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Japanese construction firm using robotic bulldozers guided by drones (Tomorrow Daily 257)

Ashley discusses a construction company's futuristic solution to Japan's aging population, two Brazilian VJs using tricycles loaded with audio-visual gear to entertain citizens and an electrical engineering professor who invented a pollution-absorbing bikini.

Japan is encountering new problems as the country's population ages. One of the problems is a lack of able-bodied, trained workers for construction sites. Fortunately, multinational construction company Komatsu is well aware of the increasing scarcity of heavy vehicle operators, and have responded by creating a service called Smart Construction that consists of drones mapping the land, and then guiding robotics-controlled large industrial vehicles.

VJ Suave (a Brazilian VJ duo) are currently traveling in Rio de Janiero, performing audio-visual concerts via tricked-out tricycles they call "suaveciclos." The tricycles are loaded up with all kinds of tech, including manipulable animations that can be projected onto surrounding buildings and other objects.

Lastly, an electrical engineering professor from the University of California, Riverside, has come up with a concept bikini made of material that absorbs pollutants from the ocean while the wearer swims around. The bathing suit is called the Sponge Suit bikini, and it's made of a carbon material that soaks up pollutants and holds them in its pores until heated to very high temperatures.

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