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Smart mirror turns homes into fitness studiosline

September 2018 saw the launch of Mirror: a smart LCD mirror designed for at-home workouts. Developed in the US, the mirror is wifi and Bluetooth-enabled, allowing users to stream live and on-demand fitness classes and monitor progress on their cellphones. 

The mirror itself retails at USD 1,495 and the monthly subscription costs USD 39, giving users access to a customized fitness program and classes taught by professionals. With a built-in camera and speakers, users can also work out with friends and fellow Mirror-owners.

Students from GEMS Modern Academy in Dubai partnered with local nonprofit Azraq (which means 'Blue' in Arabic) to encourage restaurants to eliminate plastic straws. During September 2018, teams of senior students visited restaurants to lobby for the ban, with restaurants including Chili's and Joe's Crab Shack, Barbeque Nation, Daily Restaurant and Peshwa Restaurant taking the pledge. The GEMS Modern Academy also has a policy against the use of plastics on campus. 

A site which allows viewers to access to web-based augmented reality without scanning a snapcode or downloading an app launched in October 2018. In RBG for Good, users take Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsberg through a series of exercises. Created by US nonprofit organization Rock the Vote, the initiative aimed to encourage people to vote in forthcoming elections.