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10 Smart Rings Inventions You Must Have in 2017

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/


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 

'Near-zero-power' temperature sensor could make wearables, smart devices less power-hungry

Electrical engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a temperature sensor that runs on only 113 picowatts of power – 628 times lower power than the state of the art and about 10 billion times smaller than a watt. This near-zero-power temperature sensor could extend the battery life of wearable or implantable devices that monitor body temperature, smart home monitoring systems, Internet of Things devices and environmental monitoring systems.

The technology could also enable a new class of devices that can be powered by harvesting energy from low-power sources, such as the body or the surrounding environment, researchers said. The work was published in Scientific Reports on June 30.

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Watch: This smart device could help visually impaired people “see” the world.

Text captions:

[Blind man opening medicine cabinet]
I don’t think I’m different. I think how I interact with the world is different.

[Man reaches for sight guide]
I have no light perception, no colors, no anything. I see everything pitch black.

[Service dog helps man across the street]
I have to plan ahead a lot. When I’m indoors I’m trying to figure out where the doors are, where the elevators are.

[Service dog helps man across the street]
I’m always decoding and investigating. Sounds, scents, landmarks. Trying to figure out where things are.

[Man puts on BLAID device]
Using cameras BLAID can detect various features that are important to the blind community. Doorways, restroom signs, exit signs.

[BLAID Engineer gestures to bathroom and door]
It will scan the environment and tell you what you see.

[BLAID guides man to bathroom]
The second button on there you would say “Take me to the bathroom” and the device would guide you to the bathroom.

[Computer screen shows BLAID model]
The ability just to get up and leave to wherever you want, whenever you want would just be awesome.

[Man touches BLAID, smiles]
BLAID would change my life.

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“A dress that expands when you’re in fight-or-flight mode and a bra that ventilates when you’re too sweaty. They may seem like the stuff of dreams, but thanks to Becca McCharen, CEO of Chromat, and the semiconductor chip maker Intel, these may soon be a reality." 

So exciting to finally reveal the Chromat x intel collaboration for the #MomentumSS16 collection. The future is now!


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.