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This Week in Tech: clean transport and flexible phones

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This week's tech news includes an advance in 'bendy phones' as well as customisable meditation and artistic gaming. 

Apps

Headspace cartoons of man hiking and boy sleeping

The meditation app Headspace has acquired Alpine.AI. They're a company that specialises in voice-activated products.

The incorporation of Alpine.AI’s technology into the working of the app could help to make the meditation app more responsive to the user's mood. For example, users could tell the app how they are feeling to influence the mindfulness exercise that they undertake.

  

Automotive technology

Hydrogen bus

China’s Shandong Heavy Industry has planned to introduce 2000 hydrogen cell powered buses in eastern China.

This follows plans throughout the nation to introduce more hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. More infrastructure is also being developed to support the refuelling of this more environmentally friendly method of transport.

Low or zero-emission buses have been introduced previously in a variety of cities including Aberdeen, Cologne and London.

 

Gaming

Journey game image Above: a still from the game Journey which is mentioned in the exhibition.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London has just opened an exhibition entitled: ‘Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt’.

The three segments of the exhibition explore the intricate design process behind some of the video games created over the last ten years, as well as discussing how games have the potential to be used as agents for social change. There is an interactive arcade for visitors too!

The exhibition will run until the 24th of February 2019.

 

The future of smartphones

At IFA, Chinese company Nubia showcased the prototype for the Nubia Alpha, a smartphone with a flexible screen that can be worn as a watch.

The device includes a camera, a small speaker and a heart rate sensor. This could contribute to more widespread experimentation with flexible displays. 

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