Solar-cell covered Power Purse. “About as useful in the drizzly Pacific Northwest as the Stonehenge Pocketwatch, Iowa State doctoral student Joe Hynek’s award-winning solar panel-covered Power Purse charges portable electronics in regions where the sun actually throws down some juice now and then.”
Brain imaging ready to detect terrorists, say neuroscientists. “Brain-imaging techniques that reveal when a person is lying are now reliable enough to identify criminals, claim researchers. Team member Ruben Gur points out that, unlike the polygraph, fMRI does not rely on controllable symptoms such as sweating or a fast heartbeat. Instead it monitors the central nervous system. When someone lies, their brain inhibits them from telling the truth, and this makes the frontal lobes more active. “A lie is always more complicated than the truth,” says Gur. “You think a bit more and fMRI picks that up.”"
Dermal Display. “In his book Nanomedicine [...] Robert A. Freitas Jr. describes [...] a “programmable dermal display” in which a population of about 3 billion display pixel robots would be permanently implanted a fraction of a mm under the surface of the skin, covering a rectangle 6 cm x 5 cm on the back of the hand. Photons emitted by these pixel bots would produce an image on the surface of the skin. This pixelbot array could be programmed to form any of many thousands of displays.”
Tag notifies workers so secretaries don’t have to. “RFID tags are worn by workers and RFID readers are placed throughout the company to keep tabs on their whereabouts and to send them information about meetings and other scheduled events via computer and celphone. When the time of a meeting nears, the system can notify all workers expected to attend. If a participant does not show up, the system will seek that person out and suggest the appropriate response, such as a phone call if he is at his desk or an e-mail message if he is in another meeting.”
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Computer terms ‘confuse workers’. “Three quarters of workers waste more than an hour a week deciphering what a technical term means, the poll found. “
Project Comet. “Community Aggregation: Gives you the ability to create individual blogs and share sections of them with other users in an elegant and customizable way.
Multiple Streams: Provides a single place to keep everything that is important to you. A record of your life is created by incorporating streams from various media, like music, photos, videos and other blogs into a single customized blog with an identity of its own. “
WiFi plastic bunny waggles ears when you get mail. “Thanks to me, your friends and family will have a totally new way of keeping in touch: through the web, text messages, their phone or email… plenty of different ways to send you messages, music, MP3 files that I’ll read out to you… or sing out, or even dance. Your friends will no longer be confined to the depths of your computer or phone: they’ll come alive in your home, in the noble guise of a rabbit. “
Survey Says: “Everything is Hackable”. “A recently released paper, wonkily entitled “Analysis of the Texas Instruments DST RFID,” documents all of the loopholes in the buzzed-about radio frequency identification technology. The website includes examples of hacking devices utilizing RFID, such as Exxon Mobile’s SpeedPass payment system and wireless starter keys for cars. There are even some devices for sniffing data from Digital Signature Transponder (DST) Tags in people’s nearby pockets. With a hack for everything, even biometric security might not save us from potential threats.”
VirtuSphere Immersive Virtual Reality. “The device consists of a large hollow sphere which is mounted on a specially designed platform that allows the sphere to rotate freely as the user walks in any direction. The user wears a head-mounted display, which provides the virtual environment. Sensors under the sphere provide subject speed and direction to the computer running the simulation. Users can even ineract with objects in virtual space using a special manipulator.” “
Usability In The News
BREW-ing Up DoomRPG. “Got a hot cellphone that can run Java or BREW apps? Then you know you need DoomRPG, a turn-based role playing version of the popular Doom series. It looks extremely well done and is designed to play like everyone’s favorite favorite FPS. You can get UAC credits and buy ammo and health, interact with scientists, and level up your character.”