Driving made possible for those with poor vision

by Edwin

Everyone knows it is not safe to drive around if you have poor vision, but Spanish researchers hope to overcome that problem by successfully developing and testing a computer simulator that actually enables the visually impaired to drive. This system is known as SERBA (short for ‘Sistema Electro-óptico Reconfigurable de ayuda para Baja Visión’), when translation to English means ‘Reconfigurable Electric-Optical System for Low Vision’. It uses an innovative system …

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Massaging Bath Pillow keeps stress away

by Edwin

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Stress and the office often go hand-in-hand, which is why it is important to de-stress when you get back. What better way than to take a nice, warm bath with a glass of milk and some cookies at hand? Oh yeah, not forgetting the Massaging Bath Pillow. The Massaging Bath Pillow is made from high density foam for exceptional comfort and support, and features smooth, contoured edges, allowing you to …

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Vocal Joystick controls computer

by Edwin

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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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