Inspired by Konami’s Metal Gear Solid, prosthetic artist Sophie De Oliveria Brata, founder of the Alternative Limb Project, designed a prosthetic arm for an amputee gamer. The unique prosthesis features an interactive screen, a flashlight, a USB port for charging phones and even a drone on the side. Why would you stick to an elbow, a wrist and five fingers if you could make anything?
TreeWiFi is an innovative project by an Amsterdam-based startup. They are building birdhouses equipped with a sensor to measure the quality of the air. The sensors used are much cheaper than regular sensors, allowing them to keep the installation of such birdhouses quite low-cost, with the only addiction of a WiFi router.
Staying young has been a human desire for as long as we can remember. Cleopatra used to take milk baths to preserve her beauty and youth, today we apply expensive creams to achieve the same result. But all these special treatment didn’t even come close to what we wanted to achieve. So in the end, we just had to accept the reality of time. Until now. Scientists at MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs managed to create what every woman has been dreaming of: a second skin to reduce wrinkles and tighten the skin.
Clubs, bars, cafes and the streets that connect them are the hotspots for a night out. Occasionally, the combination of crowded spaces and alcohol usage can cause unpleasant situations, such as aggressions. To prevent acts of aggression, a new smart surveillance system is being tested in Stratumseind, a street of Eindhoven with the longest concatenation of nightlife venues in the Netherlands. This new system can identify a growing conflict and direct the police to it, before anyone could throw a punch.
Our peculiar image of the week features the innovation of the Turkish shepherds. To stay connected they fasten solar panels and battery packs to the donkeys that accompany them to the desolate mountains. Thanks to the energy produced, they can stay online and power lights. Connectivity is a powerful tool for economic progress, and it can often represent the difference between life or death in poor rural areas.
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On the 27th of April, The Netherlands celebrates the birthday of the king Willem-Alexander. This holiday is called King’s Day, or Koningsdag in Dutch. Everyone wears orange clothing, tourists invade Amsterdam, people set up stalls to sell second-hand goods, boats parade in the canals, but beer-drinking remains the main activity of the day – with everything that entails. Between 600.000 and a million visitors are expected in the Dutch capital and local authorities developed a strategy to make this annual street-party more environmentally friendly.
A middle-aged lady suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which causes progressive motor neuron damage, and paralyzed from the neck down was able to communicate with the outside world by controlling a Nexus Tablet to her brainwaves.
Replacing your old heart with a new one from an animal may seem a bit extreme? Well, this future may arrive sooner than we think. Researchers, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, have been working for ten years to get an amazing result. Their goal? To use pig as donors for heart transplants in humans.
The Modular Body is an online science fiction story by Floris Kaayk about the creation of OSCAR, a living organism built from human cells. Its inventor is Cornelis Vlasman, a versatile and innovative biologist. Together with a like-minded team of professionals, he starts an independent laboratory in which he experiments with organic materials.