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Understanding our Cyborg lives, redescribing our reality
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Unleash Your Inner Asimov - Write a story, make a video, invent the Next Big Thing... ​ IEEE Spectrum

Unleash Your Inner Asimov -    Write a story, make a video, invent the Next Big Thing...  ​ IEEE Spectrum | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

Write a story, make a video, invent the Next Big Thing...


An engineer spend ing time at work reading fiction stories about the future—or worse, watching sci-fi movies—could upset, even anger, his or her manager. But what if there’s a possibility that by engaging speculations about the future, engineers can enrich their capacities for creating designs and artifacts, in the here and now, of enduring value?

A small but growing cadre of savvy technologists argue that, at least in measured doses, encounters with imaginary worlds and futuristic devices could have a decisive influence on innovation. David Brian Johnson, Intel’s staff futurist, even insists in a recent book, Science Fiction Prototyping, that by writing stories about future products, engineers can do a better job of actually making them.

Hold on. Isn’t fiction escapist, a waste of an engineer’s time?

It depends. Wernher von Braun, the pioneer of rocketry, was inspired by Jules Verne’s stories of travel to the moon. Leo Szilard, who worked on the first atomic weapons, was inspired by H.G. Wells’s The World Set Free (1914).

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Biofeedback Video Game Helps Kids Control Anger

Biofeedback Video Game Helps Kids Control Anger | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

If you can’t help children with anger problems through psychotherapy alone, try a video game.

But not just any video game: RAGE Control, developed at Boston Children’s Hospital, uses biofeedback to encourage kids to control their emotions, and researchers report positive results.

In the "Space Invaders"-like game, kids shoot at enemy spaceships and leave friendly ones alone. During the study, children wore a monitor that tracked their heart rate and displayed it on screen. If their heart rate went above a certain level, they could no longer fire on the enemy ships.

Peter Ducharme, the study’s lead researcher, says that while shooting games are sometimes associated with problems such as increased aggression in youths, they chose to create this kind of game because the kids got more involved in them.

“These are games that are familiar and enjoyable to kids, and teaches kids how to stay in emotional control and avoid reacting impulsively, which is why we believe we see a reduction in anger,” Ducharme said in an email to TechNewsDaily.

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The bleeding edge of self-healing skin-like materials

The bleeding edge of self-healing skin-like materials | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Materials that take their inspiration from how skin repairs itself could one-day be used to build self -healing planes or buildings.
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Ray "Smartphone for the Blind" Features Tactile & Audio Interface

Ray "Smartphone for the Blind" Features Tactile & Audio Interface | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Qualcomm has partnered with Project RAY, a group devoted to improving the lives of blind and visually challenged people through technology, to create a sma...
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There Are Now One Billion Smartphone Owners

There Are Now One Billion Smartphone Owners | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
One billion smartphones. Repeat that out loud. One billion. That is a huge milestone for a market that essentially came into existence en mass 5 years ago with the introduction of the iPhone.
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Japan gets phone call translator app to be offered by NTT Docomo

Japan gets phone call translator app to be offered by NTT Docomo | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Subscribers to Japan's biggest telephone network are to be offered an app that will translate calls so they can speak to people using other languages.

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An app offering real-time translations is to allow people in Japan to speak to foreigners over the phone with both parties using their native tongue.

NTT Docomo - the country's biggest mobile network - will initially convert Japanese to English, Mandarin and Korean, with other languages to follow.

It is the latest in a series of telephone conversation translators to launch in recent months.

Lexifone and Vocre have developed other products.

Alacatel-Lucent and Microsoft are among those working on other solutions.

The products have the potential to let companies avoid having to use specially trained multilingual staff, helping them cut costs. They could also aid tourism.

However, the software involved cannot offer perfect translations, limiting its use in some situations.

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Amiigo Sports Sensor Knows The Difference Between Running, Cycling and Swimming | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

Amiigo Sports Sensor Knows The Difference Between Running, Cycling and Swimming | Gadget Lab | Wired.com | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
All those fancy wearable sports sensors are great at determining how far you've run, jogged or walked. They're not so good at determining that you're riding a bike or swimming across the English Channel.
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Robot Paints Your Sleep Pattern : Discovery News

Robot Paints Your Sleep Pattern : Discovery News | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Eighty sensors embedded in hotel room mattresses collect sleep data, which a robot turns into art.
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PredictGaze pauses the TV automatically when you leave the room

PredictGaze pauses the TV automatically when you leave the room | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
PredictGaze knows when you stop watching TV and pauses it automatically.
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Sano Intelligence - API for the Bloodstream

Sano Intelligence - API for the Bloodstream | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

Sano is building a small, wearable sensor that can capture and transmit blood chemistry data continuously to virtually any device. We will liberate this data to a third-party development and analytical platform we like to call "The API for the bloodstream".

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Robots: Can biohybrid model sink or swim?

Robots: Can biohybrid model sink or swim? | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Scientists are on an ambitious quest to build an artificial organism that merges electronic parts with living cells.
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Japanese Robo-Fish Looks and Acts Like the Real Thing, Needs No Maintenance

Japanese Robo-Fish Looks and Acts Like the Real Thing, Needs No Maintenance | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Robo-Fish, the robotic pet fish created by Takara Tomy A.R.T.S.looks and moves just like real exotic fish do.

Via Sakis Koukouvis
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What Comes After the Touch Screen? - Technology Review

What Comes After the Touch Screen? - Technology Review | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Gesture control, devices that recognize different people, and tricks to make a screen feel as if it has physical buttons could be coming to your gadgets.
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With Zappar, Augmented Reality Is Ready for Prime Time | TIME.com

With Zappar, Augmented Reality Is Ready for Prime Time | TIME.com | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
A few weeks back, executives of a U.K. company called Zappar came to my office to show me their augmented reality technology. I have been looking into augmented reality for over a decade and have only seen false starts.
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Why Cyberconsciousness Won’t Take Aeons to Evolve - Transhumanity.net

Why Cyberconsciousness Won’t Take Aeons to Evolve - Transhumanity.net | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

Humanity is devoting some of its best minds, from a wide diversity of fields, to helping software achieve consciousness. The quest is not especially difficult as it is a capability that can be intelligently designed; there is no need to wait for it to naturally evolve.

Compared with biology, vitological consciousness will arise in a heartbeat. This is because the key elements of consciousness – autonomy and empathy – are amenable to software coding and thousands of software engineers are working on it. By comparison, the neural substrate for autonomy and empathy had to arise in biology via thousands of chance mutations. Furthermore, each such mutation had to materially advance the competitiveness of its recipient or else it had only a slight chance of becoming prevalent.

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BBC News - Bakery 'recognises what you are eating'

BBC News - Bakery 'recognises what you are eating' | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Spencer Kelly reports on the cafe that, even without a human attendant or a bar code, can recognise and then charge for exactly what is being eaten...
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Memoto wearable camera automatically captures your life at 30 second intervals

Memoto wearable camera automatically captures your life at 30 second intervals | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Memoto is a tiny wearable camera which automatically takes photos in order to document a person's life.
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You Can Now Send Scents Via Your iPhone - DesignTAXI.com

You Can Now Send Scents Via Your iPhone - DesignTAXI.com | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
You Can Now Send Scents Via Your iPhone - DesignTAXI.com...

Japanese company Chaku Perfume has developed a scent-delivering device that will allow users to sent smells via their iPhones.

Plugging easily into the phone’s dock port, the ‘Chat Perf’ is a tiny “smell tank” that absorbs and disperses the scent of choice.

Possible uses of the Chat Perf includes sending scents of a foreign place—alongside a snapshot of it—to give the recipient a fuller sensory experience.

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insideAR 2012: Best of augmented reality demos

Best of Augmented Reality demos from the exhibition floor at insideAR 2012 Including Macy's Believe o Magic, metaio SDK, Ravensburger AR puzzle and Volksagen...
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Robots at Work and Play

Robots at Work and Play | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Advancements in robotics are continually taking place in the fields of space exploration, health care, public safety, entertainment, defense, and more...
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What it Looks Like Through Vuzix's New Augmented Reality Glasses

What it Looks Like Through Vuzix's New Augmented Reality Glasses | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Vuzix augmented reality glasses 'SMART Glasses' may hit the market before Google's Project Glass. The AR glasses use optical engines and waveguides.

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Labstrip project wants to turn the iPhone into a mobile science lab

Labstrip project wants to turn the iPhone into a mobile science lab | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
A new Kickstarter project called Labstrip aims to transform your iPhone into a mobile laboratory.
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3D Printer DRM Patent To Stop People Downloading a Car

3D Printer DRM Patent To Stop People Downloading a Car | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

DRM systems in the digital media world are nothing new and are utilized extensively in the music, movie and video games industries. Now, after applying four years ago, a company has this week obtained a patent for a DRM system that aims to stop future owners of 3D printers from printing whatever they like. The dream of downloading a new pair of sneakers or even a car might already be in jeopardy, before it’s even begun.


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The Louvre Goes Digital

The Louvre Goes Digital | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

Visitors who walk those endless hallways, plunging into the myriad artistic and cultural worlds each gallery constitutes, are following in the footsteps of kings and emperors in an edifice that has concentrated vast power and riches ever since it ...

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Can a Robot Learn to Cook?

Can a Robot Learn to Cook? | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
The art of the perfect chicken soup comes from hands-on experience and social interaction. If robots master that, what separates them from us?
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