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Recycling 96 percent of battery materials +++ In-car VR +++ PLA as carbon alternative +++ Processing orders faster using geofencing +++ Voice systems in ten years’ time
Electric // Battery
Based in Lower Saxony, Germany, Duesenfeld specializes in the eco-friendly recycling of lithium-ion batteries. The firm aims to recover up to 96 percent of materials – including electrolytes, separators and metal film – in multiple steps. According to Duesenfeld, the process uses 70 percent less energy than conventional methods, and reduces new batteries’ carbon footprint by 40 percent.
Source: heise.de (German)
Munich-based startup Holoride aims to turn driving into an all-around entertainment experience – using virtual reality. Now users can try out the in-car VR system until early November. A “Bride of Frankenstein” ride through Hollywood’s Universal CityWalk turns passengers’ surroundings into a 3D adventure, matching the “live” 3D experience to the vehicle’s speed and direction.
As part of the European Bio4self project, researchers at Fraunhofer ICT have succeeded in making polylactides (PLAs) as robust as carbon. The bioplastic polymers were used to create a fiber composite, embedded in turn in a PLA matrix. PLAs are based on recyclable biological materials such as corn starch. Now the team hopes to further develop the process. Eventually, PLA could also be used in automotive manufacturing.
Source: New Atlas
Geofencing // Delivery
American grocery chain SpartanNash aims to use geofencing to optimize curbside order delivery. By tracking customers’ proximity to their local store, the SpartanNash app enables employees to prepare online orders for immediate curbside collection. The supermarket chain hopes this will give it an edge in the online shopping market.
At the World Congress on Information Technology in Jerevan, entrepreneur and author Gay Vaynerchuck explained that in less than a decade, we will no longer type into smartphones –we will use audio and voice systems instead. AI-driven voice assistants will be ubiquitous at home, in the office, and in the car. Search engines such as Google will also be obsolete, because voice assistants will handle everything.
Source: Daily Star
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