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Added 5 January, 2019

About 68 percent of people in Amsterdam commute to work or school by bicycle, accounting for around 1.25 million miles of cycling a day. All of these cyclists generate an estimated 19.5 million watt-hours of energy each day. This would be enough energy to power thousands of homes – if it could be captured. Now, two Dutch designers think they...

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Added 6 December, 2018

Automated technology is showing up in more places than ever as brands seek to offer consumers an enhanced level of convenience with everyday processes, which is what brings us to the 'SmartCup' automated beverage brewer. Working with tea, coffee and more, the solution works by gets liquids to the optimal temperature in a short amount of time...

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Added 5 December, 2018

A new service has launched in Milton Keynes in the UK that allows people to order deliveries by robot. Residents can get parcels sent to a depot and receive a notification once they arrive. They can then get the items delivered to their door by robot, at a time of their choosing. A monthly £7.99 ($10) app subscription covers an unlimited number...