That’s Interesting 31.10.19

From paper phones to robotic clothing, here are some things that made us say ‘That’s Interesting’ in the studio this week.

You spin me right round.

Pizza Hut has been known for its up and down inventions (Stuffed Cheez-It Pizza anyone?). But now they’re testing two new innovations – the first is meatless sausage topping, catering to consumers craving for more meat-free alternatives. The second is an environmentally friendly pizza box – round in shape to keep packaging size to a minimum, and made with compostable materials. It’s designed to be both more sustainable and also work better with keeping the pizza warm. Hot, sustainable, meat-free pizza? Don’t mind if we do.

Test it here

To the moon and back

NASA have created their first female inspired Logo, representing their commitment in sending both men and women into space. The Logo represents Artemis, twin sister of Apollo and goddess of the moon. The highlights and shadows represent the crescent moon, and is designed to be deliberately abstract, so that all women can see themselves in her. This long overdue design reminds us that space is not a man’s world.

Get space here

Paper Phones

How long could you go without your phone? Most people would struggle nowadays, especially those who use their phone for work (or rely on their daily insta-scrolls to make it through their commute). As part of a new wave of Digital Wellbeing Experiments, Google commissioned Special Projects to develop a Paper Phone, which encourages people to become less dependent on their phone. You can choose up to 9 basic apps, which will be printed on a foldable sheet. While it may not work for all of us, it could help many take a step back from their screen-filled life and refocus on what’s going on around them.

Print it here

Flowing Fashion

Unique Fashion designer Ying Gao has created a pair of robotic dresses that respond to their environment by rippling, expanding and contracting as if they are alive. Capable of recognising the colours in their immediate surroundings, the garments consistently evolve and shift, reacting to what they see. These fascinating garments work using colour and light sensors, as well as tiny cameras linked to a raspberry PI computer, to gather information about their environment.

Evolve your fashion here

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