Water out of air – Warka Water

Posted: February 20, 2016 by araznajarian in Future, Health, Sustainability
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Yes, you read the title right and no it’s not a miracle. It is however great design inspired by nature. Warka Water is a tower like construction allowing for the daily collection of between 13 to 26 gallons of water. The tower takes 10 days to construct and is made from bamboo, hemp, metal pins and bio plastic. It is easily cleaned and maintained and it’s design is inspired by studying how the Namib beetle, lotus flower leaves, spider web threads and the fog collection system of cactus are able to enhance dew collection and water flow.

Read more about it here and go here if you’d like to support the project.

The Thync Device – boost your energy

Posted: February 20, 2016 by araznajarian in Energy, Fitness, Health
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Why reach for a cup of coffee or a chocolate bar to give you a boost, when instead you can reach for technology?

The Thync Device is a wearable solution to boost your energy or calm you down when you need it. At $199 (USD) it’s a bit pricey, but could be worth it if you add up the daily investments to boost your energy.

3D Printing of Medicines

Posted: November 3, 2015 by araznajarian in 3D Printing, Government, Health, Regulation
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3D printing isn’t only for machines, tools or medical devices (we’ve also written lots about it) – it’s now possible to 3D print drugs. Created by Aprecia (a company founded in 2003 on the back of Powder-liquid 3DP technology developed at MIT) the drug, SPRITAM levetiracetam, fights many kinds of epileptic seizures. The printing technology creates a porous structure that immediately dissolves upon touching water (as shown in the video); taking the pill with a small sip of water disperses the active drug ingredient immediately; the speed is a critically important factor for seizure sufferers. The pill is already FDA approved.

Technologies like this open up the possibilities for patient-tailored medicine and even the possibility of printing pills at home.  Shelly Fan at the Singularity Hub writes, “each tablet is essentially made one-at-a-time at very high speed by computer control,” says Cima, “that means it’s theoretically possible to tailor each tablet to the individual patient’s needs.”

Making 5G a reality

Posted: September 8, 2015 by araznajarian in Megachange, Networks
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We’ve written on this blog of the future of connected cities and connected homes. Of course to make it happen, we need reliable networks, not the ones we have today that have spotty c
onnectivity and increase our blood pressure when the page stalls! So innovation is definitely in the speed and reliability of networks.



Ericsson has developed a test 5G device that (see right), “routinely clocks 2 Gbps in its outdoor tests. That’s already ten times faster than the 200 Mbps theoretical speeds available on today’s most powerful 4G networks, and it’s really only the beginning.”



So you’re probably thinking, ‘Wow! Now my pages are going to load so fast!’ Well in reality as average consumers we don’t need this speed, but certainly self-driving cars, self-driving trains, remote health technologies and many other innovations that are part of the future of connective age will truly become possible if a network can be deployed that does not require the massive investments of the past.

Read more about Ericsson’s 5G testing and it’s implications here.


Electric highways

Posted: September 7, 2015 by araznajarian in Energy, Government, Policy, Wireless Charging
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The biggest challenge facing electric vehicles is the inability to travel long distances without having to re-charge. Electric cars such as Nissan LEAF and Tesla’s Model S let you drive between 135 km to 435 km on a single charge. The good news is with electric highways, you’d never have toelectric_highways stop to charge your vehicle.

Later this year, Highways England are planning off road trials for electric highways to test how the technology would work safely and effectively on England’s roads. See on the right how the charging works.

Here’s to hoping the trials are successful!

Onoff App

Posted: August 15, 2015 by araznajarian in Cloud, Future, Mobile Apps, Networks
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For those of us who travel & work internationally, it’s a bit of a pain to have multiple sim cards or mobile phones in order to not get charged crazy fees and be easily accessible. This is what the Onoff app aims to solve.

The idea is simple, you should have one mobile and access to multiple phone numbers. The app does this through ‘cloud numbers technology’; through the app, you access multiple virtual phone numbers that allow you to take calls at the local rate, saving on roaming charges. Below you can watch a video of how the app works.


The founder,  Taïg Khris, has an inspiring back story; a few weeks ago I had the chance to work with him after having heard many stories about him from my colleagues. Taïg is former world class inline skater though he’s probably most famous for skating off the Eiffel Tower. He’s now taken that same discipline, will and dedication required to succeed in extreme sports and channeled it to become one of France’s next great entrepreneurs. Onoff app is currently only available in France, but the team has ambitious plans to quickly expand.

INDEX Award Nominees 2015

Posted: June 15, 2015 by araznajarian in 3D Printing, Mobile Apps
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In 2009 I had the opportunity to attend the 2009 INDEX Awards in Copenhagen. INDEX‘s over-arching theme is Design to Improve Life. The award in total is worth €500,000, with an award winner in 5 categories of Body, Home, Work, Play & Learning and Community, representing human life from inside out (each winner receives €100,000).

It’s great to see the Be My Eyes app (one of the apps we’ve featured on the Connective Age) nominated in the Body category. There are also other nominees which you might be familiar with: Google’s self-driving car, Original Unverpackt (the German supermarket with zero packaging), Duolingo (an app that teaches you any language in 34 hours), Tesla’s power wall and Bitcoin.

There are others that I hadn’t heard of and are quite inspiring:

OkHi: a way to give a physical address to the 4 billion people without one.

Quirky: a platform that buys your ideas and helps you develop them (they have a community of 1134 inventors!)

CrowdVoice: a platform facilitating awareness on global social movements.

The Silk Leaf: a leaf that would allow us to breathe in space because it’s design allows it to mimic photosynthesis. The leaf can also make our cities more breathable.

Thingiverse: you know that we’re big fans of 3D printing, so obviously this one caught my eye; an online platform democratising 3D printing.

You can see the full list of 2015 finalists here.




Timing matters

Posted: June 7, 2015 by araznajarian in Networks, Technology
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A few days ago I re-watched the TED talk by Bill Gross (video below). It reminded me of a conversation I had a few days prior with my colleagues on the Connective Age and artificial intelligence. The idea of the connected home, kitchen, office, whatever is more and more dominant each day. And there are more companies, established or start-up, that are developing products with the vision of a connected world in which our cognition as humans is augmented by machines.

However, I think many of these great ideas face the ‘timing’ challenge he describes because the current networks do not have the capacity to handle it. Network technology and connectivity, though it has increased, is still not good enough. It reminds of what Bill mentions in his talk of why YouTube succeeded; they launched in 2005 when the codec problem of watching videos online was solved and when broadband penetration crossed 50% in America. (Credits for this nifty image on the right goes to Clarice Holt, check our her full illustration of Bill’s TED talk here!)


So the lottery winners are going to be the ones who invent the way that we can sustainably (in a low-cost, low-energy, renewable way) get high quality networks in order to connect all our gadgets.

The connected kitchen

Posted: June 1, 2015 by araznajarian in Connective Age, Data, Health, Networks
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Ikea asked global design company IDEO along with students from Lund and Eindhoven universities to help them design the kitchen of the future. Kitchen 2025 cannot come fast enough.

My two favourite features: The Table for Living and The Thoughtful Disposal.

Get to know more about the kitchen of the future.

Using the power of pee

Posted: April 19, 2015 by araznajarian in Energy, Social Impact, Sustainability
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Another source of energy to power our connected world! A group of 14 year old schoolgirls from Lagos, Nigeria have developed a urine powered generator that can provide 6 hours of power on 1 liter of pee.

Read more