October only means one thing — winter is coming. Don’t let the cold bother you this time around; meet the USB heated vest from JY Electronics.

This vest keeps you toasty and warm, thanks to heating pads inside. If you need it warmer, you can adjust the temperature with varying degrees with a single press of a button.

Not feeling the design? Let JY Electronics customize your jacket for you. Aside from bubble vests, they can make you a wool coat, leather biker jacket, or even a faux-fur parka filled with heating pads that powers up through USB.

The basic USB heated vest starts at $20, with no minimum amount of orders.

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Nomad converts its operations to provide medical supplies

Taking advantage of its supply chain to quickly move supplies to frontline responders anywhere in the world



In response to the sudden and unprecedented demand for medical supplies, mobile accessory maker Nomad has reprioritized its operations to provide medical supplies, like PPE face masks, to those fighting the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Instead of smartphone cases and other accessories, Nomad’s manufacturing partners and suppliers in China have converted production to medical supplies. The company recognizes that the single best thing they can do to help flatten the curve is assist in the distribution of much-needed supplies around the world to aid nurses, doctors, and first responders.

Nomad’s founders say its phone case supplier has already switched from making bags and wallets to surgical masks for the Chinese medical system. “But, as the disease slows in China, they now have excess capacity and a desire to help others who may be in short supply.”

Nomad, who operates a warehouse in Hong Kong where effective prevention measures halted the spread of the virus early, is able to quickly move medical supplies to frontline responders globally.

The California-based brand says it’s taking advantage of its supply chain that’s able to fulfill thousands of orders around the world each week. They can ship masks and other needed medical supplies anywhere in the world in two-three days’ time.

As it works to streamline its production, Nomad is pricing the medical supplies they’re producing to cover their costs. Any profit from the operation will be donated to fight against COVID-19.

To learn more about Nomad’s initiative and how you can purchase or donate supplies, visit their website here.

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Second GNI Innovation Challenge is now accepting applicants

Winners get a US$ 250,000 funding



Google News Initiative hosts the annual Innovation Challenge to support projects in journalism and for its second year, they are now accepting applicants from the Asia-Pacific region.

This year’s Innovation Challenge will focus on projects that increase audience engagement for news providers. Everyone can apply as long as they commit to an authentic and trustworthy news ecosystem.

To apply, applicants must come from eligible countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Google will ask for project descriptions and budget information on its online application form. All projects must have clear indicators showing its impact from a user and/or business perspective. Also, there is a one-year deadline for delivering the project.

There are four criteria for judging: impact on news ecosystem, innovation, feasibility, and inspiration. Winners of the challenge will receive a funding of up to US$ 250,000 and 70% financing for all the projects’ costs.

To know more about the Innovation Challenge, visit Google News Initiative website.

The Google News initiative is Google’s effort to help the news industry. It builds products, partner with organizations, and conducts programs to help journalism thrive in the digital age.

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Global Sources: Lovots

A robot meant to love and be loved



Feeling lonely? Here’s a robot who exists to love and be loved.

Meet Tomato and Wasabi. These Lovots (derived from the words Love and Robot) were developed by a Japanese startup called GrooveX.

They aren’t the typical robots that try to be an all-around helper. Its purpose is to stay cute, get your attention, interact with you, and make you happy. Emotional bonds with robots may seem implausible, but it’s difficult to ignore them. Especially with their kind, googly eyes that draw your attention.

Moreover, they laugh when you play with them, fall asleep when you cuddle and remembers if you were mean as if they have emotions.

While this may be shocking and groundbreaking, the creators of Lovot believe this robot can make an impact on relieving stress. For now, it’s too early to tell but one thing’s for sure: Lovots are here for you to love and they won’t leave you, unlike your ex.

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