A warm ‘hug’ brings in the much needed comfort and assurance at times of distress or difficulties. Perhaps that is why researchers at the University of Electro Communications, Tokyo have developed a hugging machine that replicates the emotional gesture with the help of a humanoid device fitted with pressure sensors.
Since most of our time is ruled by the letters on the keyboard be it the computer or the phone, here’s a tid-bit about the frequency of key usage. Mike Knuepfel has used the data [below] from wikipedia to construct a sculptural visualization using a 3D rapid prototyping technique.
Japanese scientist Mitsuyuki Ikeda from Okayama Laboratory has implemented a method of conversion of human feces into steaks that is fit for consumption. It all started with the Tokyo Sewage requiring solutions from him, to handle/ reuse the excess quantity of sewage mud. Finding high protein content in the waste matter due to the presence of bacteria, his approach was to recycle the sewage mud into edible meat.
T-shirts brought forward by telecom operator Orange is said to have the technology to charge phones with sound vibrations. That is why the prototype will be tested at the Glastonbury festival wherein the users can connect their phones to the ‘Sound Charge’ shirts for powering them up.
Cufflinks are not new here but iCufflinks do take the cake from all that we have seen till now. Made to look like a power button, the iCufflinks pulsate with a light just like laptops in sleep mode do. Integrated with a circuit board, pulsating LED and battery, the cufflink remains functional for 24 hrs. non-stop to be worn in any geeky party.
Who doesn’t love the warm and breezy summer? Well, here’s another reason to smile and hike out in the brilliance of the sun. Check out this photo sensitive t-shirt which in sunlight sprouts out leaves and roots on its surface around the boldly featured photosynthesis reaction!