Stefán E. Hafsteinsson

226 Flips | 7 Magazines | 428 Likes | 42 Following | 20 Followers | @stebbix | An occupational therapist. Professional interest is utilizing technology to create innovative and practical solutions for health care.

Robots learn to walk naturally by understanding their bodies

The challenge with bipedal robots isn't so much getting them to walk at all (although that's sometimes a problem) as it is getting them to walk naturally. They tend to either step cautiously or quickly run into trouble. Swiss researchers think they can do better, though: they're working on COMAN …

"Chairless chair" is designed to provide support for active factory workers

This flexible exoskeleton, designed by Swiss studio Sapetti, allows its wearer to sit down whenever and wherever they need to.<p>The Chairless Chair is …

Wearable Tech

We Are at the Dawn of a New Era of Innovation. Will You Still Be Able to Compete?

A shift from disrupting markets to tackling grand challenges.<p>I recently appeared as a guest on Wharton Professor David Robertson's radio show, <i>Innovation Navigation</i>. David is an old pro and recently published an excellent new book on innovation, <i>The Power of Little Ideas</i>, so it was an interesting, …

What Hospitals Can Learn from Airlines About Buying Equipment

For critically ill patients on breathing machines, a simple step drastically improves their survival chances by almost 10% — from 60% to 70%. It involves programming the machine to deliver enough life-sustaining breaths, but not so much that it damages their lungs by overinflating them. Given that …

This app lets you sync two video angles with nearby friends

Duomov is a new iPhone app that takes a moderately complex task, syncing two videos, and makes it easy. The app is releasing today on the iTunes store for free. I’m a huge fan of cool apps that don’t cost a thing, and this app is worth checking out.<p>The video app allows you and a buddy to …

ResearchKit gets big update that allows it to gather new types of data

Apple has updated ResearchKit, adding a number of useful functions aimed at improving medical researchers’ ability to use iPhones around the world as mobile health gathering devices.<p>ResearchKit 1.5 includes three new “active tasks” researchers can incorporate into their studies, along with the …

introducing BIKI, the first bionic + wireless underwater drone

<b>robosea is an entrepreneurial technology company which specializes in highly-precise developments – mainly underwater automation equipment</b>. for this …

The real problem with standing desks, according to evolutionary psychology

Nope, it’s not the back aches or foot pain. If you can’t concentrate while working at a standing desk, it’s probably because your primal brain is subconsciously making eye-friends with all your coworkers.<p>We have evolved to do this because being attuned to others’ emotions is essential for creating …

Psychology

How ‘superagers’ stay sharp in their later years

A new study shows how strenuous mental and physical exercise keeps your brain firing on all cylinders<p>When it comes to retirement, experts recommend that everyone do some hard thinking. By this, they mean you should plan your finances responsibly, consider carefully where to live, and decide what …

General Hospital

Ditch Facebook And Make Yourself Smarter With These 10 Hottest Learning Sites

The average person spends nearly two hours every day on social media.1<p>Think about it, what will we achieve when we spend these two hours on something …

Social Media

Snapchat introduces World Lenses – live filters for just about anything

Snapchat is adding a new way to use its app that brings its popular filters beyond faces. The new ‘World Lenses’ add augmented reality elements to any scene you can capture with your camera, placing 3D objects you can actually walk around with your smartphone’s camera, which is actually a lot …

Augmented Reality

Why Boston Dynamics' New Robot Scares the Crap out of Us

<b>Perhaps singularity is a little too near</b>.<p>The latest video by robot developer Boston Dynamics, which seems to always coincide with a rise of …

This Company Is Helping Patients Get Paid For Their Influence

The things you learn from having an illness have value–and one startup is trying to build an economy around them.<p>In almost every industry, internet startups have popped up to connect freelance experts with brands for short-term work opportunities. Now, a health care company is hoping that it can …

Oslo Offers Citizens $1,200 to Buy an E-Bike

The goal is to help residents—rich and poor alike—find a new reason to leave the car at home.<p>Oslo is so keen to get people on bicycles that starting Wednesday it will offer residents a free handout of up to $1,200 to buy electric cargo bikes. Citizens won’t need to be on a low income to apply for …

Oslo

To Save on Rent, Some Dutch College Students Are Living in Nursing Homes

Everybody wins: In exchange for a bit of volunteer work, the students get free housing, and retirement facilities get people who can teach the elderly how to send emails and use Skype.<p>On his way home from class, Jurriën Mentink takes a slight detour to pick up some fresh fillets from the …

Long-Term Care

The 7 Evernote Functions that I Couldn't Live Without

Managing info load is a core part of personal productivity. Here are my 7 favorite Evernote features that will save you time and make you more productive.<p>Just last weekend my company, Maui Mastermind, hosted 120 of our top business coaching clients for a 3 day workshop on how to grow their …

How to Attract Your Ideal Customer with Perfectly Positioned Content - Copyblogger

“Hello, I’m a Mac.”<p>“And I’m a PC.”<p>You remember Apple’s “Get a Mac” series of commercials that ran from May 2006 to October 2009?<p>The commercials were …

The More You Hang Out With Grandma, The Longer She'll Live

Social isolation is bad for an elderly person’s health<p>As a person ages, their social circles get smaller and smaller. Family members relocate for new …

For a Better Trip, Don't Take Vacation Pictures

Every year around the holidays, my boyfriend and I go away. And every year, I wind up with approximately 30,000 vacation pictures that prove it. I’ve forced the poor guy to hike up advanced trails on Guana Island in tropical storms just for the shot. He’s trekked four hours to Baltimore to catch a …

Jerry Seinfeld: Comedian, Innovator, Micromanager

Andrew Hetherington/Redux<p>After years as a stand-up performer, Jerry Seinfeld conquered 1990s television with his eponymous sitcom. Two decades later he’s again drawing viewers and accolades, this time for his inventive online talk show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee—even as a new generation …

Rare video shows Steve Jobs warning Apple to focus less on profits and more on great products

One of more prevalent narratives currently surrounding Apple is that the company has lost its innovative edge. Indeed, many critics look at products …

Technology-Enabled Homes Set to Change the Home Care Industry

One less thing to worry about: a digitally-connected home can empower independent living for older generations.<p>Convenience drives the majority of our purchasing decisions. We want things on-demand and we want to be able to simplify our lives in every way possible. As consumers, we're not just …

Health Care

14 ridiculous ‘smart’ gadgets that totally exist

In recent years, some of these devices have evolved from an easy source of skepticism to things that are actually worth buying. The Amazon Echo is a genuinely useful assistant, and personally I'm all in on the energy-saving ways of smart lighting. Roombas, Nests, and WeMo switches have their …

Gear & Gadgets

How To Build A Smart, Connected Home With Stringify

The problem with investing in smart, connected devices like Wi-Fi colour-changing light bulbs, internet-enabled power strips and wearables like …

Want to Be Mentally Tough? Science Recommends 1 Surprising Daily Habit

Harvard research has revealed a counterintuitive way to develop mental toughness--see how to use it daily.<p>When we resolve to be more resilient and mentally strong, we often adopt a militaristic "tough it out" approach. That is, we believe the more we put our noses to the grindstone and endure, the …

Building An Innovation Culture (When You're Stuck With A Lot Of Non-innovators On Payroll)

How do you encourage a culture of innovation at your company, when your employees seem all too comfortable going along with the status quo?<p>This is the challenge I face as a company culture consultant striving to drive culture change. And, while it’s not easy at first, there is a process.<p>Let’s say …

Innovation

Meet Obi, The Robot That Helps People Feed Themselves

Consumer robots out in the market today are normally confined to personal assistants that remind you of things or help you with basic household …

A Reboot For Wheelchair That Can Stand Up And Climb Stairs

Thirteen years ago, just as the United States began what was to become its longest war, a futuristic wheelchair hit the market.<p>The iBOT allowed paralyzed people, including many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, to stand up by rising to eye level. It also did something no wheelchair ever had: climb …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

"The patient will see you now": A summit on consumer-centered health-care innovation - Scope

What if buying health insurance was as simple as pressing a button online, like opening a new bank account? What if selecting and paying for a …

Eerily Beautiful Macro Timelapse of Different Pills Dissolving in Water

Amazing photography subjects are everywhere, and if you don’t believe us, look no further than this gorgeous macro photography timelapse of pain …