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Ralph Lauren Polo Tech Smart Shirt Measures Your Biometrics (video)

Clothes maker Ralph Lauren has partnered with OMsignal to create a new smart shirt in the form of the Ralph Lauren Polo Tech that is capable of …

An Interview With Becky Stern About Wearable Electronics

The illustrious Becky Stern has joined us for an interview about wearable electronics. As you know, Becky lives and breathes wearables so she has some incredible insight. If you’d like to find more of Becky, you should probably tune into her weekly show about wearable electronics!<p>If you don’t want …

Google Launches 'Made with Code' Initiative to Encourage Girls to Code

Google has announced that it will provide up to $50 million for organizations that can help encourage more girls to take an interest in computer science at an early age.<p>Revealed as part of its newly launched Made with Code initiative, the cash will be used for things like “rewarding teachers who …

CrucialTec developing a new tiny area-based biometric module

CrucialTec, the company currently supplying fingerprint scanners to Samsung, announced on Wednesday that it has developed a new algorithm for small area-type fingerprint scanning sensors, which it is naming “Fermion”.<p>First up, this means that CrucialTec looks set to move away from its swipe-based …

Phones

Hacking your brain with lucid dreaming

Have you ever had a dream that you knew was a dream? Were you able to control it? What did you do? In this week's episode of Top Shelf, Katie Drummond dives into the world of lucid dreaming and the technology that's helping people reach the holy grail of dreaming.

Travel

Pepper the Robot Knows Your Feelings, Probably Won't Kill You in Your Sleep

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>While Russia and the U.N. are worrying about autonomous destructive military robots, Japan is making …

Gravity versus the Standard Model

Einstein's general relativity, and quantum field theory in the Standard Model of particle physics, have different spheres of influence. Uniting them is one of the big challenges of physics. But at an everyday level, they are influenced by spheres in the same way<p>The two behemoths of theoretical …

Sleepy brains neglect half the world

A new study shows that drowsiness alters awareness in much the same way as a common form of brain damage<p>Damage to certain parts of the brain can lead to a bizarre syndrome called hemispatial neglect, in which one loses awareness of one side of their body and the space around it. In extreme cases, a …

Motion Activated Sprinklers

Body Heat Powered Flashlight - Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech Blog

We have seen all sorts of flashlights that don’t need batteries, the first style I remember was the squeeze generator type. Then the shake flashlight …

10 Wifi Projects with Raspberry Pi - Andrew Naylor

Can a robot learn right from wrong?

Researchers are working on robots that can make ethical choices and then explain why<p>In Isaac Asimov’s short story "Runaround," two scientists on Mercury discover they are running out of fuel for the human base. They send a robot named Speedy on a dangerous mission to collect more, but five hours …

Robots

The Beauty of Disassembled Appliances

<i>This article was originally published in Make: Volume 22.</i><p>This slideshow requires JavaScript.<p>There’s a lot of beauty in a well-designed object and the parts that make it up. And the most solid designs are often found in items that you don’t spend time thinking about, because you don’t have to. They …

9 Simple Projects To Bring Your Backyard To Life

Many times when we visit the local garden center our goal is to find a way to battle the “pests” in our lawn, garden or landscape.<p>However, there are …

Tutorial: Covered Flatware

Here’s a simple tutorial for covering flatware and little household items. The author covers how to make the canes, the pattern sheet to use and some …

Cropped Jacket Tutorial

Print Your Own Fabric

Print your own fabric with an ink-jet printer. Re-produce this Harry-Potter inspired fabric or any look with this quick tutorial.<p>394<p>1827

Turn Your Old T-Shirts into Wall Art

If you have an old t-shirt that you love but don't want to wear, or used to wear all the time but is now too small, one way you can continue to …

Want To Be More Creative? Sleep Like The Ancients Did

Artificial Light, like the light from the screen you are looking at right now, is like a drug that we’re all addicted to. And this addiction has taken its toll on modern society in the form of unnatural sleep patterns.<p>Computers, phones, light bulbs…they all attack our eyes with artificial light, …

A Brilliantly Simple Design Transforms Old Boxes Into School Desks And Bags

The Help Desk uses a stencil to put essential school supplies in the hands of poor school children in India.<p>Most schools in rural India can’t afford basic supplies like desks, and most of the students attending them can’t afford backpacks. The Bombay-based nonprofit Aarambh worked with designers to …

Could our behaviour be turned into a password?

From fingerprint and iris scanners to voice verification, biometric technology is becoming an increasingly widespread security tool.<p>But for some people, this technology can feel intrusive and they may be unwilling to cooperate.<p>BBC Click's David Reid reports on how security systems are now looking …

Brain stimulation: The military’s mind-zapping project

Shocking the brain with mild electrical current was once a controversial treatment for the mentally ill. Now evidence is emerging that it could quicken learning and improve attention, and as Emma Young discovers, the US military is very interested in its potential.<p>An unusual trial is underway at …

The Brain

DK Natural History: Insects

• <b>Author:</b> DK<p>This book explores a group of animals that first appeared on land more than 400 million years ago—insects. A comprehensive introduction places insects in the context of other living things, and an extensive catalog showcases the amazing variety of earth’s most abundant—and often …