Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Terminology - National Croissant Day!

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

Today is National Croissant Day in the USA!

Gone are the days of the plain butter croissant. This fluffy little pastry is on a creativity roll with chefs everywhere.  Here are three new hybrids:
  • The cronut:  hybrid doughnut- croissant, invented by Chef Dominique Ansel of Dominique Ansel Bakery in NYC.
  • The cruffin: hybrid muffin-croissant, invented by Mr. Holmes’ Bakehouse in San Francisco.
  • The tacro: hybrid taco-croissant, invented by Vive la Tarte in San Francisco, at The Ferry Building.
Add them to your list of classic, sweet and savory, variations, such as the chocolate croissant, the almond croissant,  croissant sandwiches,  stuffed croissants,  French toast croissants, croissants casseroles, and croissant custard pies.

If you are living in the Bay Area, here is a hyperlinked list of SFStation-recommended bakeries, plus more, where you might celebrate!
If you are living in NYC, it's not too late to celebrate at the following two SE (Serious Eats)-recommended bakery and gourmet shop!
Dominique Ansel Bakery
Mr. Holmes Bakery
Vive La Tarte
SF Station
SE (Serious Eats) NY

Monday, January 29, 2018

Oh, patents! SMAPPEE

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

Most people manage their cash flow, SMAPPEE is a system that manages the energy flow at your residence. Using a proprietary algorithm and dedicated hardware, the various SMAPPEE monitoring systems measure/monitor in real time all the energy consumed and produced at your residence, assuming that, for example, you are using solar panels.  

The measurement/monitoring technology combines patented load disaggregation and submetering of the main power line. The patented load disaggregation technology is called NILM – Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring. NILM technology enables to record the total energy signal of a building and then to detect and extract each of the appliances’ separate signals. This is because each appliance uses energy in a different way, which leaves a unique signature that can be detected by the patented technology. So, for example, a 1500 watt microwave and a 1500 watt coffeemaker, working at the same time, will both use energy differently, and in such a way that SMAPPEE can detect them both as Appliance 1 and Appliance 2. The user then designates Appliance 1 and 2, as Microwave and Coffeemaker, after turning them on and off to coach the system into detecting them separately, in a robust manner.

Amazingly, SMAPPEE applies to all the electronic and electrical appliances of your residence, including such items as the water heater, HVAC, an electric car, fridge, dishwasher, clothes washer, dryer, cooktop, computer, printer, chargers, lamps, even hair dryers, which normally might all work at one time or another, variously turning on and off. Only very low consumption appliances, such as LED lights or, twin appliances, such as two lamps, might go undifferentiated and/or undetected, without user coaching  

The energy consumption information that is thus monitored/measured and extracted, each time an appliance is turned on or off, is sent as data packets to a remote server which you can then access with your mobile device and My SMAPEE app, in view of obtaining real-time feedback, and/ or to query the data for information on exactly how much energy each of your appliances use, or cost, per week, per day, per season etc.

The most recent, CES 2018 Innovation Award-winning SMAPPEE Plus version of this residential energy management system, even allows users to control and re-assign the flow of energy at their residence. For example, you could assign more solar energy to your cooktop if you are recharging your electric vehicle, at the same time. The latest SMAPPEE Plus version also enables users to use SolarCoin cryptocurrency. The long-term goal of the SMAPPEE company is to create off the grid, decentralized, energy hubs that can buy, sell and produce renewable energy. 

The SMAPPEE load disaggregation technology is disclosed in the WIPO patent application WO2015154824A1. The abstract of the patent application is included below, together with a mobile app screenshot, showing the extracted energy monitored data, during a day, for a washing machine. 

The present invention is directed to an energy management system comprising a in situ processing unit (I) comprising: a measuring unit (2,3,5) capable of measuring a set of power related parameters over a main electricity cable; a fIrst processing unit (6) capable of processing said power related parameters by applying a signature detection algorithm, for detecting an event relating to turning ON or OFF of an electronic and/or electric appliance and for characterizing said event; means for transferring to a server a data packet comprising an output of said signature detection algorithm; characterized in that, the processing unit triggers the transfer of a data packet only in case such an event is detected. The present invention is further directed to a method for monitoring the use of electronic and/or electric appliances comprising the following steps: measuring/monitoring power related parameters over a main electricity cable, said measuring/monitoring being performed by a measuring unit (2,3,5) part of an energy management systern according to the present invention, processing said power related parameters on said fIrst processing unit (6), by applying a signature detection algorithm for detecting whether an event relating to turning ON or OFF an electronic and/or electric appliance occurred and for characterizing said event, initiating a data transfer to a server (4), transferring to a server (4) a data packet comprising an output of said signature detection algorithm, characterized in that said method further comprises triggering the transfer of a data packet only in case such an event is detected.

PS --This is green management technology, hailing from Belgium!

SMAPPEE website

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Oh, patents! Smart diabetic socks

 Copyright Françoise Herrmann

If you are diabetic, you might consider subscribing to a delivery of seven pairs of smart and connected Siren Care socks, every 6 months! Your socks will come in an organizer box, together with a laundry bag and a Siren Alert Plug, for use in case you do not have a mobile phone.

The Siren Care diabetic socks won a Best Innovation Award at CES 2018, among thousands of competing and exhibited products. CES Innovation awards are granted based on a composite score provided by a panel of three independent judges (an engineer, an industrial designer and a member of the trade press) for each of 29 CES product categories, including, for example, robotics and drones, cybersecurity, smart cities, home appliances, 3D printing, fitness, sports and biotech or embedded technologies.The Best Innovations Awards are granted in each product category to the highest ranking product, as long as the product exceeds a certain threshold score. (CES 2018 Judges)

Bottom line, Siren Care socks have really made it to the top!

Siren Care socks are designed with Neurofabric™, a fabric woven with miniature body heat temperature sensors. This design, informed by clinical trial data, assumes that an increase in body heat, relative to a baseline, is a strong indicator of injury-induced inflammation (Lavery et al, 2004). This information is wirelessly uploaded to a mobile app, or to a wall plug app if you do not have a mobile device, where the early signs of injury (i.e.; diabetic ulceration) may be detected on the soles of diabetic feet. Mobile phone users are alerted immediately of any possible inflammation sites, when the measurements exceed a threshold temperature. For Siren Care Plug users, a dedicated Siren Care concierge service phones the user to alert them of a possible injury site.

Since such early symptoms as inflammation are often missed altogether, because diabetic nerve damage (called neuropathy), together with peripheral artery disease cause feet to feel numb in patients diagnosed with diabetes, these smart and connected socks perform a very important preventive care function.

The Siren Care diabetic socks are otherwise moisture wicking, seamless, machine washable and dryable. They also require no charging.

This invention is recited in the recently filed patent application US2017188841 titled System and method for detecting inflammation in a footThe Abstract for this invention is included below, together with a patent drawing showing a flowchart of the temperature sensing socks. 
One variation of a method for detecting inflammation in a foot includes: accessing a first temperature measured through a left temperature sensor and a second temperature measured through a right temperature sensor at approximately a first time, the left temperature sensor arranged in a left sock and the right temperature sensor arranged in a right sock worn on the user's feet; calculating a baseline difference between the first and second temperatures based on confinnation of absence of inflammation in the user's left and right feet at the first time; accessing a third temperature measured through the left temperature sensor and a fourth temperature measured through the right temperature sensor at approximately a second time; and in response to a second temperature difference-between the third and fourth temperaturesdiffering from the baseline difference by more than a threshold difference, issuing an alarm through the user interface.

Siren Care socks are currently out of stock, but you can sign up on a wait list at the Siren Care website.

Siren Care
US2017188841 (A1) ― 2017-07-06 - System and method for detecting inflammation in a foot
CES Innovations Award program
https://www. esces.tech/Events-Programs/Innovation-Awards
Lavery, L. A., Higgins,K.R.,  Lanctot, D.R.,  Constantinides, G. P.,  Zamorano, R. G.,  Armstrong, D. G., Athanasiou, K. A.  & C. MAULI Agrawal (2004) Home Monitoring of Foot Skin Temperatures to Prevent Ulceration, in Diabetes Care, vol. 27, no. 11, November 2004.
List of CES 2018 judges

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Oh, patents! Coravin™

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

How about drinking wine from a bottle without uncorking it? Coravin makes it possible for you to have both your uncorked bottle of wine and a drink!

Coravin is a wine extractor device designed to insert a hollow needle through the cork, and through which the wine can be poured. Little or no air, which could react with the wine, is introduced during or after the extraction of the wine from its container. Instead, a small amount of pressurized argon gas is released into the bottle to force the wine out, without altering the quality of the beverage. When the needle is removed from the bottle, the cork's expansive properties fill-in, and reseal, the wine bottle, until the next glass, or next time you drink the wine.    

The many parts of the various embodiments of the Coravin wine extractor are patented. Whether it is the needle system and its actuation, the internal valve system controlling the flow of the wine from the container, the gas cylinder and dispenser, the pressure regulator for the delivery of gas to the container, or the casing guiding the movement of the needle, these are all different inventions associated with the Coravin wine extractor and its various embodiments. The following is a hyperlinked list of some of the many design and utility patents reciting these inventions, associated with the Coravin device, and numerous component parts.  
  • US2017361999 (A1) ― 2017-12-21 - Beverage container cap for use with beverage extractor
  • USD801129 (S) ― 2017-10-31 - Beverage extractor 
  • ES2633844 (T3) ― 2017-09-25 - Method and apparatus for beverage extraction with a multi-function valve
  • US2017144877 (A1) ― 2017-05-25 - Beverage extractor with controller 
  • US2017137275 (A1) ― 2017-05-18 - Beverage extractor for sparkling beverage
  • US2017001850 (A1) ― 2017-01-05 - Method for extracting beverage from a bottle 
  • US2017002980 (A1) ― 2017-01-05 - Engagement of gas cylinder with gas dispenser
  • WO2014058841 (A1) ― 2014-04-17 - Method and apparatus for beverage extraction needle guiding 
  • WO2014058839 (A3) ― 2014-06-05 - Method and apparatus for gas cylinder sealing
  • WO2014025630 (A1) ― 2014-02-13 - Method and apparatus for gas cylinder sealing
  • WO2013166258 (A1) ― 2013-11-07 - Device for extracting a beverage from within a container
  • USD755554 (S) ― 2016-05-10 - Beverage extractor
  • US2015069085 (A1) ― 2015-03-12 - Wine extraction and preservation device and method 
  • CA2872115 ― 2013-11-07 - Device for extracting a beverage from within a container
  • CA2887453 ― 2013-10-08 - Method and apparatus for beverage extraction needle guiding
  • USD709163 (S) ― 2014-07-15 - Gas cylinder cap
  • US2014124530 (A1) ― 2014-05-08 - Method and apparatus for beverage extraction needle force indication 
  • US2014103065 (A1) ― 2014-04-17 - Non-coring reduced shearing needle
  • USD689353 (S) ― 2013-09-10 - Wine extraction and preservation device
A drawing of the beverage extractor, imported from the latest US design patent USD 801129S, is included below, together with an image of the marketed Coravin product. 

The abstract for the latest Coravin™ utility patent application US2017361999, titled Beverage container cap for use with beverage extractor, is also included below:
A cap for engagement with a beverage container allows an extractor needle or other conduit to pass through a portion of the cap such that beverage can be removed from the container without removing the cap. The cap may include a septum that is radially and/or axially compressed and a barrier layer arranged to engage with the container to form a seal.
An automated and Bluetooth-connected version of the Coravin called Model Eleven, was unveiled at CES 2018 with rave reviews. The Coravin connected app monitors argon gas consumption and also pairs your wine with your mood...! According to CNet, Model Eleven will be released in September 2018. 

Coravin, Inc.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Unveiled at CES2018 – Portable peanut sensor

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

In 2016, 6SensorLabs launched the first portable gluten sensor, called the Nima Sensor, designed for people with Celiac disease (Herrmann, 2016). This small, portable, triangular, chemistry-based gluten-detection device makes it possible to analyze any food for the presence of as little as 20 parts per million of gluten, in a tiny fraction of the time it takes for a laboratory to perform the same sorts of analyses.

In the early 2014 disclosure of this invention, the scope of the chemistry-based processes of analysis was explicitly extended well beyond the detection of gluten to other potentially harmful substances. So, it comes as no surprise that the company is launching a second allergen sensor.

Unveiled at CES 2018, the second product offered by 6sensorlabs, now called Nima Labs, is a portable peanut sensor for people with peanut allergies. (The company is taking pre-orders on the device due to launch in 52 days.)

The Nima Peanut detector looks just like its older gluten-detecting sibling. Use of the sensor proceeds through the same friendly 3-step process for analyzing and detecting the harmful substance in food. The user inserts a bit of the food inside a reactive capsule, inserts the capsule into the device, and in less than 2 minutes, receives a happy or a sad face result, depending on the detection, or not, of peanuts in the sample.(See the schematic patent drawing inserted below).  

According to the inventors, the device thus makes it possible for allergic individuals:
 “to dine out more often, say yes to catered events, double-check a packaged food, and travel far and wide.”

Three recently filed US utility patent applications, each with their 12 family members, filed at WIPO, the EPO, and at other national patent offices, are on file as continuation-in-part of the applications filed in 2013, 2014 and 2015 :
  • US2017124690 (A1) ― 2017-05-04 - System and method for detecting target substances
  • US2017097342 (A1) ― 2017-04-06 - System and method for detecting target substances
  • US2017003285 (A1) ― 2017-01-05 - System and method for detection of target substances 
The abstract for US2017003285 is included below, together with a schematic drawing of an embodiment of the system for detecting a harmful substance. An image of the new sensor is included above.
A system and method includes a test container for detecting a target substance in a consumable sample, where the test container includes a test container body defining a test container top. a test container bottom opposing the test container top, a first chamber proximal the test container top, and a second chamber proximal the test container bottom, a magnetic diaphragm situated between the first chamber and the second chamber, the magnetic diaphragm obstructing flow of the consumable sample, and the magnetic diaphragm including a magnetic element embedded in the magnetic diaphragm, and a driving element geometrically complementary to the first chamber, the driving element including a consumable sample grinding feature protruding from a surface of the driving element. [Abstract US2017003285]

Nima Labs has also launched a Nimoji app with almost 50 emoji that describe dietary needs such as vegan, lactose-intolerant, PeaNOT, vegetarian etc.

Herrmann, F. (2016) Oh, patents! Portable gluten sensor. Posted on Feb. 22, 2016, at Patents on the Soles of Your Shoes

Monday, January 15, 2018

Unveiled at CES 2018 - The Arable MARK sensor

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

Welcome smart agriculture! 

The Arable MARK sensor combines 40 data streams to give farmers the vital information they need to make informed decisions in the management of their crops, and the mitigation of calamities such as frost, infestations or crop disease.

The sensors measure precipitations, temperature, crop health, precise conditions of the soil, topographies, microclimates, plus more. With patented disdrometer functions, the sensors can even provide information on raindrop size, the sort of rain falling (hail or drizzle), and its impact on crops.

The Arable MARK sensors also use Artificial Intelligence prediction algorithms based on data incoming from the fields, in combination with publically available forecasting information, to give advice on crop management, using a congenial platform.

The data collected by the sensors is sent to the cloud via 4G cellular network and the sensors are solar battery operated.

The Arable MARK sensor with its multiple data streams, wireless connectivity, solar power and multifunctional data collection, falls within the explicitly stated scope of two recent patents, on file for Arable Labs Inc., the US design patent USD799998titled Disdrometer, and the PCT WIPO patent application WO2017156187,, titled Disdrometer having acoustic transducer and methods thereof. 

The Arable Labs Inc., disdrometer invention is acoustic, in contrast to accumulation methods of measuring rainfall, and raindrop counting. The Arable labs Inc., disdrometer invention uses an acoustic transducer to convert the sounds of the rain (i.e.; the frequency and power of the acoustic signal generated by the drops within a time interval) into actionable information. 

 The abstract of this invention is included below together with one of the patent drawings showing an exploded view of a non-limiting embodiment of the disdrometer invention. An image of the unveiled Arable Labs Inc., MARK sensor is also included above. The MARK sensor with its additional functionalities thus embodies the disdrometer disclosed in  WO2017156187, including the ornamental aspects of the device, disclosed in the US design patent USD799998.
An acoustic disdrometer is provided for measuring precipitation. The acoustic disdrometer has an acoustic transducer positioned within an acoustic chamber defined by an acoustic shell. Precipitation impacting the acoustic shell generates sound waves that are collected by the acoustic transducer for processing.                      [Abstract WO2017156187]   

Note: Remember to annotate your term bases with the term disdrometer. 

Arable Labs Inc. 
https://www.arable.com/ ARM (Atmospheric Radiation Measurement) – US Dept of Energy - Disdrometers
M. Fernandez-Raga , C. Palencia , C. Tomas , A. I. Calvo , A. Castro , and R. Fraile (2011) Rain reaserch with disdrometers;l A bilbiometric review, in Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., 4, 6041–6068, 2011

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Unveiled at CES 2018 - L'Oréal UV Sense

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

Whoa. again at CES 2018!

L’Oréal is making strides in wearable personal sun sensors. From a scannable UV skin patch unveiled at CES 2016 to a miniaturized connected thumbnail-sized UV sensor in 2018, this cosmetics giant is determined, not only to repair sun damage, and to protect you from the sun’s harmful UVB and UVA radiation, but to prevent sun damage altogether, with direct customer education and feedback.

L'Oréal UV Sense on thumb nail
Also developped in collaboration with MC10 Inc., L'Oréal's miniaturized (thumbnail-size) UV Sense radiation sensor is 9 mm wide x 2 mm high. The sensor  comes in different styles, which can be (re-) attached for up to two weeks, not only on skin, but also on sunglasses, shoes, nails or anywhere else exposed to sunlight. The battery-less UV Sense is connected to your mobile device via NFC (Near-Field Communication), both for charging purposes, and for downloading sun exposure data to an iOS or Android UV Sense App. The sensor can store up to three months of data. The app provides feedback on duration and intensity of the exposure, together with coaching advice on the safest course of action, and recommendations on which products to use.

It might be a while before a patent application is published for the UV Sense technology, which will no doubt recycle some of the system know-how, recently disclosed for the UV skin Patch technology in WO2017120176 titled Device and system for personal uv exposure measurements, combined with the MC10 Inc., recently filed patent application US20170244543A1 titled System, devices, and method for on-body data and power transmission, as prior art.

The L’Oréal UV Sense is expected to be available to the public in the Summer 2018, for a retail price of less than 40$. In the interim, the L'Oréal UV skin Patch technology is available, free of charge, with the purchase of a Laroche Posay suncreen product, for both kids and adults.

ACS – American Cancer Society – What is ultraviolet (UV) radiation?
Herrmann, F. (Jan 2016) Unveiled at CES 2016 – L’Oréal’s My UV Patch
Laroche Posay – My UV Patch

L'oréal and John Rogers build a thumbnail-sized UV sensor - Engadget
MC10 Inc. Wearable Healthcare Technology and Devices
L'Oréal - Official site 
Fuse Project 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Oh, patents! CES 2018 - Self-driving suitcase

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

Whoa. at CES 2018! 

How about a brand new carry-on suitcase prototype, designed by a company called ForwardX Robotics to follow you autonomously at the airport, giving you a hands-free experience? 

A self-driving suitcase with a max speed of 7 miles per hour, and enough smart electronics, together with sensors, to recognize you, and its surroundings, in view of avoiding collisions with obstacles; to determine its own position, relative to the owner, via GPS and NFC (Near Fieild Communication) connection; and to detect ground topography.

This invention was disclosed just at the end 2017, on December 28, in the PCT patent application WO2017219751, titled Mobile suitcase having automatic following and obstacle avoidance functions, and using method therefor. 

The hyperlinked abstract is included below together with an image of the suitcase prototype.

A mobile suitcase having automatic following and obstacle avoidance functions, and a using method therefor. The mobile suitcase comprises a mobile platform module, an environment perception module, a data fusion positioning module, and a following and obstacle avoidance processing module. The following and obstacle avoidance processing module plans a path for the mobile suitcase following a pedestrian according to information about a distance between the mobile suitcase and an obstacle in a surrounding environment, roughness information of the ground and positioning information, so as to implement obstacle avoidance and automatic following of the mobile platform module. The mobile suitcase and the using method therefor can be applicable to a complex environment, and the mobile suitcase can safely and reliably avoid an obstacle and follow an owner, thereby bringing great convenience to the travel of the pedestrian. [Abstract WO2017219751]

ForwardX Robotics

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Terminology - CES 2018 Whoa.

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

CES 2018 – The largest Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas, NV., for the past 50 years, has just opened for the public. During this week (Jan 9-12), approximately 20,000 new products will be showcased, 4000 exhibitors hosted, and 1,175 speakers invited! 

The CES conference buzzword, this year too, is Whoa. as in unbelievable! (different from Wow! as in amazing!)


Monday, January 8, 2018

Terminology - POTUS variations

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

Surge in the use of the acronyms of endearment POTUS (President of the United States), FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States), even FGOTUS (First Grandma of the United States), FTODUS (First Daughter(s) of the United States) and FPOTUS (First Pet(s) of the United States), towards the end of the Obama administration, has sent terminologists searching for the origins of this whole new suite of US Presidential forms of address!

 According to the OED, a written record of the abbreviation POTUS dates back to the turn of the 20th century and the use of the telegraph. A shorter form, the  term POT – President of the. is listed in the 1879 version of The Phillips Telegraphic Code for the Rapid Transmission by Telegraph of Press Reports, Commercial and Private Telegrams, and All Other Matter Sent by Wire Or Cable, a shorthand, developed for use by the press, in the US.

The OED defines the origins of POTUS as: “Originally a newspaper wire and telegraph codeword; later used esp. among White House staff before passing into more general use.” The first record cited in the OED, from the Birmingham (Alabama) Age-Herald of April 1895, lists POTUS (President of the United States and SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States).  

FLOTUS, on the other hand, is listed in the OED as slang, chiefly US, with the first written record dating back to 1983, whereas FDOTUS, FGOTUS and FPOTUS are (to date) unlisted in the OED. 

The pronunciation of the acronym POTUS (President of the United States), and by analogy of FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States), and the whole creatively derived suite of US Presidential forms of address, varies. The following Youtube video offers some of the variation. As for the pronunciation of the brevity code  POT – President of the, found in the Phillips Code of 1879, perhaps that it could have had a short vowel variation (as in "hot"), had it been pronounced as an acronym and used as an endearing form of address.

Phillips Code
The Phillips Telegraphic Code for the Rapid Transmission by Telegraph of Press Reports, Commercial and Private Telegrams, and All Other Matter Sent by Wire Or Cable
FGOTUS: The latest presidential acronym you need to get your head around – The Guardian (June 16, 2015)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Terminology - ADS WOTTIES - And the 2017 winners are...

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

The ADS voted Fake News as the 2017 WOTY. The term was voted with a double meaning -- not only as the “disinformation or falsehoods presented as real news”, but also as “actual news claimed to be untrue”, for example, arising in POTUS tweets.

As a reminder, the acronym WOTY is an abbreviation for Word Of the Year. WOTTIES is an acronym for the plural of WOTY, which rhymes with POTTIES. As for the acronym, POTUS (President of the United States), this is an abbreviation carved at the end of the Obama administration, together with FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States). Both acronyms rhyme with " Poets", without the diphthong. 

The ADS selected the following WOTTIES, in the other WOTY categories.The full results of the vote are itemized in the hyperlinked ADS press-release
Political Word of the Year
  •  take a knee: Kneel in protest, especially during a time when others are standing. (181 votes) 
Digital Word of the Year
  •  shitpost: Posting of worthless or irrelevant online content intended to derail a conversation or to provoke others. (78 votes)
Slang Word of the Year
  • wypipo: Humorous phonetic spelling of “white people” used to flag white privilege, cluelessness, or absurdity. (168 votes)
Most Useful 
  • die by suicide: A variant of “to commit suicide” that does not suggest a criminal act. (108 votes) 
Most Likely to Succeed
  •  fake news: 1. Disinformation or falsehoods presented as real news. 2. actual news that is claimed to be untrue. (226 votes) 
Most Creative
  •  broflake: Man or boy who lacks resilience or coping skills in the face of disagreements or setbacks. (100 votes) 
Euphemism of the Year
  •  alternative facts: Contrary information that matches one’s preferred narrative or interpretation of events. (181 votes)
WTF Word of the Year
  • covfefe: A (probably) mistyped word of unknown meaning used in a Donald Trump tweet. (113 votes)
Hashtag of the Year
  •  #MeToo: Indication by women that they have experienced sexual harassment or assault. (231 votes) 
Emoji of the Year
woman with head scarf or hijab. (96 votes)
Now, remember to tune-in for the 2018 WOTTIES! 
ADS – Press release – Word of the year is fake news as voted by the ADS