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Conversation with Ermi van Oers, Designer Who Wants to Bring the Living Light to Your Living Room

Do you sometimes wish your lighting was a bit more lively? Or even alive? The Living Light is no ordinary lamp. A unique design project, it harnesses the energy of living plants to provide light. We spoke to Ermi van Oers, designer of the unusual product, to find out more about the Living Light, the philosophy behind it and the team’s plans for the future.

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Office Garden

HUBOT: Meet the Exoskeleton Mover

Relocations are for big guys. At least, that’s how it used to be. Never thought that you could be a mover with your lightweight physique? As an exoskeleton mover, you wear a motorized exoskeleton suit that gives you the muscular power of a gorilla. The suit contains an indestructible frame, powered by a system of electric motors to support your movements without straining the body. No washing machine or piano is too heavy for you. You carry them outside as if they weigh nothing.

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Next Nature

The Story of Money: Paper

They say that money makes the world go round. But how does it work, and how has it changed over time? While developing the ECO Coin, we’ve been thinking a great deal of money, past and present. From the origins of civilization up to present day, economy has gone through countless shakeups, and yet we tend to take our current way of thinking about money for granted. Welcome to the fourth part of The Story of Money: Paper.

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Office Garden

HUBOT: Meet the Remote Savior

When giving first aid, all kinds of emotions are in play. Thus it is important for the victim of an accident to receive emotional assistance and to be mentally supported during an emergency or crisis. As a remote savior, you are unable to provide physical assistance in the event of an accident due to a disability, but by means of a smart bracelet you are in contact with the injured person and can use your empathic qualities to offer moral support.

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Food Technology

An afternoon with Josh Tetrick: The man who wants to bring in vitro meat to the market by 2018

Meet Joshua Tetrick, CEO and founder of food startup Hampton Creek. Tetrick is internationally known for his bold wish to reinvent the food industry, and he’s been at it since 2011. Now working with Ira van Eelen (who you may know as the daughter-of-the-godfather-of-in-vitro-meat), he is ready to make a change. Currently speaking with governments in US, Singapore, China and the Netherlands to explore what leadership in this field looks like, Josh and Ira make their claim for global awareness. Their biggest challenge today? Launch lab-grown meat on the market by the end of 2018.

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Boomeranged Metaphors

Skyscraper Fails to Load Its Textures

Our peculiar image of the week comes from New York, where observant residents were surprised to see a skyscraper that looked like it was struggling to load its textures. The Twitter user who snapped the uncanny picture eventually figured out that the odd low-resolution effect was created by reflections from a neighboring building. But it’s telling about the world we live in that an illusion like this can so quickly cause us to confuse reality with digital rendering. Via Twitter.

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Next Nature

The Story of Money: Gold

They say that money makes the world go round. But how does it work, and how has it changed over time? While developing the ECO Coin, we’ve been thinking a great deal of money, past and present. From the origins of civilization up to present day, economy has gone through countless shakeups, and yet we tend to take our current way of thinking about money for granted. Welcome to the third part of The Story of Money: Gold.

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