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Meet Your New Home Medical Laboratory: Scanadu

The ease of access to medical information has increased our health IQs greatly from pre-Internet days. But if doctors aren't exasperated with their know-it-all patients just yet, a Silicon Valley startup called Scanadu is about to change the practice of medicine altogether with smart gadgets that give you the tools to test and analyze your own vitals and body fluids.  And you don't need a prescription, or a fortune, to buy them!  

Don't Waste Time Sleeping: Fight Dragons In Your Dreams

Lucid dream masks work by flashing a series of light patterns when you are in REM sleep. The Remee Mask, the Aurora Mask, the REM Dreamer as well as apps like DreamZ, or Lucid Dreaming, claim they can make you aware you are dreaming, and have some control over the events that occur. Can we regain hours of our lives, in our imaginative worlds where anything is possible? Can we fight dragons in our dreams?

Google Wants To Bring Android Into Our Cars

Google is a company that sets itself apart from the others mostly due to the broad spectrum of activities and enterprises it invests on. Google's investment in cars is not new, with the development of a self-driving car as one of the most well-known projects by the company, but recently it has been announced that Google wants to move Android into our cars, with something called "Open Automotive Alliance".

Feeling Anxious Or Pessimistic? Use This WristBand To Measure Your Mood

Measure your autonomous nervous system (ANS) with Phyode's wristband, the W/Me wearable wellness tracker. Measure your pulse and your temperature, and see if you are passive, excitable, anxious, or pessimistic. Then just let the smartphone app coach you on breathing techniques to help you feel more balanced. 

The WildCat -- A New All-Terrain Robot that Sort of Looks Like a Monster

Look at that picture on the right.  Looks innocuous enough, right?  Well, wait until you see this thing in motion.  Quite scary.  But, scariness aside, there is something to say about the WildCat robot.  It may just be the way to cover long distances across all sorts of terrain at a rather rapid pace.

Graduate Student Invents A Mechanical Inchworm To Patrol Power Lines

A graduate student at UC San Diego by the name of Nick Morozovsky has invented a rather unique alternative to in-person power line inspections. Meet Skysweeper: a mechanical inchworm that consists of little more than some 3D printed components, an arduino motor, and a store-bought battery.

Scared Of A Stroke? Save Yourself With A Shake

JustShakeIt is an Android App that acts as an emergency alert system for patients suffering with neurological conditions like strokes, epilepsy or migraines. It is the first product by Healint, a Singapore based mobile health tech startup.

Will Semantic Technology Make Our Smart Phones Smarter?

In the foreseeable future, search on smartphones will allow for intuitive logic not just text-matching based on keywords. But what will our smartphones offer in the Web 3.0 world of Semantic Technology, Augmented Reality and the Internet of Things?

This Gecko-Like Robot May One Day Crawl Over The Hulls Of Spacecraft

One enduring trend in the world of robotics is for researchers to base their designs on real-world creatures. The six-legged Abigaille - based on a real-world gecko- is no exception. Designed by Canadian researchers, it may one day operate on the hulls of spacecraft for maintenance and repair.

Is The GIG Up For Internet Speed?

While Gigabyte broadband might still be on the drawing boards for many of our major telecom companies, Sprint is tackling high-speed mobile while Google is making its mark in the wired internet side of the world. Both are pressing hard to deliver a gigabit of data each second to the home in the not-so-distant future.