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Crowdsourcing urban planning
In Rotterdam you can now help liven up an area mainly used for businesses and by cars. Donations between € 25 and € 1,250 are used to build a wooden walking bridge to open up the area for pedestrians.
Why it matters
Citizens are taking responsibility for their own living spaces. They crowd fund money and build structures they feel they need and are supported by the city council. How can we continue to improve our living conditions with the people we share space with?
A brothel in Berlin is offering discounts for “going green”. In a bid to stave off falling demand in the current economic climate, the brothel will give clients a “green” discount if they take public transit or ride a bike when they next use their services.
EnableTalk is a glove that converts sign language into voice speech. The concept won Microsoft's Innovation Competition Cup award as its software converts signals to text and pronounces words out loud. The system is connected to an application via Bluetooth.