Feel Good Introduction
- Sony’s gamepads are less and less like “controllers,” and that’s a good thing
- L'Oreal has designed a smart stand for lipstick, and makeup can also "anti-shake"
- Cities need trees, but how to choose trees?
- New inspiration found in ancient buildings, concrete can also "heal itself"
At this year's CES, Sony unveiled the design of a highly customizable "Project Leonardo" gamepad.
It adopts a separate design, users can not only define the functions of buttons and joystick arrangement independently, but also choose the type of joystick and adjust the distance between the joystick and the main control panel.
At the same time, Project Leonardo can be used directly on a flat surface such as a table, which means that users do not have to hold the handle in their hands.
In addition, this handle also has a wealth of external functions.
Users can use Project Leonardo with a DualSense controller. A player can use up to two Project Leonardo and DualSense combined as controllers, or invite friends and family to help control the game through these controllers.
The four 3.5mm AUX ports equipped with Project Leonardo can further support users to use other third-party auxiliary accessories.
Sony Interactive Entertainment designer So Morimoto said:
Users can customize Project Leonardo according to their own needs, so there is no so-called "correct" form. We want to empower users to create their own combinations.
The design (of the controller) will be done in collaboration with the player, rather than us presenting the player with a single form, which we are very excited about.
At present, Project Leonardo is still in the research and development stage. Sony said that it will also jointly test and adjust with multiple users in the barrier-free community. The specific public release date has not yet been confirmed.
Before, Microsoft also launched a more inclusive gamepad Adaptive Controller, which received many praises.
Whether it's Sony's Project Leonardo or Adaptive Controller, we can see that the design of the gamepad is becoming less and less like a "handle", paying more attention to the needs of a wide range of users, which is a good thing.
There is an "anti-shake" function for taking pictures, but why are there no cosmetics?
Recently, L'Oreal launched a lipstick assistant tool called HAPTA, which uses AI-based stabilization technology to help users with limited hand movement to apply lipstick more conveniently and accurately.
In order to develop this product, L'Oreal and Verily (formerly Google X Life Sciences Division) jointly designed and adopted Verily to create AI stabilization technology for assisted eating tableware.
Guive Balooch, Head of L'Oréal Global R&D and Innovation Technology Incubator, said:
Verily told us that users are asking for cosmetic-related products. This is the category most requested by users.
HAPTA is equipped with intelligent motion control function, which can track the user's movements; it also has a rotating magnetic function, which can be adjusted according to ergonomics.
Priced at $199, HAPTA will be available through Lancôme in 2023 and will be compatible with L'Oreal-owned Lancôme's standard-sized lipsticks.
Lancome said that in the future, the company will try to make this product more "open source", compatible with more different types of lipsticks, and will also find ways to reduce the cost of HAPTA.
In addition, Lancome is also developing more similar aids, aimed at other types of makeup products. For example, they are currently developing an auxiliary tool that can be used with an eyelash brush.
In addition to blessing with AI technology, we also introduced Guide Beauty, a cosmetics company , before.
By redesigning the shape and interaction of makeup tools such as mascara and eye brushes, the brand creates leverage points for users and makes makeup more convenient.
Trees in cities can beautify the city, provide shade, and even improve the resilience of the city in the face of the climate crisis, provided the right tree is selected first.
You need trees that will survive the weather of today and the climate of tomorrow.
Pete Smith, manager of urban forestry programs at the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation, explained.
For this reason, the forestry departments of many large cities in the United States have begun to choose more adaptable tree species according to the future local climate change trend.
Seattle began planting more heat- and dry-tolerant Pacific and Garry oaks in the city. For some specific tree species, Seattle is also looking for seeds from the south in order to make the tree population more diverse.
In addition, Seattle has transplanted many of the struggling bigleaf maples and western red cedars in the urban area to environments with wetter soils and cooler climates.
Texas even launched a special tree genetic optimization program, creating nine tree species that "passed the Texas test and possessed Texas-style perseverance", including Shuma red oak and cypress, which are said to be better able to cope with the local harsh environment.
Although certain species have survival advantages, experts also warn against "biasing" too much in favor of a few "climate winners" tree species, because urban tree populations lacking diversity may be severely affected by some diseases or pests.
Once upon a time, because elm trees were so easy to grow, most cities in the United States were full of elm trees, so when Dutch elm disease hit, many cities were hit hard and replaced with ash trees.
Unexpectedly, later on, the ash tree was ravaged by the pest, and the ash tree was also affected in a large area. Therefore, forestry experts are also very worried about the maple trees all over the city, and they may encounter similar situations in the future.
If you want to increase the diversity of urban trees, the forestry department must study the microclimate and soil conditions in different communities, and "fine-tune" to select the most suitable species, instead of only choosing the ones that can be planted no matter where they were in the past. tree type.
However, this change is not easy.
Even if the city chooses the type of tree it wants, the sapling company may not be able to provide it in time. Just because cities like to plant certain tree species before, sapling companies also tend to choose those species for planting and sales, and the products are single.
Now, cities are beginning to sign contracts with sapling companies in advance, ordering saplings for several years, and directional requesting sapling companies to cultivate specific tree species. The future world may not be perfect, but there are always people working hard to make it better. need.
The researchers noticed that many small pieces of white lime appeared on the walls of buildings in the ancient Roman Empire. Previously, people thought it was the result of impurities mixed into the building materials, but new research has found that this is actually a trace of concrete "self-healing".
A new MIT-Harvard study finds that ancient Roman construction techniques not only allowed concrete to "heal itself," but also made it less carbon-intensive than modern methods.
After the researchers made the concrete following an ancient process, they created cracks in the samples and injected rainwater. As a result, those white lime chips appeared in the ancient craft concrete within two weeks, filling the previous cracks and completing the "self-healing". Concrete made by modern technology does not have this change.
This self-healing ability makes concrete more durable, and the ancient Roman process required less heat than modern processes, so it required less energy.
While there are other ideas for building "self-healing" technologies, most of them are quite expensive, mainly by adding specific bacteria to the walls. These bacteria grow when there are cracks in the wall to fill them.
Currently self-healing concrete is very expensive because they are based on very complex chemical formulas, but our material is super cheap. This presents an opportunity to create self-healing infrastructure measures.
Now, this research has spawned a startup company focused on developing new concrete materials that may add other functions to existing concrete.
Reusable cups are great, but only convenient enough for users to stick with them.
Startup Kadeya wants to create an "all-in-one" vending machine that makes reusable bottles easier to use.
Simply put, Kadeya combines the functions of vending machines, bottle recyclers, and custom dishwashers into one machine.
Users can scan the QR code to buy a bottle of water in a glass bottle; after drinking, put it in from the recycling port; the used bottle will be cleaned and disinfected by a custom-made dishwasher to complete the recycling; inject filtered drinking water, and recycle it Back in the machine.
Kadeya first set the target market in scenarios where users do not necessarily bring their own water cups, such as gas stations and gyms. At the same time, it is also important to achieve large-scale coverage, otherwise, it will be difficult for users to quickly and conveniently recycle bottles nearby.
Now, Kadeya has also begun to cooperate with a beverage giant to create a vending machine that supports sparkling water and other beverages, helping to solve the long-criticized use of plastic in the beverage industry.
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