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Intimate Technology

Turning Contact Lenses into Screens

The way we interact with technology is hanginhanging very quickly and is becoming every day more personal and intimate. Scientists from the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute transformed contact lenses into computer screens. They came up with a polymer film coating able to conduct electricity on a contact lens, with the potential to build miniature electrical circuits that are safe to be worn.

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From Homo Sapiens to Homo Optimus

We are slowly but surely entering an age of technological singularity, in which artificial intelligence and biological enhancement are combined in order to construct the next stages of human evolution. The year 2050 seems to be the point when technological advancements will allow us to merge our biological bodies with computers.

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A Tablet for the Visually Impaired People

Sight is a skill we often take for granted. However not everyone has this ability. Today around 314 million people suffer from sight impairment. We rarely take into account their relationship with technology that, if we think about it, is not simple. The use of smartphones and tablets is extremely difficult for a visually impaired person, and impossible for a person suffering from blindness. But this could change in the near future.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 28:  An attendee inspects Google Cardboard during the 2015 Google I/O conference on May 28, 2015 in San Francisco, California. The annual Google I/O conference runs through May 29.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Doctors Used VR to Save a Baby’s Life

Google Cardboard was used by a cardiologist to train for a very risky heart surgery on a four months baby. Teegan was born with a serious problem: the heart was not where it should have been, too far to the left, taking the place of a lung that was never formed. The surgery was the only option, but unfortunately both the young age and the specific location of the heart made it virtually impossible to operate “in the dark”.

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Breaking Language Barriers

The whole world has become one big global village where English is of course the dominant language, but this does not mean that meaningful conversations cannot take place among non-english speakers with very different linguistic backgrounds. We have witnessed significant progresses in the field of real-time translation, and this new wearable translator, called ili, sums up perfectly this essence.

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Which Technologies will 2016 Bring?

The new year is right around the corner, let’s forget about long-term future for a while to check out what new tech trends will hit it big in 2016. At the end of every year, global design and strategy firm Frog predicts what technology trends will transform businesses in the coming year. In 2014 it was the rising of drones, augment reality and self-driving cars; while 2015 was the year of 3D printed meals, virtual currency and wearable devices. What tech trends in healthcare, education, lifestyle, communication and relationships will define our 2016? New year, new technologies; let’s take a look!

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Meet the Band Aid of the Future

Once again technology and medicine come together to make our future smooth and simple. Researchers at MIT have designed what they call the “band aid of the future”. This potentially revolutionary device includes LED lights and temperature sensors to provide medication directly to the wounded section of the skin.

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Technology and Emotions

We live in a social and selfie culture. Based on this statement a PhD student in the Responsive Environments Group at MIT came up with Halo. Her name is Nan Zhao and her creation consists in a wearable lighting device that, through a LED circle hanging next to your head and shoulders, changes color and shade according to movement, facial expressions, weather and personal (or collective) mood.

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Instageneration: Kids Named after App Filters

In this technological era we have different models and customs. We used to be inspired by literature, nature and cultural traditions to name our children, but now this trend is shifting. According to the website babycenter.com among he most popular names of 2015 we can find Instagram filters. The most popular is Lux (75%), followed by Ludwig (42%), Juno (30%), and so on. This is the first time that technology breaks as an inspiration for names.

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