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Kent Sutherland

— Health and Wellbeing

O2Amps glasses designed to help read peoples’ emotions find other applications

Along with facial expressions, tell-tale variations in facial blood flow that causes reddening and whitening of the skin can also give an indication of people's emotions. To take advantage of this, 2AI Labs developed a special pair of glasses designed to enhance a person's color vision to better enable them to perceive the oxygenation and hemoglobin variations in another person's face, and thus their emotional state. The glasses are now finding a variety of applications, from medical to security. Read More
— Music

Flex SmartAmp takes a best-of-both-worlds approach to guitar amplification

Ever since its inception, the digital or "modeling" guitar amplifier has caused a great deal of debate amongst players. On one hand, a digital amp gives you versatility, with a multitude of emulated amp "models" and tones that can be dialed up within seconds. A regular vacuum tube amp is far less versatile, but purists will argue that the warm tube-sound it produces can never be replicated by digital modeling. In an effort to bridge the divide between the two, MI Audio has created the Flex SmartAmp, a tube-driven, analog guitar amplifier that can be digitally controlled using an iDevice. Read More
— Music

CapoSonic - the world's most innovative capo?

The latest guitar invention is a capo unlike any other. The CapoSonic can hold down notes directly under the capo, or a fret above or below it, allowing guitarists to quickly and easily arrive at "open tunings" – or new sound configurations – without having to relearn the entire fretboard in the process. Gizmag had a chance to speak to CapoSonic inventor Ben Ryan about his new device. Read More
— Health and Wellbeing

StethoCloud promises a low-cost solution to pneumonia diagnoses

The leading cause of death in children worldwide, pneumonia kills an estimated 1.4 million children under the age of five every year - more than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined. Now, a team of scientists at the University of Melbourne, Australia has created “StethoCloud”, a cloud-based app for smartphones that can help diagnose conditions like pneumonia without the need for a doctor. Read More

Sol Republic's US$1,000 headphones ... for cats

Headphone manufacturer Sol Republic has teamed up with Canadian electronic music producer Deadmau5 to design the world’s first music headphones for cats. Yes, headphones for cats. Coming in at a whopping US$1,000, the scaled-down Professor Meowington pHd Cat Headphones have been geared towards a very exclusive novelty market of feline-owners with excess dollars, but possibly not much sense. Read More
— Medical

iBrain to allow Stephen Hawking to communicate through brainwaves alone

Tech startup Neurovigil announced last April that Stephen Hawking was testing the potential of its iBrain device to allow the astrophysicist to communicate through brainwaves alone. Next week Professor Hawking and iBrain inventor, Dr Philip Low from Stanford University, present their findings at the Francis Crick Memorial Conference in Cambridge, England. In anticipation, Gizmag spoke to Dr Low about the potential applications of the iBrain. Read More
— Telecommunications

Cellphones star in divorce

Cellphones play an obvious role in dating, meet-ups, and generally keeping in touch ... but they also have an increasing role to play in our breaking apart. Data snaffled from smartphones is flourishing as divorce evidence, and on the other side of the ledger, apps exist to help in the process of hanging up marital connections - there are apps to initiate, manage and survive a divorce as well as apps for assessing the costs and scheduling time with kids afterwards. Read More
— Good Thinking

Smartphone app helps people with a disability access the city

How do you figure out how to pilot a wheelchair around your city? Around 10 percent or more of the population live with a disability, so chances are that you, or someone you know, has this problem. You can't be certain if wheelchair access is available unless you laboriously phone ahead to inquire for every route and every destination. Some web information is available, but knowing where to find it and what search strings to use can be a real challenge. Enter the Ldn Access smartphone app, that helps people with disabilities easily find where there are step-free access ramps, usable toilet facilities, and other services for the disabled. Read More
— Science

BodyWave lets you control a PC with your mind - without a headset

A bio-feedback armband called BodyWave is the first of its kind to measure brainwave activity through the body, not the scalp. Instead of an EEG headset recording a user's concentration level, the Bodywave reads brainwaves at the arm by measuring the electric current given off by neurons firing in the brain. Bundled with an interactive software package called Play Attention, it reportedly enables interactive feedback and training towards peak mental performance. Apart from the obvious potential in sport, its ability to train attention and teach stress-control in mobile situations (much less obtrusively than wearing a headset) opens up wider potential. It has already found applications in education, industry and the military as well as in improving the lives of people with disabilities like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Read More