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New ways to reduce plastic waste in supermarkets
Since the national ban on single-use plastic bags from most supermarkets, new ways to be environmentally friendly when grocery shopping has since been introduced. Although most supermarkets have banned the plastic bags at the registers, most places are still using single-use bags in other areas of the store. Lidl is a supermarket chain that has reduced this problem by introducing inexpensive reusable bags that you can buy for your fruit and vegetables. With the new reusable bags made with cotton and drawstring openings, the company is hoping to reduce plastic waste. https://www.plantbasednews.org/news/lid-reusable-bags
14 August 2019 by shaina-barrag...
 
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Healthcare

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New app to help detect symptoms of sick children using facial recognition
This app by PainChek is designed to help with identifying the health problems in infants and children who are unable to communicate their medical symptoms and pain to health professionals. With the use of facial recognition technology, the app is able to detect and analyse any pain and signals with just the slightest change of facial expression by the child. This would be great help for medical staff and hospitals who have difficulty identifying specific and accurate problems which will reduce the risk of misdiagnosis. https://neweconomy.media/2019/08/05/app-to-reveal-unspoken-pain-in-kids/
10 August 2019 by shaina-barrag...
 
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Industrial

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Smart Writing Set
This technology allows you to write your ideas on paper by hand, while all the notes are taken down manually to the screen of your phone in real time. It looks just like a standard notebook and pen; however, the pages are dotted with grid pattern and the pen uses smart technology and a built-in camera to track your movement as you write or draw on the dotted paper. The Ncoded paper technology allows the special pen to recognize individual pages, capturing each stroke in real time and immediately transferring it to your device for it to be edited and shared directly. https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/23/moleskine-ellipse-smart-pen-saves-writing-for-later/
8 August 2019 by shaina-barrag...
 
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Industrial

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Hands free video calling
This device known as Portal from Facebook allows you to stay connected with friends and family with smart, hands-free video calling. By following your action and moving with you, Portal allows you to move and talk freely, creating intimate moments by feeling as if you were in the same room. Calls can be made easily with any smartphone or tablet device and can include up to six people in one group call. Friends can connect using the Messenger app even if they don?t have Portal. https://portal.facebook.com/
8 August 2019 by shaina-barrag...
 
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NFP

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Helping those in need while fighting fashion waste
Did you know that 1/3 of produced clothing stock is dead stock and therefore cannot be sold? Or that 13% of Australia's population is below poverty? Thread Together is an organisation that solves the problem of fast fashion waste by giving back to the community. They take unused clothing and shoes from high-quality Australian fashion retailers and deliver it to less fortunate people who are in need, while saving new clothing from going directly to landfill. https://www.threadtogether.org/
6 August 2019 by shaina-barrag...
 
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