Sensor underwear

Chemical sensors printed on elastic could lead to ‘smart’ underwear
“Why use underpants? As the elastic on underpants has tight contact and direct exposure with the skin it allows for direct sweat monitoring via the chemical-sensing electrodes. And it seems elastic is a hardy textile. Engineers at the University of California, San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering discovered that even after aggressive testing by stretching, folding and pulling, the chemical sensors printed on the elastic still retained their sensing ability and could detect hydrogen peroxide and NADH – two compounds that sensors in “smart’ systems will need to recognize.”
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Better touchscreens

Largest Sheet Of Graphene Produced, Can Be Used For Flexible Touchscreens
“…thanks to recent breakthroughs, researchers at Samsung and Sungkyunkwan University in Korea have produced a continuous layer of pure graphene the size of a television using a roll-to-roll process to spool graphene on top of a polyester sheet […] A flexible touchscreen using graphene to make the screen’s transparent electrodes has already been developed and already outclasses the current material, indium tin oxide. Where indium tin oxide is expensive and brittle, graphene is cheaper, stronger, faster and flexible”
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Mobile advertising

California weighs ‘digital adverts’ on number plates
“At least one firm, in San Francisco, is developing an electronic number plate that would scroll adverts while a car is stopped at lights and in congestion. The company, Smart Plate, holds a patent on the technology but has yet to produce a demonstration model. “We’re just trying to find creative ways of generating additional revenues,” said Democratic Senator Curren Price of Los Angeles, who introduced the legislation to explore whether to adopt the new plates. ”
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Book recommendations

YourNextRead: A Web Of Books
“YourNextRead is a user-driven web application that recommends the book you should read next based on the ones you have recently finished. Inputting the name of the book you’ve just read will generate a web of eight related books based on other people’s book recommendations, with Amazon rankings and a link to purchase the book on Amazon. Clicking on any of the books to learn more about it will generate a new web that’s based on that book.”
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Social music mentions

visualcomplexity.com
“Authors tracked the number of times a song was quoted in Twitter messages as an indicator of its ‘ratings’ in the world in order to create a parallel rating system. As the authors explain, these new ‘music charts’ could give us a more accurate insight into the perceived ‘value’ of the song. These ‘grassroot’ charts are based on the influence of songs on people?s everyday lives, on the real emotions they evoke, and on the associations they create in people?s minds, unlike official music industry charts that are primarily based on album sales and the commercial success of the artist.”
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Delay suggestions

Soluto Offers a Program to Fix Those Irritating PC Delays
“Now Soluto, a company based in Tel Aviv, aims to help these PC owners with an unusual program intended to minimize irritating slowdowns. The software runs in the background on PCs, collecting data on delays in program responses and sending the information to company servers for analysis, said Tomer Dvir, a co-founder and the chief executive. As its first service, the company is offering a free program intended to solve a classic computer problem: a slow boot or start-up time. (The program is at the company’s Web site, www.soluto.com.) ”
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New implants

Implantable & wearable monitoring devices for the tech-savvy generation
“Jarno Riistama from Tampere University of Technology (TUT) believes that an increase in health problems as a result of modern living will encourage us to be more health conscious. However, he estimates it will be another ten years or so before implantable measurement devices for human use are commercially available because of the rigorous testing and approval processes. In addition to the implantable devices, researchers at Tampere have developed wearable ‘strips’ that measure functions such as EKG directly from the skin. The signals, which are comparable to those produced by existing measurement devices such as pulse counters, are sent wirelessly from the device, removing the need for cumbersome cables.”
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Gizmag

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Hospital robots

Forth Valley Royal Hospital to use robot ‘workers’
“A hospital in Scotland is to become the first in the UK to use a fleet of robots to carry out day-to-day tasks. The robots will carry clinical waste, deliver food, clean the operating theatre and dispense drugs. They are currently undergoing final tests ahead of the August opening of the new £300m Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Stirlingshire. The robots will have their own dedicated network of corridors underneath the hospital.”
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BBC News

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Multi-media

jeff mills’ collaboration with yuri suzuki: digital-analog hybrid disc
“suzuki proposed the idea of the disc to DJ jeff mills for his new music project ‘the occurence’. the result is a disc with a vinyl press-on on one side and a CD mix on the other, merging analog and digital music formats into one. the disc has been produced by AXIS records and manufactured by german company optimal media production. mills’ digital-analog album is finally on the market in a limited edition.”
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