The next time you get some ink you may want to ask about upgrade options. It seems that scientists have created ultrathin microelectronic devices that can adhere to human skin much like a tattoo. According to Michael McAlpine of Princeton University. “This goes beyond Dick Tracy calling someone with a cell phone on the wrist. It’s having the wrist itself house the device so it’s always with you.” Source: Science News As our technology shrinks in size it will become easier to embed devices like these into the human body. The potential applications are almost limitless; from sensors and communications to augmentation of the human sensory system. Embeddable electronics like these could lead to a revolution in consumer electronics. According to Laura Sanders at Science News.org; “Such devices could serve as conduits between the body and other electronics. In their tests the researchers used electronic skin to control a video game. When stuck on the throat, the device read the electrical activity of muscles as a person spoke the words “up,” “down,” “left,” and “right” to control a computer cursor as it navigated through a maze. The researchers plan to improve the technology by enabling wireless communication and adding ways to store power. The device already has the capability to get power from wireless coils and solar cells. And in the future, such electronics could be designed to power themselves with stray electromagnetic signals or even energy from body heat.” Source: Science News
Every now and then an artist comes along so ridiculously far ahead of the curve that it is truly astounding to behold. His name is Onyx Ashanti and his creation is called the Tron Beatjazz Controller. He takes off the shelf technology, blends it with open source software and creates an entirely new art form that is absolute genius. For more on the man and his music go to http://beatjazz.blogspot.com/ you can also support his ongoing work at http://www.indiegogo.com/tronbeatjazz
Over the years we have marveled at the modern developments in robotics research however as it turns out there is a long tradition of mechanical automata of all sorts. They were designed to shoot arrows, draw calligraphy, serve tea and in China some even pointed the way home. These early works demonstrate a long tradition of impressive mechanical engineering knowledge far ahead of its time. The designs are elegant and beautiful works of mechanical art which must have appeared to function by pure magic. Even now these creations are impressive to watch especially when one considers how long ago they were created. As we embark on a new age of robotics perhaps it helps to take design lessons from the past to see how we can use these principles in the future.
by associate contributor tmhwriter ~
Imagine being on top of your game then an illness strikes or an accident happens and your world is changed. Tempt One, (Tony Quan) an Graphic Artist, paralyzed from ALS, got a second chance to do what he loves. Mick Ebeling introduces the EyeWriter, a device that enables or someone like Temp One the ability to draw or simply communicate.