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Check out this post by Lawrence Bonk.  I confess to having more than my fair share of footwear in my closet – like many women, I guess.  Self-Lacing Sneakers …not likely to be a purchase I’d make for myself, but fun to contemplate!  Wearable tech is a big rage – are you wearing any?  Or better yet, designing any?  Maybe clothing/accessories will be the career path for you at Nike

sneakers

Take a look at some of Lawrence’s other posts on new stuff that’s hitting the market:  http://www.crunchwear.com/author/lawrence

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July 15th, 2014
5:18
 

The textile industry is getting VERY creative by re-purposing some interesting materials into fabric. theguardian reports that crab shells, plants, trees, bamboo, coffee grinds, and plastic bottles are some of the components used to produce fabric that have some great characteristics:

  • antibacterial
  • deodorizing
  • biodegradable
  • hypoallergenic
  • moisture wicking
  • UV protection
  • dries quickly

A hermit crab emerges from its shell

Even the big designers are getting in on this new trend – imagine buying an article of clothing from Hugo Boss or Timberland with these properties.

This is so revolutionary that a Pittsburgh-based Corporation, Thread, is taking fabric sourced from plastic bottles to the next level by creating a new natural resource for Haiti. Today Thread has bottle collection centers in nearly a dozen Haitian cities. Haitian plastics are taken to the US to create 100% post-consumer recycled fabric. Thread estimates that it has removed over 200m bottles from the streets of Haiti.

Read more here…..

And if you think using these unconventional items to make fabric are far-fetched, take a look at how Ford and H.J. Heinz Company explore the use of tomato fiber to develop a more sustainable bio-plastic material for vehicles !

 

 

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While I applaud the concern for animals that is touted by the investors and manufacturer as being among their concerns, my skeptical side doubts that is a main factor in their motivation for pursuing this seemingly counter-intuitive & somewhat revolutionary idea.  Aside from my questions on caloric variances, taste/texture, and nutritional content in these ‘generated’ products, I’d like to see some data on what impact the manufacturing and distribution of 3D groceries will have upon the already beleaguered ranching and farming sector in a host of countries (e.g., the small independent growers/ranchers).

Check out the Modern Meadow website to learn more about the company’s beginnings, strategies and plans for the future

Read about the $$$ behind the research:  Li Ka-shing invests in US 3D printed meat firm

Get another viewpoint on the concept and an interview with the lead scientist: Xconomy

Cow parts

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What will they think of next???  Great article on how Renewable Energy is motivating retooling/repurposing of old energy plants in Germany…  This is one of the most creative uses of a ‘defunct’ facility that I’ve seen.

Nuclear Theme Park!?

“Safe? It should be, because local protests – driven partly by the 1986 Chernobyl accident – meant it never started operation. Now it’s an amusement park offering hotels with all-inclusive holidays, restaurants and merry-go-rounds. Its most popular attraction is a gigantic cooling tower with a climbing wall outside and a carousel inside.”

Nuke Park

“In the last decade renewable power generation has tripled and now provides a quarter of the country’s electricity and about 380,000 jobs. Wind, hydro, solar and biogas plants are taking over from coal and nuclear power.”

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June 11th, 2014
10:28
 

This new type of social interaction has pros and cons – what are your thoughts?  Is being able to erase all trace of your communications a good thing?  Or do the potential downsides discussed in this article outweigh the benefits?

Voycee is the latest app to capitalize on desire for privacy, secrecy

Voycee

It’s kind of like Facebook — with amnesia. Voycee, a New York-based start-up, is a mobile-only social network where previous posts vanish without a trace each time a user shares a new status update or posts new content.

Source: © 2014 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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