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New Auckland company gives pollution face mask fashion overhaul

New Auckland company gives pollution face mask fashion overhaul

This was originally published on Stuff.co.nz Fashion designer Karen Walker has helped design a trendy air pollution face mask for Asian consumers struggling with ‘airpocalypse’. Auckland mask maker Healthy Breath launched its first reusable mask, named Meo, on Wednesday. The mask consists of a washable New Zealand wool filter made by Auckland manufacturer Lanaco, and eight interchangeable covers patterned […]

Texus Fibre eyes $2.9b face mask market in Asia

Texus Fibre eyes $2.9b face mask market in Asia

A Kiwi company has secured a deal it hopes will unlock a lucrative $2.9 billion Asian healthcare market.   Texus Fibre uses natural wool to develop ‘functional materials’ – meaning they do something clever scientifically.   On Thursday it announced an investment and distribution deal with Auckland firm Healthy Breath Limited (HBL) for Texus’ wool-based air […]

Biolumic’s UV plant technology extends beyond crop growth

Biolumic’s UV plant technology extends beyond crop growth

Originally published on Scoop.co.nz   Aug. 26 (BusinessDesk) – Agritech start-up Biolumic, which increases crop yields by applying ultraviolet (UV) light to seeds, seedlings, and plants, is also treating them for resistance to pests and disease. The Palmerston North-based company was founded in 2012 by chief scientific officer Jason Wargent, who is a Massey University-based […]

Augmented Reality’s Pokemon Moment

Augmented Reality’s Pokemon Moment

Originally published on Stuff.co.nz  MICHAEL WRIGHT/FAIRFAX NZ Candice Bresser and Calvin Baverstock catching ’em all at the Pokemon Go hotspot in Sumner, Christchurch. Pokemon have re-entered the cultural consciousness through the mega-hit mobile app Pokemon Go. As well has being a success with gamers, it may finally introduce the world to the idea of augmented reality. […]

Seed funding to give university-based ideas a boost to market

Seed funding to give university-based ideas a boost to market

The original story was published on Stuff.co.nz Consumers could reap the benefit of new products, after a $1.8 million funding injection to push Massey University ideas and discoveries toward market. New Zealand’s science and technology sector has long faced criticism it undersells high-quality research and ideas by not developing them to reach commercialisation and end users. This year’s Budget included a boost from $14.9 million to […]

Startup Nipping Trillion Dollar Food Waste Problem in the Bud

Startup Nipping Trillion Dollar Food Waste Problem in the Bud

Original article appeared on The News Lens As the world grapples with a seemingly insurmountable food wastage crisis, one company believes it has developed a new technology to help deal with the problem before it starts. It is estimated that about one-third of all food produced worldwide goes to waste each year, worth around US$1 […]