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VR app walks users in the shoes of people living with dementia

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By Lorrin Windahl.

Virtual Reality (VR) has historically been associated with gaming and perceived as a tool for leisure. So it is great to see the technology being used to improve lives and not just embellish them. Such is the case with the recently launched app EDIE, which enables users to experience the impact of dementia from the point of view of the person living with it. It’s an important tool in increasing awareness of and empathy for people living with the heart wrenching disease.

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Leafing a smaller environmental footprint.

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By Lorrin Windahl.

Eating off a leaf. It’s not a new idea. People from different cultures around the world have been doing it for years. But mass producing a leaf plate. Well, that is a different story entirely. Can it be done? Leaf Republic believes it can. Meet Leaf. The new biodegradable, eco-friendly disposable plate that is made entirely from leaves.

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Pinatex – an ethical leather alternative

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By Lorrin Windahl.

Leather. Like it or not it results in the death of the animal. Some may argue that it is the by-product of the meat industry and therefore a kind of recycling of a waste product. But others are not so assured given it is often more profitable than the selling of the meat. For those of us who do have a guilty conscience when we dress in our expensive soft leather shoes, there may now be an alternative which is much less detrimental to the animal. Pinatex. A leather alternative derived from pineapple waste.

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Freitag – compostable clothing

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By Josh Henry.

For many of us, our options when it comes to clothing disposal are fairly limited. Either drop it in the charity bin or send it to landfill. However with only 10% of donated clothes being used maybe it’s time for another option. What if we could compost our clothes? Freitag may have the answer.

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sleepbus – a mobile sanctuary for the homeless

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By Lorrin Windahl.

According to Homeless Australia, 1 in 200 people are homeless each night in our land of sweeping plains. That’s a pretty staggering statistic. And it saddens me to think of anyone sleeping on the street during this bitterly cold winter. But Simon Rowe has an idea that may just help to provide some of these people with a warm and safe alternative. He has developed the sleepbus, a mobile shelter that can sleep up to 22 people. It can even provide a place of rest for their furry friends too.
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Kids’ hospital gowns made cool.

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By Lorrin Windahl.

Designer hospital gowns for sick kids. What a fantastic idea. It warms my heart. Surely it is the ultimate goal; to put a smile on a sick child’s face.  It seems so simple and logical it’s amazing that it isn’t already the norm. And I must say I’m pretty smitten with the project name, Ward+Robes. Very clever.

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Glowee: lighting the way towards more sustainable illumination.

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By Josh Henry.

The concept of bioluminescent lighting has forever been toyed with. From children catching fireflies in jars to backyard algae kits, there has been the idea that light can be achieved through living organisms.

With recent advances in genetic engineering, could biological light solutions be commercialised and mass manufactured?

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