Anything that is an external prosthetic device creates one into a cyborg. The idea of a cell phone being a technosocial object that enables an actor (user) to communicate with other actors (users) on a network (information exchange and connectivity) makes one into what David Hess calls low-tech cyborgs.
Researchers at MIT developed an algorithm that analyzes several several parameters, including a vehicle’s deceleration, its distance from a traffic light and when the light turns red. It can capture a vehicle’s motion in 3-D in less than five milliseconds, according to MIT News. Using this data, it is able to determine which cars are driven by potential violators, those likely to run a red light, and which cars were obeying the law.
According to the news site RocketNews24, the Japanese company Chaku Perfume has "developed a new communication service in the way of an iPhone application and device called “Chat Perf,” which can send smells across cyber space. Amazing!"
Thanks to an EEG headset and a compressed air cannon, destroying things with your brain just got a whole lot easier.
LVL1, a hackerspace in Louisville Kentucky, has designed this rig that fulfills the fantasies of every disgruntled person ever: by looking at something (in this case, an unlucky watermelon) and concentrating hard enough, to can blow it into bite-size chunks.
Expectant mothers are used to fuzzy images on ultrasound monitors and blood tests to screen for potential health problems in their unborn babies. But what if one of those blood tests came back with a readout of the baby's entire genome? What if a simple test gave parents every nuance of a baby's genetic makeup before birth?
Recent studies show that it's possible to sequence an entire fetal genome from a sample of the mother's blood (see "Using Parents' Blood to Decode the Genome of a Fetus"). In the future, doctors may be able to divine a wealth of information about genetic diseases or other characteristics of a fetus from the pregnant mother's blood. Such tests will raise ethical questions about how to act on such information. But they could also lead to research on treating diseases before birth, and leave parents and their doctors better prepared to care for babies after birth.