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Gesture Cube – No need to touch just give it a wave

Gesture Cube – no need to touch, just give it a wave from Gesture Cube on Vimeo.

Just wave your hand to access music, web, your family and friends.
You don´t even need to touch the surface.  Gesture Cube uses 3D spatial movement tracking to help transform navigating a device into a magical intuitive experience. The underlying GestIC® technology detects your hand´s approach and movements – your favorite apps and media all at a wave of your hand.

The Gesture Cube …
…..is not just technology for tech’s sake. It is thoughtfully designed and deeply rooted in a genuine understanding of consumers’ expectations and needs. We have explored the possibilities of 3D technology to craft a product experience that is so intuitive it‘s almost magical. Using natural gestures to control our electronics helps to draw them closer to our natural behaviour, making things easier and more fun. The result is an intelligent product concept with unlimited possibilities for enhancing daily life with effortless interaction. The Gesture Cube´s design is simple yet so beautiful it doubles as a sculptural icon in your living space.

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The Airborne Laser Testbed – shoot down missile with laser

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The Airborne Laser Testbed (ALTB) is being developed as an advanced platform for MDA’s directed energy research program. Using two solid state lasers and a megawatt-class Chemical Oxygen Iodine Laser housed aboard a modified Boeing 747-400 Freighter, the ALTB uses directed energy to demonstrate the potential of using directed energy as a viable technology against ballistic missiles.

Firing Sequence

  1. The Airborne Laser Testbed uses six infrared sensors to detect the exhaust plume of a boosting missile.
  2. Once a target is detected, a kilowatt-class solid state laser, the Track Illuminator, tracks the missile and determines a precise aim point.
  3. The Beacon Illuminator, a second kilowatt-class solid state laser, then measures disturbances in the atmosphere, which are corrected by the adaptive optics system to accurately point and focus the high energy laser at its intended target.
  4. Using a very large telescope located in the nose turret, the beam control/fire control system focuses the megawatt-class COIL beam onto a pressurized area of the boosting missile, holding it there until the concentrated energy compromises the structural integrity of the threat missile causing it to fail.

Development

  • The High Energy Laser is now integrated on the aircraft with laser subsystem activation. The program achieved return to flight in April 2009 when it kicked-off its High Power System Integration (HPSI) experiment program. This experiment series verified correct operation of target tracking and atmospheric compensation of the upgraded Beam Control system using the low power energy lasers.

Source:  MDA

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Electric car batteries with 500-mile range on the way

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The project is progressing with its goal of boosting the range of rechargeable batteries for all-electric cars to 500 miles.

The Battery 500 Project recently held its kickoff meeting at IBM’s Almaden Laboratory in San Jose, Calif., where leading scientists, engineers and other experts brainstormed about how to perfect the power source for all-electric automobiles. (See the video.)

As a part of IBM’s 2-year-old Big Green Innovations program, the Battery 500 Project aims to boost the range of rechargeable batteries for all-electric cars from less than 100 miles today to as far as 500 miles. The consortium’s efforts are being led by the Almaden Lab in collaboration with several U.S. universities and the Department of Energy’s national labs.

“Batteries technology has improved, but is still far inferior to gasoline in terms of how much energy they hold,” said Spike Narayan, a key IBM researcher. “The energy density—which is the amount of energy a lithium-ion battery stores per unit weight—is really not enough to produce a family-sized sedan with a 300- to 500-mile range.”

Source:  Smarter Technology

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8 Medical iPhone Apps You Should Prescribe to Your Health Care Professional

iphonemonitor  8 Medical iPhone Apps You Should Prescribe to Your Health Care Professional

It’s a safe bet that one of your doctors has an iPhone. But what you may not realize is that he or she is using it as part of your overall treatment. From reading APGAR scores to x-rays, there is a fascinating array of health-care tech available in app form. Some are created by savvy developers, while others are built out of necessity by the doctors. Currently, the FDA has no over-arching regulation in place for mobile medical apps, despite the fact that they have indicated in the past that under certain circumstances the iPhone may be considered a medical device and therefore regulated as one, according to a report by Brian Dolan on Mobihealthnews.

“Many medical imaging software applications are considered medical devices and, as such, are regulated by the FDA,” says Justin Dearborn, CEO of Merge Healthcare. “FDA regulations mandate that rigorous processes must be followed during software development, productization, and maintenance.” Dedicated resources, domain knowledge and familiarity with standards allow companies such as Merge to speed up the submission process, but approval varies by product and the process to get an app to market, as outlined on the FDA’s Web site, is a rigorous one.

Source:  Fast Company

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The AirStrip OBSERVER Suite of Products

Thanks to the innovations of AirStrip Technologies, state-of-the-art remote healthcare surveillance is now a reality at hospitals nationwide.

The AirStrip OBSERVER Suite™ is a collection of robust, dynamic software solutions that are setting a new standard of care – affording healthcare providers in a variety of practice areas anywhere, anytime access to critical information that can improve patient safety and strengthen communication between healthcare professionals.

The AirStrip OBSERVER Suite includes AirStrip OB™, AirStrip CARDIOLOGY™, AirStrip CRITICAL CARE™, AirStrip IMAGING™ and AirStrip LABORATORY™. AirStrip OB is already FDA cleared and the other applications in the suite are in advanced stages of development. The Suite offers the latest remote healthcare surveillance technology across multiple healthcare disciplines. For more information on the specific features and functionalities of the products within the AirStrip OBSERVER Suite.

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Anti-fraud credit card features E-Ink display

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Visa Europe makes investment in Emue Technologies
Emue has been working closely with Visa Europe over the past 18 months to develop the Visa CodeSure solution which provides authentication and transaction security through a unique payment card with embedded display, microprocessor and numeric keypad. With multiple banks already piloting Visa CodeSure in the UK, Switzerland, Italy and Israel, today’s announcement that Visa Europe has taken a stake in Emue Technologies confirms the significant interest in this product by Visa’s member banks in the UK and other European markets.

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John Kanzius Inventor – Cancer Killing Machine

New research reports posted on the American Cancer Society’s Web site suggest that a Florida man with no medical training may have invented a machine that could lead to a cure for cancer.

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Stan Meyer Inventor – Water As Fuel – Renewable Energy

Stan Meyer developed a water “splitter” that separated hydrogen from oxygen, and burned the hydrogen as fuel in an internal combustion engine.

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Danny Klein Inventor – allows both car engines and cutting torches to run on a reusable source of water

System that allows both car engines and cutting torches to run on a reusable source of water.

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John Kanzius Inventor – Water Fuel Cell – Cancer Treatment

John Kanzius Water Fuel Cell/Cancer Treatment

John Kanzius, while researching a way to treat cancer & other diseases, stumbled a across the same principal as Stan Meyer’s Water Fuel Cell. Unlike Meyer’s device, which uses submerged stainless steel electrodes in a common feed stock of water, Mr. Kanzius’ device doesn’t make contact with the water — it pulses relatively low energy across an area, such as the human body, which is made of mostly water, or across a test tube of salt water. The salt in the water helps catalyze the process (by increasing the conductivity of the water).

The device can also be looked at as a water capacitor. Water is the feed stock and the pulses (electrical & radio waves) disassociate the hydrogen & oxygen atoms by magnetically stretching apart the atoms through constant magnetic excitation. Parallel plates, or circular or spiral electrodes or transducers all have the ability to tap energy from the quantum flux field. When these devices are used with water such as John Kanzius’ device, the energy from the quantum flux field is tapped into, then trapped by the water, turning it into a charged gas of diatomic & monatomic hydrogen & oxygen atoms, in a mixture of hydrated electrons. When combusted, the plasma implosion/explosion forms back into pure water. The plasma gas is a stoichiometric blend that is perfect for combustion applications.

This device behaves very similarly to Stan Meyer’s Electron Extraction Circuit (which uses lasers), and is the key electronic mechanism which makes his device a true water fuel cell, because the EEC produces an electrical current. The transducers, which face each other, vibrate a high radio frequency (in the ~20KHZ-200KHZ region). The power is low enough not to cause bodily harm, so is perhaps less than 200 watts. Since there is little if any heat build up between the working transducers, the excess energy exhibited with the Brown’s gas can not be traced, thus pointing to the quantum vacuum as the source of free energy.

John Kanzius’ device may be the same explanation for the technology behind the Segway inventor, Dean Kaman’s newest invention, the WATER PURIFIER.

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Red lights count down to green

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We’ve got the stoplights in our neighborhood timed pretty well, but it’s pretty painful when you’re at a foreign intersection and have absolutely no idea when the light will turn green. We shift our vehicle into Neutral and give our left foot a break at a stoplight that we know is long, but at uncharted lights, we occasionally keep our clutch foot to the floor.

One designer by the name of Damjan Stankovic decided we should wait no longer, so he designed an innovative-looking “Eko” stoplight that offers an easy to read indicator that shows how much time the light has until it turns green. The idea has some merit. If you want to conserve fuel and reduce CO2 emissions, you could turn off your engine during truly long lights. (We wouldn’t, but you could). If drivers were able to see the light from far away, they could also let off the accelerator early and save a little strain on the brakes. We can think of one big issue, though: drivers trying to time the turn from red to green.

Source:  Auto Blog

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