Goodyear Rolls Out Moss Tire That Helps Clean Air

Last year’s greatest catalog expansion was not that of your favorite shoes or sunglasses, but wheels. Yes, commercial car tires got the ultimate makeover in 2017, introducing anti-flat and airless masterpieces. But manufacturers haven’t run out of ideas yet, with Goodyear rolling out one of its most genius products yet. The rubber company is engineering a moss-covered tire that absorbs moisture and expels oxygen.

Goodyear says if a Paris-sized city, with around 2.5 million vehicles, used Oxygene tires then it would eliminate 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year while also producing more than 3,000 tons of oxygen.

With 80% of people residing in areas with dangerously high pollution levels, the roads could use a breather. The Oxygene is 3D-printed, shock-absorbent, and immune to perforations. Michelin might have to step its game up.

The tire also “harvests the energy generated during photosynthesis” to power an assortment of onboard sensors and electronics including a sidewall light strip and an artificial intelligence processing unit. The tire also has V2V and V2X technology which allows it to warn other vehicles about lane changes and other maneuvers.

Yep — if my wheels could keep me on time, wash my laundry remotely, and call my sister, I’d throw em on the shopping list.

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Medical E-Skin Sensor Can Track Health For A Week

We’ve previously commented on how color-changing tattoos that adjust according to bodily changes are now a thing. But we all know tattoos don’t come cheap. Why not invest in a temporary one? This genius medical e-skin sensor can track your health for up to a week.

The new development could open the way for medical wearables that track heart-rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar throughout the week, without being invasive to the user.

“It will become possible to monitor patients’ vital signs without causing any stress or discomfort,”

The device, created in the University of Tokyo, is believed to enhance not only health, but interactions as well. After all, you’ll know whether the person you’re talking to is excited or bored.

“What would the world be like if we had displays that could adhere to our bodies and even show our emotions or level of stress or unease?” [says a professor at the university].

The device is not yet commercially available and is undergoing further testing. However, if approved, it can also potentially serve other purposes such as identification and recognition. And if you’re picky with custom designs, you can always pick another by the end of the week!

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