The Weekly Debrief

From the future of furniture to painless flight delays

We’re a creative bunch. Ideas are what get us up in the morning, and when we see a good one we can’t help but share it. Whether it’s on a lengthy email chain, a scrap of paper left in a meeting room or a post on our Workplace group, ideas are always flying around the We are Vista studio.

This is our round up of the best of them.

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Venturing beyond the screen

Projection mapping might be one of the coolest technologies out there, but it’s fairly out of reach for the average consumer.

Up until now, that is, because things are about to change, and it’s all thanks to technology company, Lightform. These tech whizzes have developed an augmented reality device that allows users to build bespoke experiences to fit the space around them.

The device clips onto almost any projector, scanning the room and sending data to a specially designed desktop software programme called Lightform Creator. That’s where the AR magic really happens.

Technology like this creates endless possibilities – with the ability to make digital signage through projected AR, or even create shareable experiences like immersive photobooths.

The Lightform Creator will be released in November, with pre-orders already underway. See how it works for yourself here, or get your order in early on the Lightform website.

A dishwasher in the ceiling

The bright minds behind robotics start-up, Bumblebee Spaces, are creating a new way to live by unlocking the third dimension. No big deal.

Using smart robots and an artificial intelligence stack, Bumblebee makes the most of the (usually empty) space above our heads, with a range of innovative solutions that lets you store stuff in the ceiling.

Not convinced? The system can double – or even triple – the usable space in a room, packing items into modular overhead storage that can be lowered or raised on-demand. With all your items stored in the ceiling, all you have to do is press a button to retrieve what you’re looking for.

There’s even a searchable inventory, meaning all your stuff is tracked and checked – allowing you to find what you need when you need it.

It’s been heralded as the future of living, but with most millennials struggling to find the capital to get a mere toe on the property ladder, it might be a bit of a stretch for the average consumer. No pun intended.

Read more about the weird and wonderful future of furniture here.

Taking off the holiday blues

Don’t you just hate it when you get excited for a holiday, only to arrive at the airport and find your flights been delayed?

Well now, that pill could be a bit easier to swallow, with a brand-new solution from AXA. The insurance giant has just launched intriguingly named platform, Fizzy, which uses blockchain technology to give travellers automatic refunds for delayed flights.

If your flight is delayed by two hours or more, compensation will automatically appear in your account – no need to submit a claim or make an awkward phone call. If it wasn’t for the fact that your holiday has most likely already been ruined by a dramatically delayed flight, it would be perfect in every way.

Photo credit: Andrew Neel