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Splish splash, I was takin’ a jog… on my underwater treadmill [Australian Innovation]

Take your standard fitness centre treadmill. Add water. Lots and lots of water. In unimaginative hands, the result would be a sloshy, slippery mess that only a bucket and mop could cure. But in the hands of the folk at HydroCo, based at Seaford in Victoria, wetness plus walking-in-place equals the Physio 1611, a compact aquatic centre that can go where an Olympic-size pool couldn't hope to fit.

Splish splash, I was takin' a jog… on my underwater treadmill [Australian Innovation]

Take your standard fitness centre treadmill. Add water. Lots and lots of water. In unimaginative hands, the result would be a sloshy, slippery mess that only a bucket and mop could cure. But in the hands of the folk at HydroCo, based at Seaford in Victoria, wetness plus walking-in-place equals the Physio 1611, a compact aquatic centre that can go where an Olympic-size pool couldn't hope to fit.

Is theatre the future of retail?

For beer consumers, I imagine this innovation might be an enormous boon (personally, I'm a quantity over quality type of guy). However, I suspect that the real commercial advantage drawn from the Beer Vault might not be its capacity to expand beer drinkers' palates and prevent wastage.

Your innovation initiative: What’s the ROI?

It's right to think that if your organisation is not being innovative it will not be able to retain its position and will soon be overtaken by smarter competitors. But, unfortunately, the other side of this reality is that if the innovation initiative is not delivering quantifiable value then clearly it should not be funded and, therefore, should not exist.

Your innovation initiative: What's the ROI?

It's right to think that if your organisation is not being innovative it will not be able to retain its position and will soon be overtaken by smarter competitors. But, unfortunately, the other side of this reality is that if the innovation initiative is not delivering quantifiable value then clearly it should not be funded and, therefore, should not exist.

The Power of Design: Part 2 — The 10 Commandments of Product Design

Developing a successful product requires a firm grasp of several issues, followed by careful planning and implementation. In this second article in his four-part series, Sergei Plishka shares his '10 Commandments of Product Design'.

Don’t build houses when you can grow them… out of meat!

In this typically thought provoking TED talk, architect and ecologist Mitchell Joachim shares some of his recent experiments 'growing' houses out of trees and... meat! Imagine using animal fat for insulation and "sphincter muscles for doors and windows".

Don't build houses when you can grow them… out of meat!

In this typically thought provoking TED talk, architect and ecologist Mitchell Joachim shares some of his recent experiments 'growing' houses out of trees and... meat! Imagine using animal fat for insulation and "sphincter muscles for doors and windows".

Robot built to fetch inventors beer

The selection process for our weekly Beer O'Clock newsletter (The Best and Worst of Anthill TV) involves a surprisingly complex number of considerations, such as balance, educational content, local relevance, chuckle-factor and good taste. That's why it was pleasing to stumble across this short clip at 4:22 this afternoon (yes, only minutes ago). It's now that special time of day. So... enjoy.

CSIRO launches ‘How to’ guide for innovation in industrial research

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), last week, released a 'How to' guide for for innovation in industrial research. Called Innovation in Industrial Research, the book was written for Australian scientists, managers and students.

CSIRO launches 'How to' guide for innovation in industrial research

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), last week, released a 'How to' guide for for innovation in industrial research. Called Innovation in Industrial Research, the book was written for Australian scientists, managers and students.

The Facts and Falsehoods of Commercialisation Australia: Six myths exposed

The Commercialisation Australia program, the successor to the Government's COMET scheme, has proved a boon to many but a bane to others. Inevitably it was going to have a few teething problems. As with any new incentive program, it can involve navigating the industry-specific details to work out whether it's right for your business. Here, Adrian Spencer explains the pros and cons that the grant can have for the technology sector.

Hanging loose. The youth of today could soon make yesteryear’s heroes a reality.

Hibiki Kono is a 13-year-old, self-confessed, Spiderman fan who spent five months developing the technology to climb like his idol. Using two 1,400-watt vacuum cleaners (purchased from a local supermarket), the King's College School, Cambridge, UK student, modified a suction device that enables him to crawl up walls.

Hanging loose. The youth of today could soon make yesteryear's heroes a reality.

Hibiki Kono is a 13-year-old, self-confessed, Spiderman fan who spent five months developing the technology to climb like his idol. Using two 1,400-watt vacuum cleaners (purchased from a local supermarket), the King's College School, Cambridge, UK student, modified a suction device that enables him to crawl up walls.

The Ford Model T still going strong after 100 Years. The legend that is.

At 100 years young, the Model T is probably the most famous car in history. Here you get to see how it was made and the revolutionary technology that got it onto the streets.

The not-so-new iPad stand: Apple brainchild meets great great great grandparent

The third-party gadget floodgates have opened and we're already becoming inundated with optional extras to help us play and adapt our new shiny toy. That's why this video caught our attention. Not only is it a novel way to display your iPad, but it's... kind of cool, with a hint of 'chindogu' madness likely to impress both early-adopters and luddites.

‘Rollable’ screens coming to a street near you soon

Sony has recently developed the prototype of a rollable OLED (organic LED) screen that can be bent and distorted while still rendering crystal clear 432 by 240 pixel video images. It's hard to not imagine the effect that something like this could have on outdoor advertising and the magazine industry.

'Rollable' screens coming to a street near you soon

Sony has recently developed the prototype of a rollable OLED (organic LED) screen that can be bent and distorted while still rendering crystal clear 432 by 240 pixel video images. It's hard to not imagine the effect that something like this could have on outdoor advertising and the magazine industry.

Why Innovation (with a capital ‘I’) is not essential to long term success

Rear vision is a wonderful thing, but if you look at the history of disruptive pioneers you will find the path littered with the corpses of those who dared to be first with disruptions but failed, as is so often the case. The problem is that these pioneers are seldom heard from.

Why Innovation (with a capital 'I') is not essential to long term success

Rear vision is a wonderful thing, but if you look at the history of disruptive pioneers you will find the path littered with the corpses of those who dared to be first with disruptions but failed, as is so often the case. The problem is that these pioneers are seldom heard from.

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