A wearable capable of detecting epileptic seizures before they happen.

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Scientific innovations won’t stop amazing me… Once again a new device has outreached what I thought was possible.

Embrace, a new smartwatch, can also detect if you’re about to have an epileptic seizure and alert your family and friends.

On top of the usual activity tracking, this elegant smartwatch could save the life of people with epilepsy by vibrating with increasing strength when it detects stress levels rising. People can then calm down to prevent an attack.

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It can track arousal, stress, sleep and physical activity thanks to its accelerometer, temperature and electrodermal sensors.

If you want to know more, watch the video below:

 

In pre-order until December 23, for one Embrace bought, one will be offered to a child who can’t afford it (as if you needed another reason to support the campaign!). Visit www.igg.me/at/embrace to see the Indiegogo campaign or empatica.com to see the product website!

onecue: A Single Device to Control Your Connected Home

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Developed by the leader in machine vision and gesture recognition eyeSight, the onecue is a new device that enables you to control your smart devices by simple gesture.

Placed on a desk or on top of your TV, the onecue uses its built-in camera to track your movement and recognise predefined gestures linked to specific actions. For example, you can mute your TV show simply by executing a “shush” gesture.

Besides controlling your TV, onecue also allows you to control the temperature and lights in your home by connecting to the Nest and Phillips Hue lightbulbs. In the future, it should also be able to connect to the Xbox and other devices.

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If you’re not satisfied with the predefined gestures, you can personalise them via the Android or iOS app.

Your digital devices being usually controlled differently, the onecue acts like a hub able to connect everything together to give you the power to manage them all with the same gestures.

To have a better idea, watch the video below:

Now selling in pre-order for $129 instead of $199, the onecue seems to be worth a shot if you own a few different smart devices. Visit their website theonecue.com if you’re interested!

Smarter Artificial Skin Could Give Prosthetic Limbs Feeling

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In the pursuit of innovative technology, the advancement of scientific research seems to always be a step ahead. This new experiment aiming to give artificial limbs feeling is one of them.

A group of South Korean and US researchers have developed a polymer capable of mimicking some of the real sensory capabilities of the skin.

The research around smart prosthetic limbs or stretchable material has been going on for years but this seems to be the most advanced material created yet with around 400 sensors per square millimeter.

As well as adding sensation to this stretchable material, the next challenge is to create durable connections to the human brain so that people could actually “feel” what they touch using a prosthetic.

Only tested on rats at the moment, the smart skin connected to a rat’s brain has shown some sensory output but not exactly  to what extent the rat felt heat, pressure or moisture.

Further tests on bigger animals seem to be the future of this experiment.

 

via MIT Technology Review 

 

Cue: A mini-lab that monitors your health

The more it goes, the more obvious it is that technology is gonna play a huge role in health in the following years.

Just by curating some articles, you can see the trend there. From fitness trackers to 3D printing of organs, technology is already on its way to make some of the biggest changes we’ve seen in this industry.

Even just today, I read about a new device that allows you to “monitor your health at a molecular level through a small at-home lab that analyses samples for various health metrics.”.

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Simply using a tiny sample of blood or saliva, this device can track 5 different metrics – inflammation, vitamin D levels, fertility, influenza and testosterone levels and send the data collected to your smartphone once the analysis is done.

Only in pre-order at the moment, this is definitely an exciting innovation and I can’t wait to know more about it or even try it out myself!

Website: www.cue.me

via Springwise

A tradition of failing live demos

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Last night I presented at the Women Who Code meetup in Sydney one of the project I have been working on on my personal time involving a Sphero robotic ball, a Parrot AR Drone and the Myo armband.

As this wasn’t my first talk, I learnt to double check that everything was working before even going to the meetup. I was pretty confident this time because I knew all my code was still working. After talking quickly about how I managed to connect all the devices together and control the Sphero and Drone using the Myo armband, I moved on to the live demo, and.. of course… it failed.

I wanted to start by showing the Sphero and for some reason, this one did not want to connect to my computer. It sometimes takes a few seconds because it connects via bluetooth, but this time, it just didn’t seem to be working fast enough. As I had just 5min to do my presentation, I just gave up and moved on to showing the drone. This one worked really well and I was able to show how I applied some specific gestures to some drone commands. I had to disable the actual directions because we were indoors and I did not want any accident to happen but it was still taking off when I was executing the “fingers spread” movement, and landing when I was doing the “fist”.

I still need to work on the code to make sure the directions are working fine and maybe make it do some more fancy stuff but for now I’m pretty happy it’s working.

I will demo this project again in January at the SydJS meetup and hopefully the demo gods will be fully with me this time.

Hello World

Hello <insert name here>!

I’ve been thinking about creating a blog for quite a while now but I kinda always gave up cause I thought I wouldn’t have enough to write about or I just wouldn’t have the time or the energy to update it often.

However, I’d like this one to be different.

Since I started a web development immersive course, I learnt a lot in class and by myself and I’d love to share this with whoever likes it (this should be you?), especially because I used a lot of online resources to help me through this process and giving back the knowledge I acquired would be the best thing.

One last thing… Be aware this could be another failure.