Fresh - June 6th
There’s a lovely scene in Red Dwarf in which Lister describes how he furnished his flat with the contents of a hotel room, winching the bed out of the window and so forth. But for those of you who aren’t quite up to the task of Grand Theft Furniture, Discover & Deliver exists in order to replicate the hotel experience in your own home. Stayed in a swanky hotel in New York or Paris? Like the feel of a Milanese mattress? D&D are there to source the hotel furniture that you were too polite to steal, and deliver it to your door. (By which I mean they’ll source a new, separate one for you and charge you for it, rather than just strolling into the hotel and half-inching it on your behalf.) Rumours of a tie-in with Travelodge to bring cracked bath tiles and scratchy towels into your boudoir are as yet unfounded.
Every now and then you come across an idea that is so brilliant, so pure and ingenious, that it could just change the world. This is one such idea.
A Kenyan entrepreneur has developed a new kind of mobile phone charger. Unimpressed? Stick with it. This charger comes in the form of a microchip made of thin crystals, which creates energy when subjected to pressure. So you fit it into the sole of your shoe, run a cable up to your phone and hey presto – you’re charging your phone just by walking about.
If this technology turns out to be reliable and durable, the possibilities are endless. Chips in bicycle saddles could power lights, your car’s sat-nav could be powered by your grip on the steering-wheel, electric wheelchairs could be powered by their own joysticks – this could be a life-changing invention. Keep your eyes peeled.
Making work seem like fun by pretending it’s a game was Mary Poppins’ idea. It works brilliantly.
Lemonopoly is an online game for Californians to encourage the growth of citrus fruit. It puts players into one of three teams based on where they live – Berkeley, Oakland or San Francisco – and awards points for players adding new lemon trees to the map (which have to be real trees, obviously), share lemon-based tips, convince local merchants to sell their lemons etc. People who don’t have their own trees can win points by offering to make jam or pick fruit or what-have-you. There aren’t any prizes, so the winning team will just have to be satisfied with the fact that they’ve spread a lot of citric acid around the place. Nice idea, though – communal activities to promote the nurture of nature.