World’s first Braille smartwatch gives blind people a lifeline to information

August 3, 2015 by  
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In countries where smartphones are popular, it’s common to see folks walking down the street, tiny screen in hand, as they navigate to a new cafe, text with a buddy, or read an email from their boss. Smartwatches, although not so pervasive, essentially help people do the same things. But you never see a blind person transfixed to their iPhone or honed in on their smartwatch, because the technology simply isn’t compatible with the vision-impaired way of life. Enter the Dot —the world’s first Braille smartwatch —which could close the gap that precludes many blind people from interacting with information the way sighted folks can. Read the rest of World’s first Braille smartwatch gives blind people a lifeline to information

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In countries where smartphones are popular, it’s common to see folks walking down the street, tiny screen in hand, as they navigate to a new cafe, text with a buddy, or read an email from their boss. Smartwatches, although not so pervasive, essentially help people do the same things. But you never see a blind person transfixed to their iPhone or honed in on their smartwatch, because the technology simply isn’t compatible with the vision-impaired way of life. Enter the Dot —the world’s first Braille smartwatch —which could close the gap that precludes many blind people from interacting with information the way sighted folks can. Read the rest of World’s first Braille smartwatch gives blind people a lifeline to information

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San Francisco college student upcycles old skateboards into one-of-a-kind guitars

August 3, 2015 by  
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President Obama launches $150 million textiles-innovation competition

March 22, 2015 by  
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Last week, President Barack Obama rolled out a plan to reinvigorate textile manufacturing in America. Part of the new plan is a challenge issued by the Department of Defense worth $150 million, which will be sourced 50/50 from public- and private-sector resources. The goal? To encourage textile designers and manufacturers to develop new methods that will keep the States on the cutting edge of the industry. With this proposal, Obama hopes to spur American companies toward new innovations in technical fabrics , many of which may eventually be used by the various military branches. Read on to find out more about how the government will support innovations in American manufacturing. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecouterre , National Network for Manufacturing Innovation , Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute , textile industry , textile innovations

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This gorgeous t-shirt is a glamorous way to charge your phone with solar power

March 21, 2015 by  
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When you hear the term “ photovoltaic ” the first word that probably comes to mind isn’t glamorous. But Pauline van Dongen is changing that with her Solar Shirt, a beautiful shirt that can also charge your phone. The design was revealed at SXSW Interactive and could be high street’s answer to high tech. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ecouterre , photovoltaic , photovoltaic clothing , Solar Charging , Solar Power , SXSW interactive , wearable solar , wearable solar chargers , Wearable Tech , wearable technology , wearables

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Researchers use smart phones to track city pollution levels

March 9, 2015 by  
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Air pollution isn’t fixed. It fluctuates throughout the day, depending on time and location, meaning that the health risks associated with air pollution can increase depending on how high the local pollution levels are. Luckily, scientists publishing their research in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology have found a way to use smart phone and sensor technology to monitor where pollution is peaking. The researchers noted that it’s important to remember that pollution can vary greatly between school and work environments, or by time of day—for instance, rush hour. Read the rest of Researchers use smart phones to track city pollution levels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , black carbon , mark nieuwenhuijsen , pollution levels , pollution monitoring , smart phone , smartphone

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This Japanese robot-hat will feed you tomatoes while you jog

February 26, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. File under ‘things we never knew we needed’… and are actually pretty sure we still don’t: this robot/hat/backpack contraption by Japanese ketchup kings Kagome will feed you a steady stream of tomatoes while you go for a run. According to the AFP “The Tomatan is a backpack that can be loaded with six mid-sized tomatoes —e nough, say the makers, to power runners through [last] weekend’s Tokyo Marathon.” Because, it turns out, tomatoes are really good at fighting fatigue. The downside? The contraption weighs in at 18lbs, so one might want to consider just packing a banana or two instead. Via Slate Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fruit , kagome , nutrition , nutrition for runners , robot backpack , robto , sustainable food , tokyo marathon , tomato , tomato bot , tomatoes , tomaton , weird robot

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Researchers Develop $60 Sonar ‘Watch’ to Help Blind People Navigate

November 14, 2014 by  
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We love a good collaborative project as much as we love a good bit of biomimicry.  That makes us happy to report that biology and computer science students and professors at Wake Forest University have teamed up to develop a device to assist the visually impaired. Following the principles of echolocation used by bats and moths, the interdisciplinary team has developed a watch-like unit that allows the wearer to navigate their environment using sonar. To make the project even more remarkable, all the parts and materials for the prototype cost less than $60. Read the rest of Researchers Develop $60 Sonar ‘Watch’ to Help Blind People Navigate Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biomimicry , blind , collaboration , echolocation , interdisciplinary , navigation , science , SONAR , sonar-assisted human navigation , Students develop low cost sonar navigating device for the blind , Technology , visually impaired , Wake Forest University , wearable device

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How Wearable Technology Could be Bad for Your Health

November 1, 2014 by  
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Wearable technology is blowing up, so with new smart watches and smart textiles popping up constantly, it might be past time to consider what all of those little electromagnetic signals are doing to our bodies. Science still doesn’t have a definitive answer, but we are starting to get a picture of what our wearables are doing to us and it may make you want to reconsider wearing that fitness tracker all day long. READ MORE >  Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electromagnetic in wearables , fitness tracker impact on health , health and technology , smart watch impact on health , wearable technology , wearable technology health , wearable technology impact on health , wearables , wearables electricity

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World’s First ‘Bionic Leg’ Helps People Learn to Walk Again

October 6, 2014 by  
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Losing the ability to walk is a big deal that can affect a person’s life in so many ways, but a new device is helping people who have an injured limb to regain their mobility. According to the Telegraph , the world’s first ‘bionic leg’ is a device that straps to the leg of injured patients and can take their weight, allowing them to sit, stand and walk – even up and down stairs. The device, made by California-based AlterG , is a battery-powered physiotherapy device that provides support to people with leg injuries, strokes and other mobility impairments so they can regain coordination and rebuild their muscles. Read the rest of World’s First ‘Bionic Leg’ Helps People Learn to Walk Again Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alterg , bionic , device , injury , leg , mobility , patient , physiotherapy , Technology , walk

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