Best Tech Stories around the web #255

This week: This NASA-developed tech turns billboards into air purifiers, The 'mind-reading' bicycle that could save lives, South Korean drone display reminds watchers to wash hands and wear masks, the 'parallaxis' short film follows two augmented humans as they survey earth's terrain, Floating movie theater with socially distant boats coming to Paris river.

INNOVATION

This NASA-developed tech turns billboards into air purifiers by fastcompany.com

Newly installed banners at the Guggenheim Bilbao and around its home city of Bilbao, Spain, have been treated with a special coating called Pureti Print, which turns them into air purifiers. The treatment is based on photocatalysis, a natural process with an air purifying effect similar to that of trees. Read more

DESIGN

The 'mind-reading' bicycle that could save lives by smh.com

Cycling in Melbourne might seem a dangerous game, but what if the bike was so intuitive that it could detect when you were in danger and manoeuvre you to safety? Researchers at Monash University, IBM Australia and the University of Southampton in the UK have invented an e-bicycle which they claim can “read” people’s minds and detect when a cyclist is in danger. Read more

QUERKY

South Korean drone display reminds watchers to wash hands and wear masks by theverge.com

The light show ended with the message: ‘Cheer up, Republic of Korea’. Read more

CREATIVE CONTENT

The 'parallaxis' short film follows two augmented humans as they survey earth's terrain by designboom.com

Set amid the extraordinary landscape of the wimmera-mallee wheatbelt in australia, matthew bird’s latest moving-image work explores the ways in which we navigate, hold, and alter space. launched at the adelaide international festival in early 2020 alongside a solo exhibition at samstag museum of art, adelaide, parallaxis follows two futuristic human figures as they survey the unforgiving terrain using large cylindrical instruments. Read more

EVENT

Floating movie theater with socially distant boats coming to Paris river by nypost.com

Forget drive-ins — this is a movie you can swim to. A floating movie theater where people can watch from socially distant boats is coming to the Seine river in Paris next week. Read more