Philips Smart Lighting Helps You Find Groceries In The Store

phillips smart lighting
Ever get frustrated because you couldn’t find what you were looking for in a store? If Phillips gets its way that feeling may be history.
The technology uses light from the lamps to transfer data. You choose an item you want to find and the lights above communicate with your phone to give you directions where to go. Kind of like GPS but inside a grocery store. Pretty neat.

Philips is already testing its smart illumination in some stores, so hopefully this might become mainstream soon enough.

Back To the Future Power Laces Coming 2015, Just As Planned

nike power laces
Nike has just promised us powerlaces by 2015, just like in the ‘Back To The Future’ movies where everyone has them in 2015.

Nike designer Tinker Hatfield confirmed that the closure is on the way next year at a recent appearance at the Jordan Brand’s Flight Lab. “Are we gonna see Power Laces in 2015? To that, I say yes!,” Hatfield said. In case you’ve forgotten, the pair of MAGs in the movie were all the rage in 2015, so the schedule lines up.


poploli lolpipo music player

This is an interesting one, a lolipop speaker.   Poplolly works by transmitting vibrations directly into your head, via a lolipop. They say you will be the only one that can hear the music. The product is still in the developing stage and it’s Kickstarter is soon to be announced on its official website


plant fluorescence

Did you know that photosynthesising plants behave a bit like glow in the dark toys? Neither did I.

After the chlorophyll in a plant has absorbed sunlight, the core of the photosynthetic machinery gives off a red glow – fluorescence. This reflects how efficiently the plant is photosynthesising, or how well it is ‘breathing’ and, therefore, how healthy it is.

And the European Space Agency is currently developing a satellite that can detect this glow. The purpose is to detect where and which vegetation is currently producing the most oxygen. So far the project has been limited to testing on airplanes. This glow is quite hard to detect, and has until recently been almost impossible to measure outside a laboratory. But so far tests have been very successful, you can see an image they have taken of this glow below.

Mars One Will Be At Destination Star Trek 2014

mars one star trek

Mars One will be at Destination Star Trek 2014 in Germany, hopefully we’ll get some interesting new info.

The exciting prospect is still a long ways off, but you can start the process if you’ll be on hand for Destination Star Trek Germany, which will be held February 21-23 at the Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany. Mars One, which seeks to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars, will have a stand space and backdrop at DSTG where fans can record application videos.

Fans can then take those videos home and actually apply to join a Mars One mission when the next round opens. Fans will also have the opportunity at DSTG to speak with Mars One principals about the concept and reality of the project and to offer feedback.

According to Mars One, crews of four will depart every two years, starting in 2024, with the first unmanned mission to be launched in 2018.

Full press release below


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