Posts tagged with “tech”

Posted 3 months ago


MIT’s CityHome Is A House In A Box You Control By Waving Your Hand

Think 200 square feet is too small to live in? MIT Media Lab might persuade you otherwise.

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Posted 3 months ago


How To Make A Working Cell Phone Out Of Cardboard

There’s no device more simultaneously intimate and mysterious than the cell phone. It’s in your front pocket, carrying private texts and emails—and yet it’s also a voluntary tracking device and a technological black box. “There’s little DIY culture around them, at least in the west,” notes David Mellis, MIT professor and co-creator of Arduino, a popular DIY hardware platform.

But Mellis wants to change that.

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Posted 4 months ago


Who Will Watch When You Fall? A Radar Detection Program for the Elderly

With age comes risk of serious injury or death related to falling down. In the next three decades, the number of Americans over 65 will double. Many want to live at home indefinitely. One man has a solution.

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Posted 5 months ago


1 in 3 American Homes Ready for 3D Printer

Move over dot matrix and laser printers, American’s are making room in their home office for 3D Printers. A new report published by Forbes has found that one in three Americans would consider a 3D printer for their home this year, most of these Millennials are those aged between18 and 24. 

The report is from CEL Robox, a 3D printer company who successfully funded its printer back in December 2013 on Kickstarter. The company worked with research agency OnePoll to survey 1,000 U.S. consumers.

The report also detailed what consumers are most interested in doing with their 3D printer. Of those that would buy a printer this year, 65% said they were interested in creating and printing customized items for their home.

The most common reasons for wanting a 3D printer were to print items rather than purchasing them in a store (36%) and to print out items to help fix things around the house (35%). 

But many also wanted to get quite crafty, with one in three people to use 3D printers to create personalized gifts for people including wedding favours.

With the likes of Amazon and Staples selling 3D printers and lower cost options (under $1K) becoming available for sale, its only a matter of time before 3D printers become a common appliance in the everyday home. So starting making room on your desk.  

Posted 6 months ago

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12




This issue greatly concerns me, professionally and personally.

As a doctor, I think there are many MANY factors for the sleep deprivation, obesity, and mental illness epidemics among children — but certainly tech overuse/overexposure plays a role.

As a father of two young boys, I walk the tech tight-rope, particularly with my older son who is still under age 5 — on the one hand, I want to share funny or intriguing videos with him and watch as his world expands within that tiny screen (and the temptation is always present to just plop him in front of a video and “be free” for a while)… but on the other hand, I want him to develop a healthy imagination, the ability to delay gratification, and an appreciation for nature and books and creative play, without becoming addicted to the Tech Teat.

As it is, I’ve found myself changing my OWN tech habits as I’ve seen my boys mirroring my own tendencies towards tech-intrusion. My oldest son recognizes the difference between the tones my phone makes for “incoming text” vs “calendar reminder”; when he hears the incoming text sound, he stops WHATEVER he is doing until I check the text (just in case it contains a photo or video for him to see). My youngest, still under a year old, will grab for the phone or the iPad rather than a book or a toy — even if the device is turned off. So despite my natural inclinations to constantly check my phone and laptop for emails and Tumblr updates, I’m lately trying to leave my devices turned off and on the desk when I’m at home with the kids.

In talking about this topic over the past year or so, Mrs. Cranquis pointed out something which really “opened my eyes” about my phone’s intrusiveness on my relationship with the boys: “Can you imagine how your childhood would’ve been different if your dad had owned a smartphone?”


Growing up, my dad was always ”present”, always “in the moment” as he would romp and play with me. Now, as a father myself, the mental image of my own dad being distracted by tech during our adventures — constantly checking his phone or his computer, posting live updates about our adventures to Facebook, recording the events through a video camera lens rather participating in them himself — having that picture in my mind has really changed how I interact with tech… and my boys.

Reblogging for commentary.

They have iPod touches, iPads, and Kindle Fires at the elementary level, and I’m just like: enh…..?

(Source: themedicalchronicles)

Posted 6 months ago
Posted 10 months ago


Can’t Get Away From It All? The Problem Isn’t Technology — It’s You

"Getting away from technology by leaving it behind becomes a pointless exercise in competitive reductionism. Where do you draw the line? Your smartphone? Your GPS? Your compass? Your tent? Fire?

Here’s a better idea: Shut up and bring your iPhone into the backcountry, but resist the urge to open the email app. If you can’t manage that, delete or turn off the account. Don’t worry, it’ll come back.

The phone isn’t the problem. The problem is us—our inability to step away from email and games and inessential data, our inability to look up, be it at an alpine lake or at family members. We won’t be able to get away from it all for very much longer. So it’s vitally important that each of us learns how to live with a persistent connection, everywhere we go, whether it’s in the wilderness or at a dinner party.”


Posted 11 months ago
For many—and for better or for worse—the BlackBerry marked the dawn of a modern era in which work doesn’t end at five o’clock but, rather, follows you home and stays by your side, blinking that little red light like a faithful pet that feels neglected.
Vauhini Vara on BlackBerry’s fall: (via newyorker)
Posted 1 year ago


The first rule of having in-flight internet access is …

Posted 1 year ago


Tick Bot Terminates Those Lil Buggers

Listen up, ticks! Researchers at the Virginia Military Institute have your number. They’ve built a small rover that mimics a live host to draw you from your hiding places and kill you on contact.

Waiting for one of these in a mosquito-hunting model.

Posted 1 year ago

Smart Knife Sniffs Out Cancer Cells


When it comes to cancer surgery today, tumours must be removed and specimens sent to pathologists for review. The problem is knowing how much or how little you have; cut too much and you may hurt the patient; cut too little and you will leave cancer behind. Only once there are satisfactory margins - a buffer zone of normal cells that indicates the tumour is completely resected - can the surgery be finished. To check with the pathologist was always time consuming.

Now, Dr. Zoltan Takats from the Imperial College London has created the iKnife system, an electric cautery with an attached mass spectrometer to sample the smoke let off by cauterized flesh to differentiate between cancerous and non-cancerous cells in real time.

Posted 1 year ago


Some more information on the 3D-Printed cast.


Cortex: The 3D-Printed Cast

After many centuries of splints and cumbersome plaster casts that have been the itchy and smelly bane of millions of children, adults and the aged alike the world over, we at last bring fracture support into the 21st century. The Cortex exoskeletal cast provides a highly technical and trauma zone localized support system that is fully ventilated, super light, shower friendly, hygienic, recyclable and stylish.

The cortex cast utilizes the x-ray and 3d scan of a patient with a fracture and generates a 3d model in relation to the point of fracture.

By Jake Evill

As a somewhat injury-prone guy, I find this  awesome more awesome than people would think it to be.

Posted 1 year ago

Cartoon by Liam Francis Walsh. For more:

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Cartoon by Liam Francis Walsh. For more:

But really.

Posted 2 years ago


How Augmented Reality Vision Will Screw Up Your Love Life

[Video: Eran May-raz, Daniel Lazo]

Very cool concept for a short film. Maybe Google Glass isn’t such a good idea, after all.

Posted 2 years ago


From France, an espresso machine for the car

We’ve seen a number of innovations designed to help consumers get a good cup of coffee wherever they happen to be. One we hadn’t seen, however, is a brewing device for the car — until now, that is. New from French Handpresso, the Handpresso Auto E.S.E. is an espresso machine built specifically for use in automobiles. READ MORE…

You know something is a little bit off about you when the only thing you truly want for your birthday is an in-car espresso maker.