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Added 20 April, 2015

If you're an international flier you have almost certainly come home with a pocket of foreign change that ended up in the bottom of a junk drawer. Many airports and some airlines collect spare change for charity, but so far these initiatives seem to have failed to ignite the imagination of travelers or get a very big percentage of the billions...

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Added 15 April, 2015

Creative, often technologically advanced, pieces of interactive public art seem to be popping up everywhere these days. The trend reflects a willingness and desire to utilize public space in playful, innovative ways that people find fun and inviting. One particularly exciting example is an interactive art piece in Granary Square in London...

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Added 12 April, 2015

With social acceptance of LGBTQ identity at an all-time high, new toys, media, and other products marketed to children are beginning to reflect this shift in social values. Public debate was recently sparked in Argentina after a mother posted a photo online of what became known as the world’s first transgender doll. Named Pirate Fairy, the doll...

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Added 8 April, 2015
As new generations of children are now growing up with access to an unprecedented range of high-tech devices, companies are beginning to incorporate high-end technology into products marketed most directly to kids: toys. The level of sophistication would astonish any adult. Mattel, a major American toy company, plans to introduce an interactive,...
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Added 2 December, 2013
Taken to its logical extreme, some day it will be normal for humans to have computer chips implanted in their brains that help navigate the outside world. Why should we have to refer to our clunky phones or even to our Google Glasses to navigate our surroundings, communicate with others, and retrieve information on the go? The path to this future...
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Added 20 November, 2013
As technology continues to insinuate itself into our lives at an ever increasing pace, activities that have remained more or less the same for millennia are now seeing radical makeovers. Take playing with pets, for example. For thousands of years, if not more, that meant real, physical interaction – like throwing a ball or dangling a string. Now...
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Added 10 October, 2013
We live in a 3D world. We already have 3D films, and even some 3D televisions. So why are we still working on 2D computers? One of the main answers is that 3D computing takes a whole lot more computing power, something that couldn't be reproduced cheaply – until recently. Several companies are now stepping up offer 3D experiences that will someday...
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Added 4 October, 2013
Regular readers of WikiTrend will remember a story back in January about a company in New Orleans that installed a children's playground that's utilizes photovoltaic panels to power fans, water dispensers, and garden irrigation systems. Now a non-profit in Ghana is going one better by harnessing the children's own energy to generate electricity...
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Added 19 September, 2013
LEGO holds a special place in people's hearts and we're seeing the blocks be used by artists, inventors, makers, and others all around the world. The plastic building blocks were the inspiration for a new design that recently won the iF concept design award 2013. What if bottle caps could be upcycled to become toys? They would become collectable,...
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Added 3 September, 2013
Will there ever be a time when theme parks decide that enough is enough, thrill rides have gotten as exciting as they can be, and the limits of speed, thrust, torque and gravity have been reached? The First Law of Trends is that, once one gets going, its inertia will continue until a competing force slows it down. With regard to theme park thrill...