February 14, 2002
Hitachi has produced a Wearable Internet Appliance for business use that enables users to surf the Internet through a wireless LAN. It includes a head mount display and pointing device.
Australia’s scientific research agency, CSIRO, has created a “wearable instrument shirt” (WIS) that enables users to play an “air guitar” simply by moving one arm to pick chords and the other to strum the imaginary instrument’s strings.
Textile motion sensors embedded in the shirt sleeves detect arm motion and relay it wirelessly to a computer. Custom software then maps motion data to audio samples. The technology is adaptable to… read more
Washington University School of Medicine scientists have developed a wearable display to help surgeons visualize cancer cells, which glow blue when viewed through the eyewear.
Cancer cells are notoriously difficult to see, even under high-powered magnification. The glasses are designed to make it easier… read more
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed wearable computing technology to help people learn how to read and write Braille.
Surprisingly, people wearing the glove don’t have to pay attention while learning.
“The process is based on passive haptic learning (PHL),” said Thad Starner, a Georgia Tech professor and wearable computer pioneer. “We’ve learned that people can acquire motor skills through vibrations without devoting active attention… read more
nTags, which are wearable devices with chips programmed with personal interests and background, are being used at conferences like Pop!Tech as a new form of personal networking.
Data and alerts appear on the small monochrome LCD screen of the nTAGs, which are made by nTAG Interactive. The devices have 128 kilobytes of RAM and 64 kilobytes of flash memory — about enough to store 60 pages of text as… read more
A wearable camera system makes it possible for motion capture to occur almost anywhere — in natural environments, over large areas, and outdoors, scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh (DRP), and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have shown.
The camera system reconstructs the relative and global motions of an actor, using a process called structure from motion (SfM) to estimate the pose of the cameras… read more
Shoot a laser 56 miles into the mesosphere and measure the distortion. Then adjust the laser’s mirrors until the beam is back in focus. Whatever optical tweaks correct the beam will also focus a telescope. And help build an anti-satellite weapon.
“In 2035, sleek humanoid robots that walk, talk and think will be as common as iPods. At least they are in ‘I, Robot.’
“When the big-budget thriller hits movie screens Friday, it will be hard not to notice the gap between the clunky robots of today and those doing battle with Will Smith’s Detective Del Spooner.”
“Yet the future is arriving, one bot at a time. Robots today… read more
Cambridge University geneticist Aubrey de Grey believes life expectancy will soon extend dramatically to 1,000.
The SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) project, a detailed plan to repair all types of molecular and cellular damage, should be working in humans in 20 years, he says.
“I think the first person to live to 1,000 might be 60 already.”
Christian Enz, head of the EPFL Integrated Circuits Laboratory (ICLAB), says we should build future devices with unreliable circuits, and adopt the “good enough engineering” trend to reduce energy consumption and continue to reduce transistor size.
The problem: We are beginning to hit a wall on miniaturization. As transistors get smaller, they produce more mistakes, so hardware must be added and performance must be decreased, which… read more
The neurotransmitter Neuropeptide Y (NPY) directly controls osteoblasts, the cells that make bone in mice, a neuroscientist from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research, has demonstrated.
When we are starving, our brains don’t allow us to waste energy by reproducing, making fat or creating new bone. When we are eating too much, on the other hand, our brains make it easier to reproduce, store fat and create bone.
New evidence has emerged that supports the long-debated theory that life on Earth may have started on Mars.
Speaking at the at the annual Goldschmidt conference on Thursday, Professor Steven Benner from The Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology told geochemists that an oxidized mineral form of the element molybdenum, which may have been crucial to the origin of life, could only have been available… read more
Uri Hasson of Princeton University.found that fMRI scans of 11 people’s brains as they listened to a woman recounting a story.showed that the listeners’ brain patterns tracked those of the storyteller almost exactly, but 1 to 3 seconds behind. In some listeners, brain patterns even preceded those of the storyteller.
More than a thousand known asteroids are classed as “potentially hazardous,” based on size and trajectory, says astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson in Wired Science.
Currently, it looks doable to develop an early-warning and defense system that could protect the human species from impactors larger than a kilometer wide. … Smaller ones, which reflect much less light and are therefore much harder to detect at great distances, carry enough energy to incinerate entire… read more