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The Top 5 mobile and independent home sweet homes

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Weigh the anchor with the Lusation Autartec project Built in a former coal mining region converted into artificial lakes near Dresden, the floating house designed by the Fraunhofer Institute is fully autonomous. There’s no need for a generator or a connection to a dock: this top-of-the-range residence uses a combination of sustainable energy solutions to generate its own electricity. Solar...

Planet progress: an autonomous quadricopter and a smart shower

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In this latest episode, discover a smart alarm clock that only stops when you walk on it for a given length of time, making sure you’re properly awake. And once you’ve bounced out of bed, it’s time to hit the shower with Hydrao. The winner of the 2015 Energie Intelligente smart energy competition, this smart shower head tells you when you’re using too much water. Then you...

The first bionic plant: a rosy future for electricity

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It’s not a plant-induced hallucination – the first bionic plant has been grown in the organic electronics lab at the University of Linköping in Sweden. The researchers, led by Professor Magnus Berggren, have effectively managed to incorporate electronic circuits into a flower’s vascular system, making it possible to circulate an electrical current within the plant without damaging it...

[EN] Planète progrès : un quadrirotor autonome et une douche intelligente

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[EN] Un nouvel épisode pour découvrir un réveil connecté qui ne s’arrête que si l’on marche dessus durant un certain temps, pour être sûr de bien se réveiller. Après un lever dynamique, voici l’heure de la douche avec Hydrao. Lauréat du concours Energie Intelligente 2015, ce pommeau intelligent indique lorsque l’on dépense trop d’eau. Puis on améliorera notre posture...

“Innovation is an essential tool for fighting global warming.”

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How does technology contribute to humans’ comfort and well-being? Today, digital technology is directly integrated into the home. Soon, everyone will be able to control their homes’ heating, lights, and appliances when away by using their smartphones, helping them to better manage their budgets by adapting their consumption habits. Is technology a way to make individuals more...

Big Data – a big bang for the health system?

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“The use of Big Data in health is a revolution that is inescapable and will have an extremely significant structural impact on the health system in general,” believes Dr Eric Baseilhac, Director of Economic Affairs at Leem, one of the main associations of pharmaceuticals manufacturers. Big data = big bang? Everything could change: how care is organised, the relationship between...

Combining low-tech and high-tech to build the city of the future

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Do you prefer proudly plain Y-fronts made of recycled organic cotton, or are you more the sort to wear a smart swimming costume that tells you how long you’ve spent in the sun? Smart cities stuffed with sensors or an eco-neighbourhood with aquaponic ponds and micro-wind turbines in the shared garden? A cosy jumper to keep the cold at bay or ‘smart’ heating? Essentially, low-tech...

Using low-tech and hi-tech side-by-side to build tomorrow’s cities

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Do you prefer proudly plain Y-fronts made of recycled organic cotton, or are you more the sort to wear a smart swimming costume that tells you how long you’ve spent in the sun? Smart cities stuffed with sensors or an eco-neighbourhood with aquaponic ponds and micro-wind turbines in the shared garden? A cosy jumper to keep the cold at bay or ‘smart’ heating? Essentially, low-tech...

Robots, patients’ little helpers

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Beginning in October 2015, nurses and doctors gained new assistants for providing minor healthcare services to patients at Humber River Hospital in Toronto (Canada). There, robots are also wearing scrubs. Recording patient information, dispensing medication, delivering meals and performing blood tests: all sorts of tasks are being automated. The goal is to make life easier for healthcare workers...

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