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Stressed? Soon your PlayStation may know if you're upset

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Stressed? Want to know if you are while you're gaming, well, according to a series of patents that Sony have filed recently, they might be adding biometric sensors to PlayStation 3 controllers and to a handheld resembling the PlayStation Vita.

 

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Will gaming change if it [the game] knows how you feel? Well, think about it... if a game can detect you're stressed by holding the controller down - it might tone down the AI, difficulty, etc. If it's a horror game, it might amp it up, making you more scared and making you hold the controller ever so tightly.

 

The sensors in the patents would measure the moisture of your skin, heart rhythm, and muscle tension. This really could change everything, again, and is something I expected from Apple (snicker), but if Sony incorporates this into the PlayStation 4, it really could change the way games are not only played, but made. It would change everything, from background music and facial expressions to running speed and weapon accuracy.

 

The possibilities of something like this are quite endless.

Want to detect Radiation levels at home? Scosche's HRDTX is for you!

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Scosche already have a portable RDTX detector which has the ability to send radiation warnings through your iPhone, but they've stepped it up a little here with the HRDTX. The HRDTX is designed to monitor your home, providing audible warnings and e-mail alerts when radiation levels become too dangerous.

 

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The HRDTX uses "fast photo sensor technology" accurately measures gamma radiation without the need for calibration, and provides both visual and audible warnings depending on the "threat level". Green lights are always good, which means its safe, a yellow light with a beep every 30 minutes means that radiation levels are elevated. When the radiation levels become too dangerous, the HRDTX has a 105db alarm that will go nuts before the units light turns red.

 

It even features Wi-Fi, which allows it to send an e-mail to the homeowner while they're away from the house reporting to them that the radiation levels have risen to the point where it is no longer advisable to return.

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iPod fathers new startup "Nest Labs" builds Learning Thermostat

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Fathers of the iPod, Ton Fadell who created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three versions of the iPhone, and Matt Rogers who was responsible for iPod software development at Apple, have a new startup: Nest Labs. Their first product? The Nest Learning Thermostat, which is designed to intelligently "learn" the behaviors of the user and adjust accordingly.

 

 

During the first seven days of use, the customer will set base temperatures using a single dial which is like a big click wheel. Click the wheel right for the temperature to increase and the display to turn orange, or to the left, to bring it down and the display turns blue. The Nest then records your initial settings and starts to take over after the first week or so. As usage continues, Nest will fine-tune settings using sensors, algorithms and cloud computing.

 

As an example, Nest is able to detect when users have left the house using a motion sensor and it will throttle back heating or cooling accordingly. The thermostat also includes an ambient light sensor and will adjust the brightness of the display relative to the surrounding light in the room to not cause eye strain.

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Temporary Surgical Implant Allows Patient To Operate Computer With Mind, Order Take-Out

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From the people that brought you the crops that farm you, scientists in Russia were able to surgically implant a temporary device that allowed a patient to operate a computer- with the mind. This news comes to us from the aptly-named Singularity Hub, reminding us that one day, whether we like it or not, robots will take over the world. Also, something's telling me they're going to be able to override the Prime Directive.

 

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The operation was overseen by Dr. Eric Leuthardt, a man previously responsible for developing another Brain-Computer Interface that allowed patients to control video-games with their minds. Clearly, the good doctor's philosophy has taken a turn from "Let's play Space Invaders with our minds!" to "Let's invade Space with Cyborgs". This particular BCI is a net of ECoG (electrocorticographic) electrodes that was temporarily placed beneath the dura, a layer of connective tissue in the brain. Scary? Scarier is that it took some of the patients a mere 4 minutes to get used to the interface and operate a computer with ease. Leuthardt believes this will be instrumental in the operation of bionic prosthetics- I'll be damned if this doesn't get creepier by the word.

 

Here's a promotional video with more details. Hit the link above to read more about the technical stuff.

 

 

Hospitals set to receive 'real-time' waiting times

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In a radical move, patients will finally be able to see just how long the list of people are in hospital emergency departments ahead of time before they arrive. The overhaul of the health system is being lead by Health Minister Jillian Skinner who as her first move is also giving power back to the doctors and nurses to run their hospitals.

 

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In an interview with The Daily Telegraph yesterday, Skinner said she would not rule out job cuts and wanted bureaucrats in "ivory towers" to get back to working in hospitals.

 

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NEC mirror will take your temperature without touching you

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Anyone that has kids knows that you have to sit on them a lot of the time if you need to check their temperature. I know my kids don't want to sit still that long and even when they do they end up talking and it takes twice as long as it should to see if they have a fever or not. NEC has unveiled a new mirror that parents will really like called the Thermo Mirror.

 

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The device is a normal mirror that you can look at to see your reflection. It also has tech inside that shoots uses an IR sensor to check how hot you are. If it detects a fever, the mirror will sound an alarm. The other big upside to this design is that you won't have to cram a thermometer up an infant's bum and there will be no cross contamination between users.

 

The big downside to the tech at this point is that the thing is very expensive. Two versions are offered in Japan with one selling for $1200 and the other selling for $1460. The difference between the two is unknown and apparently, they aren't shipping outside of Japan at this point.

 

Withings Blood Pressure Monitor uses the iPhone

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CES 2011, Las Vegas - Withings has been making some health related gear for a while now that interfaces with the iPhone. The first thing that we saw from the company was a scale that worked with an iPhone app for tracking weight loss and the scale could tweet your weight if you wanted. Withings has unveiled its latest iPhone using medical gadget at CES today and the new product is a blood pressure monitor.

 

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The system has a white blood pressure cuff and a pump that will inflate the cuff that attaches to the sync port on the iPhone. An app running on the iPhone records the blood pressure and shows the current reading for the user to see. The readings can be stored for comparison and sharing with a caregiver that is monitoring the blood pressure of the user.

 

The Withings Blood Pressure monitor will also work with the iPad and the iPod touch. The app on the iOS device runs the Withings API that allows the sharing of the readings with Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault services. The blood pressure system will ship this month for $129.

 

GymyGym lets geeks workout without getting out of the computer chair

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I can tell you from experience that it can be very hard to find time to get to the gym for some exercise. My gym is only about a mile from the house and some weeks I am just too busy to make it. If you have no desire to go to a gym, but you need to keep yourself in tiptop shape for all those hard-core COD gaming sessions, we have the perfect office chair for you.

 

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The chair is called the GymyGym and the thing is billed as the world's first ergonomic exercise chair. The chair comes in several colors and appears to have stretch exercise bands to hold you up. The chair has a couple elastic resistance bands that have handles on it and you can grab them and get your workout in.

 

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Steve Jobs' health all the buzz with the press

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The world just can't get enough Steve Jobs. Despite taking a leave of absence for health reasons the press has gone mad with speculation over his health.

 

The Sydney Morning Herald has an extremely speculative two page article on what may (or may not be) happening to Jobs now that he is out of the office.

 

To be honest with you I think he did the right thing be stepping out for a while. I hope the time off does him some good and he is able to get past his current health issues whatever they really are.

 

Read more here.

 

Steve Jobs' health all the buzz with the press

Doctors who have not treated Jobs say they can only speculate without hard information, but they said the tumor he was treated for in 2004 could have spread to another organ or resurfaced in the pancreas, requiring surgery or other treatment.
Jobs could also be coping with side effects of that surgery that can be treated easily, they said.

 

In 2004, Jobs was treated for a rare type of pancreatic cancer called an islet-cell, or neuroendocrine, tumor. Such tumors can be benign or malignant, but they usually grow slowly and are far less deadly than most pancreatic tumors.

 

The American Cancer Society estimates that 37,680 Americans get pancreatic cancer each year, but few get islet-cell tumors of the kind Jobs had. The tumors are easily removed surgically but recur in roughly half of patients, said Dr. Roderich Schwarz, a cancer surgeon at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

 

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