This week, we explore a solar eclipse made accessible for people with blindness, travelling passport-free, Nike's controversial shoe design and a new app bringing Sydney's Indigenous history to life.
1. SEEING WITH YOUR EARS
Deep in the Atacama Desert, breakthrough technology allowed people with blindness to 'see' a total solar eclipse this week. Chile's University of Valparaiso orchestrated the experience, using a loudspeaker and 'Lightsound', a device that translates bright light into high-pitched frequencies, and darkness into bass sounds.
2. 60,000 YEARS OF STORIES
An augmented reality app is bringing the last 60,000 years of Indigenous history to life. The Ngarandi app was made by three young Indigenous women and uses geolocation, games and AR to recreate tales from Sydney's Aboriginal history. Ngarandi will launch during NAIDOC Week.
3. NIKE'S SOLE BLUNDER
It appears Nike is experiencing a not-so-celebrative Fourth of July. The iconic shoe brand withdrew a limited-edition sneaker ahead of the national USA holiday, but what was the cause of the sudden backtrack? Nike was criticised for using an outdated national flag - one connected with slavery and later adopted by the American Nazi party.
4. PASSPORT-FREE TRAVEL
Forget rummaging through your bags to find your passport - you'll soon be able to fly between Canada and the Netherlands with just your phone. An encrypted information file accessible by mobile devices will replace the chip in a passport. Called the Known Traveller Digital Identity platform, all you'll need to remember is a charging cable.
5. 90 MINUTES TO UK
The UK Space Agency has begun drafting regulations for a spaceport, which could see travellers flying from Australia to the UK in just 90 minutes. 'Suborbital' spacecraft travel is slated for launch in the next decade, but we'll wait for the price to come down before committing.