FitBit too bulky? Why not glue a sensor array to your skin?
The quantified self goes nanoscale with a stick-on silicon electrode network that could not only change the way we measure health metrics, but could enable a new form of user interface. And the researchers behind it aim to have the device available in the next few weeks through a spinoff company, MC10.
The development takes wearable technology to the extreme, designed as a non-invasive diagnostic sensor that could be used to measure hydration, activity, and even infant temperature. It bonds to the skin, somewhat like a temporary tattoo, flexing and bending in sync with your skin the way you wish a Band-Aid would. How? Researchers at the University of Illinois, Dalian University of Technology in China, and the University of California at San Diego made it really, really small.
With a thickness of 0.8 micrometers at the widest — around one-thousandth the diameter of a human hair — the thin mesh of silicon actually nestles in to the grooves and creases in your skin, even the ones too small to see. Being small helps, but it’s also important that the silicon is laid out in a serpentine pattern and bonded to a soft rubber substrate, allowing the stiff material to flex, a little bit like an accordion.
In January, I attended the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Much of the talk among economists and business leaders focused on austerity, inequality, and other anxiety inducers. There was, however, a set of more optimistic conversations going on that can be summed up in three vowels: IoE, or the Internet of Everything.
Networking giant Cisco Systems estimates that in 2000 there were about 200 million "things," mostly computers, connected via the Internet. Now the number is about 10 billion, from smartphones to climate-control systems to sensors on truck pallets.
As cloud storage, mobile computing, and data analysis expand, Cisco CEO John Chambers argued at Davos, we'll experience an even bigger transition in how many "things" are connected to the Internet -- nearly everything -- and in how they work.
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Kirill Tatarinov’s keynote this morning at Microsoft’s Convergence 2013 marks a subtle, yet very significant shift in how this technology leader is marketing itself to partners and the outside world. They are humanizing their marketing, messaging...
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You might think that as one of the world's top oil producing nations, the United Arab Emirates would have little use for solar energy. But that hasn't stopped the Middle East state from unveiling the largest concentrated solar power plant in operation anywhere in the world.
The 100-megawatt solar-thermal project in Abu Dhabi will power thousands of homes in the country and, it is hoped, displace approximately 175,000 tons of CO2 per year.
Digital fabrication will change the course of the future
"Digital fabrication will allow individuals to design and produce tangible objects on demand, wherever and whenever they need them."
Three-dimensional printers are already old hat to the professor. "The revolution," he writes, "is ... the ability to turn data into things and things into data. ... Scientists in a number of labs (including mine) are now working on the real thing, developing processes that can place individual atoms and molecules into any structure they want.
Unlike 3-D printers today, these will be able to build complete functional systems at once, with no need for parts to be assembled. The aim is to not only to produce parts for a drone, for example, but build a complete vehicle that can fly straight out of the printer. ...
This is awsom, infact I can see how the Virtual Worlds (VW) can be actually playing an important role in our recent future. Eg some times being at specific and time may cause a lack of productivity. VW actually can issue solves. Similar idea was interduced by Bruce Wills in the movie of Surrogates.
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