A new study suggests your gut bacteria could show whether you have type 2 diabetes. After analyzing some 60,000 bacterial markers in people with and without the disease, scientists in China and Europe conclude there is something recognizably different in the gut bacteria of people with type 2 diabetes.
Beam is available now for pre-order, and will begin shipping in November for $16,000. The dock is another $950. As far as telepresence platforms go, this is not cheap: you can buy an Anybots QB for $9,700, a VGo for about $6,000, a Double for just $2,000, and there are many more options as well.
Catch the Sun is the world’s first book with NFC semiconductor technology integrated inside, while the content of this high-tech book is about the beautiful magic of low-tech ballooning. The book has multiple NFC chips inside that allow the book to connect to the internet, simply by touching an NFC-hotspot in the book with your NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet.
Use NFC technology in this book to:
download the title song Catch the Sun
watch video clips
learn more about NFC
share your experience via social media
program an NFC-chip yourself with the help of your smartphone and the right app
It looks and feels like a traditional artist’s paint brush, but — unlike the real thing — this one uses conductive, synthetic hair that makes it perfect for use on touchscreen devices. I used it with ArtRage on an iPad (don’t worry, it will work on touchscreen Android devices as well) and the Sensu Artist Brush is the missing piece that makes the experience. Finger painting is one thing, and using your imagination with a stylus is another, but there’s a real visceral appeal to wielding an actual brush when painting with a digital brush onscreen. Even better, there is no artificial-feeling drag that would make it feel as though you are dragging rubber across the display and with the ArtRage/iPad combo I tested on; the software was completely responsive to the brush. GadgetLab named the Sensu Artist Brush as one of its Nine Items That’ll Take You to Tomorrow last year, and I can confirm that it does live up to the hype. At $39.99, you pay only a modest premium compared to a standard stylus.
In Mr. Singer's view, the lure of lethal autonomous drones is the promise that we can conduct war without sending people into harm's way and suffering the human and political consequences.
"But war has a wonderful way of paying you back," he says. "You think you may be getting away with something, avoiding political consequences, but often it comes back to haunt you in some way, shape, or another."
Today we added a new section to the project page called "Risks and Challenges." All project creators are now required to answer the following question when creating their project:
“What are the risks and challenges this project faces, and what qualifies you to overcome them?”
We added the "Risks and Challenges" section to reinforce that creators' projects are in development. Before backing a project, people can judge both the creator's ability to complete their project as promised and whether they feel the creator is being open and honest about the risks and challenges they face.
The new section will appear below the project description of projects that launch starting today.
New Hardware and Product Design Project Guidelines
The development of new products can be especially complex for creators and seductive to backers. Today we’re adding additional guidelines for Hardware and Product Design projects.
Product simulations are prohibited. Projects cannot simulate events to demonstrate what a product might do in the future. Products can only be shown performing actions that they’re able to perform in their current state of development.
Product renderings are prohibited. Product images must be photos of the prototype as it currently exists.
Products should be presented as they are. Over-promising leads to higher expectations for backers. The best rule of thumb: under-promise and over-deliver.
The BotCave is home to MakerBot, a company that for nearly four years has been bringing affordable 3-D printers to the masses. But nothing MakerBot has ever built looks like the new printer these workers are currently constructing. The Replicator 2 isn’t a kit; it doesn’t require a weekend of wrestling with software that makes Linux look easy. Instead, it’s driven by a simple desktop application, and it will allow you to turn CAD files into physical things as easily as printing a photo. The entry-level Replicator 2, priced at $2,199, is for generating objects up to 11 by 6 inches in an ecofriendly material; the higher-end Replicator 2X, which costs $2,799, can produce only smaller items, up to 9 by 6 inches, but it has dual heads that let it print more sophisticated objects. With these two machines, MakerBot is putting down a multimillion-dollar wager that 3-D printing has hit its mainstream moment.
Unlike the jerry-built contraptions of the past, the Replicator 2s are sleek, metal, and stylish: MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis likens the design to “Darth Vader driving Knight Rider’s KITT car while being airlifted by a Nighthawk spy plane.” There is also the lighting. Oh, the lighting. “LEDs are part of our core values as a company,” Pettis jokes. The new machine will glow in any hue—”to match the color of your couch,” he says, “or like something in the movie Tron.”
The Fitbit One — the follow-up to the similarly shaped Fitbit Ultra – is the more expensive and full-featured option, with the addition of an altimeter and accelerometer. In addition to steps, stairs, distance, and calories, it also tracks sleep patterns — both time and quality. For sleep monitoring, users slip the One into the included wristband, rather than clipping it onto their PJs.
Developers have their work cut out. Even if we (impolitely) sidestep the likes of Windows Phone, BlackBerry and the rest, those coders often have to pitch their work across web, iOS and Android. Google's trying to make that job a little easier, introducing a new tool that automatically converts Java source code into Objective-C, which is used in iPad and iPhone apps. While the J2ObjC tool can't tackle the UI for these, it does allow developers to craft other parts (including data access and nuts-and-bolts programming) into an easily shareable code without editing. Some existing Google projects already utilize the new translator, but its results remains a little temperamental -- the tool hasn't translated all possible paths just yet, and many Java devs have, according to the project page, "a slightly different way of using Java."
Batteries come packaged in bright blister packs emblazoned with vague guarantees such as “45% more pictures” and “five times longer lasting.” During his internship at BitBox this summer, [Thomas] decided to put those statements to the test. He tested thirty brands of batteries on a homebrew rig to find the batteries with the most power and the most bang for your buck.
The hardware [Thomas] used an STM32 microcontroller to perform two different tests: a high drain and a low drain condition. For the high drain, 1000 mA were sucked out of the batteries until the voltage reached 0.8 V. For the low drain, 200 mA were used. Data including milliwatt-hours, milliamp-hours, joules, voltage, current, power, and effective load resistance were all logged for both conditions for all 30 batteries.
Generalizing the results for both low and high drain conditions, lithium batteries were better than alkaline, which were both better than zinc AA cells. Perhaps unsurprisingly, batteries marketed as ‘long life’ and ‘extended power’ were the worst batteries for the money, but a brand-name battery – the Kodak Xtralife cells – were actually the best value for the money.