Tag: Humane-Technology

Jasper van Loenen developed a wearable that sends a corrective electrostatic shock to its wearer when visiting an unprotected website.
Intimate Technology

Web Training Collar

As Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma has taught us, we need protection from our online behavior. Whereas Wijnsma uses the sense of smell to offer a secure connection, artist Jasper van Loenen developed a wearable that sends a small electrostatic shock to the wearer. Called Web Training Collar, this device is a modified dog collar that monitors the user’s Internet traffic and apply a corrective shock in case of unprotected websites. The intensity of the shock increases with each consecutive visit to a site that doesn’t offer a secure connection. Technology domesticates us, at least in this case the purpose is positive.

Peculiar object of the week. Seen at Rendering Realities.

cellphones-go-feral
Wild Systems

Cellphones Go Feral

In the wake of Samsung burning phones scandal, news websites promptly followed the development of the story. After reports of their flagship phone catching fire and causing serious damage, plane delays and even hospitalization, the company made a first recall to substitute the batteries with the ones of a different provider. Nevertheless, the new phones were still bursting into flames. After a second recall, a strong warning followed to urge consumers to turn off and stop using the device”.

Read more

Water Bear Withstands X Ray Radiation
Hypernature

This Indestructible Micro-Animal Will Help Us

He can withstand enormous heat (up to 100°C) and cold (around minus 240°C), high pressure (7.5GPa), immersion in organic solvent, frozen vacuum of space and radiation. And he’s not just an imaginary superhero. Meet Ramazzottius Varieornatus from phylum Tardigrades, commonly known as water bear. This tiny yet powerful invertebrate may help humans to conquer the space.

Read more

Babysitter robots
Intimate Technology

This Robot Takes Care of Your Children

As a parent you probably don’t always have time to entertain your children. One solution to the problem would be to hire a nanny. Another is iPal, the child-sized babysitter robot. With its height of 90 centimeters, big eyes and a tablet attached to its chest, this robot nanny is designed to take adult responsibilities.

Read more

The first time you switch on your self-driving car, punch in your coordinates and cruise off to the soulless thrum of an electric motor you’ve got to wonder: does this thing know what it’s doing?
Wild Systems

Self-Driving Cars Are Here to Stay

Don’t look now if you’re someone who enjoys driving. Blame Elon Musk, blame Google, blame Al Gore… but there’s no escaping the fact that, in just a few short years, we’ll all be coddled from one destination to the next inside shiny, smart transportation appliances. And you thought holding out hope for a stick-shift was audacious.

Read more

Sharing thoughts
Intimate Technology

Will We Share .thought Files?

Don’t we all wish to look into someone else’s mind every once in a while? With the evolving technique called EEG, electroencephalography, we can measure brain activity and ultimately even read the brain. The newest inventions are becoming more and more portable, ready to be implemented into our everyday life.

Read more

BlackBerry has just confirmed that it will no longer create its own phones, marking the end of an era for the once dominant leader of the smartphone market.
Nongenetic Evolution

Bye Bye BlackBerry

Remember how a decade ago everybody had a BlackBerry? Those days are over now, as the Canadian tech firm has confirmed that it will no longer create these phones, marking the end of an era for the once dominant leader of the smartphone market. While the news is hardly surprising, BlackBerry has greatly contributed to how mobile telecommunication is shaped, as we know it today. Consider this a eulogy to how BlackBerry became a relic of the past.

Read more