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As I've mentioned before, a paycheck represents only half of the value that a person gets from working their first job at a company.  The experience gained provides the other half, and supports the long term investment in one's own ability.  Many of us in technical careers wrongly assume that focusing on technical prowess is the only skill that matters; thinking that being able to create the best designs will solve any career insecurity.  While that is true to the extent that bein ...
Infamous D-Wave black box, the Quantum Computer. Available to the pubic! (via D-Wave)   As computer hardware has progressed so has the software that makes them work. Starting decades ago punch cards were used to write programs for giant main frame computers. Then as time elapsed computers began to get smaller and more efficient. Likewise, languages used to program them also began to become more efficient. Languages such as FORTRAN, COBOL, and C were introduced which had a tremendous impact ...
Round One - Fight!   Mockery is the greatest form of flattery. Raspberry Pi hit the world by storm. Immediately, the industry responded. Since Raspberry Pi was introduced, many usurpers have tried to dethrone the board with little luck. Like Kleenex or Xerox, Raspberry Pi is the defacto description of small form factor computers. Every new board mentions Raspberry Pi somewhere in its literature; a mantra being “we are better than.” However, are any of the alternatives better? L ...
Ubuntu Edge conceptual design. Fitting in with the industry standard motif. (via Indiegogo)   Four respective companies --Apple, Google, Microsoft and Blackberry-- currently dominate the world of mobile devices. Of those four, two, iPhone and Android-based phones, have all but cornered the market in mobile devices retaining 90% of smartphone sales globally (as of mid-July 2013). While mobile devices come in many different flavors with regards to the OS it uses, one has had the least exposur ...
Image of the first M. mycoides JCVI-syn1.0 synthesized bacterium - J. Craig Venter Institute’s proof-of-concept for the promising future development of an entirely synthetic genome.  (via J. Craig Venter Institute)     Genetic restructuring; building within nature is gaining momentum.   The topic of synthetic life creation, so- called “playing god,” is one of those grand topics that seems to get mass media coverage from all different angles - even those n ...
DNA, curcuitry of life... so to speak. (via stock photography)   Already hard at work with recent announcements that shift us into the world of biological computing via DNA information storage and transmission processes, the same Stanford research team brings us more good news on the third and final component that will soon make biological computers fully functional: a DNA- and RNA- based transistor.   The team of bioengineers from Stanford published a paper in the March 28th issue o ...
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NFC Ring

Posted by johnyma22 Jul 22, 2013
We're attempting to launch an NFC Ring which is available on Kickstarter for ~£20.   The ring is available in a number of sizes and colors, it contains two NFC inlays.  We're providing inlays seperately should you want to hack together your own piece of jewerly.     You can get involved with the Kickstart now so we can get this product to market.   Visit the project website to keep informed ...
Currency of the future? Many push for it. (via bitcoin)   Cryptocurrencies have been on the rise as of late and it was only inevitable that emerging businesses are starting to embrace the digital currency as a form of payment alongside traditional currencies. For those unaware as to what cryptocurrencies are, they are a form of digital currency that incorporates cryptography used in a ‘proof of work’ environment, which is used to both create and manage the currency. This form of ...
Like a "large gel-cap." A bit of an understatement... Measuring the body temperature from the inside. But only the core. (via BMedical)   The causes of heat stress, heat exhaustion and dehydration are somewhat understood, but identifying their symptoms in individuals can be extremely difficult which makes them very dangerous.  Some of the most accurate measurements of core body temperature come from the ear or the rectum but this makes them inconvenient to monitor especially if people ...
Left: Mosquito larva develops its own nano-suit for protection under the radiation and space-like environment of an electron microscope Right: Mosquito larva with no protection quickly dehydrates under an electron microscope (via MIT)   What does it take to survive space travel? A tough, durable suit that can withstand the radiation and vacuum pressures of the environment is clearly necessary, as we’ve seen - but these suits are not the most flexible attire for moving around very mu ...
The professor's view of the Augmented Lecture Feedback System. One student is on their phone! Expel them! (via British Journal of Educational Technology)   Education in the coming decades will make use of an augmented reality. A reality that includes head-mounted displays and books with many more dimensions than those on flat pages. At the university level, a project at the Carlos The 3rd University in Madrid performed by collaborating professors and researchers is using AR to improve the ...
Eating better in a digital world, easy... (via HAPILABS)   As a follow-up to their recent release of a line of health-conscious gadgets, HAPILABS has finally taken to Kickstarter to begin crowdfunding for the production of their HAPIfork. Simply put: the HAPIfork is an electronic fork that gives people the ability to closely monitor the way that they eat in real time and over a long period of time through statistical measurement. Of course, that is only a small taste of its features and th ...
VIS VIRES DURA-ACE, next-gen bike for the year of next-gen? (via Factor Bikes)   Economies all over the world are still on shaky ground and as a result, more people have been looking towards alternative methods of transportation. One of those alternative methods is biking, which has been gaining in popularity over the years with those who are solely depended on automobiles for transportation. Like all hobbies however, there is the enthusiast crowd who have the time, money and initiative to ...
That is around $20 US. (via iGeak)   Wireless near-field communication connects and communicates our bodily motions to devices around us. Many are quick to dismiss NFC because it has not resulted in consumption. Nevertheless, the truth is that its potentials are many, many more than those we have explored. Take for instance a new device being developed by the company iGeak. They have made an NFC ring that communicates with your cell phone to unlock it, and it can digitally store and sha ...
(Left) Concept image of the multifunctional, multilayered design of the micro-injectable LED opto-device (Right) An image of the LED device shown to scale   Professor John A. Rodgers has previously taught us what the future has in store by way of flexible, stampable microelectronics that adhere to the surface of human skin. As revolutionary as those devices can be - providing critical health-related information from real-time physiological monitoring of the human body - they are limited in ...
The "No Place Like Home" nagivation shoes. High-tech high-fashion at its best. GPS will lead you back, on foot... (via Dominic Wilcox)   Sometimes getting back home requires a little bit of guidance. Some people may choose their phones to be that main source of guidance. For Dominic Wilcox integrating a GPS module into a shoe was his envision of guidance home. Dominic managed to create a fully functional GPS shoe with LED lights to point you to your next destination.   The shoe is k ...
Pocket Spacecraft concept diagram (via pocketspacecraft.com)   Those who watched The Jetsons (original 1962 version) as a child undoubtedly thought that they could one-day travel to distant planets (albeit quickly) either in a space bus or the family space/aero car. Alas, our hopes of doing so within our lifetimes is pretty much nil but we may just be able to do the next best thing without leaving the comfort of our own homes (no cloud-based apartments either). A group of engineers, scienti ...
SLOrk consists of a musical ensemble of laptop computers, hemispherical speaker systems, gametrak controllers, and student performers. (via Stanford) Big music fan? Thought so. With quickly evolving technologies influencing most facets of our daily lives, it is fun to speculate how much of an effect new gadgetry will have on the creation of music. We’ve recently reviewed a project by start-up Lumigeek in partnership with Autodesk that resulted in a spherical speaker system equipped with a ...
Codlo coolking brings a computer controlled precise temperature cooking method to the masses. I am indeed considering adding my support. (via Codlo & kickstarter)   Slow cooking meats and vegetables can result in tasty dishes such as stew or chili. Most use a crockpot to slow cook pot roast, chicken and pork to create culinary masterpieces while others use a sous-vide machine to cook their dishes but those machines can be costly. For those who may not know, a sous-vide machine cooks mea ...
EPFL setting up for the sound scan of the Lausanne Cathedral (via EPFL)     It's like EPFL researchers watched the "Dark Knight" film a few times. Mapping an environment with sound was the only way the hero could find the badguy.   Nature has a ton of experience working out echolocation for navigation and spatial awareness. A group of researchers at the world-renowned Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) are now trying to recreate the abilities of echolocation to put t ...
"What is electronics development moved as fast as software development?" That is their motto. Will they also provide some Design-for-Testability methodologies with their kits?   Hackathons have traditionally been about software programmers (including graphic and interface designers) coming together to brainstorm and develop software on the fly in a matter of days. This trend has traversed over to the hardware side in the last few years and is continuing to gain in popularity, however the ti ...
The Delta Six is a feature-packed immersive gaming controller that allows first-person shooter fans to experience a more realistic in-game experience (via kickstarter)   With ongoing technological improvements in facets of entertainment, the gaming industry has begun to rely heavily on the ability to fully immerse gamers in an interactive, realistic environment. Gadgets such as the Wii-mote, the Kinect, PS Move, etc. show that the industry is slowly moving toward an entertainment based wor ...
Sensation Technology concept...in words (via Fogale Nanotech)   Most current mobile devices use capacitive-based touchscreens in order to navigate and interact with apps. The popular screens work by using an insulating layer, in this case glass, which is coated with a transparent conductive material such as ITO (Indium Tin Oxide). The conductive material holds a minute uniform electrical charge spread out evenly over the screen area. Humans also carry a small amount of electrical conductivi ...

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