Video games and real estate | Kroger’s ‘store of the future’

A video game version of a real estate project

NASHVILLE, TN–Nightscape is a startup that blurs the line between physical and virtual spaces, using a fully immersive space with over 17 projectors and 23 speakers equipped with spatial audio. Now the startup has found another avenue to customers: real estate. Real estate firms pay an upfront cost starting at $20,000 for essentially a video game version of a real estate project. It’s a real-time, interactive virtual world that can be updated moment-to-moment and viewed through a link, or projected onto the walls at Nightscape’s location.

Kroger’s ‘store of the future’

CINCINNATI, OH–Kroger is not a big company that rests on its laurels. It is now testing its “store of the future” concept in Greater Cincinnati. The changes revolve around giving customers more checkout options. Customers will be able to use KroGo carts that have built-in scales and cameras, enabling customers to scan as they shop and even pay at the cart.

Healthcare quantum computer comes to Cleveland Clinic

CLEVELAND, OH–The first healthcare quantum computer in the U.S. will happen on the campus of Cleveland Clinic. This will be a key component to a 10-year partnership between Cleveland Clinic and IBM aimed at fundamentally advancing the pace of biomedical research through high-performance computing.

Tackling the expensive problem of green hydrogen production

MILWAUKEE, WI–“Green” hydrogen taps renewable energy and electrolysis to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen. It’s great as far as the climate is concerned, but the process of creating green hydrogen is expensive and demands a ton of clean energy. Climate-tech startup Advanced Ionics is creating an electrolyzer that will use fewer Kilowatt-hours to make a kilogram of hydrogen by tapping industrial heat, non-ceramic materials (that work at lower than typical temperatures), and steam instead of liquid water. The company is targeting 2025 for a commercial launch.