Tag: Intimate Technology

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Artificial Intelligence

The Sound System that Knows your Mood

BeoSound Moment, by Danish company Bang & Olufsen, is a sound system that uses artificial intelligence to predict the music the user is in the mood for. The device works thanks to a recent innovation, called PatternPlay, that enables the system to learn listening behavior and musical preferences from every interaction with the user.

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3D Printing

3D Printed Eyes with WiFi Connection

Nowadays 3D printing is increasingly used for medical purposes and body upgrades to design devices, implants, and a variety of customized prosthetics, from a 3D printed face, to a skull, and even organs.

In the future we may look at the world with new – artificial, 3D printed – eyes. Italian research studio MHOX is working on EYE, a 3D bioprinted sight augmentation. The project envisions the removal of the natural visual system and its replacement with a digitally designed 3D printed one. The original retina would be replaced by a new artificial network, able to offer enhanced vision, WiFi connection and the possibility to record video and take pictures.

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Augmented-Bodies

Controlling Smart Devices with the Skin

Wearable devices have become increasingly popular and important in design, with a particular attention to the skin. According to the researchers behind iSkin project, the epidermis is indeed the next frontier.

iSkin is a flexible, stretchable and visually customizable on-body touch sensor for mobile computing. Simply place the patch on any part of the body and you have your own touch interface. With a few simple taps you can answer calls, play music or answer an email.

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Augmented-Bodies

Permanent Eye-Color Change

The reason why blue eyes are considered so appealing is unknown. Researchers ascribe this widespread appreciation to the Paleolithic society, where the few women with blue eyes had better chances of standing out in the crowd; others think it’s due to the fact that pupil dilatation, an indicator of attraction, is more visible in lighter eyes.

Only 17% of the world’s population has blue eyes, the rest can obtain cerulean eyes just with the help of colored contact lenses. But today a new laser surgery can permanently turn eyes from brown to blue.

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Intimate Technology

New Friends? Let Social Textiles Help You

Although social media helps us connect with more people in a highly efficient way, the act is still far from real human interaction. We share posts, upload photos or post status updates, looking frantically at our screens for likes, shares or comments. A group of students at the MIT Media Lab, named Fluid Interfaces Group, is working on an electronic textile that might help us interact with people based on our social media profiles.

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Image-Consumption

Teasing the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) products range from smart frying pans that check if the food is cooked, to wearables that track your health. When there is such abundance of areas where IoT could be applied, several ridiculous, unnecessary products are inevitable. Rehabstudio, a creative technology company, draws attention to this pitfall with a parody blog called The Internet of Useless Things.

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Augmented-Bodies

Implanting Chips into Employees

No more identifications badges, a Swedish office block is taking security to the next level. The hi-tech building implanted a microchip under the employees’ skin, into their hands. The computer chip allows the workers to entry the edifice, open doors and even use the photocopier. Instead of swiping ID, workers will move their hands across scanners able to detect the chip injected into the hand.

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Intimate Technology

Australians Wake Up One Hour Early Due to System Error in Their Mobile Phones

Customers of the Australian Telecom provider Optus didn’t get as much sleep as they’d hoped last week. Due to incorrectly set switching units in Brisbane, some phones in the state’s south-east automatically switched their time zone.

The glitch meant many woke an hour earlier than usual, leaving not just phone customers but whole households unhappy about rising early.

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Augmented-Bodies

The Mood Ring of the 21th Century

Have you ever worn a mood ring? Rings that were thought to be able to indicate ones mood through color. Whether they were reliable or not, people have been wearing them since their introduction in the mid ’70s and are still wearing them today. Currently, a Finnish design company called Moodmetric is trying to give these trinkets a modern face lift by making them digital.

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