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Added 6 November, 2018

We have seen biometric recognition systems introduced to recognize people by their footsteps and to monitor student emotions in class. Now, a company in Norway has developed a facial recognition system for fish coined iFarm. It uses the pattern of spots around the fish’s eyes, mouth and gills to tell them apart. Norwegian fish-farming giant...

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Added 1 November, 2018

Back in 2011, we looked at PixelOptics, which used electrically-actuated liquid crystal arrays in the glass to switch focal settings and turn a pair of regular glasses into short-focus reading glasses at the touch of a button. Importantly, they looked good, too, which is not always the case with adaptive glasses.
But PixelOptics didn't...

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Added 17 October, 2018

Think of it as Alexa for your health records. Through the Apple Health app, which is undergoing pilot testing, patients can aggregate their health records from a variety of institutions to create a more comprehensive view of their health, due to the collaboration between Apple, healthcare organizations and EHR vendors. Data from EHRs can...

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Added 16 October, 2018

Fitness trackers can tell you a lot about your body — your heart rate, your steps, even your REM cycles. Now, they can potentially track the environment around you, helping users understand the impact our surroundings have on their health. Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a wristband that tests the air around it for harmful...

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Added 14 October, 2018

The FDA has cleared a direct-to-consumer hearing aid, developed by speaker manufacturer Bose, potentially opening the door for other consumer-focused electronics companies. The de novo clearance makes it the first hearing aid authorized by the agency that allows users to fit, program and control the device on their own, without help from a...

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Added 13 October, 2018

There are a wide variety of biometric tools available, including fingerprint scans, iris scans and facial recognition. Now, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi have developed a biometric system based on footsteps.The new system uses a geophone. This is a transducer that converts ground movement into electrical signals...

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Added 11 October, 2018

Can technology protect you from the jaws of a one-ton great white shark? Several Australian tech startups say yes. They’re using artificial intelligence, drones and electric force fields to try and prevent sharks from eating human bathers. In January, the Ripper Group, which operates search and rescue drones in Australia, launched SharkSpotter...

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Added 11 October, 2018

Think of it as a non-digital wearable device. While exposure to some sunlight is necessary for the body to produce Vitamin D, we all know that getting too much sun is not a good idea – among other things, it can cause sunburn, skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. With that in mind, a cheap new paper wristband has been designed to let us...

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Added 2 October, 2018

In many parts of the world, mosquitoes are more than just a campsite nuisance — they carry that cause an estimated 725,000 deaths per year. In Singapore, the effect isn’t so terrible — some mosquitoes carry dengue fever, but it affects less than a dozen people per year. But because it’s a city and an island, Singapore is the perfect testing...

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Added 29 September, 2018

Two hydrogen-powered locomotives are now zooming along a 62-mile stretch of track in Germany. Created by French company Alstom, the two trains are running on a stretch of track previously used by diesel powered vehicles. The hydrogen engines can hit a top speed of 140 kilometers per hour (87 miles per hour) and the trains have a range of about...