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Is it a phone? Is it a drone? No, it’s a flone!

The artist Lot Amorós, and engineers Cristina Navarro  and Alexandre Oliver won the Next Things award in 2013 for the Flone invention, an H-shaped airframe which transforms smartphones into airborne apparatus. It is able to fly up to 20 metres, and take photographs and video from above. Flone has been designed to be cheap and simple to make. The airframe is wooden, and is powered by a standalone battery and four propellers. 

"We tried to simplify all the technology of our drones , and also the way of controlling," Amorós told the BBC  at the Sonar+D event in Barcelona. An interesting feature of Flone is that the smartphone in the air is remotely controlled from a smartphone on the ground using the accompanying Android app and a Bluetooth connection. "What we are seeking is to change a little bit the concept that drones are something that only people with money can afford," said Oliver.

How Can Digital Innovation Help Us Care For Our Families?

Digital technologies provide new and powerful ways to deliver meaningful innovation that matters to people. So how can we use them to help us care for our families and live healthily?

Responding to people’s needs and expectation for greater connectivity, personalization, control and convenience, we’re embracing a digital philosophy at Philips, offering digital innovations that empower people to be in control of their own personal health and well-being. 

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Design Innovation in Mature Industries

Sometimes innovative designs in mature industries comes from a repetitive series of incremental enhancements, but design tools can make the entire process more effective.

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Healthcare made with Watson. Made with IBM

IBM Watson is transforming industries like healthcare. It’s allowing doctors to correlate massive amounts of data to diagnose diseases much quicker and offer customized treatments.

Zappos’ Tony Hsieh Envisions the Innovation Elevator

Building on his theory that creative collisions of people from differing fields spur innovation, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh envisions remodeling elevators into social hubs that will encourage communication and innovation.

Seattle: A History of Innovation

The GeekWire Awards, on May 8, 2014, in Seattle celebrated the top technologies, people and companies in Pacific Northwest in 2014 — but we started by putting everything in a much broader historical context. The team at Killer Infographics created this motion graphic for the event, in collaboration with GeekWire, tracing the roots of innovation in the Seattle region from the early days of UPS and Boeing up through Microsoft and Amazon and more newer public tech companies including Zillow and Zulily.

Genetics Startup Aims to ‘Make 100 the New 60’

J. Craig Venter, the man who helped map the human genome, is at it again. This time, the goal is to better understand aging and age-related diseases and use that information to add decades onto everybody’s lives. The new company, funded by 70 million dollars in venture capital, is called Human Longevity, Inc. 

At the top of its ‘to do’ list is to start sequencing genomes at a rate of 40 thousand per year. That will be made possible with the help of a 10 million dollar machine, which will also lower the cost of individual analysis to a thousand dollars per subject. The first mapping of the human genome racked up a tab of 100 million dollars and took 9 months. 

In this project, the sequencing is only part of the much bigger picture. Once the data is collected, it will be combined with the medical records and target biological information of those who participated. Combined, it’s hoped that enough information will be provided to crack the mystery behind aging and, as their Vice-Chairman said, ‘make 100 the new 60’. 

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Five True Facts about Google X

Want to learn more about the most intellectual, yet underground unit of Google? With the secrecy of the CIA and the aura of Area 69, Google X’s mystique is explained via a list, courtesy of Marques Brownlee.

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