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This Is The Robotic Arm You Can Move With Only Your Mind

Forget about a computer mouse, touchpad, or a remote control. Times are changing and people no longer need a dinky little device to interact with a piece of technology, we can just use our thoughts. That is, at least, the path we seem to be on thanks to an incredible technological breakthrough brought to us by a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota. This team of scientists developed a robotic arm that can be moved and used with thought alone. In a recent…

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Hackers Found Vulnerabilities In Medical Tech

Cybersecurity and research company MedSec found some pretty scary vulnerabilities in a bunch of medical equipment manufactured by St. Jude’s Medical. Instead of telling the company about these vulnerabilities, though, they took the information to investment firm Muddy Waters who then bet against St. Jude’s in the stock market. This might seem like it is putting thousands of lives in danger, but apparently MedSec thought that the effect it would have on St. Jude’s stock price would make the company more likely to make a…

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Amazon Patents Smart Noise-Cancelling Headphones That May Save Lives

When you’re listening to your tunes, you don’t want background noise to muddle up the listening experience. Cars, people, subways, and more all tend to creep into the melody of your favourite song when you have your headphones on, which is why noise-cancelling headphones have become so popular. Capable of blocking out all sounds that aren’t coming from your music-playing device, noise-cancelling headphones are arguably a must-have for any music-lover living in a city or noisy environment. But there is a catch the unadulterated playback noise-cancelling…

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Measure Body Metrics and Play Music With Aware Earphones

The next generation of ear bud technology is here with an exciting innovation: Aware earphones. By using the latest technology, United Sciences is able to design custom earphones that fit a wearer’s ears perfectly and lock into place – even the most vigorous activity won’t dislodge them. These earphones are also able to capture biometric data like brainwaves, heart rate, steps, distance travelled, and calories burned while you listen to music. United Sciences uses the eFit 3D scanner to precisely measure your ear. The ring laser scanner has…

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Turn A SmartPhone Into A Microscope With Blip Lenses

In recent years, smartphone companies have increased the capabilities of their mobile devices including the amount of photography that can be done on a phone. As camera phone technology improves, so does camera phone accessory technology. With so many camera phone lenses that can be added on, smartphone users have almost the same capabilities that a photographer with a DSLR has. The  company Smart Micro Optics has introduced new Blips macro and micro lenses that will allow camera phone photographers to capture tiny scenes, like…

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This Robot Can Teach Itself To Spin A Stick

Not everyone can spin a pencil in their hand, and if you can, you should be proud. It’s no easy feat to coordinate that, and it likely took some practice. Part of the reason why this is no easy feat is because the whole thing has to happen quickly. You move the stick, and the force exerted could cause you to lose control of the pencil. A research group at the University of Washington has created a robot who can pull off this task that…

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The Best Way To Keep Your Drone From Drowning

Drones are possibly the buzziest toy you can get your hands on these days, and they definitely aren’t cheap. So if you’re lucky enough to have one, you probably don’t want it falling into a body of water, causing irreparable damage. That is where the WaterStrider comes in. Named for water striders, which are bugs that can skim along water evenly distributing their weight over their long legs, the little buoyant pods could save your drone from a watery fate. The WaterStrider’s set of detachable legs…

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This Embroidery Could Perfect Wearable Tech

Hits and misses have been made with wearable tech over the past few years, and it seems that everyone is trying to find the best way to make it universally appealing. Scientists at Ohio State University are taking the latest stab – they found a way to seamlessly work wearable tech in to things you already wear. With fine silver wires and a patented technique, they sewed embroidered antennas and circuits that are set to be super trendy for e-textiles. This high-precision circuitry is cheap,…

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Why You Should Download WIRED on Texture Now

All news is difficult to stay on top of, but when it concerns an industry like tech that is evolving so fast, it’s almost impossible. And, with an industry as nuanced as tech, it adds yet another layer to the difficulty of consuming news. Blogs and websites try as they might to solve this problem, but none have the depth, language and smarts of WIRED Magazine. WIRED covers the stories that matter most to the tech industry, and writes them for everyone from a social…

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Michigan Night Vision Helicopter Helps Save Young Man

Michigan State Police (MPS) were able to save a young man’s life thanks to the night vision camera the MSP helicopters are equipped with. MSP Lieutenant Mike Shaw stated that they received information “from this individual’s either loved one or their mom that he may have been suicidal.” When the Detroit police lost track of the 25 year old man, Michigan State troopers used night vision cameras inside their “Trooper Two” chopper to track the driver. The driver was driving erratically, running traffic signs, intersections, and…

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