MIT researchers reveal an interface that allows us to plug our brain into a computer

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MIT senior, Christina Tringides, holds a sample of the multifunction fiber.

MIT researchers reveal an interface that could make plugging our brain into a computer a reality. Their system uses new fibers less than a width of a hair that could deliver optical signals and drugs directly into the brain, along with electrical readouts to continuously monitor the effects of the various inputs.

 

 

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Technological Unemployment and our Need for Micro Colleges

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Futurist Thomas Frey: Business owners today are actively deciding whether their next hire should be a person or a machine. After all, machines can work in the dark and don’t come with decades of HR case law requiring time off for holidays, personal illness, excessive overtime, chronic stress or anxiety.

 

 

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‘Smart garments’ will be the hottest trend of 2015

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Gartner predicts sales of smart clothing will exceed 10 million in 2015.

Some of the hottest products of 2014 are smartwatches and fitness bands. We’ve seen a dizzying array of watches from many major manufacturers, and fitness bands released by some of the biggest tech firms in the world. (Videos)

 

 

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Michelin announces it will mass-produce the Tweel airless tire

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Tweel airless tire

Michelin is the first company that will start mass-producing an airless radial tire, known as the Tweel. The Tweel can never go flat and never be punctured, and after talking about it for a decade Michelin is finally going to start making it in quantities. (Video)

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ComfortWay – Smart iPhone case that offers all-day data roaming for just $2

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ComfortWay

If you travel a lot internationally you more than likely have been stung by roaming Internet charges at some point or another. It’s possible to buy or rent a local SIM card when you’re abroad but this requires that your iPhone be either unlocked or jailbroken — and also limits users to just one mobile carrier in each country. (Video)

 

 

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Growing Bolder TV interview with Thomas Frey, one of the world’s top futurists

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Futurist Thomas Frey

If there’s one thing we all wonder about, it’s the future. Being able to predict the future would come in handy when it comes to running your business and your life.  Did you know you could turn to a futurist for answers? (Video)

 

 

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Is Tilt the future of crowdfunding?

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Tilt is a platform for people to receive money from a group of friends or colleagues.

Reports of the crowdfunding revolution have been greatly exaggerated.James Beshara, chief executive of a crowdfunding company, acknowledges that the crowdfunding revolution has been greatly exaggerated. “The amount of attention it gets far outweighs the number of people using it,” he says. (Video)

 

 

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rHEALTH diagnoses hundreds of diseases using a single drop of blood

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rHealth Device

This month, the XPRIZE Foundation announced the winner of the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE. The global competition was aimed at accelerating the availability of hardware sensors and software sensing technology as a means to smarter digital health solutions. The winning device is called the Reusable Handheld Electrolyte and Lab Technology for Humans (rHEALTH) system. It can potentially run hundreds or even thousands of lab tests using a single drop of blood, and those tests, in turn, can be used to diagnose a range of diseases. (Video)

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Evacuated Tube Transport Technology (ET3) is 50 times more efficient than rail

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Evacuated Tube Transport Technology

Evacuated Tube Transport Technology is magnetically levitated capsules in vacuum tubes.  Propulsion energy required is 100,000 times less than required by a car. ET3 will achieve 50 times more transportation per kWh (or ton of CO2) than electric cars or trains.  The cost is ten times less. They calculate they can build an ET3 system for about $7 million per mile. (Videos)

 

 

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Micro-scallop robots can swim through your blood, eyeballs

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A micro-scallop robot is only a fraction of a millimeter in size.

Simplicity is important when designing robots on the micro or nano scale (like, small enough to fit inside your body). There just isn’t room for complex motors or actuation systems. There’s barely room for any electronics whatsoever, not to mention batteries, which is why robots that can swim inside your bloodstream or zip around your eyeballs are often driven by magnetic fields.(Video)

 

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Bionic Bird: A flying bird-shaped drone controlled with your smartphone

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Bionic Bird

Bionic Bird isn’t a bird or a plane. Bionic Bird is a bird-shaped drone. This new mechanical bird, due to land this December, will be app controlled, using a Bluetooth 4.0 link to support 100 meters of remote controlled flight from your smartphone or tablet. (Videos)

 

 

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The Krossblade SkyCruiser flying car transforms from helicopter to plane in mid-air

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Krossblade SkyCruiser

A new flying car, the Krossblade SkyCruiser, is not like any other flying car.  While folding wings are pretty common among these car/plane prototypes, the SkyCruiser has a Transformer-like power to reconfigure itself in mid-air. (Video)
 

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