The British cookbook collection 1000 Cookbooks has launched a platform called "ckbk" that provides cooking and baking recipes in digital form. Not only are individual recipes are on offer, but so too are entire cookbooks for users' perusal. At the launch, 350 cookbooks with over 80,000 recipes were available at "ckbk". For around $9 per month, users can subscribe to this curated service as an app. They will then also find recommendations from well-known chefs. In collaboration with the manufacturers of household appliances, the app can also be used to regulate the temperature of the oven.
Engineers at Stanford University have developed a flexible sensor that sticks to the skin. With the "BodyNet" system, sensors made of metallic ink detect physiological signals emanating from the skin based on electric currents. They then forward the data wirelessly to a receiver in the clothing. The researchers stuck the flexible sensors to various parts of the body to measure things like heartbeat and breath based on skin contraction. "BodyNet" can also be used to monitor patients with sleep disorders or heart conditions.
Nestlé has inaugurated the Institute of Packaging Sciences in Lausanne, Switzerland, to develop more environmentally-friendly packaging for its products. The company is working towards making 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. The Institute will focus on research into this objective and also look for ways to reduce plastic waste as a whole. The vision is a waste-free world, according to a statement made at the inauguration. To achieve this, Nestlé is also supporting the development of local recycling infrastructures and deposit schemes.
The French start-up Zyl has developed an app that finds the most interesting photos from users' photo libraries. The program works on the basis of AI. The algorithms identify the shots taken of important moments in people's lives. What's more, the app sends a daily notification that it has found a new memory and shows it to the user, who can then choose to share the moment with family and friends. The photo library is analysed directly on the devices and not uploaded to Zyl. The app also makes it possible to create photo albums automatically.
The American toilet paper brand No. 2 has developed a tearproof and non-crumble form of toilet paper made of the rapidly growing raw material bamboo. The company says that its founder Samira Far spent six months with the manufacturer in China to test various formula. In the end, she chose a material that feels silky and uses chlorine dioxide for bleaching rather than elemental chlorine. No.2 packs the paper in a colourful wrapper printed with soy ink to provide both a hygienic and aesthetic alternative to plastic.