University of Chicago professor is working on creating an innovative wearable EMS device

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Dr. Pedro Lopes wants to close the gap between human and machine. Dr. Lopes, a University of Chicago professor who heads the university’s Human Computer Integration lab, is working on creating a wearable EMS device. Unlike today’s traditional wearables, which essentially function like mini smartphones, the next generation of wearable devices Dr. Lopes and his team are working on are being designed to manipulate your muscles with electrical impulses. The wearable device would give a person the ability to perform a task they do not know how to do. Dr.…

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Australian state is first in the world to use new tech to deter distracted driving

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New South Wales is going an extra mile to encourage hands-free phone use while driving. Australia’s largest state by population is cracking down on distracted driving and is the first jurisdiction in the world to use cameras to catch drivers distracted by theirhand-held mobile phones, and prosecute them. Drivers who use phones illegally while driving are four times as likely to cause an accident. Road safety experts have grown more and more alarmed at the increasing prevalence of accidents on New South Wales roads that involve drivers using smartphones. Those…

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Starbucks payment pen to lunch in Japan

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Starbucks is releasing a new NFC-enabled product in Japan. Starbucks is gearing up to launch another gadget in Japan that can be used in its stores. This time around it’s a Starbucks payment pen. Called “Starbucks Touch: The Pen,” the new hardware product is indeed a working pen. Not only can you write with it, but it has an NFC reader that connects to a digital wallet, allowing the user to pay for items at the coffee shop. The pen features brown gel ink and FeliCa technology. The Starbucks payment…

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New augmented reality HMD helps revolutionize the AR experience

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Engineers from Cambridge University have developed a realistic 3D viewing experience. Cambridge engineers at the Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) have developed a new augmented reality HMD that not only provide a realistic 3D viewing experience, but manages to do so without the common side effects of eyestrain or nausea. The device displays images on the retina using pixel beam scanning. The AR (augmented reality) HMD (head mounted display) is equipped with an enlarged eye-box. The eye-box is scalable and features an increased field of view of 36…

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Smartphone games could help give early indication of cognitive decline

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Popular mobile games could help in the detection of serious conditions like dementia. More than just a fun pastime, researchers are finding that smartphone games like Tetris, Candy Crush Saga and Fruit Ninja could provide doctors with the advantage of spotting early signs of cognitive decline in their patients, including signs indicating the onset of serious brain disorders like dementia. An individual’s motions while playing certain mobile games correlates with their brain function. The new research, which was led by the University of Kent, investigated the link between patterns of tap,…

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