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Extraordinary technological inventions you did not know you needed.
Everybody knows happy evenings like these: sitting on the couch with friends, reminiscing about the old days and what the future might hold. Then one gets this brilliant idea which starts everyone raving about, because it is just what the world has been waiting for. As a matter of fact, you all wonder how you could have survived so far without it.
After you brainstormed, produced an arsenal of potential solutions and covered it from every angle imaginable, everyone goes home and the same counts for your ideas. However, some people out there did bring their random couch ideas to life and we simply can't keep our favorite weird technological inventions from you.
Getting the kids out of bed
Same game, different day: your kids won't wake up to go to school. The solution is so simple, yet so brilliant. Extreme bed shaker is a voice-activated… well… extreme alarm clock or as the creator calls it Wake Up Machine. You can build it into your kid's bed and connect it to Alexa or any other smart device and then watch them being shaken out of bed. They might hate you a bit but you won't stop laughing, so totally worth it.
Pushing the right buttons
Being in a relationship with a gamer is usually quite fun. But not when you want to spend some time together and your significant other 'can't pause the game'. 🙄 Students at the University of Art and Industrial Design Linz have the answer to your problem: The Massage Me. A hack which allows you to connect your PS3 controller with a massage vest so you can get your massage while your girlfriend/ boyfriend continues his game. Win-win! Did we mention that you can DIY at home? Find the instructions here.
Get your life together with the smart jeans from SPINALI DESIGN. They connect to your smartphone and vibrate when you get notifications. You can also choose what kind of messages you want to receive on your jeans. So you don't have to check your mobile every time Sarah sends you pictures of her kids - I mean, we get it, Sarah. Your kid is cute, but have you seen that adorable kitten trying not to fall asleep? - And the best part: the jeans are compatible with maps. If you need to take a left turn, your jeans will vibrate on the left and if you need to take a right turn, they will vibrate on the right. The future is now!
Mini Mini Desktop USB Washing Machine
Be honest. How often do you actually wash your glasses, rings, buttons or any other mini stuff on your desk? If you're anything like me, not that often or maybe even never. But behold, a little tiny helper was designed to make our things cleaner and probably less disgusting: The Mini Mini Desktop USB Washing Machine. All you need is water and the washing party can start. Watch as your things get swirled around and cleaned. Looks like magic but it is just simple technology.
Ever went on a jog and then this deep craving for tomatoes just instantly occurs? Then Tomatan is the robot for you! This little robot has a cute tomato-shaped head with a dashing red skin, sits on your shoulders and with just one simple push of a button, he feeds you - drumroll - tomatoes! 🍅 If you haven't been the talk of the town yet, you definitely will be now. Not because everyone is making fun of your new shoulder-sitting buddy, but because of honest envy. I mean, who doesn't want some tomatoes to keep that energy level high while working out?
Because they know what they're talking about.
The prevailing wisdom is that the fast pace of automation, digital change and AI (artificial intelligence) will soon leave most of us jobless. Talking with some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs around the world, not one agreed with this dark premonition. Rather, they pointed to a different kind of future we should prepare for.
Breaking our addiction to devices and social media<p><a href="https://simby.com/" target="_blank">Simby</a> is a fully personalized, wearable AI technology that aims to break our addictions to our devices and social media while still giving us all the benefits of being digitally connected. Co-founder and head of product Andrew Doherty believes technology should benefit our lives and do no harm, and that users should have full control of their data. This 'sassy best friend' is still under development but coming soon.<strong></strong></p>
The buzz around Beep<p>Organizations can be as buggy as bad software, with minor frustrations putting a damper on everyone's concentration and creativity. Doing something about these problems can feel like swimming upstream, especially when management doesn't understand how much energy small annoyances suck out of their staff.</p><p>Katz Kiely is part of the team behind <a href="https://wearebeep.com/" target="_blank">Beep</a>, a system that rewards and recognizes people for raising problems and finding solutions in their business. It puts leaders in touch with their employees' real challenges, flattening the hierarchy and reconnecting people with meaning in their work.</p>
Growing a business like a garden<p>Author and tech entrepreneur Aaron Dignan knows exactly how hierarchy and bureaucracy hold back progress in business. He gleaned this wisdom from in-depth study of organizations known for adapting to change and getting fast results, like Spotify, Burning Man and Basecamp.</p><p>He's not only published these findings for the benefit of other entrepreneurs in his popular 2019 book <a href="https://www.amazon.co.uk/Brave-New-Work-Reinvent-Organization/dp/024136180X/" target="_blank">Brave new work: Are you ready to reinvent your organization</a>? He's also founder of <a href="https://theready.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">The Ready</a>: An 'operating system' that helps businesses change their culture and see themselves <a href="https://medium.com/the-ready/the-operating-system-canvas-420b8b4df062" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">more as a garden than a machine</a>.</p>
Smartening up the factory<p><a href="https://cloudnc.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">CloudNC</a> is bringing safety and accuracy to factories with AI and autonomous manufacturing. Their clients manufacture parts for air travel, space exploration and defense, among other industries, where perfection is necessary every time.</p><p>Full automation in manufacturing also allows for on-demand production. This option is in high demand since COVID-19 has made the global market and labor supply hard to predict. Co-founder Theo Saville says <a href="https://cloudnc.com/an-interview-with-theo-saville-forbes-europe-2019-manufacturing-industry/" target="_blank">making manufacturing more environmentally sustainable is also top of CloudNC's agenda</a>.</p>
Blockchain on the farm<p>Agriculture is one of the fastest-changing industries on the planet, while soil depletion, habitat loss and methane emissions come to the fore in the public consciousness. Farmers often face little choice in how they operate because they're time-poor, isolated and face high set-up costs for change.</p><p><a href="http://www.agriledger.io/home/" target="_blank">AgriLedger</a> Founder and CEO Genevieve Leveille wants farmers to get the best price for their hard work, giving them more choice and making sure doing better for people, animals and the environment pays dividends. Using blockchain, AgriLedger brings users benefits like supply chain traceability, market information and access to finance.</p>
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