Singapore digest news (18.09-22.09)

Smart contact lenses one step closer to reality with ultra-thin batteries powered by tears

Scientists from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a saline-powered battery small enough to fit under a lens, which could pave the way forward in the pursuit of smart contact lenses – the holy grail of augmented reality.

The team developed a flexible battery as thin as a human cornea, which stores electricity when it is immersed in a special saline solution, said Associate Professor Lee Seok Woo of NTU’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, who has worked on the project since 2019.

The National Parks Board (NParks) announced the completion of the multigenerational KPMG Wellness Garden.

The Wellness Garden, which combines a variety of active play and quiet communion with nature, is available to park visitors of all ages and allows them to enjoy a variety of activities in one location. Each area of the garden, which includes a play garden, therapy garden, fitness area and pond-side pathways, has been planned to meet the needs of different user groups, ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for all.

Singapore is hosting the Singapore River Festival for the entire month of September

Celebrate the 7th edition of Singapore River Festival with vibrant lights and colours! Experience the fusion of local heritage, vibrant culture and innovation - bridges’ light ups, weekly themed events, delightful food experiences, captivating music and performances and Augmented Reality (AR) experiences, invigorating wellness activities and many more!

Singapore arms firefighters with AI glasses
Two Singapore hotels have been named in the inaugural edition of The World’s 50 Best Hotels list

Singapore’s historic Raffles Hotel was placed 17th while Sentosa luxury resort hotel Capella was ranked 28th. Asian hotels had a strong showing. There were six entries from Asia in the top 10 alone: The Upper House (Hong Kong, 4th), Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok (Thailand, 10th), plus Rosewood Hong Kong and Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River.