The Chinese start-up Origin Space has built a robot called “Neo-1” that will test the concept of excavating resources in space. The 30-kilogram robot will not do actual mining, but will simulate functions necessary for this in the Earth’s orbit. These include spacecraft orbital maneuver, simulated small celestial body capture, intelligent spacecraft identification and control. At the same time, a separate satellite with a telescope will be launched to identify suitable space mining targets.
The video-game company Riot Games has created a series of animated videos that explain the rules for the upcoming League of Legends World Championship tournament. The multiplayer game is one of the most popular esports in the world, but is complex and can be difficult to understand for first-time viewers. The animated videos will help to give tournament viewers a clear overview of events. To boost the game's popularity even further, Riot will regularly show virtual music groups and animated spectacles at the opening ceremonies.
The Nuremberg-based start-up DWD Products has developed an app called “Juno” that enables parents to capture the memories of their children's milestones and experiences in digital form. The app can be used as a digital photo-album where parents can store the memories of their little ones' first steps or first day at school in the shape of videos and photos. Both parents get their own accounts so they can work on the album and share their experiences. After completing an album, parents can use the app to commission a book to be printed in which the videos appear as QR codes.
The start-up Seein has developed a smart “diet-hacking” device called Intriex with an accompanying app that uses saliva and urine samples to analyse the metabolism and make suggestions on meals and workouts so that users can lose weight more effectively. For this purpose, the device uses Vitro Diagnostic Technology to detect thyroid hormones, cortisol, testosterone and insulin in the saliva in around six minutes. The app then displays a complete assessment and, based on this, makes suggestions for food that will stimulate metabolism.
The children's organisation Make-A-Wish Spain has collaborated with the European Space Agency (ESA) to send the wishes of seriously ill children up into space. For the “Astronaut” campaign, the children were first asked about their dreams for the future. It transpired that four of them harboured the same dream – to become an astronaut and travel to different destinations in space. To help their dreams come true, their messages were recorded and, during a video-conference with the ESA, sent live into space to Mars, Alpha Centaury, the constellation of the Swan and the star Vega.