Fascinating. Designed by Lynne Bruning, “Bats Have Feelings Too” is a fashionable haptic coat for the blind, or, in her term, “a wearable cane.”
Also see: ‘Haptics’ display sought to bring graphics to the blind
For the National Science Foundation funded haptic-display project, West wants to turn this concept around, by sending signals to an electro-active polymer that responds with motion on its surface. The researchers hope their efforts will result in a display of graphical patterns for the blind to feel with their hands.
from M.I.T.’s Technology Review:
- Ushahidi Engine
- Digital Preservation Europe
- Peer-to-Peer Video Broadcast System
- Google Listen
- TV Everywhere
- 4G Cellular Network
- High-Performance Video Coding
- Advertising Works
Wouldn’t it be great to have a digital food machine sitting in your kitchen that could create any dish, real or imagined, from scratch at the touch of a button?
Cornucopia: Digital Gastronomy is a concept design that uses the well-established principles of 3D printing – plus precisely timed and temperature-controlled mixing and cooking – to open the door to a virtually limitless realm of replicable, creative cuisine in shapes and combinations that are simply impossible using our current, centuries-old cooking techniques. It’s a wonderful look into the future of cooking, from the creative food lover’s perspective.
from the Institute For the Future:
Looking for a way to see if a drug might give you side effects–without having to deal with the whole pesky process of experiencing those effects?
Science writer David Ewing Duncan highlights an experimental technology from Cell Dynamics International involving reverse engineering cells from the body, such as blood cells, into pluripotent stem cells, and then engineering them back into organ cells in order to test out how different stimuli and medications might impact one’s cells.