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Buoy is an all-in-one solution that uses algorithms to monitor water usage in real time, alerts you when there are leaks and offers remote shutdown capability (Image credit Buoy Labs)   Who knew you could task AI and machine learning to monitor the water that flows through your home? Apparently, Santa Cruz-based Buoy Labs did, and they’ve used those algorithms to develop a water monitoring platform that could help lessen your water bills, which is good news for those who live in are ...
MIT researchers create new sensors that warn you when plants are running out of water using carbon-based ink. These sensors are placed on leaves and let researchers examine the stomata (Photo from Betsy Skrip)   Plants can be a wonderful addition to any home. They make the room look nicer, can give off good smells, and just be a pleasant experience. But, what inevitably happens is you forget to water it, and there goes your plant in the trash. What if your plants could alert you when they& ...
Ford Performance is looking to improve your mental performance by relying on tactics used by professional drivers, VR, and an EEG. Prototype of a racing helmet integrated with EEG Ford is currently working on (Photo via Ford)   When you’re a professional driver, concentration is a must when behind the wheel. Letting your focus break could lead to a major accident, which is why they use certain mental training techniques. One of these methods includes a new brain scanning helmet that ...
Scientists from EPFL are currently testing the use of VR to reduce phantom pain in paraplegics and those who suffer from spinal cord injuries. Phantom pain can’t be treated with medication, but VR may be the solution. (Photo from EPFL)   VR technology is still on the rise, but it still hasn’t become an every day thing for the masses. Typical complaints: the gear is too expensive and the games are usually just short demos rather than anything sustainable. But VR may soon find ne ...

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