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Phone Covers: Now With Heart Protection

Next up for health tracking is Wello, due to ship in the fall. Wello allows you to track your ECG, blood pressure, blood oxygen, temperature and even lung function (Spirometry) "with clinical accuracy", while doubling as an iPhone cover. In order to take a reading, you need to place your thumbs on two points on the back of the case, triggering hidden sensors to begin testing your vital signs. The goal is to help you manage your life better over time.


By 2015, Humanoid Robots Will Be Better Than You At Keeping Secrets

Can you keep a secret? No? Then by 2015, robots will be more trustworthy than you. That's the year a British team of researchers plans to release new programming that allows robots to keep private information, well...private.

Harvard Scientists Clear Path For Study Of Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers at Harvard University's Stem Cell Institute have converted skin cells of patients with early-onset Alzheimer's disease into neurons that are typically affected by the disease. This is the first time researchers have been able to study the disease in human, rather than animal, cells, and this ability enhances the possibilities for earlier treatments for the disease.

Is Bitcoin's Founder 'Satoshi Nakamoto' Keyser Söze? [UPDATED]

've been fascinated with the idea of a Satoshi Nakamoto ever since I began researching the Deep Web where Bitcoin's alleged illegal transactions have run rampant. In my post, "Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Bitcoins But Were Too Broke To Ask," I compared his anonymity to the villainous fictional character Keyser Söze from the hit movie, "The Ususal Suspects."

Charles Is A Robot That Can Sing, Tell The Weather, And Read Emotions

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology has just designed what he's referring to as the world's most advanced robot. The companion bot Charlie proves that size doesn't mean anything, standing at a mere 20 centimeters tall. Sweet, right?

Japanese Researchers Unveil New Wearable Computer For Your Ear

With the arrival of the Samsung Gear, and the highly anticipated Google Glass on the horizon, wearable technology seems to be the new chapter in essential gadgets.  Enter "The Earclip-type Wearable PC," an ambitious project that will grant users complete control of a miniature ear computer with a wiggle of the tongue, a raised eyebrow, or even clenching your teeth.

Finally! An App That Cures Laziness!

I'm a procrastinator. I've even procrastinated about writing this article. I read somewhere that you only procrastinate on the things you don't want to do. But then I read somewhere else that procrastination is good for you. Who knows.

Isn't there an app for this? Of course there is. And today it's free. It's called Finish.


To Build A #Dungeon: Interview With Sean Oxspring And Kieran Hicks

Earlier this week, I got the chance to host a Skype interview with Kieran Hicks and Sean Oxspring, developers of #Dungeon, a Roguelike which uses Twitter to build its levels. I was quite intrigued even before our talk, but now that it's done, I can't wait for the game to launch.

Virtual Reality Gets A Boost As Zelda Gets Oculus Rift Treament

Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, is already changing the world and it hasn't even gone on sale yet. Here we see what happens when The Legend of Zelda is transformed from 2-D fantasy game to 3-D epic using Oculus RIft and some clever programming techniques.


TheSelfie Makes Taking Your Own Picture A Snap

In the world of apps like SnapChat and Instagram, the selfie reigns supreme. To prove that point, did you know that "selfie" was the word of the year in 2013 according to the Oxford Dictionaries? For those of you that have been living under a rock for the past five years, selfie is a term used to describe the action taken when taking a picture of one's self. #TheSelfie (Hashtag included in the product name) is a shutter controlling device to make taking selfies easier.

Don't Take Your Sense Of Touch For Granted

Manual dexterity - the ability to open a bottle, to sign a birthday card is something we take for granted. When your sense of touch is impaired due to a stroke, diabetes or otherwise, tying your laces can become impossible. Recent research has found that wearable gloves that stimulate the nerves which communicate with the brain, can improve the tactile discrimination (quality of the sense of touch) of patients.


Human Exoskeleton Is "The Most Complex Wearable Robot" Ever Built

Today, we're one step closer to fully-functional robotic exoskeletons. Engineers in italy have created the world's most complex wearable robot - an exoskeleton known as the "Body Extender." They believe this device to have a wide range of applications, from therapy to industrial work. Cool, right?

Restaurant Mon Petit: Dine Like A Feline At Purina's Exclusive & Unusual Eatery

It was only a matter of time, considering the internet has made the world's obsession with all things feline rise to new levels. Cat-themed businesses aren't a new trend, and perhaps that's why the latest business might make even the craziest of cat ladies shudder with dismay.

Need This New Invention? Bloody Bath Mat

April Fool's Day is not far off and the time for preparing your practical jokes for the day is afoot. This way cool bathmat may be just the thing to freak out your significant other or houseguests. While they are in the shower you just sneak in and switch out that boring plain white bathmat with the Bloody Bathmat -- one covered with bloody footprints and directional blood spatter. Then you just wait for the screams.

Design Paper Towel Holder For Umbra, Win Cash & More!

GrabCAD and leading modern product designers at Umbra have teamed up to task the inventor community to create an exceptional paper towel holder. They’re ready to reward the coolest designs with cash, gifts and a potential long term partnership!

Hitler & Putin Mashup Of 'Putler' Becomes Ominous Social Media Moniker

While today's emphasis on all-things-celebrity seems at times all-consuming, the mashups of certain couples' names have entered our lexicon, dating all the way back to the ill-fated relationship of "Bennifer" [Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez]. Others like "Brangelina" [Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie] have stood the test of time, while the dubbing of the would-be coupling of "Kimye" [Kim Kardashian & Kanye West] portends a short-lived hook-up. On a much more somber note, combining the names of Hitler and Putin - to 'Putler'. . .

Hop Into Kenguru, The Electric Car Designed For Wheelchair Users

What car has four wheels, one door and no seats? The Kenguru of course! Able to cruise at up to 45 km/h (28 mph) with a range of up to 110 km (68 miles), the environmentally friendly and electrically powered Kenguru offers wheelchair users roll-in, drive-away convenience in a great-looking, affordable package.

Pet Painting Made Simple With Stencils & Spray From PetPaint

Who needs to buy pet costumes when you can create your own using colored pet hair spray by PetPaint?  This is a colored hair spray that looks so natural on your pets, you will be amazed how it transforms them.  You will want to use this pet-safe fur color for any holiday or occasion, not just Halloween, and it's so darn much fun!

This 78-Fingered Robot Guitarist Is An Emotional Music Machine

Robots might not be capable of emotion, but they can certainly fake it. Take, for example, Z-Machines, a party-robot band based out of Japan. Recently, the group collaborated with an electronic artist by the name of Squarepusher. The result? A robots' song lamenting their lot as entertainment machine.

The Cure For Phantom Limb Might Involve Playing Trackmania

No one's quite sure what causes the phantom limb effect, nor do we have an adequate medical explanation for why an amputee might experience muscle cramps or pain in a nonexistant appendage. In spite of this, one researcher in Sweden thinks he might be zeroing in on a cure...and it involves gaming.