develop a new interaction language — a new BUI (Bodily User Interface) of sorts arises. Assembly, a research project by Emily Carr University student Lorea Sinclaire, explores different bodily gestures to interact with a mobile phone.
Interactions such as buttoning a coat, sends a signal of your location while stroking your hemline will send out a call to a friend. My personal favorite, hugging yourself and swiping your outer arms, signals you need help.
Assembly just skims the possible gestural and bodily interactions a user may use to interface with their mobile devices but it does begin to imagine a world where body language becomes a novel way to communicate with our electronic objects.
Over the years, Lego has had five strategic initiatives aimed at girls. Some failed because they misapprehended gender differences in how kids play. Others, while modestly profitable, didn't integrate properly with Lego's core products. Now, after four years of research, design, and exhaustive testing, Lego believes it has a breakthrough. On Dec. 26 in the U.K. and Jan. 1 in the U.S., Lego will roll out Lego Friends, aimed at girls 5 and up. ...The company's confidence is evident in the launch -- a full line of 23 different products backed by a $40 million global marketing push. "This is the most significant strategic launch we've done in a decade," says Lego Group Chief Executive Officer Jørgen Vig Knudstorp. "We want to reach the other 50 percent of the world's children."
It’s called LEDComm and requires only two pins of a microcontroller and a current limiting resistor to function. It works by making use of the fact that LEDs, once reverse biased, are also pretty efficient photodiodes, or light sensors.
Reversed biased LEDs can be modeled with a current source proportional to the light received, and a parallel capacitor. To read the amount of light the LED has received one must first charge the capacitor, and t
Carrier IQ claims its software is installed on over 140 million devices with partners including Sprint, HTC and allegedly, Apple and Samsung. Nokia, RIM and Verizon Wireless have been alleged as partners, too, although each company denies such claims. Ostensibly, the software's meant to improve the customer experience, though in nearly every case, Carrier IQ users are unaware of the software's existence, as it runs hidden in the background and doesn't require authorized consent to function. From a permissions standpoint -- with respect to Android -- the software is capable of logging user keystrokes, recording telephone calls, storing text messages, tracking location and more. It is often difficult or impossible to disable.
Although about 95% of the observed human genetic diversity appeared to be due to non-selective processes, a finding that was not surprising, adaptation to local environments—and specifically to pathogens—also accounted for a significant amount of genetic diversity. Viruses, bacteria, protozoan organisms that cause malaria and leishmaniasis, and parasitic worms are all examples of pathogens.
The study’s findings suggest that about 100 human genes have been strongly influenced by pathogenic organisms. Parasitic worms seem to have posed the most pressure on human genes. Because worms are complex organisms with longer lifespans than more simple pathogens, they may have co-evolved with people and exerted more pressure on the human genome.
This study offers new evidence for the hygiene hypothesis, a currently unproven theory suggesting that ramped up immune systems originally evolved to protect people from infectious organisms. As societies devised ways to keep pathogens at bay, however, their immune systems failed to adjust and they began to suffer from immune diseases characterized by too much inflammation.