Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12421 on: Mar 18th, 2015, 11:37am »
Are Wearable Drones Buzzing on the Horizon?
by Tia Ghose, Staff Writer March 18, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas — Sometime in the near future, drones may be wearable and may even become our buddies — at least if one futurist has any say in the matter.
The wearable tech of the future might be able to perform many more functions than current technology can, from acting as a scout and tour guide in an unfamiliar city to being a rock-climbing companion, one expert said here at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival.
That future isn't so far away, said Adam Pruden, an interaction designer and tech futurist at design firm frog ( http://www.frogdesign.com/ ).
Here is one example: Wearable Drone Concept
The Parasol is a weather drone that normally hooks into a belt or is worn as jewelry. Consistent with its jewelry function, the drone is made of gold.
But the Parasol is more than just a fashion statement. The drone is filled with humidity and temperature sensors that can detect exactly when the weather takes a turn for the worse. If ultraviolet radiation levels get too high or rain is on the way, the drone's propellers launch it upwards and form a large disk that constantly adjusts its position to protect the user from the environment.
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12422 on: Mar 19th, 2015, 09:24am »
GOOD MORNING ALL
by Klint Finley
03.19.15 7:00 am
Musical Glove Helps Stroke Patients Use Their Hands Again
Nearly 800,000 people have a stroke each year. That’s about one person every 40 seconds. It’s the leading cause of long-term disability in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
There are many treatments that help stroke patients recover lost abilities. But the problem, says Nizan Friedman, founder of Flint Rehabilitation Devices, is that too few patients keep up with their therapy after leaving the hospital. “They’re left at home, with just a list of exercises that the therapist gives them to do,” he says. “It’s just not motivating, people don’t continue the therapy.”
Friedman hopes to change that with MusicGlove, a wearable computing device designed to help patients improve their fine motor skills. The glove is outfitted with tiny sensors that track the user’s hand movements. Patients use it to play a Guitar Hero-style game that involves pinching and gripping notes on the screen of a tablet.
These are, for the most part, the same sort of exercises they’d be told to perform after leaving the hospital. “In rehab the real elements to recovery is high repetition, doing a movement many times, and being motivated to do it day in day out,” he says. Using music is a way to keep people from getting bored with doing the same exercises again and again. The research he’s published thus far bears that out.
Made Possible by Cheaper Computing
Friedman, a musician, came up with the idea while working on his PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of California, Irvine. He worked under two professors: David Reinkensmeyer, a rehabilitation robotics expert, and Mark Bachman, a sensor expert and fellow musician.
Friedman wanted to combine robotics and music therapy, but the three of them soon realized a robotic hand would be too expensive. They came up with the idea of glove instead, which, Friedman says, worked better than they could have imagined. “People were trying and crying afterwords,” he says. “People who hadn’t used their hands in months or even years were suddenly seeing benefit.”
That inspired them to found Flint Rehabilitation Devices. It is selling a home version, which is sold as a kit including the glove itself and a tablet computer designed specifically for it. The company also offers a therapist version that includes a desktop computer that boots right into the MusicGlove software. Including task-specific computers is important, Friedman says, because it reduces the complexity of learning how to use the device. This makes it more accessible to people who aren’t very tech savvy, and for therapists who don’t have time to learn how to use new software.
Asked why something like this hasn’t been attempted before, Friedman says it’s mostly due to the falling costs of components and mobile devices. “Offering a 10-inch tablet for the price point we’re selling the device wouldn’t have been an option 10 years ago,” he says. “Meanwhile, there are all these devices used in top rehab labs in the country, but they cost around $50,000.”
The MusicGlove is the latest example of how the falling costs of mobile computers are creating a wave of health and safety wearables, from high tech back braces that help prevent spinal injuries to Google Glass apps for autistic students to virtual reality therapy. Wearable tech may be struggling to find its reason for being in the general consumer market. But it’s beginning to realize its promise in the healthcare world.
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12425 on: Mar 20th, 2015, 10:01pm »
Where is the Alligator Boots Man..Come out and play Lonegunman
It lived in North Carolina at the start of the Late Triassic period when the region had a wet equatorial climate and was starting to break away from the ancient supercontinent Pangea.
Dr Lindsay Zanno, from North Carolina State University, lead author of a paper describing the find in the journal Scientific Reports, said: "Fossils from this time period are extremely important to scientists because they record the earliest appearance of crocodylomorphs and theropod dinosaurs, two groups that first evolved in the Triassic period, yet managed to survive to the present day in the form of crocodiles and birds.
"The discovery of Carnufex, one of the world's earliest and largest crocodylomorphs, adds new information to the push and pull of top terrestrial predators across Pangea."
Scientists recovered parts of the creature's skull, spine and an upper forelimb and used scanning technology to create a 3D model of its reconstructed skull.
Typical predators roaming Pangea included large-bodied rauisuchids and poposauroids, fearsome cousins of ancient crocodiles that went extinct in the Triassic period.
In the Southern Hemisphere, these animals hunted alongside the earliest theropod dinosaurs, creating a "predator pile-up", said Dr Zanno.
The discovery of Carnufex indicates that in the north, large crocodile ancestors, not dinosaurs, were the top predators.
Still, ancient crocodiles found success in other places.
"As theropod dinosaurs started to make it big, the ancestors of modern crocs initially took on a role similar to foxes or jackals, with small, sleek bodies and long limbs.
"If you want to picture these animals, just think of a modern day fox, but with alligator skin instead of fur," Dr Zanno said.
Hillarious!! I wonder what happened to changing lead to gold.. It would solve the feds problems! This is close as we can get what it feels being sucked down the bathtub drain. When I was a kid that was a real phobia
CERN-LHC leaders, now ask taxpayers for $30 billion over the next 10 years, denying TRANSPARENCY in SCIENCE, making the same mistake with FPGA
There is a need for accountability when obtaining results after an additional $30 billion has been requested. It is taxpayer fraud if a solution known to be more cost-effective is rejected for another that will provide little results because leaders have an agenda that benefits the few instead of having the scientific goal of understanding the laws of nature to benefit humanity. Below are some shocking figures beyond the failure of wasting money in building an inefficient Level-1 Trigger that provided inconclusive results, while the 3D-Flow technology to obtain conclusive results has been available for more than two decades. Should taxpayers and their Government Representatives trust the same scientists who deceived them and who are now asking over $30 billion for the LHC project upgrade for the next 10 years?
Sources are provided to check these figures: Dividing the total cost of CERN personnel for the year 2012 of $594.6 million by 2,512 of staff employees, we arrive at the average cost per CERN employee of $236,703 (which includes Applied Physicists, Craftsmen, Engineers, Technicians and Administrative Personnel etc.). (See figures from the CERN annual report []. Although each CERN employee receives a smaller monthly amount, this is the cost to taxpayers which also includes employee healthcare benefits and retirement, etc.).
CERN personnel cost in 2012 was 55.1% of the total annual budget of $1.07 Billion. This represents an increase from the 38.6% CERN personnel cost of the total budget in 2003 when the average cost per employee was $178,300 as reported at page 13 of ref [].
Adding the cost for ten years to upgrade the LHC and its related detector instrumentation of
$18 billion – the cost of 12,080 employees working on the LHC projects who are paid by home universities, research institutes, and agencies, etc., of different countries at $150,000 average per year, $10 billion – CERN’s annual operating cost of approximately $1 billion per year; $2 billion – the estimated cost to upgrade the detector instrumentations. This totals $30 billion over the ten years.
Many taxpayers have difficulty paying their bills and are forced to make sacrifices. Although most of them do not have the technical skills to understand how the Level-1 Trigger in a $50 billion project spent over the past 20 years had the task to select one “pearl” out of 10,000 particles from thousands of data arriving in parallel at a billion events per second, they can understand the honesty of a transparent public debate, where leaders invite all experts in the field and do all they can to find a more cost-effective approach to obtain valuable unambiguous results so as not to repeat the same 20-year mistake.
GREAT SPIRITS ALWAYS ENCOUNTER THE MOST VIOLENT OPPOSITION FROM MEDIOCRE MINDS E=MC2
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #12434 on: Mar 22nd, 2015, 9:01pm »
"This is close as we can get what it feels being sucked down the bathtub drain."
NO DRAIN ~ NO GAIN...
MIGHT STEPHEN HAWKING BE RIGHT...
"The Higgs potential has the worrisome feature that it might become megastable at energies above 100bn giga-electron-volts (GeV). This could mean that the universe could undergo catastrophic vacuum decay, with a bubble of the true vacuum expanding at the speed of light. This could happen at any time and we wouldn't see it coming."
WOULDN'T SEE IT COMING HUH ~ ~ WHY IS SUCH PROGONOSTICATION NOT SURPRISING...
@ DOC ~ THE ECLECTIC BRITON HUMOR HAS ALWAYS BEEN PART OF MY AFTERNOON TEA TIME ~ INSIGHT AND WISDOM OF A MONARCH MY FRIEND...
NOT TO OFFEND HER MAJESTY ~ SHE'S A LOOKER
INDEED ~ ANGLICAN TOUCH ~TOUCHE'...
BUT THEN AGAIN ~ FOR THE OVERTONE MOMENT OF THE DAY ~ PEACE AND PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE MAY MASS AROUND ~ A KOSHER ELEMENT 115...
EDIT TO ADD:
WOULDN'T SEE IT COMING ~ MIGHT NEED TO BE DIMENSIONALLY/COSMICALLY CONSIDERED~ IN LIEU OF THE SCIENTIFIC BANKRUPTCY FILED IN FUKUSHIMA...SUCH MINDSET AND REPERCUSSIONS
NEVER FORGETTING OUR BROTHER MURPHY...
"Murphy's law is an adage or epigram that is typically stated as: Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong."
ADAGE + EPIGRAM = ADAGIGRAM AND SUCH ADAGIGRAM OF NEVIL MASKELYNE ~ RATHER INTREGUEING!
The British stage magician Nevil Maskelyne wrote in 1908:
It is an experience common to all men to find that, on any special occasion, such as the production of a magical effect for the first time in public, everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Whether we must attribute this to the malignity of matter or to the total depravity of inanimate things, whether the exciting cause is hurry, worry, or what not, the fact remains.
REMINDS ME OF THAT VAN MORRISON SONG OHHH ~ OHH ~ DOMINO