Today around 422 million people are suffering from diabetes. The access to insulin is crucial for their survival. Until now this used to be done via a manually handled needle injection. This technique may soon become a thing of past, as Chinese scientists have recently developed a device regulated by a smartphone app switching on insulin producing cells implanted in the diabetic body.
Sensor specialist iniLabs recently developed what they call a neuromorphic sensor able to mimic the human eye and the ways it processes information. Researchers at Kingston University in London, in cooperation with King’s College London and University College London, are working on possible applications for this new discovery.
The female reproductive complex is a truly complicated system made of organs and changing hormones that can seem quite obscure at times, even to a woman herself. Recently scientists managed to reproduce the entire menstrual cycle in the laboratory for the first time ever. All on a computer chip of the size of a hand, visually not resembling anything we carry in our body.
In an possible automated world, will it be time to put humans out to pasture? This and many other questions laid the foundation for the exhibition Humans Needs Not Apply at the Science Gallery in Dublin, Ireland. The show illuminates a robotic future where human jobs have ceased to exist and computers run in full automation to alarming, yet exhilarating, ends. From Lady Charrerley’s Tinderbot to Self Typing Machines and NNN fellows Driessens & Verstappen‘s Massage Robots coming from the ceiling in their installation Tickle Salon. If you are in Dublin, make sure not to miss it! The exhibition runs until May 21st.
Image: Tickle Robot
We increasingly use digital technology to augment our senses, but we rarely realize that some of them are excluded from the process. The sense of smell is one of those senses, that’s why experience designer Leanne Wijnsma developed The Smell of Data, a scent dispenser to warn us from hazardous websites. On April 19 at 20:00, Wijnsma will presents the project during Odorama: Icons of Smell, a night full of multi-sensory experiences at Mediamatic in Amsterdam. With professors Ep Köster and Charles Spence, the panel will explain everything about the impact of scents on our consciousness and behavior.
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Face recognition is not a new technology, but now it became good enough that we can rely on its search results. A company in China is selling service products related to face recognition that can be applied to huge platforms, even banking security to authorize payments, provide access to facilities and track down criminals.
Everyone knows that short moment of anxiety when the nurse gets out the syringe and wants to inject it in your arm. Even though most of the times it’s just a matter of seconds and barley no pain, it still is an annoying experience and for some people it could be a nightmare. To overcome this challenge, a team of researchers from UC Berkeley has developed MucoJet, a self administered, needle-free device.
The sense of smell helped early humans to survive. But now that our hunting and gathering has moved to the digital environment, our noses can no longer warn us against the lurking risks of the online wilderness. For this reason Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma developed a scent dispenser to notify us of the unscented danger of our digital landscape: data. As part of the research, Wijnsma made a documentary that follows her search for a more instinctive Internet. We are pleased to announce the story is making its online debut on nextnature.net. Watch the series here.