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+ - Eye2TV Adapter Aims to Improve the TV Viewing Experience for Colorblind Users->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Spectral Edge has unveiled its Eye2TV HDMI adapter that's designed to enhance the TV viewing experience for colorblind users, without significantly impacting what "color normals" see. Based on research from the University of East Anglia, the idea is fairly simple – selectively replacing certain colors on a frame-by-frame basis to allow colorblind viewers to more clearly see the difference between red and green."
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+ - UK Company Wants to Deliver Parcels Through Underground Tunnels->

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Zothecula (1870348) writes "Drones flown by Amazon aren't the only way we could be getting our parcels delivered in the near future. UK firm Mole Solutions is exploring the possibility of using small robot trains running on underground tracks to manage deliveries, and it's just received funding from the British government to help test the viability of the proposal."
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+ - "Google Maps for the Body" Zooms In From Whole Organs Down to Individual Cells->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "The algorithms used for zooming in and out on Google Maps and Google Street View have made it possible to visually traverse through layers of the body – starting with a whole joint and drilling all the way down to the cellular level. The new Google Maps for the Body system could have huge implications in medicine because it drastically reduces the time required to analyze and compare data."
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+ - DARPA Wants to Make Software Obsolescence Obsolete->

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Zothecula (1870348) writes "One unfortunate fact of modern life is that functional new software becomes non-functional old software with depressing regularity. For most people, this means predictable episodes of frustration, but for the US military, it's a more serious problem. DARPA's new Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems (BRASS) project aims to take a major shot at avoiding this obsolescence by developing software systems that can still operate properly a hundred years from now."
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+ - Flexible, Fast-Charging Aluminum-Ion Battery Offers Safer Alternative to Lithium->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers at Stanford University have created a fast-charging and long-lasting rechargeable battery that is inexpensive to produce, and which they claim could replace many of the lithium-ion and alkaline batteries powering our gadgets today. The prototype aluminum-ion battery is also safer, not bursting into flames as some of its lithium-ion brethren are wont to do."
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+ - Iodine Transforms the Bindi Into a "Life-Saving Dot"->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "In an effort to increase awareness of nutritional requirements, and to bring simple tech into complex customs, a medical foundation in India has joined forces with a Singaporean ad agency. The plan is to combat iodine deficiencies using bindis, the decorative forehead dots worn by most Indian women and girls."
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+ - New Chip Could Turn Phone Cameras Into High-Res 3D Scanners->

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Zothecula (1870348) writes "As if smartphones can't already do enough, soon they may be able to scan three-dimensional objects and send the resultant high-resolution 3D images to a 3D printer that produces hyper-accurate replicas. This comes thanks to a small and inexpensive device called a nanophotonic coherent imager (NCI), which was developed by scientists at Caltech. The NCI could add 3D imaging to a variety of other devices and applications such as improving motion sensitivity in human machine interfaces and driverless cars."
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+ - Ankle Exoskeleton Takes a Load Off Calf Muscles to Boost Walking Efficiency->

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Zothecula (1870348) writes "We might have started off in the water, but humans have evolved to be extremely efficient walkers, with a walk in the park being, well, a walk in the park. Human locomotion is so efficient that many wondered whether it was possible to reduce the energy cost of walking without the use of an external energy source. Now researchers at Carnegie Mellon and North Carolina State have provided an answer in the affirmative with the development of an unpowered ankle exoskeleton."
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+ - Amazon Moves "Buy Now" Into the Physical World, With the Dash Button->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "The Amazon Dash Button is a small device that you can stick to walls or a variety of household appliances. Each button is associated with a certain brand or product, and when you set it up (via smartphone) you associate the button with a specific size or quantity (like, say, two 12-packs of Starbucks K-cups or one 2-pack of 50 oz. Tide detergent) and shipping speed. When you start to get low on said product, mash the button and Amazon takes care of the rest."
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+ - Miniature Pacemaker Designed to be Implanted in Fetuses->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "In the near future, it's entirely possible that babies with heart defects will be born with complete pacemakers already installed. That's because scientists at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the University of Southern California have developed the world's first fully-implantable pacemaker for fetuses."
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+ - Future Firefighters May be Guided by "Robots on Reins"->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "When firefighters need to enter smoke-filled buildings to conduct search or rescue, they frequently suffer from low visibility and often need to feel their way along walls or follow ropes reeled out by the lead firefighter. With a limited supply of oxygen carried by each firefighter, being slowed by the inability to see can severely limit their capacity to carry out duties in these environments. Now researchers from King’s College London and Sheffield Hallam University have developed a prototype robot assistant for firefighters that can help guide them through even the thickest smoke."
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+ - Periscope Turns Any iPhone User Into a Live Broadcaster->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Not all that long ago, to call yourself a broadcaster you needed the blessing of station executives and pretty smile. But communications technology is advancing quickly. So much so, that anybody with an internet connection can now share their perspective with the world. Twitter and Facebook brought this idea into the mainstream with text, photos and emails and now new players are arriving to take things in almost-scary new directions. Launched today, the Periscope live video app can turn anybody with an iPhone into a citizen journalist, whether they be streaming the scene of an disaster-zone or coming at you live from the breakfast table."
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+ - Robobug: Scientists Clad Bacterium With Graphene to Make a Working Cytobot->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "By cladding a living cell with graphene quantum dots, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) claim to have created a nanoscale biomicrorobot (or cytobot) that responds electrically to changes in its environment. This work promises to lay the foundations for future generations of bio-derived nanobots, biomicrorobotic-mechanisms, and micromechanical actuation for a wide range of applications."
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