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  • Turn Red Lights Green with your Bike

    Turn Red Lights Green with your Bike

    It doesn’t matter if you’re in a car, on a bus or on a bicycle, nobody likes sitting at red lights. One cyclist, tired of endlessly waiting for traffic lights to turn green, invented an amazing device that can change red lights to green lights at intersections. When the antenna on your bike finds a traffic light sensor hidden under the road’s asphalt, it sends a signal and the sensor turns the light green. Called Veloloop, this bike technology will only work where there are inductive loop sensors already in place.

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  • With a Potential Market of 2 trillion dollars, New Research Says It’s Time to Pay Attention to Social Innovation

    With a Potential Market of $2 Trillion, New Research Says It’s Time to Pay Attention to Social Innovation

    Caring about Social Innovation is not a fad. According to new research by Frost & Sullivan, in partnership with Hitachi Europe Ltd, there will be a US$2 trillion Social Innovation market by 2020. This extensive report examines the importance of Social Innovation and looks at how the right balance between economic and environmental needs can be achieved. In five years, 56% of the world’s population will live in urban areas and there will be more than 35 “mega cities” in the next decade. It is learning how to address these kinds of trends that drives the concept of Social Innovation.

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    By Hitachi March 26th 2015
  • Treating Grey Water Helps Hilton Istanbul Reach its Water Reduction Goals

    Treating Grey Water Helps Hilton Istanbul Reach its Water Reduction Goals

    With more than 4,000 hotels worldwide, sustainability is extremely important to Hilton Worldwide. One of their main goals is to reduce water consumption by 10% over a five-year period, not an easy task considering the millions of people who use their facilities every day. The Hilton Istanbul is at the forefront of this challenge and is using new technologies to help reach the reduction goal. One solution was the installation of a Hitachi membrane bioreactor system, which enables the hotel to treat grey water from showers and sinks to irrigate 15 acres of gardens. Hitachi also installed flow valves linked to a balancing tank, which means grey water can be saved for use throughout the day.

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    By Hitachi March 12th 2015

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  • Turn Your Sweat into Data with this New Fitness Sensor

    Turn Your Sweat into Data with this New Fitness Sensor

    Not only does sweat help your body cool down, it also reveals useful information about your health. A startup company called Electrozyme has developed a cheap, disposable sensor strip that interprets this information as you exercise. Placed on your skin, the sweat analysis tells you about the physical state of your body: how much fluid you have lost, your hydration level and your electrolyte balance. Software analyzes the data and provides recommendations for your workout regime.

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    Read it on Wired March 18th 2015
  • Even Batteries Have Gone Organic

    Even Batteries Have Gone Organic

    As the demand for green energy goes up, so does the need for batteries. This is not entirely good news as the lithium-ion batteries commonly used are made with relatively rare materials, and recovering these materials is difficult and expensive. Researchers from Uppsala University have developed a battery that bypasses these concerns. Their battery is made from renewable organic biomaterials including alfalfa and pine resin. Most interesting is the fact that new batteries can also be made from the material of spent ones.

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  • Is Smart Tech in the Healthcare System Working? The Experts Weigh In

    Is Smart Tech in the Healthcare System Working? The Experts Weigh In

    On November 26, 2014, The Guardian hosted a lively debate on technology, social innovation and the future of healthcare, sponsored by Hitachi. As society in the UK ages, the number of people who will rely on the National Health Service will increase dramatically. The challenge then becomes: how will healthcare cope with the additional demand on its resources? One solution, and the subject of the evening’s seminar, is technology. Representatives from organizations such as Bupa* and Healthwatch* spoke to an audience of healthcare and technology professionals about the importance of innovation in healthcare and how access to technology can have a positive impact on treatment.

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    Read it on The Guardian February 27th 2015
  • Urban Infrastructure 2014: A Lively and Timely Discussion on the Future of Our Cities

    Urban Infrastructure 2014: A Lively and Timely Discussion on the Future of Our Cities

    On November 13, The Economist hosted the Urban Infrastructure 2014 conference in London. The event was sponsored by Hitachi and attracted a wide array of experts, from architects and executives to mayors and other principal decision-makers from cities and industries worldwide. At issue were the challenges and solutions needed to build and maintain city infrastructures needed for 21st century living. With perspectives from major cities such as London, Rome, Hamburg, Porto and Genoa, the event featured animated discussions on crucial topics like transport, funding vs financing, sustainable development and of course, housing. 

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  • Here’s How to Grow Food in Your Swimming Pool

    Here’s How to Grow Food in Your Swimming Pool

    It’s not easy to grow your own food in the middle of a desert, but one innovative Arizona couple found a way. And it’s surprisingly simple: they turned their swimming pool into an aquaponic greenhouse. Their solar-heated growing system is made up of a chicken coop, water, fish and plants, and it provides fresh food every day, including a wide array of vegetables and herbs. The owner says the system is symbiotic, with each part feeding the next: The chicken waste falls into the tank, which feeds the fish. The fish provide nutrient-rich water for the plants, and the plants grow food for the family.

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    Read it on Fast Company February 25th 2015
  • South Korea’s New Monorail is Right on Track

    South Korea’s New Monorail is Right on Track

    As more people moved from the countryside to the larger cities of South Korea, a plan to reduce traffic congestion and protect the environment was needed. In Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people, the government chose to develop a light rail system that could transport people safely and quickly from the city center to the suburbs. In 2008, Hitachi received its first order to work on the system, and today, the Daegu Urban Railway Line 3 Monorail System is roughly 24 kilometers long and connects 30 stations.

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    By Hitachi February 19th 2015
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