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  • What’s the difference between the world’s first “Blu-ray-free” computer and Kindle?
  • This solar-powered frog can actually prevent dengue fever
  • The design of this chair is very "transparent"
  •  Logitech: Sustainability opens the door to innovation
  • Sword Health: The choice for chronic pain is not just “tolerance”

What’s the difference between the world’s first “Blu-ray-free” computer and Kindle?

This week, the Daylight Computer DC-1, which claims to be the world's first "Blu-ray-free", was officially released, priced at US$729.


The biggest feature of this tablet-like computer is its screen innovation – the 10.5-inch "LivePaper" screen does not rely on backlight like traditional electronic product screens. It can use natural light as the light source, making it comfortable to look at and reducing eye fatigue. .

Sounds a bit like Kindle? indeed. However, LivePaper supports a 60Hz refresh rate, which does not cause the "ghosting" phenomenon that is common with ordinary ink screens.

The system used by Daylight Computer DC-1 is called "SolOS", which is a customized system based on Android 13, so it also supports the installation of all applications launched on Android;

In terms of hardware, DC-1 is equipped with MediaTek Helio G99 processor, 8GB memory and 128GB expandable storage; the specially designed screen texture is used with a Wacom electromagnetic induction pen to create a feel closer to writing on paper.

If users use it outdoors or anywhere with sufficient light sources, they can look at the screen directly with external light without any glare problems. If used at night or in dark places, the DC-1 will turn on an "amber" backlight, which is claimed to reduce eye fatigue and reduce the impact on sleep.

In addition to being more eye-friendly, the overall concept of DC-1 also advocates a "more natural" lifestyle: making the device less disruptive and addictive to life, aiming to allow users to "reconnect with nature and their own hearts." ”. Therefore, the DC-1's notification system is turned off by default.

This solar-powered frog can actually prevent dengue fever

This year, Peru is facing a very severe impact of dengue fever.

In February this year, many provinces in Peru entered a state of health emergency due to dengue fever; by mid-April, although the number of confirmed cases of dengue fever was still increasing, with a total of more than 130,000 people sick, the growth rate of infections had begun to gradually slow down.

In the most affected areas, 80% of residents still lack clean water and can only bring their own containers to water trucks to fill them up and take them home. However, this stagnant water stored in containers is a breeding ground for dengue source mosquitoes.

In response to this situation, Peruvian daily chemical brand Sapolio teamed up with design studio VML to design a product to "disrupt" mosquito breeding grounds.

Inspired by the brand's mascot, the frog, VML designed a solar-powered frog that can automatically and continuously swim in the water with the help of solar energy. It is also small enough to be used in most water containers, making clean water "alive" , no longer suitable for mosquitoes to lay eggs.

Both parties hope to use this simple and low-cost design to increase the prevention rate of mosquito breeding by 92%.

The design of this chair is very "transparent"

Danish brand Takt has created a "transparent" chair, the Cross Chair.

Its transparency does not lie in the visual effect, but in the tracking of carbon emissions.

Cross Chair strictly follows the "Product Environmental Footprint (PEF)" reporting tool calculation method, whether it is the common carbon footprint calculation of product raw materials and transportation, or relatively "niche" ones such as land use, ozone depletion, freshwater ecotoxicity, etc. Takt keeps track of the data when making Cross Chair.

After the report came out, Takt discovered that a large portion of the product’s carbon emissions came from the production of local burning wood scraps to heat the factory. The factory's exhaust outlet is not equipped with a special filter, resulting in pollution of the exhaust gas.

After discovering this problem, Takt is contacting the factory and trying to get the factory to install a filter.

For Takt, the purpose of the whole thing is not to tell consumers that they have achieved the lowest carbon emissions, but that during the tracking process, producers can better find problems and areas that can be optimized.

Of course, for consumers who are more concerned about sustainability, this can also be a "value-added" label in the future.

 Logitech: Sustainability opens the door to innovation

Headphones, mice, keyboards, these are all familiar tools to us, and most of them are made of different shapes and types of plastics as raw materials.

Logitech, which sells tons of these accessories every year, is exploring a more sustainable path. Jasper Phua, global head of color, material and process design at Logitech, believes that it opens a new door to innovation in design:

Plastic is a valuable material that is durable, beautiful and functional.

But as we look for more sustainable materials, we also open the door to innovation.

Recently, Logitech showed Fast Company a series of products made from cork instead of some plastic.

These products incorporate and compress cork and recycled plastic, and their overall carbon emissions are lower than similar plastic products.

Phua shared that these new designs will require designers to consider what density or form the new material needs to have to achieve the required performance. These thoughts can allow designers to look at a familiar digital product from a new perspective:

For designers, it opens up a new aesthetic channel. At the same time, I think consumers are also expecting digital products to have a different look and feel.

While the cork design is still in the prototype stage, Logitech is already trying to incorporate more recycled plastic into its products and is also experimenting with new materials.

Sword Health: The choice for chronic pain is not just “tolerance”

Virgílio Bento, co-founder and CEO of Sword Health, understands the difficulty of caring for someone with chronic pain.

His brother suffered injuries from a car accident that required long-term physical therapy. Since the family originally lived in a small town in Portugal and there were no professional physiotherapy services, the family eventually had to move to find treatment, which lasted ten years.

In 2020, Bento founded Sword Health to give people access to treatment recommendations for chronic pain no matter where they are.

After joining Sword, users will consult with a professional physical therapist online and then receive a tablet with a personalized exercise plan that the user can follow.

This process will not be completely "lonely". Sword's tablet will provide visual guidance and feedback to the user's practice actions, and human therapists will also provide feedback and suggestions for practice.

In 2021, Sword has reached a valuation of US$2 billion and said that the economic downturn has not affected its growth.

More than 2,500 major companies around the world have become enterprise users of Sword, because if chronic pain can be intervened and treated early, companies can reduce their overall health insurance expenses.

Now, Sword plans to increase investment in the field of AI and develop more technology products that can help users predict pain and avoid surgery.

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