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“They took our jerbs!”.

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Quirky news from the world of geek­dom

Adi­das has been ex­per­i­ment­ing with robot­i­cally-made cus­tom cloth­ing for a few years now, open­ing up mi­cro-fac­to­ries in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the US and Ger­many. The in­tent was for th­ese ‘Speed­fac­to­ries’ to re­duce ship­ping time and re­duce the risk of ex­ploita­tive sup­ply chains by us­ing high-tech lo­cal ro­bots. How­ever, af­ter years of ex­per­i­ment­ing with this sys­tem it was found to be too slow and ex­pen­sive to be vi­able. Rather do­ing away with built-to-or­der prod­uct lines, Adi­das has flagged its in­ten­tion to move its ro­botic man­u­fac­tur­ing to Asian fa­cil­i­ties by 2020, where it can pro­duce a wider range of cus­tom gar­ments for less.

13-year-old de­signs an un­der­ground trans­port sys­tem bet­ter than Hy­per­loop

3M YOUNG SCI­EN­TIST CHAL­LENGE EN­TRANT OUT-THINKS ELON MUSK.

Elon Musk’s am­bi­tions to make re­us­able space rock­ets and self-driv­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles has put him on the short­list for Time magazine’s Per­son of the Year mul­ti­ple times. Musk’s next big idea is to rev­o­lu­tionise the ev­ery­day com­mute with an in­tri­cate trans­port sys­tem called a Hy­per­loop. The problem is it was re­cently over­shad­owed by an even bet­ter ver­sion, pro­posed by a 13-year-old. The re­vi­sion sug­gests that a vac­uum tube propul­sion sys­tem run­ning par­al­lel to a tra­di­tional train track, con­nected via a mag­netic arm, would make the Hy­per­loop sys­tem safer (people aren’t trapped in an air­less tube) and more eco­nom­i­cally vi­able.

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