‘3 new things’ that could change the way we live and work

The entries were judged by a panel including Dr Lin Ge, expert in quantum computing and nanotechnology; technology commentator Monty Munford and Ella Weston, head of WPP’s Stream series of digital events.

1. Three Over Seven – custom footwear

By using a mobile phone to scan your feet, the technology will craft a pair of shoes that are a custom design to the user’s feet. Although this type of manufacturing hasbeen envisaged for a couple of years, it is the first time such an object will become widely available.

2. Buffalo Grid – supercharging the growth of developing nations

Buffalo Grid is giving large solar-powered charging units for mobile phones away for free to African entrepreneurs living in off-grid areas, enabling them to charge phones of their customers who can’t do so at home.

3. 3D Cube Sat – changing the economics of space

CubeSat structures are the casings for tiny satellites made out of new space resistant material that reduces the cost by 75 per cent. Because they can be 3D printed inside, they make space exploration affordable for the first time.

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