Brazilian-Italian Antonio Pasolini graduated in journalism in Brazil before heading out to London for an MA in film and television studies. He fell in love with the city and spent 13 years there as a film reviewer before settling back in Brazil. Antonio's passion for green issues - and the outdoors - eventually got the best of him and since 2007 he's been writing about alternative energy, sustainability and new technology.
Headphones have become a fashion statement the world over, with people sporting increasingly sophisticated
models on their head. Now, a Florida-based company called FreeWavz has created a more minimalist and versatile earphone that does away with wires, and integrates activity-monitoring technology.
Many people say they can’t go vegan because of their addiction to dairy. But that excuse could soon be past its sell-by date if a team of biohackers in California succeeds in scaling up production of a cheese that contains no animal by-products. They call it Real Vegan Cheese. Their aim is to offer a sustainable food alternative with the same nutritional value – and taste – as non-vegan cheese.
There’s nothing like a good night’s rest to make us feel great during the day. But just how well do
we sleep? The science behind sleep monitoring is improving, with several wearable consumer devices
that monitor activities including sleep. A new partnership between wearables manufacturer Misfit, which makes the Shine activity tracker, and sleep-monitoring company Beddit
, offers a non-wearable alternative for those who want to focus more deeply on their sleep.
Coffee fans always appreciate a nicely brewed cup of java, and these days you don’t need to be sitting outside a café on a quaint Italian square to enjoy one. Some models such as Bonaverde
promise a rewarding coffee experience, and they are now being joined by a new design called Invergo. The folks behind it are targeting the consumer market with a pour-over machine that improves extraction and saturation. What's more, it doesn’t cost a fortune to run.
Smartphones have paved the way for an increasing number of health-monitoring innovations, covering a range of applications such as fitness
, cardiac function
, to name but a few. Now, a team of students has tapped the power of mobile phones to help those who want to quit smoking. Relieve is the name of the app/e-cigarette combo concept developed by students at the University of Lincoln in the UK. The idea is to help addicts gradually wean themselves off nicotine and recruit their friends for moral support.
Portable scanners have been around for a while now, with devices like the Magic Wand
and Doxie Go
, and they continue to shrink in size. With its new PocketScan, Swiss-based software company Dacuda is now claiming to have developed the world's smallest wireless scanner.
We've already heard about a biosensor developed in Brazil
for detecting pesticide content in food. Now at CE Week, a Seoul-based company called BioSensor Laboratories has presented Penguin, a home-use sensor that detects the presence of antibiotics in animal products.
Drivers operating city buses have a tough job ensuring the safety of people on the vehicle as well as those outside it. But technology technology is stepping up to overcome the limitations of rear view mirrors, especially concerning children. A new system being tested in Spain is designed to improve bus safety by issuing a warning when a potential risk to pedestrians is detected so the driver can react accordingly, or bringing the bus to a stop if they don't.
Kicking the cigarette habit is no picnic. It’s a full-on resistance effort against an overwhelming craving. That’s why smokers sometimes need more than will power alone to quit. Now a new device has been developed to add extra ammunition to the fight in the form of the SmartStop, an electronic wearable from U.S.-based Chrono Therapeutics that takes nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to a new level and adds behavioral support, thanks to the possibilities of digital, wireless technology.
Last year, Brazilian startup Kinetics unveiled its NearBytes technology
, which has now found a commercial application in the form of the Edgepay point of sale (POS) terminal that allows card-free payments of goods and services using a mobile phone.