Tag Archives: Innovation

Fizz of the future

It’s practical. It’s elegant. And it’s 100% biodegradable. French designer Cedric Ragot has created groundbreaking packaging for Veuve Clicquot that ticks all the boxes.

Made of a bio-based material derived from potato starch, this innovative design is not only strong and light, it also keeps your bottle of champagne chilled for up to two hours. And, unlike most clunky booze boxes, this one has a nifty handle to make it easy to carry. Surely that’s worth celebrating?

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Beer with spirit

“This is science fiction. It’s the dawn of a new era. Welcome to a strange new world.”

BrewDog has announced its “most eccentric and absurd project to date” with the launch of a new 35% abv beer-based spirit called WattDickie. It was developed in a “radical brewing and ice distillation process”, which currently has a patent pending.

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Safe and sexy phone case

When it comes to phone cases, everyone has a choice. Go big, chunky and – generally – ugly, but know your phone will stay safe. Or choose a blinging number that looks good, but which will disintegrate long before your phone does.

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Transparent fashion

Everyone knows about the ridiculous mark-up on certain food and drink (popcorn, anyone?). But it’s much trickier to know what you’re paying for when it comes to fashion.

To try and change this, new Californian fashion retailer Everlane has made all its pricing completely transparent. So instead of just showing the price, infographics outline the cost of materials, construction and transport, as well as the mark-up and where it was made.

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Beanz means bowls

One of Britain’s most iconic foods has received a drastic makeover at the hands of gastronomic design duo Bompas & Parr. They’ve concocted five new flavours of Heinz baked bean, each matched with a handmade bowl and a musical spoon (that you listen to through your mouth) for the ultimate bean-there experience.

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Softer hardware

Keeping in touch with your feelings while using personal technology devices matters more when applied to healthcare. Mickael Boulay has re-invented blood sugar monitoring for diabetics with his Measuring Less to Feel More system.

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Hello to freshness

Standing in the toothpaste aisle at Walgreen’s, Craig Dubitsky got the idea for his latest company, Hello. ‘The whole oral hygiene industry is based on fear and shame,’ he says. ‘It’s as if there’s a war going on inside your mouth – you have to eliminate, destroy, arm yourself with these toxic products.’

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Have you beer and eat it

Sankt Gallen, a brewery located in the Kanagawa region of Japan, has unveiled a unique way to enjoy their famous malt beverage: with an edible glass. The brewery has recently gained notoriety for their chocolate beers, notably their imperial Chocolate Stout: an ultra-dark beer that lists “chocolate malt’ amongst its ingredients. Indulgent, yes, but definitely delicious!

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Clear innovation

The latest addition to the smartphone market is here: say hello to the transparent phone.

Created by Polytron Technologies and dubbed ‘Switchable Glass’, the phone uses liquid crystal molecules with a conductive OLED screen – which are aligned by electric currents to display images and text. Read more on Clear innovation…

PaperTab

Welcome to the newest innovation in tablets: a flexible, paper-thin device that looks and feels like a sheet of paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The PaperTab, a high-resolution plastic display PC prototype, was unveiled recently at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The team behind the invention said their goal was to emulate the feel of paper – creating a robust, lightweight product that could bend and even be dropped on a desk. If the idea catches on, the way we use tablets could change forever.

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