Why Wearable Tech Will Be as Big as the Smartphone “How do you spell Mantle?” Starner asks. He types the name on a one-handed keyboard (a “Twiddler” that used combinations of 12 buttons to span the whole range of characters) and peers into his eye-screen. Inside the Apple Watch: the Tech Behind Apple's New Wearable Apple finally took the wraps off its much-rumored Apple Watch on Tuesday, showing off features and functions on the wrist-mounted device, which is poised to shake up the growing wearables industry. Although the Apple Watch won't be available until early 2015, and there were limited opportunities for even those at the event to touch the device, the technology contained in the Apple Watch is, at first blush, pretty impressive. Let's take a look at what we know so far. Digital Crown
Physicists Discover Geometry Underlying Particle Physics Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality. “This is completely new and very much simpler than anything that has been done before,” said Andrew Hodges, a mathematical physicist at Oxford University who has been following the work. The revelation that particle interactions, the most basic events in nature, may be consequences of geometry significantly advances a decades-long effort to reformulate quantum field theory, the body of laws describing elementary particles and their interactions. Interactions that were previously calculated with mathematical formulas thousands of terms long can now be described by computing the volume of the corresponding jewel-like “amplituhedron,” which yields an equivalent one-term expression. Locality is the notion that particles can interact only from adjoining positions in space and time.
Embodied Interaction Flexible, Stretchable and Visually Customizable On-Body Touch Sensors for Mobile Computing We propose iSkin, a novel class of skin-worn sensors for touch input on the body. iSkin is a very thin sensor overlay, made of biocompatible materials, and is flexible and stretchable. It can be produced in different shapes and sizes to suit various locations of the body such as the finger, forearm, or ear. Integrating capacitive and resistive touch sensing, the sensor is capable of detecting touch input with two levels of pressure, even when stretched by 30% or when bent with a radius of 0.5 cm. Furthermore, iSkin supports single or multiple touch areas of custom shape and arrangement, as well as more complex widgets, such as sliders and click wheels.
Security an afterthought in connected home, wearable devices Based on an extensive review of publicly reported internet of things (IoT) device vulnerabilities, the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) today announced that all of the problems could have been easily avoided. "In this rush to bring connected devices to market, security and privacy is often being overlooked," Craig Spiezle, executive director and president of the OTA, said in a statement today. "If businesses do not make a systematic change, we risk seeing the weaponization of these devices and an erosion of consumer confidence impacting the IoT industry on a whole due to their security and privacy shortcomings." If only they had listened ... The OTA, a nonprofit group comprised of academics and representatives from the public and private sector, is dedicated to developing and advocating best practices and policy concerning security and privacy.
How The Human Brain Creates Consciousness Scientific talks can get a little dry, so I try to mix it up. I take out my giant hairy orangutan puppet, do some ventriloquism and quickly become entangled in an argument. I’ll be explaining my theory about how the brain — a biological machine — generates consciousness. Kevin, the orangutan, starts heckling me. Wearable Technology and Wearable Devices: Everything You Need to Know Everything You Need to Know Introduction to Wearable Technology What is Wearable Technology? What are Wearable Devices? The terms “wearable technology“, “wearable devices“, and “wearables” all refer to electronic technologies or computers that are incorporated into items of clothing and accessories which can comfortably be worn on the body. These wearable devices can perform many of the same computing tasks as mobile phones and laptop computers; however, in some cases, wearable technology can outperform these hand-held devices entirely.
Sex Toys Of The Future, According To The Adult Entertainment Expo (NSFW) You probably won't get a rise out of these toys. There are plenty of exhibitors at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, but these are the weirdest new additions we could find this year. The sex industry likes to think its on the cutting edge of extracurriculars, but these "new" products just made us giggle.