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Biometric wearable designed to lower stress levels
ZENTA is a health-tracker-cum-life-coach that focusses on the wearer’s overall mind and body wellbeing.
“Give a Beep” calls for a more cycle-friendly London
Swedish company Hövding kickstarts movement that encourages London’s mayor to “give a beep” about cyclists’ safety.
Upcycled textiles add character to resin stools
Designer Ammar Kalo discovers an unconventional use for discarded scraps of fabric.
Hypnotic flooring created by new approach to ancient marbling
Snedker Studio’s Marbelous Wood series transforms pine wood into ripple-effect artwork.
Shoes that are wearable for longer win cradle to cradle design challenge
Virginia Tech student designs modular shoe with parts that can be disassembled to recycle or decompose.
Eco-ware made only out of leaves aims to revolutionise packaging industry
Leaf Republic develops environmentally-friendly packaging and servingware from pressed leaves.
iGrow drives organic farming investment in Indonesia
Online marketplace iGrow connects farmers with urban dwellers who want to own a farm.
Humanihut addresses refugee shelter crisis with quick-to-assemble design
Australian-based startup develops a prefab living unit with all important amenities included
VR technology enables crime scene visits in court
A research team is developing sophisticated crime scene re-enactment technology for the criminal justice system.
ZERO PER STOOL exemplifies craft with a zero-waste focus
Upcycling design studio in South Korea creates distinctive seating design without letting a single scrap of wood go to waste.
Affordable, modular housing design comes fully fitted
Indian architects present a prefab housing system where the storage and furnishings form part of the unit.
Are edible cups the future of tableware?
LOLIWARE is a line of all-natural, seaweed-based cups that are completely safe to eat
Dutch architects reveal "What a brick can do in Mali"
Architecture firm LEVS architecten champions non-fired bricks for the design and development of Dogon, Mali.
Light-up pen provides a source of light for school children living in darkness
Lampen has been designed to help pupils in Guinea do their homework at night.
Fleet of buses set to double up as mobile exercise studios
London gym will transform commuter buses into spinning studios so that commuters can squeeze in a morning workout.
Indian engineer designs a more intuitive walking aid
Sensor device helps the visually impaired navigate their environments with greater ease.
Network of Parisian shopkeepers welcomes homeless people
Le Carillon is an initiative that encourages social harmony between residents, traders and the homeless.
Fashion student designs utilitarian garments for refugees
Parsons Fashion Design senior Angela Luna creates a collection of transformative clothing for refugees.
Robots built with nervous systems to feel pain
German researchers develop a bio-based, artificial sensory system to create more intuitive robots.
Design student’s project is inspired by 240 million kilograms of wasted pine needles
Designer Tamara Orjola wins an award for creating a multi-use material from industrial waste.
Throw-away culture challenged at the Repair Café
The Repair Café encourages repurposing and reuse by creating a second chance for items headed for the bin.
Wetland plants form natural sanitation system in Cambodia
The HandyPod system is helping floating villages improve waste management and reduce water pollution.
An algae-powered city for the world’s newest country
RAW-NYC wins competition to design an entire city from scratch for the recently founded nation of Liberland.
MIT Lab’s 3D-printed responsive fur
MIT researchers explore the numerous ways to use their new hairy textile, Cillia.
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