Intelligent Wearable Strength: A Smart Suit for Senior Citizens Who Have Trouble with Mobility

"Wearable tech is often geared toward the super-fit or the able-bodied, whether it’s tracking intense activities or your basic daily step count, but one company in Silicon Valley is focusing instead on building a “smart” suit for the aging population.

Superflex, a Menlo Park, California-based startup that’s just coming out of stealth mode, says it’s working on sensor-equipped, computer-controlled clothing for senior citizens who have trouble with mobility. The suit’s sensors are supposed to be able to track the posture and movement of the body, and rapidly process data to send a motor “assist” when the wearer is leaning forward in a chair, getting ready to stand up, or even starting to raise their arms above their head."

(The Verge)

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Luke Calder's Borderless Globe

New Zealand designer Luke Calder imagines a globe without artificial borders and limitations, without definitions of nations and oceans. The "minimalist and poetic design" combines an aluminium structure with resin and copper foil (Ufunk).

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Pretty Old: Weibliche Armut im Alter muss nicht sein

Vortrag und Diskussion mit Petra Leschanz
Mittwoch, 25. Jänner 2017, 16.30 Uhr, Infocafè palaver, Graz
Kostenlos, keine Anmeldung vonnöten

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Foto via Hotel Feichtinger

The Interfaith Peace Chapel: A Place Where Dialogue Can Begin

"The chapel is a place where people of all faiths, or no faith, can participate in dialogue, meditation and prayer. The environment and surroundings will inspire people to join voices, hearts and minds in order to build understanding of similarities and differences."
"The chapel is our visible proclamation to the world that we must all be committed to peace. It stands as a monument to the cause of peace for all who believe in it, seek it and work for it."
(Interfaith Peace Chapel)

"The Interfaith Peace Chapel, designed by Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects in the 1990s, is today home to a largely LGBT congregation and has previously been a target for graffiti."

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photograph via Dezeen

Algorithms against Stereotypes: SAP's HR Software Filters (Unconscious) Bias, Creates Fair HR Software

"SAP is betting that artificial intelligence can help eliminate bias in hiring and employee performance reviews.
The tech giant has been particularly vocal about improving gender and ethnic diversity (...)."

The new features include data crunching that flags potentially biased language in job descriptions that could unintentionally limit a pool of candidates (...). Descriptors such as "rock star" or "ninja" in a job description, for example, could have the unintended effect of discouraging female candidates, so the SuccessFactors software might "suggest" alternate nouns. The company is also working on similar alerts for its performance review module as well as systems used to help with planning executive successions.

In simple terms, these alerts are like grammar checkers you might find in a word-processing application. Only these are designed to flag terms that could hint at a pattern of unconscious bias. The idea is to bring these habits to managers’ and employees’ attention so that, over time, they occur less frequently, according to SAP."


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image via SAP

Happy Holidays!

No matter what you celebrate, we wish you all the best!

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photograph via Amazon

Stille Nacht

"Es ist immaterielles UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe und gilt als das berühmteste Weihnachtslied der Welt. Die Urfassung von „Stille Nacht" feiert in diesem Jahr ein Jubiläum. Das Projekt der Pfarrkirche Am Schüttel soll eine umgekehrte Barriere sein. Zu lesen ist der Text des Weihnachtslieds „Stille Nacht“ in Brailleschrift. 18 Meter hoch und zehn Meter breit ist das Banner, das an der Fassade der Pfarrkirche montiert wurde. Zu sehen ist es in der Weihnachtszeit." (ORF)

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Foto via Erzdiözese Wien

A Smart Spoon Helps Shaky Hands

“I felt a loss of dignity. I felt like everyone was looking at me because I had trouble getting food from my plate or my bowl to my mouth without spilling. I just felt more comfortable to stay at home and eat by myself.” Stephanie Mendel, 78
Liftware's spoons are designed for a) people with limited hand and arm mobility and b) for people with hand tremor. Electronics in the handle of the "anti-shake" spoon cancel out shakes by 70%. Those with limited hand or arm mobility (e.g. due to cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, Huntington's disease, post-stroke deficits) find eating easier as sensors inside the handle constantly track the user's hand positions and adjust them.
Liftware founder Anupam Pathak started Liftware in 2013 to help people with neurological conditions. In 2015, spoon prices were dropped to make them more accessible. San Francisco-based Lift Labs have been bought by Google.
(via Mail Online and San Francisco Chronicle and Cerebral Palsy News Today)

See how it works:

::: Introducing Liftware Level: WATCH
::: Liftware counteracts shaking: WATCH

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Photograph via Liftware

Would the Berlin Holocaust Memorial Have Been Built Today?

"I believe that my Holocaust memorial in Berlin could no longer be built today."
"The social climate has changed; much that has previously been considered acceptable is now questioned."
Peter Eisenman

Eisenman's refers to "today's xenophobic social climate" that is also reflected in elections (Dezeen).

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photograph via Veronique Chemla

Atheist Cities

"According to the 2011 Census of England and Wales, Norwich had the highest proportion of respondents reporting “no religion”. The city’s figure was 42.5% compared with 25.1% for England and Wales as a whole.
The survey revealed that Brighton & Hove came in a close second in the ‘godless’ stakes with 42.4% of residents describing themselves as having no religion. Local newspaper reports in both areas pointed to the relative youth of the population and the high number of students as being relevant factors. (...)
Meanwhile, the author and biopsychologist Nigel Barber has argued that as cities become more stable and prosperous, their inhabitants are less likely to feel the need for religious belief.
These broad generalisations go some way to explain why Berlin has been dubbed the “atheist capital of Europe”. Some 60% of Berliners claim to have no religion, shaped no doubt by the city’s divided heritage. (...)
One attempt to study the demographics of godlessness is made by the American Bible Society, which ranks the nation’s cities based on their level of Bible engagement. (...)
The least Bible-minded cities in the 2016 survey were Albany/Schenectady/Troy in New York state with only 10% of residents qualifying as Bible-minded. (...)"

::: More/Via The Guardian

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Photograph of Norwich via Broads Holidays