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Augmented Bodies

A Tablet for the Visually Impaired People

Sight is a skill we often take for granted. However not everyone has this ability. Today around 314 million people suffer from sight impairment. We rarely take into account their relationship with technology that, if we think about it, is not simple. The use of smartphones and tablets is extremely difficult for a visually impaired person, and impossible for a person suffering from blindness. But this could change in the near future.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 28:  An attendee inspects Google Cardboard during the 2015 Google I/O conference on May 28, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The annual Google I/O conference runs through May 29.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Augmented Bodies

Doctors Used VR to Save a Baby’s Life

Google Cardboard was used by a cardiologist to train for a very risky heart surgery on a four months baby. Teegan was born with a serious problem: the heart was not where it should have been, too far to the left, taking the place of a lung that was never formed. The surgery was the only option, but unfortunately both the young age and the specific location of the heart made it virtually impossible to operate “in the dark”.

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Human Cloning Now Possible in China

Human Cloning is one of those issues where technology is racing well ahead of contemporary morals and ethical frameworks. Xu Xiaochun, the chief executive behind the world’s biggest cloning factory – Boyalife Group – has stated that at this moment, the technology to clone humans is already available, and that they are refraining from using it for fear of public reaction.

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Technology and Emotions

We live in a social and selfie culture. Based on this statement a PhD student in the Responsive Environments Group at MIT came up with Halo. Her name is Nan Zhao and her creation consists in a wearable lighting device that, through a LED circle hanging next to your head and shoulders, changes color and shade according to movement, facial expressions, weather and personal (or collective) mood.

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Caress of the Gaze

If technology transformed animals into people; is technology perhaps also capable of changing people back into animals? Architect and interaction designer Behnaz Farahi envisions an interactive 3D printed outfit that can detect and respond to the gaze of the other, and respond accordingly with life-like behavior. Rest assure, we are the primitives of a next nature.

Thanks Sanne.

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