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The Dry Cleaning business Is Becoming Tech

To use the dry-cleaning service, you need to sign up online to receive a QR code unique to you. When you reach the VDrop machine, all you do is flash your code to receive a bag, shove your garments inside, and drop it into the machine (or hang it up if it’s something more delicate).

In the following 24 hours, the garments will be collected and taken to VClean Life’s depot where they’ll be gently cleaned using biodegradable detergent and conditioners before being returned to the machine for collection, again by using your QR code.

VClean Life has even incorporated a tracking system into the process, so if you’re keen to learn about the status of your shirts and pants, you can log into the app and find out exactly how they’re doing and when they’re ready for pickup.

The service charges 3 British pounds (about $3.90) per standard-sized garment, so dry-cleaning a suit will cost a very reasonable 6 British pounds.vending machines that do laundry arrive at london subway stations vlcean lifeMany of the new VDrop machines will be appearing in the parking lots of subway stations rather than actually inside the premises. The first one has just started operating at Epping station in northeast London, with imminent launches lined up for others in Woodford, South Woodford, Loughton, and North Greenwich. More of its vending machines will soon be found at gyms, shopping malls, and offices, the company said.

Nursery Groups In London Reveal Gender Gap in Pay

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Nursery groups with more than 250 employees have reported on their gender pay gaps, with women ahead in some companies, but men still paid more in others despite the female-dominated nature of the early years sector.

New gender pay reporting legislation has required large companies to reveal the extent of pay differences between men and women for the first time. Nationwide, three-quarters of companies have been shown to pay men more than women, with the average pay gap 18.4 per cent in favour of men, but the early years picture is different.

The Future Of London’s Trainstation & It’s Creepy Technology

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The LondonTube may do away with Oyster Cards and barriers in the future and replace it with your body with the new technology that’s being developed.

Cubic Transportation Systems is working on a set-up that would recognize your face or patterns in your palm veins to pay for your daily commute.

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After pre-registering your face, cameras and infrared sensors would scan it as you head down the station corridors as a way of checking if you’ve paid.

As for palm scanning, the advantage is that veins aren’t mired by grub that gets in the way of fingerp

The company is still developing a warning system to put off fare dodgers, and is working on a trial for stations without barriers.

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It is also researching how Bluetooth signals from your phone could be detected for payment purposes.

London To Host virtual Bicycle Race

Can cycling become a long-term esport? London prepares virtual bicycle race

The Cycligent Esports World Cup takes place at Kachette, 347 Old Street, on Tuesday June 6th. It will be shown in front of a live audience and broadcast on Twitch.

The London race is part of a series of events around the world that will culminate at the World Cup Finals in April 2018. 20 riders will race side-by-side in the Kachette tunnels.

Organisers said in a statement: “The Cycligent esports race will showcase top virtual cycling talent brought in from around the world. They will compete against one another on
Zwift’s online course environment.

“Five cyclists representing the UK will race five cyclists from around the world, including the US, Ireland, Australia, the Netherlands, and Poland.

 

Hotel Workers Accidently Whitewash A 5 Million Dollar Painting

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construction workers painted over an original piece by the legendary street artist tagged on the outside wall of a three-bedroom villa at the GeeJam Hotel in Jamaica. The street artist is Banksy and his work can easily fetch millions. When the mistake was realized, painters and owners were mortified.

The British newspaper reported that the hotel’s owners are friends with the secretive graffiti artist, and after spending time at the establishment, Banksy’s left his mark 11 different times—

The hotel is trying to strip away the two layers of paint to see if they can restore the Banksy rats. It’s unclear how much the three stencils were worth, but the Mail values them at about $5 million.

 

London Fashion Week 2017

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Fashion Designs by Thorton Bregazzi, Roland Mouret,Temperley, Roksanda, and Erdem

 

The Engineers Responsible For Smart Phone Photography Awarded Huge Cash Prize

These talented inventors paved the way for smartphone cameras, selfies, Instagram, and plenty more besides.For without the groundbreaking research of Eric Fossum, George Smith, Nobukazu Teranishi, Michael Tompsett, and the late Willard Boyle, your smartphone camera might not even exist.

Four surviving engineers were rewarded for their work in digital imaging technology across three decades, work that besides smartphones has also had a huge impact in other fields such as medicine and space research.

The prestigious Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, which celebrates world-changing innovations in engineering, awarded the four inventors a cash prize of 1 million pounds (about $1.25 million) at a special event in London on Wednesday night.

The engineers are responsible for three digital imaging breakthroughs: the charge coupled device (CCD) found in early digital cameras; the pinned photodiode (PPD) that helped to scale down the size of light-capturing pixels and enhance image quality; and the complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor used by most of today’s digital cameras and imaging equipment.

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