Measuring your sway

The ear alarm to prevent falls
“The Ear Worn Activity Recognition Sensor, or e-AR as it is known, can be used to find out how stable the elderly are on their feet, by measuring the amount the patient sways. Wearers carry out a series of tasks such as walking, sitting and standing so that doctors can assess the patient’s risk of falling and when they are most at risk. This information can then be used to target help, such as extra care and home adjustments, to stop them falling.”
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Real vs. virtual drivers

Video gamers to play for ‘real’
Real Time Race has been developing a system that places players side-by-side with the drivers in real races. The firm’s technology would map the circuit just before the race so the virtual track would match up to the one on TV. The video recording of the track would then be manipulated by the gamer during live coverage. This data would then be streamed to the player’s computer or straight to a television via the internet. “We can put you in your own car, within real TV coverage of a real race, and in real time against the professionals,” said Chris Leigh, the company’s head. ”
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Picking colours

ColorJive Helps Visualize Room Colors Before Painting
“Upload a picture of your room—an evenly lit photo works best—and begin applying colors from the available palette. You can use the enormous palette from COLOURLovers to access a nearly infinite color palette, though you may have a little trouble replicating it at your local home improvement store. If that’s the case, you can select from the official palettes of Benjamin Moore and Sherman Williams.”
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Small, focussed print runs

New lease of life for newspapers
“The Newspaperclub team, all of whom have backgrounds working online, are creating a website that will allow people to design and print small runs of newspapers. The newspapers themselves will be printed at existing commercial presses. “This is actual physical stuff which for digital people is really exciting,” says Russell Davies, one of the founders of newspaperclub. The first edition the group printed was a collection of their favourite blog posts, pulled together as a Christmas present for friends. Recently the Cabinet Office asked them to produce an experimental paper covering just one postcode. Other requests have included producing a souvenir paper for a wedding. Newspaperclub is one of a number of new services moving us towards more personalized papers.”
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Light efficiency

Wrapping Solar Cells around an Optical Fiber
“The advantage of a fiber-optic solar-cell system over a planar one is that light bounces around inside an optical fiber as it travels along its length, providing more opportunities to interact with the solar cell on its inner surface and producing more current. “For a given real estate, the total area of the cell is higher, and increased surface area means improved light harvesting and more energy,” says Max Shtein
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Controlling electrons

New spintronics breakthrough paves the way to faster computing
“A team of researchers from the University of Cincinnati have achieved control of the spin of electrons traveling on a wire by simply regulating an electrical voltage. This is a major milestone in the brief history of spintronics, the emerging technology that uses the spin of electrons to store and manipulate digital information with much higher speeds and efficiency.”
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Random messaging

I Hope That Someone Gets My Tweet In A Bottle
“Once you fill out and cast away your tweet, it goes into 140inABottle’s system for the next 1 to 90 days. That’s the key; just like a message in a bottle in the sea, the tweet won’t be delivered immediately, but rather at a random date in the next three months when it finds “land” (the tweet stream). But here’s the kicker: Your tweet (which is again, anonymous and being sent from the 140inabottle Twitter account) will be directed at someone completely random. Essentially, they will have “found” your tweet in a bottle and get to read it.”
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TechCrunch

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