Vocal Joystick controls computer

by Edwin

A group of researchers at the University of Washington have successfully developed a simple, intuitive piece of software for controlling computer applications using nothing but one’s voice. This means a person will be able to use his/her vocal chords to control the mouse, interacting with browsers as well as other programs without the need to go through prior training of any sort. More details are available after the jump.

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SonoSite M-Turbo Portable Ultrasound

by Edwin

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SonoSite, Inc. has just launched a spanking new portable ultrasound system that will cater to a variety of clinical applications, boasting new power computer processing capabilities courtesy of Microsoft and Texas Instruments. It will use DaVinci technology from the latter, integrated high definition video processing along with custom selected on-chip components. What you get with the M-Turbo includes an increase in processing power of up to 16 times despite weighing …

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Anti-stress milk, from Japan of course

by Andi

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Yet another strange product from Japan. This time, it’s a natural product. Milk. However, it’s not normal milk. It’s taken from cows only once a week, at the break of dawn. This way, the milk is about 4 times richer in natural melatonin than usual. Melatonin is considered to be a strong stress reliever. The fact that the milk is bottled at no more than 6 hours after the milking …

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BackpackShield offers bulletproof protection

by Edwin

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With the bunch of crazy folks running around these days wielding guns, I wouldn’t mind having one of these BackpackShields covering my back. Constructed from 13 layers of K-29 Kevlar, this thin, lightweight plate will be able to fit in most backpacks and is effective in stopping bullets ranging from the humble 9mm all the way to the powerful .44 Magnum. Good thing it doesn’t deflect bullets as that could …

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Mygo cane could replace seeing eye dogs

by Edwin

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While seeing eye dogs have served the blind faithfully throughout the years, will technology one day replace them? Sebastian Ritzler, a student from Germany from the Muthesius Academy of Art and Design in Kiel, Germany, recently developed an interactive guiding system for the blind known as Mygo that comes in the form factor of a cool, rolling white cane. The Mygo cane itself is supposed to be made out of …

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MP3 player makes heartbeats easier to identify

by Edwin

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Canadian researchers Dr. Neil Skjodt and Bill Hodgetss (a pulmonologist and audiologist respectively) from the University of Alberta aim to take advantage of an ordinary MP3 player with built-in microphones by using them as stethoscopes. As everyone knows, most of such devices do not come with a microphone that is worth trumpeting about, but what makes them special is the fact that they are stored within a plastic shell. It …

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Head Spa claims to offer relief

by Edwin

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This Head Spa you see here is not some new-fangled brainwashing device from the FBI, but it is supposed to reduce stress and tension in your head by increasing the blood circulation in addition to stimulating your scalp using the acupressure technique. The patented design is lightweight and easy to use while at your office desk, on the morning commute, or while enjoying your evening television program. It costs $49.95 …

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Axiomtek targets medical industry with new computer

by Edwin

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Axiomtek from Taiwan is a computer hardware developer, and the company is looking toward the medical industry by unveiling a new computer (MPC170-831-FL) which runs on Intel’s Core 2 Duo processor and comes complete with an integrated webcam and speakers, all crammed into a 17″ monitor case that does not have any noisy cooling fans whatsoever. It is interesting to note that this computer has been certified to be waterproof, …

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