Ikea and Sonos are starting to tease the next products that the two companies have collaborated on. The first new product is a revamped version of the Symfonisk table lamp. The second product is a piece of wall art with an integrated speaker. It’s unclear whether the entire artwork print is the product or if the speaker unit can be transferred between different exterior art housings. All of the Symfonisk products so far have been designed with a dual purpose in mind. From that angle, combining artwork and a music speaker seems like a natural progression for the Symfonisk series – a stereo pair of wall art speakers could make for an even sleeker home theater setup.
Halcium is working on plans for the Powerpod – what it calls the “safest, most powerful wind turbine in the world”. Designed specifically for urban and residential environments, each 1kW wind turbine would create up to three times more power than a regular, mounted turbine. The extra power is down to an advanced blade system in the pod, which increases wind speed by 40 per cent. The Powerpod accelerates the wind speed itself, so that more power is created, more often. The pod takes air and funnels it into a smaller exit than in a normal turbine, which speeds it up before it hits the internal blade. Wind can enter from multiple directions at once too.
New research found that fasting before starting a new diet can significantly influence some dieters’ health as far as three months down the line. Participants with metabolic problems who fasted briefly before starting a new food regimen saw long-term differences in their; gut microbiome, immune system and heart health. The study team hypothesizes that the lasting effects on health markers in the fasting group came from a jolt to the gut microbiome. This jolt, in turn, affected immune cells and augmented the diet described as a kind of “controlled insult to the system that allows it to adapt and regain homeostasis, that involves both the microbiome and the host.”
Starting your day by thinking about what kind of leader you want to be can make you more effective at work, a new study finds. “It’s as simple as taking a few moments in the morning while you’re drinking your coffee to reflect on who you want to be as a leader.” When study participants took that step, they were more likely to report helping co-workers and providing strategic vision than on days they didn’t do the morning reflection. They also felt more leaderlike on those days, perceiving more power and influence in the office. Unlike being given extra responsibility or leading a team project, a morning reflection is under the employee’s control.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion is launching an NFT platform called Autograph this spring. It will bring together some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment, fashion and pop culture to work with creators to develop unique digital collectibles including NFT’s featuring Brady. “Autograph will bring together some of the world’s most iconic names and brands with best in class digital artists to ideate, create and launch NFTs and ground-breaking experiences to a community of fans and collectors.” Autograph will also have interactive offerings like live auctions, physical product drops and in-person experiences.
Toshiba surged a daily limit of 18% after confirming it received an initial buyout offer from CVC Capital Partners, setting the stage for potentially the largest private equity-led acquisition in years. The bid comes as Toshiba faces scrutiny from activists following a series of scandals, including a record fine for faulty accounting, billions of dollars in writedowns and a bungled foray into U.S. nuclear power. “The shareholders may be receptive given that the deal appears to offer a premium.” However, Toshiba’s involvement in a number of sensitive industries may complicate government approval for a sale to a foreign entity.
Italy has officially abolished film censorship by scrapping legislation that since 1913 has allowed the government to censor scenes and ban movies. Under the new decree, film distributors will self-classify their own movies based on existing audience age brackets. Subsequently, a new commission of film industry figures, as well as education experts and animal rights activists, will review the film’s classification. According to a survey; 274 Italian films, 130 American movies and 321 pics from other countries have been banned in Italy since 1944, and more than 10,000 have been forced to cut scenes.
China sent more fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defence zone in a stepped up show of force around the island Beijing claims as its own, and Taiwan’s foreign minister said it would fight to the end if China attacks. The democratic self-governed island has complained of repeated military activities by Beijing in recent months, with China’s air force making almost daily forays in Taiwan’s air defence identification zone. “We are willing to defend ourselves without any questions and we will fight the war if we need to fight the war. And if we need to defend ourselves to the very last day we will defend ourselves to the very last day.”