The ability to turn transparent isn’t exactly a feature I look for when I’m shopping for clothes, but this is high fashion, so practicality is not always at the top of their list.
With that in mind, I want to try to think of how this could be used in our day-to-day lives. It’s a very interesting concept, but it seems very inflexible. Even if you were okay with your clothes becoming transparent based on your vital signs, you might want a more flexible material. Also, it would be better if it could change color instead of becoming transparent. This would revolutionize the way we dress ourselves. We would only need one or two outfits which we could charge nightly. Furthermore, I’m sure there are other types of items that could benefit from changing color/opacity based on bio-feedback.
Technomancer Digital Wizard Hoodie
Nearly everyone wishes they had magical powers of some sort, and this hoodie makes it look like you do. It changes colors and plays sounds depending on your motions.
I’m not really sure what else this technology could be used for beside just looking awesome. Any ideas? Perhaps if it’s hooked up to some wireless connection, you can control your TV or something. That could be interesting. Regardless, the price is a bit steep for my liking.
Flexible Muscle-Based Locomotion for Bipedal Creatures
In addition to being hilarious, I find this research fascinating. They developed a model which can adapt to the skeletal & muscular structure of the animal, the speed and environment, and even various levels of gravity. After several iterations, the creature can walk or run (and not fall over), and use a natural-looking gait.
I do wonder how long it takes for the algorithm to run though. Could this be applied in real-time, especially for games, such as Spore, where you create your own animals? I am also curious how directly this can be used for robotics, if at all.
Smart Contact Lens
It seems like an obvious next step to technology. Our hardware is getting small enough that we can fit it in such tiny spaces, and where else would you put that but in a lens? The current idea is that Google X wants to make sure that diabetics are watching their blood sugar. You stick it in your eye, and you don’t have to prick your fingers ever again!
I’m pretty sure that they plan on integrating their Glass tech into the lens, but that would be several years from now. Then maybe people could have the choice between that and the regular Glass. Like glasses vs contacts. Once they do that though, it would be even harder to tell who someone’s talking to, as if Bluetooth didn’t already disorient us! We’ll get used to it though.
Triton Oxygen Respirator
Triton is a respirator that is still in the process of being developed, extracts the oxygen out of the water in order to enable SCUBA divers to dive for longer periods of time. Almost like gills!
As a certified diver with an injured back, I am really excited about this. Although you don’t feel the tank’s weight that much inside the water, you still have to get into the water somehow. Plus, regardless of where you are, the tank is going to be bulky, and it only holds a set amount of air. I believe that this little guy is going to revolutionize diving, and it doesn’t look nearly as goofy as you would expect something like this to look! Of course, there will have to be some sort of connection to your mask so that you don’t lose it.
This app takes all of your email and combines it in an easy-to-read newsletter-esque page. You get to choose what email you want to add to this digest (All of your spammy subscriptions, perhaps?), which ones you want to unsubscribe to completely, and which ones you want to be left alone.
I found this app through a friend about a week ago, and I think it’s a fantastic idea. I have yet to really see it in action with my own inbox though. I don’t really have a problem with unruly inboxes since I tend to get obsessive about organizing all my email. (I also have a separate “junk” account.) But since I am this way, I notice when others aren’t the same. I pointed this out to my dad (one of the offenders of this type of behavior), and he really likes it so far.
I think the interface is very clean and simplistic, and it’s good at finding what you have subscribed to. It seems very detached though. There needs to be either a phone app or some internal plugin that is added on to your existing email provider.