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20 innovations for 2015

19 January 2016

Shipping containers.

An LED light that lasts for 40 years, and a robot shop assistant are included in the Guardian’s best 20 innovations for 2015. Some of the other innovations of interest are SAM – a new kit where the building blocks are electronic modules. The writer claims this is what LEGO would look like if it had a 21st century facelift. Alphabet Energy have developed a system for capturing waste heat and turning it into usable electric power – the thermoelectric generator fitting into a shipping container.

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Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples to describe the relationship between technology and the made, natural, and social world.  2
Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples to critique the role of technology in the development of sustainable environments.  8
Characteristics of technological outcomes Use this and other examples to describe what technological outcomes are and explain how they are different to natural objects and other things created by people.  2
Characteristics of technological outcomes Use this and other examples to discuss the interactions between technological outcomes, people, and social and physical environments within particular socio-technological environments. 6

 

 

 

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Keywords: innovation 2015, characteristics of technology, characteristics of technological outcomes

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