The increasing popularity of circular business models has fueled an explosion in consumer demand for used and refurbished products, including apparel, personal electronics, and home furnishings. Per the recent report from Chairish – the leading online marketplace for new, used, unique and vintage home furnishings – the resale furniture industry is projected to grow by 54 percent over the next five years. That’s 3.5 times faster than traditional retail, with US$16.6 billion worth of secondhand furniture expected to be sold by 2025.
Rosenbauer and Volvo Penta recently presented the PANTHER, an off-road aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle that disperses 9,000 L of water/foam per minute, and extinguishes a fire considerably faster than standard over the road structural trucks.
Finally, solid-state batteries with more range and twice as fast charging speed may become available as early as 2025. They are expected to appear in BMW’s electric cars “well before 2025,” as the German luxury vehicle manufacturer promised. Mercedes-Benz, meanwhile, has already been using such batteries in its eCitaro electric buses since February. ProLogium, a battery cell supplier from Taiwan, introduced a solid-state battery for electric cars, buses and two wheelers at CES 2020.
Following in the wake of the Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses from Facebook, Xiaomi recently launched its own first-gen smart glasses. Aside from taking photos and videos, the device can display messages, notifications, support calls, provide navigation and translate text in real time. More manufacturers are focusing on developing smart glasses, another device to watch out for in the wearables industry.
A new post on Apple’s Support forum says exposing iPhones to high-amplitude vibrations, “specifically those generated by high-power motorcycle engines” could degrade the devices’ camera system. The company recommends against mounting an iPhone on a motorcycle, as the vibrations may be transmitted via the bike’s handlebars and chassis.
That’s all for this edition of the Friday links – have a great weekend.