Tag: Suburban Utopia

Amazon Echo could help save a murder case, at all costs.
Information Decoration

Solving Crimes Thanks to Amazon Echo

In March Amazon launched a game on their Echo smart speaker, inviting users to solve the fictional murder of Bruce and Martha Wayne, Batman’s parents. Needless to say the adventure was a marketing plug to promote the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Surprisingly the fiction became a reality, when local police in Arkansas obtained a warrant for Amazon to turn over recording data from an Echo device to help prosecute a suspected murderer. Reportedly, Amazon has declined giving such information, twice.

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Coop Italia has opened a flagship store in Milan to present their vision of what grocery shopping might hold for us in 2050.
Supermarket

The Interactive Supermarket

Coop Italia, one of Italy’s largest grocery chains, has opened a flagship store in Milan to present their vision of what grocery shopping might hold for us in 2050. Dubbed ‘The Supermarket of the Future,’ the Italian retailer unveiled an interactive, 10.800-square-foot grocery store with over 6.000 products, powered up with over 250 Kinect devices, to explore how digital technologies can change our interactions with food.

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Hypernature

Turn Your Cursor into a Songbird

If you live in a city, it may not be difficult to identify a bird solely by its song, since the feathered species that have adapted to live in our metropolis are not that numerous. In nature it’s a different story and, although recognizing birds by their songs can be seen as an idle hobby, it’s an important ability if you are an ornithologist surveying a forest to identify an endangered bird in a chorus of hundreds of songs. With that problem in mind a team of coders has developed a tool that is also fun to use.

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Suburban Utopia

Thanksgiving Getaway Gridlock

This gridlocked highway looks like a river of red and white. Yesterday, during the Thanksgiving getaway, ABC7 news channel’s helicopter captured this massive traffic jam on one of the busiest and most congested routes in the U.S., the 405 in southern California. This year in fact, a record number of Americans – nearly 49 million – traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday. In suburbia, we hope to get away from it all. Unfortunately, everyone else had the same idea. Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers!

Suburban Utopia

Swedish Government Rewards Citizens Who Repair Instead of Throwing Away

For most Swedes today sustainability is a way of life. They eat, buy, work and travel with the environment in mind, from their shopping carts filled with fair trade products to the yearly carbon emissions reduced by 23% since 1990. In line with this conscious consumer mindset, the Swedish government proposed two economic changes; both ment to shift from a throwaway culture to an economy built on long-lasting and repairable goods.

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Plants Grow Along Highways
Suburban Utopia

Sea Delicatessen Grow Along Highways

With winter just around the corner, salt trucks are getting ready to hit the road spreading tons of salt. Ice free asphalt is necessary to drive safely and keep transports running. However, often the salt is scattered also on the soil surrounding the roads, harming the local vegetation. Though there is an unexpected side effect: delicious salt-tolerant plants from the coast are now growing alongside the highway.

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