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The future of medicine.
Not quite the Star Trek type handheld tri-coder, but this dinky little thing is definitely a move into the right direction.
Only 7.5 cm high, weighing a mere 60g and able to detect viruses and single layer proteins down to 3 nm thick this device is powerful.
Why should we care?
It is able to detect a large number of proteins in our body all at once, opening up the possibility that one day we can do check ups without even seeing a doctor.
The size, price and efficiency of this new multi-analyze device make it a highly promising invention for a multiplicity of uses. It could offer to quickly analyze up to 170,000 different molecules in a blood sample. This method could simultaneously identify insulin levels, cancer and Alzheimer markers, or even certain viruses.
Read more on this here.
Green energy from the bottom of the sea
First we got wind turbines to generate energy and now it seems scientists have found a way to tap the energy force of waves….
The device, pictured above, involves two air chambers: as a wave passes over the top of the first chamber, the pressure inside increases, forcing air through a passageway to the second chamber. Inside the passageway is a turbine, so the passing air is actually what generates the electricity. As the wave continues on, it raises the pressure inside the second chamber, pushing the air back through the turbine — importantly, it is a bidirectional turbine — and back into the first chamber. Another wave, another cycle. Repeat.
Find out here how powerful this device can be.
See who has made MIT Technology Review's hot list for 2014. Amongst the big boys such as Google and Amazon are some lesser known names like Valve and Expect Labs - and those are the reason why you should check out this list!
Exciting news from the BBC: A man fitted with a bionic arm has regained his sense of ‘feel’.
Dennis Aabo, who lost his left hand in a firework accident nearly a decade ago, said the hand was “amazing”.
In laboratory tests he was able to tell the shape and stiffness of objects he picked up, even when blindfolded.
Although still in trial phase the success of this project is promising.
It will undoubtedly be very expensive, well beyond the means of most patients. And artificial hands still lack the precision and dexterity of the real thing.
For now the super-functioning bionic hand of science fiction films remains the stuff of fiction.
RING PUTS CONTROL IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND: Worn on the thumb, Fin wirelessly connects to up to three devices. From smartphones to televisions, this ring allows users to control various devices with simple hand gestures. Check out the video explaining it and read more here.
Forget Disneyland! This is the theme park of the future: The world’s first robot theme park is scheduled to open in 2016 in South Korea. Robot Land will be located in Incheon, just west of Seoul.
Eyes are supposed to be windows to the soul — but they make even better mirrors. And what they reflect will astonish you. Read more
A robot able to play touch screen games like Cut the Rope can judge whether humans will find a new device responsive.
Software developers currently pay companies like Sauce Labs to test apps using either human workers or software that emulates a phone or Web browser. Having a robotic third option could be useful, and predicts that robotic testing of all kinds of computing devices will become more common.
Why it matters
Understanding what influences people’s perceptions of their gadgets could improve future designs.
The liver has to enable a “large mammal” to live “a normal lifestyle” for at least three months.
The Methuselah Foundation is offering the prize money to the first research group to make a liver that is able to go into a “large mammal, enabling the host to recover in the absence of native liver function and survive three months with a normal lifestyle,” according to the prize’s website. The winner has to complete this feat by December 31, 2018.
Bored of using a mouse? Soon you’ll be able to change stuff on your computer screen – and then move it directly onto your smartphone or tablet –with nothing more than a glance.
A system called EyeDrop uses a head-mounted eye tracker that simultaneously records your field of view so it knows where you are looking on the screen. Gazing at an object – a photo, say – and then pressing a key, selects that object. It can then be moved from the screen to a tablet or smartphone just by glancing at the second device, as long as the two are connected wirelessly.
This seamless interaction takes us to the next level of Human-Computer Interaction.
Leading hospitals, including Stanford and the University of California at San Francisco, are beginning to use Glass in the operating room.
In October, UCSF’s Pierre Theodore, a cardiothoracic surgeon, became the first doctor in the United States to obtain Institutional Review Board approval to use the device to assist him during surgery. Theodore pre-loads onto Glass the scans of images of the patient taken just before surgery and consults them during the operation.
Theodore has performed a dozen surgeries using Google Glass. But beforeUCSF surgeons could access images in the operating room using Glass, they had to manually load the images after manually scrubbing them of personal information, so that they could transmit them over Wi-Fi without breaking confidentiality laws.