Tag: Intimate Technology
Botox Makes it Harder to Feel Emotions
Botox – one of the many self-cultivating tools people use in the effort to design themselves – works by paralyzing the muscles involved in producing facial expressions. Studies suggest that by doing so, it limits the ability to process the emotional content of language, and may lower the quality of emotional experiences.
Ocumetrics Bionic Lenses can Triple Your Eyesight Capability
Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist from British Columbia, has invented the Ocumetics Bionic Lens: lenses that after being implanted through an eight minute surgery, improve eyesight up to threefold. These prosthetic lenses, besides transforming the individual who adopts them into a literal cyborg, prevent issues like cataracts, according to Dr. Webb.
Modern Times Emergency Kit
In these modern times a traditional first aid kit won’t do anymore. As the world around us innovates, our needs in case of an emergency change as well. That’s the reason why a San Francisco-based design agency named Box Clever decided to redesign the classic emergency kit to suit the demands of life nowadays.
Modafinil Boosts Your Brain
A pill that makes you smarter without causing harmful side-effects? Modafinil might be this “smart-drug”. The substance is generally prescribed to narcolepsy patients. Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder involving the loss of the brain’s ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. Modafinil is designed to keep narcoleptic people awake but, when taken by a healthy person, it might boost alertness even further.
Tracking Employees’ Body Functions to Improve Business Performance
Across the U.K. many companies, such as banks, call centers and consultancies, are experimenting with new wearable devices to monitor employees, measuring their heart rate, stress levels, breathing, skin temperature, voices and body position.
Our Bodies, Our Fuel
There is certainly nothing new in our attempts to harness fuel from ourselves. In recent years, as bio-tech shifts from science fiction to applied science, we’re finding more subtle ways to harness that fuel potential. This piece from Ars Technica details the breadth in the variety of energy sources emitting from our every day interactions.
Algorithm Tells You How to Dress
What should I wear today? The answer to one of life’s big questions could came from an algorithm created to solve all your fashion problems. Researchers from Spain’s Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics, along with colleagues at the University of Toronto, have developed a mathematical model that is able to assess whether a person is fashionably dressed and to give advice on how to make the outfit more trendy.
Neil Harbisson is an artist who sees everything in grayscale due to a condition called achromatopsia or total color blindness. He may not see the range of shades but he hears them in vivid colors, thanks to an antenna implanted in his skull.
“I’ve been a cyborg for 10 years now. I don’t feel like I’m using technology, or wearing technology. I feel like I am technology. I don’t think of my antenna as a device – it’s a body part”.
Interview: Suzanne Lee, Fashion Innovator Who Grows Clothing in the Laboratory
Imagine you could grow your own clothes, using fermented tea, bacteria, yeast, and other microorganisms that can spin the ingredients into eco-friendly fibers. This is exactly what fashion designer Suzanne Lee pioneered. She investigated the possibility of creating clothing through the use of microbial cellulose. For this research project Lee coined the term Biocouture, which transitioned to a biocreative consultancy some years ago.
Today, she is the Creative Director of Modern Meadow Inc, an innovative New York-based team of scientists, engineers, designers and artisans developing cultured animal products and exploring new ways to create sustainable animal materials, such as lab-grown leather. Lee is also founder of Biofabricate, the leading event for the field of design, biology and technology, focused on the emerging world of grown materials.
We recently talked with Suzanne Lee about the textile industry and technology, growing leather in the lab, and the use of new alternative materials in the future of fashion.
Google’s Smart Interactive Clothing
We are at the peak of wearable technology and Google’s new project to turn your clothes into a hi-tech smart interface does nothing to reverse that. Project Jacquard is the latest ambitious idea by Ivan Poupyrev, Technical Program Lead at Google, aimed to make interactive clothing a reality.
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.
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.