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  • New sensor system can predict when senior citizens are heading for a fall

    New sensor system can predict when senior citizens are heading for a fall

    Falling is awful. It causes irreparable harm to senior citizens and the fear of falling reduces senior citizen mobility drastically, creating a feedback loop that can be catastrophic. Now, thanks to a team at the Sinclair School of Nursing and the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri, caregivers can predict falls up to three weeks out, allowing for care and assistance before… Read More

  • New York subway is offering free ebooks (and Wi-Fi) for your commute

    New York subway is offering free ebooks (and Wi-Fi) for your commute

    In an effort to highlight its upcoming launch of more in-train Wi-Fi (not to be confused with in-train cricket attacks), the New York MTA, Transit Wireless, and publishing powerhouse Penguin Random House are getting together to release ebooks and articles timed to your commute. This project mirrors a product launched in London last year. As The Digital Reader notes, even Governor Cuomo is in… Read More

  • In Utero 3D lets you touch your baby before it’s born

    In Utero 3D lets you touch your baby before it’s born

    A Polish company, In Utero 3D, is doing something really sweet. They’re printing 3D models of babies in the womb so blind mothers can feel their children before they’re born and experience the same joy sighted mothers have when viewing ultrasounds. Their project, called Waiting Without Barriers, is based in northern Poland but is available in Europe. For 1PLN or 1 Euro they will… Read More

  • Walter Duncan of Quick Key has some fascinating fixes for our edtech problems

    Walter Duncan of Quick Key has some fascinating fixes for our edtech problems

    Guys like Walter Duncan know what they’re talking about when it comes to edtech. Before becoming co-founder of Quick Key, Duncan spent years teaching in schools public and private and knows what teachers deal with on a daily basis. His product, which reduces the amount of time it takes for teachers to grade tests, is ingenious and is taking off. I spoke to him this week on Technotopia… Read More

  • Reverie Classic is a crowdfunded watch with some beautiful bones

    Reverie Classic is a crowdfunded watch with some beautiful bones

    There are two kinds of crowdfunded watches – fashion accessories and real efforts at classical design and workmanship. Thankfully the Reverie Classic holds the latter place. The Classic is made by Samuel Tay who previously crowdfunded and built the Sea Spirit a handsome, nautical-themed automatic that did quite well. The Classic costs $350 and runs a Miyota 8218 movement – bog… Read More

  • Garmin releases its first luxury smartwatch, the Fenix Chronos

    Garmin releases its first luxury smartwatch, the Fenix Chronos

    Garmin has just announced the Fenix Chronos, an amazingly elegant smartwatch with all the features of their standard GPS exercise watches – the Vivoactve, for example – with a case and aesthetic that would be at home in a fine watch shop. That’s right: this is the first fancy smartwatch that you could wear in the boardroom, bedroom, and gym. Oh, and it costs $1,499.99 for… Read More

  • Anglr is Fitbit for fishing

    Anglr is Fitbit for fishing

    As an avid non-fisher it’s hard for me to quite grasp the depths of depravity associated with a fishing trip. Waking up at 4am? Swinging a pole at some water? Drinking beers all morning in a hot boat? Catching and eating a squirming live thing? Not for me. The folks at Anglr want to change my mind. Their product, the Anglr Tracker, is an activity tracker for fishing. You attach it to… Read More

  • Whisker sensors could control the robots of the future

    Whisker sensors could control the robots of the future

    Rats and other whiskered animals use senses that we don’t yet possess. In addition to being able to run mazes and lick our faces to confirm we aren’t covered in BBQ sauce, scientists have confirmed that some animals use their flowing front whiskers to sense wind position, a technique that could be used in future direction-sensing robots. A team of students working at… Read More

  • John Gruber and pals shut down Vesper, their syncing notes app for iOS

    John Gruber and pals shut down Vesper, their syncing notes app for iOS

    In what amounts to a very detailed and very heartfelt whitepaper on building and shutting down a business, John Gruber has written about shutting down Vesper, his iOS notes app and syncing service. Vesper was one of the most elegant and usable pieces of software I’ve used. Sadly, it was too easy to abandon once syncing came to nearly everything in iOS and, although the product had a… Read More

  • Postleaf is an open-source blogging platform for the design-conscious

    Postleaf is an open-source blogging platform for the design-conscious

    Content management systems are boring until you have to use one. You can install a little Drupal or WordPress, pick up some Squarespace, or just dump to Medium, the graveyard for posts about protein shakes and VC funding. But what if you could roll your own CMS? And what if you made it really cool? That’s what Cory LaViska did. LaViska is the founder of SurrealCMS and has been making it… Read More

  • It’s time to strap on your Skeletonized Androgyne Royale

    It’s time to strap on your Skeletonized Androgyne Royale

    Something meets boy, and something meets girl and they both look the same and they’re overjoyed in this world. But how much more overjoyed would they be if they could on a Skeletonized Androgyne Royale from Manufacture Royale? This wild watch costs a mere $61,000 and might be good for your father but not for your dad. What is this monster, exactly? Basically it is a… Read More

  • Happy 25th birthday, Linux

    Happy 25th birthday, Linux

    Linux will turn 25 years old on August 25, the day Linus Torvalds sent out his fateful message asking for help with a new operating system. “I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I’d like any feedback on things people like/dislike… Read More

  • Roll your own business cards with this 3D-printed embosser

    Roll your own business cards with this 3D-printed embosser

    While we all know the best business cards are printed on bone paper with lettering in Silian Rail, the second best business cards are the ones you roll yourself right in front of your intended recipient. This wild 3D printed card roller lets you do just that. Built by maker Paul Myers, the embosser rolls paper between two 3D-printed tubes to press a design onto the card. You can take a look… Read More

  • New lithium metal tech can create ultralight car batteries and thinner phones

    New lithium metal tech can create ultralight car batteries and thinner phones

    Soon cars, drones, phones, and almost anything with a battery are about to get a boost from a new MIT spin-out, SolidEnergy Systems. The company promises to double the battery life of basic lithium ion batteries and will also offer smaller batteries with the power of bigger cells. Why is this technology important? Because it is better than current battery tech and can maintain an energy… Read More

  • The Megaprocessor is an awe-inspiring multi-ton CPU project

    The Megaprocessor is an awe-inspiring multi-ton CPU project

    What did you do this summer? A few outdoor concerts, maybe some grilling. But did you complete a room-sized 40,000 transistor CPU made entirely by hand? Didn’t think so. James Newman wanted to create a CPU that students could use to learn about computing. He realized he needed to use transistors, but instead of embedding thousands of them into a chunk of silicon, he hand-wired… Read More

  • Goodbye, Gawker

    Goodbye, Gawker

    While the fate of Gawker is still unclear – last-minute Hail Mary media saves are the norm when it comes to online properties (even if it does gut the site) – what is clear is that Gawker as we once knew it is dead. The current staff probably won’t stick around only to fall under some less beneficent ruler and Univision doesn’t want what is perceived as a hive of snark… Read More

  • GOAT legs will let future robots handle rough terrain with ease

    GOAT legs will let future robots handle rough terrain with ease

    A Master’s Thesis by CMU’s
    Simon Kalouche posits a new form of robotic leg, one designed for maximum range of motion and, more importantly, an easily control method for force reduction. In other words, this is the kind of leg you want on your robot when you send it to Mars. GOAT stands for Gearless Omni-directional Acceleration-vectoring Topology and uses a single motor and… Read More

  • Strangify your life with the Stranger Things title generator

    Strangify your life with the Stranger Things title generator

    The meme of the moment is here and it’s pretty creepy. As our own Romain Dillet points out the title artistry for the Netflix series Stranger Things is surprisingly beautiful and compelling. Now the good folks at design studio Nelson Cash are letting make our own. While many of the titles I’ve seen so far aren’t very scary it’s still fun to make the thing say funny… Read More

  • Everything you need to know about the NSA hack (but were afraid to Google)

    Everything you need to know about the NSA hack (but were afraid to Google)

    In what Edward Snowden deems “not unprecedented” hackers calling themselves the Shadow Brokers have collected NSA-created malware from a staging server run by the
    Equation Group, an internal hacking team. The Shadow Brokers published two chunks of data, one “open” chunk and another encrypted file containing the “best files” that they will sell for at least… Read More

  • Naborly lets landlords screen tenants automagically

    Naborly lets landlords screen tenants automagically

    Picture this: you own a nice building in San Francisco and you want to rent to some good old-fashioned salt-of-the-earth folks for not much money. I realize this is a fantasy but play along. How do you confirm the tenants you bring in are not a bunch of deadbeats? Naborly has some ideas. The startup, founded by Dylan Lenz, Zeke Kan, and Anastasia Fox from the University of British Columbia… Read More

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