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The new eye tracker!


Tobii’s technology uses your eyes to replace your mouse cursor, and the company’s monitor-mounted REX peripheral now allows virtually anyone to take advantage of it. At CES 2011, startup Tobii and Lenovo launched a custom-designed notebook that used Tobii’s eye-tracking technology.

The REX attaches to the underside of your LCD monitor. After about 30 seconds of training, the REX’s electronic eyes follow your own, allowing you to control your cursor with just your eyes. It’s amazingly accurate, although you’ll still need to “click” with your keyboard.

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Did you know these can be hacked?!


Cars:

This could be hard to believe, but is true. There is also a TED talk regarding this. I couldn’t find it but, do try to find. Who knows, you may find it!

As more cars become connected to smartphones and wireless data networks, they present new challenges for automakers and new opportunities for crooks.A Nissan Leaf owner, for example, recently discovered that he could track a car’s position and speed using a simple Web-based data-feed program.

 

Landline voicemail:

The phone-hacking scandal in the U.K. should remind us how easily most cellular carrier’s voicemail systems can be accessed.Unfortunately, landline number voicemail systems work the same way. Many providers use a common set of dial-in numbers for voicemail.

 

Baby monitors:

Security experts used to make a habit of demonstrating how they could tap into the video and audio feeds of numerous nanny cams while driving through suburban neighborhoods!

 

 Portable game players:

Can you just believe it! I just can’t! Some older consumer electronics devices, such as the original Nintendo DS and the Nintendo DS Lite, will only work with the older, insecure WEP encryption standard in order to access a Wi-Fi network.

 

Your front door!:

Electronic keypads and wireless remote security systems were once only for businesses.Now there are innumerable home electronic security systems, such as Schlage Link, but if they aren’t installed correctly, they can make your home more vulnerable to technically adept thieves.Hackers can lift the code, for example, from a stolen smart phone or intercept the wireless signal when you open the door so that they can return later and empty your house.

 

Medical implants:

Can you just imagine? Hackers can also switch off your pacemaker! God..!!

 

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Magic finger-The next sixth sense?


The Magic Finger turns any surface into a touch interface. Magic Finger is a research project from Autodesk research in collaboration with theUniversity of Toronto and University of Alberta.

By combining a camera that detects surfaces with one that perceives motion, Canadian university researchers and Autodesk have made a sensor that reads finger gestures based on which part of your body you swipe. The first camera can detect pre-programmed materials like clothing, which would allow finger movements made across your pants or shirt to activate commands that call specific people or compose an email, for instance.

After taking a look at this video, you will really understand why I compared it with sixthsense. It’s truly awesome!

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Cocorobo vacuum gets new Android app.


Sharp has introduced a new Android app that lets you remotely control cocorobo while you’re out of the house. You can map out your floor plan so that it’ll know what objects to avoid, specify cleaning patterns and even receive carpet-view photos so you can admire the robot vacuum’s handiwork.

If you attach an optional Navi controller to its USB port, you can even use the app to control other Sharp devices like televisions, air conditioning systems and LED lights.

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The other google glass.


Google stunned the technology industry this year when it revealed its plans to sell Google Glass, eyeglass frames that put a small computer display in a person’s field of vision. But some less well-known companies have been selling wearable displays for years, with the military as a dedicated customer, and one is now launching a rival product with a similar design. The move could be seen as a validation of Google’s idea, but that still doesn’t mean consumers will warm to such gadgets.

Vuzix already sells wearable—if clunky—displays to consumers looking to immerse themselves in movies, and it provides more expensive products, such augmented reality glasses with a camera and display in each lens, to researchers and the Department of Defense.

Neither Google’s nor Vuzix’s devices meet a commonly held expectation for such gadgets: that they will display content—like directions—in the center of a person’s vision.

Let’s hope for a better tomorrow!…

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Source: MIT

 

Controlling cockroach’s leg with human brainwaves!


In the below video they have used an EEG reader  to capture electrical signals from his brain. A software converted them into waveforms, certain frequencies of which were turned into electrical signals that got the roach leg kicking.

This makes sense when you consider that muscles—yours, mine, and those of the cockroach—are controlled by tiny bursts of current supplied by nerves, guided by electrical directions from our brains.

An amputated lone leg of a roach can be enervated by any electrical ping, if it’s at the right frequency, which is why the leg does a jig on a corkboard, separate from the anesthetized roach to which it belonged.

Thinker Thing is also building software that observes and “learns” which kinds of electrical signals are related to what kinds of motion in the leg, to be able to better control the induced movement.

Take a look at the TED video!

For better understanding check this out: http://www.backyardbrains.com/Home.aspx

 

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Electric Imp.


This is a home automation system that lets you do things like tell your dishwasher to send you a tweet when it’s finished. Each card, which comes with a built-in Wi-Fi antenna and processor, can be installed in essentially any device. ‘electric imp’ is slated to debut in home devices later this year.

It’s the first fully unified and easily accessible platform for home automation, and it only takes a matter of seconds to configure any device. It also has a wide variety of use cases and could be used for safety purposes, like getting a notification if you left your oven on and then having the option to turn it off.

For more info look into their web site: http://electricimp.com/

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App that lets you lock and unlock your door by mobile phone!


It’s no voice recognition software of some kind. It’s truly an app available, what you need is just a Wi-Fi connection.

 

If you’ve ever left your house only to suddenly get the fear you left your door unlocked, ‘Lokitron’  lets you check to see its status. And if you see that it is unlocked, all you have to do is tap the lock button on the app and you’re all set.

For more info visit there site: https://lockitron.com/preorder

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