Volvo has announced a collaboration with companies and universities in
Sweden and the US on ROAR (Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling). The
project aims to build robots that will assist garbage truck operators by
doing all the heavy lifting for them, picking up and emptying refuse
bins autonomously (under the driver's supervision) and as quietly as
Anyone who owns a dog knows that picking up after it isn't the high point of pet ownership. This unholy alliance of dog and doo has led many an inventor to seek an alternative to the standard plastic bag. The Jekies Glovebag is one that could make getting rid of your dog’s number two a bit easier.
Ever since the late 19th century, people have experimented with making textiles from natural-source-based gelatine, as a cheaper and less allergenic alternative to wool. Although the emergence of synthetic fibers largely put an end to that, a new technique may yet allow gel-based yarn to see the spotlight. The fiber is said to have an insulation quality similar to that of Merino wool, and the collagen used to produce it can be obtained from waste at animal-processing facilities.