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Research leads to a golden discovery for wearable technology

Some day, your smartphone might completely conform to your wrist, and when it does, it might be covered in pure gold, thanks to researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Writing in the March 17 issue of the journal Science, the Missouri S&T researchers say they have developed a way to “grow” thin layers of gold on single crystal wafers of silicon, remove the gold foils, and use them as substrates on which to grow other electronic materials.

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Axon VR promises realistic haptic feedback for virtual reality

“Then, the deer starts to lay down. Its legs fold up beneath it and its furry belly rests in the center of my palm. I can feel it breathe, and the spot on my hand where it’s resting starts to warm.” 

“The experience of holding a tiny deer in my hand and feeling its hooves is a neat trick, but the ability to actually feel it breathe and sense the warmth of its furry body brings on an entirely different dimension of emotion. It feels like my pet, and I want to keep it.”

Read More: https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/23/axon-vr-promises-real-haptic-feedback-for-your-sojourns-into-virtual-reality/

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Technology helped me through the emotional roller coaster of CES

“Humans love to control how they feel. Booze and coffee have been perking us up and lubricating social situations for millennia. Mood-enhancing technology, on the other hand, usually tries to emulate a cup of joe or a glass of wine but without the need for rinsing your liver. I’m generally OK with pumping chemicals into my body, but with a few mood-changing gadgets catching my eye in the run-up to this year’s CES, I thought I’d give some a go. The hope was that I could avoid the usual uppers-and-downers routine that a week in Vegas demands.” - James Trew, Deputy Managing Editor, Engadget 

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Never Get Cold Again Thanks to This Wearable

Inventions like this one warm your heart.

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The Next Phase of Wearable Tech: Tattoos (VIDEO)

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The video introduces DuoSkin, a new piece of wearable tech co-developed by MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research. It’s a fantastic idea: a paint-on temporary tattoo with circuitry that makes it an on-skin interface with three practical applications. 

It’s a trackpad, it’s a display, and it can hold data.

The tattoos use near-field communication to connect with other devices. This is the same protocol your phone uses for cashless payments at stores and gas stations. The tattoos are made from gold leaf, a benign-for-your-body material you may have even eaten as a decoration on a fancy chocolate.

The tattoos work as displays capable of changing in response to body temperature or feelings—mood tattoos, essentially. They also hold data, so it’s easy to imagine something like DuoSkin replacing, for instance, boarding passes and movie tickets on your phone.

That said, this would all mean nothing if this particular type of wearable tech didn’t look like something someone would want to wear. With metallic gold and silver geometric patterns, though, they’re just flashy enough to potentially be on trend. They’d make quite the personal statement even before you switched them on.

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SHIFT: Biohacking Documentary

Entertaining and well shot short documentary by Steve Adams and Sean Horlor about biohacking technolgies and its peripherals: wearables, exoskeletons & prosthetics, longevity and other emerging developments and nascent technologies. The doc features also fellow futurist Nikolas Badminton. Great job!

Will using technology to improve and enhance our bodies be the next step in human evolution? In this documentary, futurist Nik Badminton guides us through three streams of the global biohacking movement: wearables, implantables, and superhuman exoskeletons. We also interview Pacific Northwest innovators (VitalSines, Dangerous Things, Prosthesis: The Anti-Robot) and find out how anyone with a computer–not just scientists and doctors–can use technology to alter and change the normal biology of living things.