Author: Yunus Emre Duyar

Bionics

Converting Gestures into Concrete Action

As proved by Imogen Heap’s music gloves that turn gestures into music, gloves are a very convenient choice clothing for wearable technology. If you are interested in this technology, Francesca Barchiesi’s concept, Hand-Tech, might pique your curiosity. Armed with nano-sized devices woven in its fabric, this glove allows the user to translate hand gestures into images, audio or other forms of information.

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Wild Systems

Hunger Games for Robots

As technology develops and introduces more complex wild systems every day, it is inevitable that some jobs are taken over by our creations. How would you feel if robots inherited ethical complications of existence? This is the question that Berlin-based audiovisual artist Martin Reiche seeks to answer, by pitting robots against each other in a deadly fight for resources.

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Digital Native

Sharing Your Newborn’s Heartbeat

With technology becoming an increasing part of our bodies and identities, intimate technologies like Apple Watch are making inroads into our lives. Some people might have found useless the new wearable ability to share the heartbeat, but these parents came up with an unbearably cute application for this technology. Following their urge to share everything about their newborn, these parents used the Apple Watch to send their child’s heartbeats to friends and family.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac

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Fake-for-Real

Don’t Trust Dictionaries and Maps

The definition of the word “mountweazel” is the following: “any invented word or name inserted in a reference work by a publisher for the purpose of detecting plagiarism”. In her funny and informative podcast on linguistic facts, English writer Helen Zaltzman from The Allusionist, explores the existence of fake entries in dictionaries and encyclopedias.

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Made-to-debate

Puppy Delivery Drones

Puppies delivered by drones! For the National Adopt a Shelter Dog Day, celebrated on April 30, online community 3 Million Dogs released a funny video, envisioning a modern way of adopting a dog. Although this might become a reality in the future, you can go to your local shelter now to give unconditional love a chance.

Source: Design Taxi

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Augmented-Bodies

A Tiny Trackpad That Fits on Your Nail

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a tiny wireless trackpad that could easily fit on your finger nail. The prototype, named NailO, resembles sticker nail arts used as fashion accessory. The wireless tool allows the user to control any device by running their finger over the trackpad.

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Augmented-Bodies

Hacking Human Cells to Use Solar Power

Our cells are not that different from a car engine: they depend on carbon-based fuels for energy. But using carbon for energy is an inefficient process. This is what the biotech startup BiPlastiq seeks to resolve, using solar energy instead of carbon and oxygen, by hacking our cells.

The founder of BiPlastiq, Christopher Powell believes that by hacking our mitochondrial structures to use solar energy, the power output of our bodies might increase dramatically. This upgrade could arguably transform human bodies into regenerative machines and extend human lives by decades.

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Digital-Presence

Flights Delayed Due to iPad Crash

Do you ever feel you cannot function during the day without your tablet? Apparently, also American Airlines pilots cannot do without their iPads. The airline company has been using iPads instead of paper reference books for several years now. However, a recent system failure revealed a weakness in the company’s policy. Dozens of flights were grounded as pilots’ iPads crashed.

It was reported that several iPads used by pilots to receive flight plans had system failures as planes were getting ready to take-off. The devices screens went black for both pilots and co-pilots, and some flight had to return to the gate in order to establish a Wifi connection to fix the problem. American Airlines stated that the failure was due to a problem with the software application.

It still remains unknown whether the issue has been resolved properly, but the story is – once again – an illustration of our dependency on technology and our intimate relationship with it.

Source: Gizmodo

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Artificial Intelligence

Ever-Changing Sceneries with Microbots

Does the illustration above pique your interest? Then, you should hear the story behind it. Kirsten Zirngibl’s illustrations depict imaginary landscapes that are formed by microbots, which can be fed with new data to change the scenery entirely. Zirngibl explained that the piece above, called Microzoo, is made of microbots entirely.

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Humane-Technology

Mini’s Augmented Reality Driving Goggles

Always fascinated by Iron Man’s helmet that provides Tony Stark with augmented reality information? Mini cars are working on something similar, minus the attack mode. Now owned by BMW, the popular car brand is developing augmented reality goggles that enhance the driving experience.

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Humane-Technology

3D Holography: the Future of Medicine

Although biomedical imaging technologies have been improved enough to show us 3D images of our insides, there are still technical problems associated with the current technology. A new company called EchoPixel might have an innovative solution with its interactive holographic viewer system True3D Viewer.

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Biomimicry

Drone Operated by Honeybee Brain

The Green Brain Project aims to create drones that will think, act and sense like a bee. In order to do this, the team of researchers from the University of Sheffield and University of Sussex in England is now working on recreating the brain structure of the European honeybee Apis mellifera. 

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Digital-Presence

Let Strangers Cheer You up on Twitter

Feeling down and in need to unload, but cannot find a way besides sending unanswered and desperate Tweets into the universe? There is now a new application that allows random strangers to cheer you up on Twitter.

If you are feeling happy today and want to pass on the good vibes to other people who might need it, you can do it via CheerUpper. It is a web app that uses Twitter’s interface and an intelligence system able to detect sad Tweets for you to respond to. After you reply, CheerUpper team reviews your answer and sends you an e-mail when it’s published. If you are having a bad time and need someone to put a smile on your face, you can use the hashtag #cheermeup, and you will be put on the list of sad tweets of CheerUpper’s system. Isn’t that a humane and altruistic way of using the social media?

Source: The Daily Dot

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Augmented-Bodies

The Future of Artificial Reproduction

The technology behind artificial reproduction is at a level that was unimaginable decades ago, we can now use artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization to create babies without having actual sex. In the future, according to researcher Dr Paul Turek and his team, we could go a step further and use artificial testicles to produce sperm cells.

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Augmented-Bodies

Heart Tissue Grown with Spider Silk

Spider silk has always been a material that amazes scientists for different applications, from electronics to re-growing bones. Add to the list of possible uses a new and exciting one: in the future, it might be possible to grow a new heart in the laboratory using spider silk.

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Humane-Technology

Order Anything with Amazon’s Button

Just on the eve of April 1, Amazon introduced a new gadget named Dash Button, which will help you order groceries automatically. The timing of the announcement led a lot of people into thinking that it was just another April Fools’ joke, but it turns out that the e-commerce company is pretty serious about its new technology.

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Augmented-Bodies

You Can Be the Avatar by 2040

Are you a die-hard fan of Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, and wished for the power to bend air, water, fire and earth?

Although it still is a theory, nanotechnology might enable us to control the elements, except fire. Watch the video to discover how life would be like.

Story via Digg

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