Amazon opens new grocery store sans checkout lines

January 23, 2018 by  
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You’ll never wait in checkout lines at Amazon’s new grocery store, Amazon Go . Shoppers enter the store via an app , grab the food they need, and then simply walk out. The first Amazon Go just opened for business in Seattle . Amazon is opening up their first Amazon Go, an 1,800-square-foot physical grocery store. People scan an app on their smartphones to enter, pick up whatever food they want to buy, and leave without the hassle of waiting in line. Once through the doors, users don’t need the app to shop – Amazon said in a video they drew on “ computer vision, deep learning algorithms, and sensor fusion, much like you’d find in self-driving cars” to make the concept a reality. The Next Web said cameras on store shelves track what customers grab. Related: You can now buy tiny shipping container homes on Amazon What can you purchase inside an Amazon Go? Similar to a regular old grocery store of the past, customers can pick up staples like milk and bread, alcohol, and ready-to-eat snacks, breakfast, lunch, or dinners to start. The company will also offer Amazon Meal Kits, which include ingredients to cook a meal for two people in around half an hour. #AmazonGo opens on Monday, January 22 in Seattle. Get the app to enter the store. See you soon! https://t.co/jt7quQ4rke pic.twitter.com/shIyrifZyk — Amazon.com (@amazon) January 21, 2018 The New York Times said there are no baskets or shopping carts – customers place the items they want in a bag they walk out with. And while there aren’t cashiers, an Amazon Go store still requires staff – to stock shelves, help shoppers with any technical issues, help them find items, and check identification in the beer and wine section. Amazon unveiled plans for Amazon Go back in late 2016 – but had to delay the launch because of some technical difficulties, according to The Next Web. But it appears they’re ready to go with this first location, which is at 2131 7th Avenue, and is open Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 9 PM. The app works for Android or iOS. Amazon has not yet said whether they’ll open more Amazon Go stores, or utilize the technology in other ways — like selling it to other retailers. + Amazon Go Via The Next Web and The New York Times Images via Amazon Twitter and Amazon

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New refrigerator camera takes aim at food waste

August 17, 2017 by  
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We know food waste is an issue, but often it’s all too easy to forget about that bag of lettuce in the back of your refrigerator until it rots. It turns out 40 percent of the salad British families buy each year ends up in the trash – but a new refrigerator camera could help slash that waste. The Smarter FridgeCam helps people monitor expiration dates and even suggests recipes – for far less than the price of a smart refrigerator. London-based company Smarter says their FridgeCam can turn any refrigerator into a smart one for £99.99, or $129.50. The wireless FridgeCam allows users to monitor what’s in their fridge from anywhere using an app . But the product doesn’t just snap a fridge selfie. It also tracks expiration dates, notifies users when it’s time to buy more of a product, and offers recipes to help them use up food . Related: Peek inside the zero-waste kitchen of the future Smart refrigerators can cost thousands of dollars, but according to Smarter, the FridgeCam could save users as much as £400, or around $518, every year – meaning the device pays for itself in around three months. The company says their product will work with any refrigerator on the market right now, and their app works for iOS and Android. Smarter founder Christian Lane told The Guardian, “The supermarkets tell us that the way we shop has fundamentally changed. People are shopping little and often and using different shops. The more we developed and trialed this technology, the more we found that it could not just help reduce food waste but it also encourages people to shop in a smarter and more efficient way.” The FridgeCam is currently available for pre-order here . It’s slated for a September launch, and Smarter says free shipping is available for the United Kingdom and United States. + Smarter FridgeCam Via The Guardian Images via Smarter Facebook

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Intellibins helps you find recycling bins on city streets

March 28, 2016 by  
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Have you ever found yourself wandering around a city trying to find a recycling bin, only to have to stow that plastic food container in your backpack because you don’t want to pollute? Many American cities aren’t exactly ahead of the game when it comes to public recycling — they aren’t offered on every corner. But one startup is on a mission to facilitate recycling on city streets, simply by helping people find the bins. Their location-based mobile app called Intellibins helps you find the nearest recycling bin with step-by-step navigation, so you can always recycle no matter where you are. The current Intellibins app is available on iPhone and Android for all five boroughs of New York City. Let’s hope the idea catches on in other cities soon. + Intellibins The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Jewel-like glass box deftly extends a Victorian house in London’s Mile End

March 28, 2016 by  
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Grow Your Own Dinner with the Niwa Smartphone App

May 5, 2014 by  
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UK startup Niwa has developed an amazing hydroponic gardening system that allows you to perfectly control growing conditions through a sophisticated app, giving anyone an instant green thumb. Co-founders Agnieszka Nazaruk and Javier Morillas created the high-tech plant container and custom software as a part of their mission to make it easy for food to be grown indoors by even the least savvy farming enthusiasts. Read the rest of Grow Your Own Dinner with the Niwa Smartphone App Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Agnieszka Nazaruk , app , food growing apps , Gardening , gardening app , grow food with a smartphone , hydroponic gardening , hydroponics , Indoor , NIWA , plants , smartphone , Urban Farming

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Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes

May 5, 2014 by  
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Solar cooking just got even better thanks to the new fuss-free GoSun stove . This uber awesome tube stove can cook delicious meals without using a lick of fuel – in just 20 minutes. Baking, boiling or frying is easy and fast and the stove costs less than $200! Read the rest of Tubular GoSun Solar Cooker Heats up to a Sizzling 550° F in Mere Minutes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , alternative cooking tools , alternative energy , clean tech , cooking without fuel , eco design , evacuated tube stove , GoSun Stove , green design , green tech , renewable energy , solar cooking , solar kitchen , sustainable design

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There’s an App for Detecting Plant Diseases?

November 15, 2011 by  
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MSU researcher Syed Hashsham has invented a handheld, low-cost application that can perform genetic analysis.

How do you identify plant diseases, keep pathogens from spreading and help protect the food supply? The old way was to collect field samples, send them to a lab … and wait. The new way: An app that works with an iPod Touch or Android-based tablet (how inclusive) and can ID a plant pathogen in 10-30 minutes. The technology, called Gene-Z, was developed by Michigan State University scientists and is being developed for the market. Gene-Z is not only a gee-whiz project; it’s designed to speed treatments and keep pathogens from spreading.

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Mattel and Barbie Give Up Deforestation to Win Our Hearts (And Hopefully Ken’s) Back

October 5, 2011 by  
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In June, we were shocked to hear of the break-up of one of the world’s most famous couples — Barbie and Ken — and  Greenpeace reported that the culprit was Barbie’s dependence on deforestation for her packaging. The environmental watchdog brought Mattel’s use of  Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) , a company known for cutting down the Indonesian rainforest and endangering Sumatran Tigers, into the public light and took an enormous stand to end the destruction. One Facebook campaign, several marches and a series of extremely clever Ken doll posters (see the pic above for some LOLs) later, Mattel has recognized the issue and pledged to keep rainforest destruction out of their supply chains. Read the rest of Mattel and Barbie Give Up Deforestation to Win Our Hearts (And Hopefully Ken’s) Back Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: app , Asia Pulp and Paper , barbie , deforestation , environmental destruction , Forest Stewardship Council , Greenpeace , indonesian rainforest , Mattel , rainforest destruction

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i-Go eBike Concept Powers You Through the City and Charges Your Smartphone

August 25, 2011 by  
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i-Go is an electric bike concept loaded with futuristic rider-friendly features such as regenerative wireless brakes, internal gears, smartphone charging ability , mobile app and GPS all integrated into a foldable design.  The i-Go ebike rental system was designed by recent college grad Marc Andre Cardinal , and it may be the best bike share scheme we’ve seen to date. Read the rest of i-Go eBike Concept Powers You Through the City and Charges Your Smartphone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: app , Art , bicycle , bike , bike sharing programs , bikeshare , Climate Change , CO2 , collaborative consumption , ebike , eco community , eco design , eco habitat , eco-art , eco-conscious , eco-friendly , electric bicycle , electric bike , energy recovery , Environment , environmental design , green design , green economy , green infrastructure , green living , green technology , green transportation , humber college institute of technology , infrastructure , macs designs , marc andre cardinal , multipurpose transportation , organic electronics , public , public health , public transit , Recycled Materials , renewable energy , sustainable design , sustainable living , upcycle , urban transportation , waste management , wireless braking

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