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Woody Phone

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The MINIMA is a classic example of how important form is in the design process. The adorable lattice style for keypads and the wood finish, relay a completely organic look. Specific attention to details like the camouflaged secondary display on the outer flip and bamboo look, make this an object of desire. It looks like a refined version of the Maple Phone, don’t you think?
Designer: Seung-Hyun Yoon

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Posted by on September 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Personal Exoskeletons for Paraplegics

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Exoskeletons–wearable, motorized machines that can assist a person’s movements–have largely been confined to movies or military use, but recent advances might soon bring the devices to the homes of people with paralysis.

So far, exoskeletons have been used to augment the strength of soldiers or to help hospitalized stroke patients relearn how to walk. Now researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have demonstrated an exoskeleton that is portable and lets paraplegics walk in a relatively natural gait with minimal training. That could be an improvement for people with spinal-cord injuries who spend a lot of time in wheelchairs, which can cause sores or bone deterioration.

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Posted by on September 25, 2010 in Medicine, Technology

 

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Brain Coprocessors

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The last few decades have seen a surge of invention of technologies that enable the observation or perturbation of information in the brain. Functional MRI, which measures blood flow changes associated with brain activity, is being explored for purposes as diverse as lie detection, prediction of human decision making, and assessment of language recovery after stroke. Implanted electrical stimulators, which enable control of neural circuit activity, are borne by hundreds of thousands of people to treat conditions such as deafness, Parkinson’s disease, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. And new methods, such as the use of light to activate or silence specific neurons in the brain, are being widely utilized by researchers to reveal insights into how to control neural circuits to achieve therapeutically useful changes in brain dynamics. We are entering a neurotechnology renaissance, in which the toolbox for understanding the brain and engineering its functions is expanding in both scope and power at an unprecedented rate.

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Posted by on September 25, 2010 in Medicine, Technology

 

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Electric Skin that Rivals the Real Thing

The tactile sensitivity of human skin is hard to re-create, especially over large, flexible surfaces. But two California research groups have made pressure-sensing devices that significantly advance the state of the art.

Sensitive skin: A new tactile sensor can detect the gentle touch of an alighting insect.
Credit: Linda Cicero, Stanford University News Report

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Posted by on September 22, 2010 in Technology

 

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Flo2W : An Innovative Way In Regulating Oxygen Flow To The Patient

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Flo2w has been designed as a new medical device to deliver oxygen to a patient. It is fitted on the patient’s head using the adjustable headpiece that doesn’t need to be disposed on weekly basis. Instead, the hospital can clean it using alcohol and reused it for other patient, reducing clinical waste. The tube carrying the oxygen can be easily clipped on and off.

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Posted by on September 17, 2010 in Concepts, Technology

 

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The Next Stage of Online Video Evolution

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At the end of August, the band Arcade Fire launched an online experiment with Google that allowed fans to build a personalized music video to accompany the new song "We Used to Wait." But the video was more than a normal video: it was a collection of video windows within the Web browser that provided, among other images, aerial and street-level footage of any address a user provided (via Google Maps).

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Posted by on September 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Mapping How the Brain Matures

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Using a new way of analyzing brain-imaging data, scientists have mapped out how the complex networks of connections in the brain evolve as children age. The researchers are now using the technology to examine how brain development in children with specific disorders, such as autism, veers off the norm. Ultimately, researchers aim to use the technology to predict, for example, whether a child at risk for autism will actually develop the disorder, or what treatments might work best for that individual.

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Posted by on September 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Coffee from my Pocket

icoffee02 You will be the belle of the ball when you pop this lovely little mamma out on the train ride from Scottland to London town. Such a fancy fellow or lady you shall be with four cups of instant coffee! Inside of this device, the “icoffee”, you’ll find a refillable water tank, four synthesized ceramic cups, rechargeable battery (or adapter) for power, and the ability to create four cups on the go! Go go go and drink drink drink.

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Posted by on September 9, 2010 in Technology

 

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LG Eagle Phone Contains Duel Touch-Screen Display And A Look Like A Flying Eagle

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Who else would like to have a flying eagle like cell phone with ultimate style and functionality? Eugene Kim has designed this great concept phone with duel screen just like that of Nintendo DS, however, those of LG Eagle Phone are superbly touch sensitive. When the phones is flipped out, it looks like an eagle with wide wings spread out open, however, appearance of the phone is equally stylish when it is folded on. These dual multi-touch screens give users unparalel gaming experience while playing various dynamic games. The outer surface also features control buttons that enables the user to operate the phone without even flipping it. The phone was designed to participate on the LG electronic design competition for US region during 2010, however, it hasn’t been selected as the finalist.

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Posted by on September 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Turn Your Laptop Case as A Laptop Adapter Instantly

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My main problem when using laptop to work is the battery life. Carrying the laptop adapter may be bulky but it’s necessary. To eliminate the need of carrying bulky adapter, two Korean industrial designer has design new “Laptop Adapter” that also function as a computer case. When not in use, the adapter becomes a handle and the cords become the straps. But when you need to recharge your laptop battery, just plug the handle into the nearest electrical outlet.

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Posted by on September 8, 2010 in Technology

 

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