What We Found On the Web: Sanitized Shopping Carts and More

June 29, 2015
June 29, 2015 Full Contact

We pulled together some of the most interesting articles we’ve read recently – and included the quotes that got us talking the most. This week, we focused on some of the coolest innovations of the week that left us wondering, “Why didn’t we think of that?”

Lifebuoy Creates Sanitizing Device For Shopping Cart Handles
From Media Post

“When the device is activated and swiped across the handle, Lifebuoy claims that 99.9% of all bacteria is killed. We need an oversized version for every subway pole, stat.”

The Dutch Boy Mopping Up a Sea of Plastic
From BBC

“This idea came to [Boyan Slat] at the age of 16, in the summer of 2011, when diving in Greece. ‘I saw more plastic bags than fish,’ says Slat. He was shocked, and even more shocked that there was no apparent solution. ‘Everyone said to me: ‘Oh there’s nothing you can do about plastic once it gets into the oceans,’ and I wondered whether that was true.'”

A Nifty Device To Stop Cars From Driving Too Close To Bikes
From Citylab

“Officer Robert Simmons, who has been with the [Chattanooga, TN] department for 12 years and on full-time bike patrol for seven, came up with an idea for a device that can measure and record the distance between a bike and a car.

‘I thought, I wish there was a data-driven way, like a radar gun,’ says Simmons. ‘This is what I want to build; this is what we need to prove it in court.’

Simmons had been thinking a lot about how to prevent deaths like that of David Meek, a leader in Chattanooga’s biking community who was killed in 2009 when a truck driver drove close enough to hook Meek’s saddlebag, dragging him under the wheels. ‘That resonated in my head,’ says Simmons. ‘I didn’t act on it—was just a thought in my head that we have to do something about this.’”

Amsterdam’s 3D-Printed Steel Bridge To Be ‘Drawn’ Mid-Air by Robots
From The Huffington Post

“Joris Laarman a designer working on the bridge said: ‘This bridge will show how 3D printing finally enters the world of large-scale, functional objects and sustainable materials while allowing unprecedented freedom of form.’

If successful, Amsterdam’s engineering feat will remove the restrictions of shape and size that currently limit the applications of 3D-printing.”

Personal Flight Is Closer Than You Think With Martin Jetpack
From Designboom

“The martin jetpack was initially devised and developed by Glenn Martin in 1981, which led to his company to progress the concept for over the past 34 years. The New Zealand based firm finally attained a design of a jetpack that is powered by a 200 hp V4 petrol engine that drives two fans for up to 30 minutes of flight time. It can attain speeds of 74 km/h (45 mph) and reach altitudes of 1,000 meters, but martin’s aim is not only for personal use, but also for emergency responders and government agencies including police, fire and ambulance services.”


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