Australian startups worth watching

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Australian startups worth watching

In-v-e-s-t your time in browsing this beautiful curated showcase of new ventures. This is vest celebrates and showcases Australia's growing startup culture.  

There's never been more opportunities to connect, network, learn and start something new.  Ideas are fragile but can also be powerful.  They can disrupt an industry, challenge the status quo and make you think again.  The ideas economy is exploding.  Stay young, stay foolish and don't be afraid to try.  The process is as much about the journey as the big picture.

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Rio 2016 - Queensland Premier's Athlete Farewell Dinner

On the 21st May, Adative attended the Queensland Premier's Athlete Farewell Dinner.  

The evening was a black tie event that entertained corporate sponsors to raise money to send Australian athletes to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Some of the highlights included a candid Olympian panel including Ian Thorpe, Natalie Cook, Susie O'Neill and James Tomkins answering some scripted and unscripted questions.  Lawrie Lawrence provided some vivid poetry and stirred the emotions with stories of Cathy Freeman racing at the 2000 Sydney Olympic games.

This was the first time the Queensland Olympic Council have co-ordinated an event of this scale.  Adative was proud to provide strategic design services including a corporate email invitation campaign and event website.

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Watch this video and get pumped!

Get lifted and shifted, wet, weightless and upside down with HERO4 Session-the smallest, lightest, most convenient GoPro yet. Follow GoPro athletes as they pitch camp 1,000' above the valley floor, rappel down an active waterfall, approach 200 mph in a supercar and cut tracks through a bottomless Canadian cloud.

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Change the tint of your Sunglasses instantly

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Change the tint of your Sunglasses instantly

Sunglasses are a personal protection device that function to protect your eyes from UV damage, glare and impact from projectiles.  Generally we wear sunglasses during the day to reduce glare and improve vision and reduce eye strain.

But what happens when the ambient light conditions change dramatically; like the transition from bright sunlight into a tunnel or from a tunnel into bright sunlight.   The effect is temporary blindness as our eyes adjust and we either remove or replace our sunglasses with our hands.  This temporary lack of vision and removal of hands from the handlebars or steering wheel actually makes us less safe.  This is ironic for a personal safety device that is designed to make us safer.  

This scenario is exactly where CTRL Eyewear changes the game.  Using an LCD film captured inside the Lens material, the lens can instantaneously change tint.  This can be configured by the wearer to be automatic using an ambient light sensor or manual with the push of a switch under the left arm.  

The big difference between this technology and Photochromic lens technology that has been around for a while is the time to change.  CTRL eyewear takes less than 0.1 seconds to change.  By comparison Photochromic can take between 30 seconds to 5 minutes.

In addition to the safety application this technology represents, it also means no more physical lens changes are required when riding during the day or during low ambient light or at night.  You can start a ride in low light and finish in bright light, or start a ride in bright light and finish in low light all while wearing your Sunglasses with the confidence that they will change tint automatically as required.  

CTRL Eyewear are also working on future feature expansion to change multiple levels of tints and colours all within the same eyewear lens. I think Andy Schleck says it best at the end of this video.

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INTEL ACQUIRES RECON INSTRUMENTS

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INTEL ACQUIRES RECON INSTRUMENTS

When I first met the founders of Recon in August 2009 they were working from two small rooms in the Computer Science building at the University of British Columbia.  They had about six staff and an idea to integrate a small embedded computer and optical system into an alpine ski goggle.  The concept blew my mind.  I clearly remember sitting down for one of the first meetings and looking at the large test board with wires going everywhere and wondering just how we were going to make it all fit inside a conventional ski goggle.  

It sounds rhetorical, but the challenge of wearable technology is making technology wearable.  The device must be comfortable and discrete - it must enhance and augment the experience without compromising it.  Recon's foundation product had to overcome many challenges not limited to; size, ergonomics, weight distribution, heat transfer, field of view and safety.  After the first product release, we got better at designing a tighter integration with eyewear and the user, and the product became more sophisticated.

Almost 6 years after I joined Recon, the snow platform is in it's fifth generation release, the Recon Jet Smart Eyewear has been launched, and Intel has acquired them.

It's been an incredible journey.  Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard, and to the founders who had the audacity to dream big!

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Drive chains

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Drive chains

As far as art goes, I like this.  It grabs my attention and shifts the gears of my emotions.  It doesn't need any justification or interpretation - it's what makes art, art.  But I do like bikes so I'm sure that has a lot to do with it.

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The end of plastic

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The end of plastic

All your cards in one. Save up to 8 plastic cards in one and use it to pay with any of them without carrying the original cards with you.

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