The Future Issue - Atlanta Magazine
 
 
 
Big Ideas
 

Articles from the August 2012 issue -- and online extras

View from the Brain Trust

Experts on public health, politics, demographics, land-use, and civil rights weigh in on some of the challenges ahead.

Ebenezer Aka, political science professor and director of the Urban Studies Program at Morehouse, is an expert in urban planning. (Read his extended responses here.) Read more...

The Innovation Index

Breakthroughs, bright ideas, and brave new advances

Arthritis Simulation Gloves
Here’s a novel way to make jars and packages easier to open: Let manufacturers see what it’s like to handle products with arthritic hands. These gloves, developed by Georgia Tech Research Institute engineers, stiffen the joints and make it harder to grip, turn, and push down on lids. Some manufacturers are already using the empathy-inducing handwear in product trials, and builders are using them to test doorknobs and cabinet drawers. That should enable companies to prepare for an aging population. Read more...