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Sunsprite, tracks how much sun you are getting... let's you know to get out of  the depressing cubical (via Harvard & Indiegogo)

 

Time to get out of the cube and get some sun!

 

In a country where it seems seasonal affective disorder (SAD) depression is on the rise and the winter season may never end, Harvard University researchers are on a quest to help people help fight depression with the first ever solar-powered personal sun-exposure tracker.

 

The device, developed through Cambridge, MA startup GoodLux, is about the size of a stick of gum and attaches to its user via magnetic clip. It requires no batteries, as it is solar-powered, and features 10 illuminated dots to show the user if they received enough sunlight that day.

 

Studies have shown sunlight, which provides Vitamin D, to have positive implications on sleeping patterns, energy, mood, eyesight, focus and stress levels. Studies have also shown a positive correlation between sunlight and decreased levels of depression. GoodLux is rolling out its wearable technology just in time to fight the winter blues.

 

The technology is currently available for investment on indiegogo and has surpassed its $50,000 fundraising goal by $3,000, as of the second week in March. The campaign still has three weeks to go and early buyers can get their devices for $99, versus the in-store price of $149.

 

SunSprite tracks both the light a person’s eyes receive and ultraviolet light. The illuminated dots on the device will show a user if they received their target amount of sunlight that day in increments of ten percent and the device is expected to be paired with an Android app in the near future – the device already pairs with an iOS mobile app to help users track their Vitamin D exposure.

 

GoodLux expects the technology to change over time and said the changes will be based on consumer demands. It is expected to officially enter the market at the end of the second quarter this year.

 

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Political promising can be deceiving.

 

See the real differences in a comparative look at "Who will be better for the engineering industry - Romney or Obama."

 

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This joke made the whole lab laugh. But is it funny to everyone else?

 

 

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Truly an overlooked, underappreciated part of the team. Remember, they always make it work.

 

Read some stories from out in the field:

The military's uncelebrated heroes, the Joint Robotics Repair Detachment

Military mechanics go Augmented with help from ARMAR

Why Is My Equipment Being Taken Away?

ESD Testing Does Not Test EMC Susceptibility

Infrastructure Improvement: The Smart Bridge

(More to follow, soon...)

 

 

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To some extent organic-electronics are natural, but they are not quite picked from the vine.

 

Read about what exactly are organic electronics.

 

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Phillip's ErgoSense monitor constantly watches your posture. It will become annoying in the late afternoon for sure.

 

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Combine the following:

The thermal cloaking concentric rings developed by Sebastien Guenneau at the Institut Fresnel in France.

The electromagnetic cloak cylinder from Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.

 

Add them up, you get the Battlefield Invisibility Uniform (BIU) worn by all our future war fighters.

 

"You can't shoot what you can't see."

 

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University of Belgium students created a touchscreen interface using CRT monitors. The system requires a glove laden with phototransistors to work. Cumbersome apparatuses to operate a defunked technology is not a winning combination, except for those with a lot of TVs.

 

I remember Montgomery Ward's Electric Avenue, it seemed like the future to my young eyes. It was the company's first entrance into the budding world of technology. Unfortunately, their last. Or is it?

 

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NASA's Robo-Glove gives a user a grip strength boost. It is possible with only 10 pounds of pressure, 20 pounds or more is experienced between the clutches of the gloves.

 

 

How many objects do you think the NASA test engineers squished with those gloves?

 

 

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Robot Jockeys replaced child riders in the United Arab Emirates camel racing circuit due to international human rights pressure.

 

Since then, several generations of the robotic riders have come and gone. The latest having arms used to manipulate reigns along with the riding crop.

 

There must be a Robot Jockey superstar in the camel racing world. Others tremble when they see him coming.

 

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The University of New South Wales has created an inexpensive, "perfect," single-atom transistor. The future of electronic devices for sure.

 

Hopefully no one will lose that atom...

 

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North Carolina State University researchers have come up with a way to get a 21% boost in computer performance by making the CPU and GPU work together like a single unit. Sponsored by AMD, The researchers efforts are sure to make it inside the next line of APUs.

 

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As Kinect for Windows integrates itself into homes, how soon before we all start flailing our arms? I would say this is an accurate depiction of how one might look using the device. Inspired off of my inability to navigate the XBOX Netflix menus with Kinect.

 

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