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Stu Robarts

Stu Robarts
Stu is a tech writer based in Liverpool, UK. He has previously worked on global digital estate management at Amaze and headed up digital strategy for FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology). He likes cups of tea, bacon sandwiches and RSS feeds.

A group of Lund University students has created a kitchen that can be hacked to the preference of its users. The Ikea Hacka was a response to the "Concept Kitchen 2025" project that sought ideas for kitchens of the future. It is aimed at allowing for modification and personalization.

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Isambard Kingdom Brunel is one of Britain's greatest-ever engineers. His first project was the Rotherhithe Shaft, the starting point for London's Thames Tunnel. The tunnel was the first in the world known to be built underneath a river and the shaft is now set to become a theater.

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When you run out of something at home, it's all too easy to forget to add it to your next shopping list. This prototype device is aimed at ensuring that no longer happens. The GeniCan attaches to a trashcan so it can be used to scan barcodes of items as they are thrown out. They can then be added to a list or automatically reordered.

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It's hard to imagine that some pickup truck owners wish their vehicle was more sassy, but for those who do, a new Skoda concept might be just what they're after. The Skoda Funstar is a pickup truck based on the firm's Fabia model, and is designed to be cheeky, fresh and surprising. Read More

According to environmentally-conscious mouthcare company Goodwell, there are two main problems with one-time flossing harps: they aren't designed to be portable and they're not eco-friendly. The firm says its new GoodFloss harps are both. What's more, they're designed to make flossing easier. Read More

For many of us, dogs are part of our families and we want to keep them safe and healthy as we would any other family member. That's the aim of Dogtelligent's new Connected Collar. The collar is designed to help individuals train and track their dog, as well as manage its activity and health. Read More

Another car designed for the virtual world of Gran Turismo has been brought into the physical realm. The design was first unveiled in December as a "vision of what a high performance Infiniti could look like in the future." The flesh-and-bones Infiniti Vision GT concept car was recently shown off at the Shanghai Auto Show. Read More

Buttons are that most basic of user interfaces and are found on just about every machine or electronic device going around. Now, thanks to wireless technology, standalone buttons designed to perform different functions are becoming a thing. One such example is Droplet, a button that can be stuck to just about anything and be pressed to trigger a message of register that an activity has been carried out. Read More
Few driving noises can be as deflating as that of a car wheel scraping against the curb when parking. It means you've misjudged your distance from the sidewalk and inflicted some ugly and potentially expensive damage on your wheel. The SmartRim is a device aimed making this a thing of the past. Read More

At the turn of this year, students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) constructed a replica of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in ice. Next up, they're turning their attention to a bridge designed by Leonardo da Vinci. If successfully completed, it will have the longest open span ever built from ice. Read More

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