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Microsoft plans network through human body

Microsoft has been awarded a patent for a technology that uses the conductivity of the human body to create a network. The patent covering transmitting power and data using the human body was awarded in late June and is a fascinating insight into the type of personal network we may all be using within a few years, in the words of a company which will almost certainly be one of the defining players in the evolution of human computing.  Read More

Given that we spend one third of our lives asleep, it's an area that has not had quite the attention it perhaps deserves, or so Japanese giant Matsushita Electric Works (MEW) seems to think. MEW has been working in the biosciences area for two decades and devotes a lot of effort to developing health-related devices and began showing its Suimin (sleep) room to the public for the first time on July 1. The EMIT Suimin System uses a controller with a built-in program to adjust the room environment to induce a quality sleep by systematically controlling lighting, bedding, HVAC and AV equipment. No-one who has spent the prescribed 30 minutes in the room has not yet fallen asleep.  Read More

Ventracor - the heart-assist machine of the future

Imagine building a car engine which had to run faultlessly for 50 years or more, could never be turned off, must maintain a consistent ultra-reliable 3000rpm, must never overheat (a tolerance of zero degrees), and could never be serviced. Despite 100 years of automotive technology development, it...  Read More

Telehealth a New Solution to Healthcare for Aging Adults

Viterion TeleHealthcare has demonstrated a pilot program designed to address the growing requirement of home care agencies to link the use of telehealth technology to improved cost and patient outcome benefits.  Read More

French company bioM'rieux has announced the launch of FoodExpert-ID, the first high-density DNA chip for food and animal feed testing. The FoodExpert-ID test, powered by Affymetrix GeneChip technology, will make it possible to verify the animal species composition and the authenticity of raw or processed food and animal feed.  Read More

O'ZONELitehas released a titanium dioxide-coated, energy efficient light bulb which cleans indoor air. When the O'ZONELite is illuminated, it produces what is called a photocatalytic action. This photocatalytic action actually breaks down indoor airborne microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and mold into nothing more than carbon dioxide and water, which are completely safe for humans and animals.  Read More

AWOL - inhaling alcohol

A new way of consuming alcohol that offers an immediate hit with no hangover the next day has been introduced in the United Kingdom.The new method is known as AWOL, an acronym for 'Alcohol With Out Liquid', and could become a hit in the global club scene due to the euphoric 'high' created when alcohol is vaporised, mixed with oxygen and inhaled. Billed at launch as the 'ultimate party toy', AWOL machines serve bar customers via tubes and could be seen as a modern version of the 'Nargile' or 'Hookah' water-pipe which originated in India and became an important part of society in Turkey and Middle Eastern countries in the 17th century, eventually becoming the height of fashion at sheik Western society parties during the late 19th and early 20th century.  Read More

The Chillow - a Non-Electric, Self-Cooling Cushion

The Chillow Comfort Device is a new non-electric, self-cooling cushion that's designed to provide any pillow with a perpetual "cool spot". In addition to being a sleeping aid, the Chillow is also claimed to offer a variety of health and comfort benefits.  Read More

Mathematical model accurately predicts which couples will divorce

There are no general laws of human relationships as there are for physics, but a leading marital researcher and group of applied mathematicians have teamed up to create a mathematical model that predicts which couples will divorce with astonishing accuracy. The model holds promise of giving therapists new tools for helping couples overcome patterns of interaction that can send them rushing down the road toward divorce.  Read More

Convertible High Heels

High heels are the only acceptable form of shoe for females on a formal occasion, and are almost mandatory in a business power dressing, yet they are very uncomfortable and casue long term health issues. How many times have you seen women walking to work in sensible shoees carrying high heels in their handbag? A new design for adjustable high heels could solve the problem. This shoe solution converts a high 7 cm heel to a low 3 cm heel with one simple twist on/off action.  Read More

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