Our best congratulations to Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma for winning the STRP Award for Creative Technology (ACT), a new European prize that encourages the merging of innovative powers. Wijnsma won with her project Smell of Data, which the jury regarded as “a wonderfully layered and many-facetted project that brings together the digital and the sensorial in a surprising and meaningful way”. During this year’s edition of the STRP Biënnale (in Eindhoven from March 24 to April 2), Wijnsma will premiere her documentary about her search for a more instinctive Internet and will showcase the initial project.
The creation of a human life from a lab sounds like science fiction. Because it is actually science fiction. Only now we are one step closer to reality. For the first time, a team of biologists from the US and the UK have successfully kept a human embryo alive in a lab for 13 days. This passed the previous record of nine days.
Remember Bane from Batman? Now you can look just like him and have private conversations during office hours. Introducing Hushme, a bluetooth headphone designed to protect your privacy and defined the “world’s first voice mask for mobile phones”. Launched at this year’s edition of CES Las Vegas, Hushme is scheduled to hit crowdfunding later this year. While it might look like a tool for sadomasochistic or bondage practices, the voice mask is a highly advanced microphone-enabled mask, intended to stop having your co-workers overhearing your calls. It simply links up to your smartphone and even has a voice-changer. Now that’s a game changer.
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Electronic machines have changed loving relationships, from instant messaging to swipe-based romance, from remote kissing to immersive pornographic experiences. It will only be a matter of time before we will find our significant other through virtual reality. At this year’s edition of CES in Las Vegas, leading dating app Tinder unveiled a feature that does exactly that. Introducing Tinder VR: dating technology from the future.
The demand for male contraceptive methods is growing. At the moment, male birth control options are limited to the use of condoms, withdrawal or a vasectomy. A new contraceptive has appeared on the horizon, bringing the prospect of an alternative form of male birth control one step closer, with reportedly thousands of men on the waiting list.
Keeping in mind that 108 million people have correctable vision impairment, you can do the math to calculate the amount of eye doctor appointments this takes up in a year. Well, no more with this device. The EyeQue personal vision tracker is a smartphone app that allows you to test your eyes from the comfort of your couch and easily sends the results to your eye doctor.
Australian airports start moving towards a “contactless” system for arrivals. The goal is to have 90% of the travelers handled automatically by 2020, with no human involvement at all. Instead of showing their passports to a security officer, incoming passengers will be processed by biometrical technology.