The US manufacturer of plant-based meat substitutes Impossible Foods has launched products that copy the taste of pork and sausages. As with the Impossible Burger, both products are gluten-free and do not contain any animal hormones or antibiotics. They are also designed for halal and kosher certification. Their main ingredients are soya and the red dye heme, which serve to provide as authentic a taste experience as possible. The pork substitute could allow the company to expand to China, where pork is extremely popular.
The European start-up “polypoly” is working on giving citizens of the European Union more decision-making powers and transparency on the topic of data security. Primarily, the developers are interested in bundling the digital information in a kind of digital “shadow” that represents people's individual activities on the web and shows how companies manage personal data. The decentralised data storage system forms the basis of the start-up and serves to enable members to decide independently how and by whom their data is used and, in particular, how they should be remunerated for it.
The textile manufacturer Pangaia has presented a new collection of lined jackets called FLWRDWN which are made from natural wildflowers and infused with a biopolymer and aerogel. The growing awareness of sustainable fashion has led to a drop in demand for down jackets with real feathers – just like real fur was rejected years ago. Pangaia aims to use the material in biodegradable and sustainably produced products. The jackets are the first of their kind and were created by Pangaia's own research team after a ten-year development process. The jackets are also biodegradable, hypoallergenic and breathable.
The manufacturer of musical instruments and accessories Roland has developed a mobile mini studio called “Go:Livecast” for smartphone vloggers. The small box connects smartphones to other devices and can be used as a broadcast studio, enabling online creators to manage the basics of live video production. The device is for both beginners and professionals, and is controlled via the smartphone. With the “Go:Livecast”, the volume can be adjusted and pre-recorded clips can be inserted into livestreams. Streamers can log in to their preferred platform and start streaming through the app.
The American start-up UltraSense Systems develops touch sensors that make all kinds of buttons and controls on electronic devices superfluous. Based on ultrasound technology, the minimalistic sensors are capable of automatically perceiving changes with regard to interacting touches or variations in the production process. The sensors can also perceive touches through solid materials, like wood, metal and glass, enabling them to replace mechanical buttons or even door handles. Basically, these sensors will enable any object to be controlled by touch.