Archive for June 2012

iBrain: Stanford professor to hack into Stephen Hawking’s brain

Stephen Hawking

Stanford University professor and CEO of Neurovigil Philip Low has developed iBrain and is working with Stephen Hawking to access the famous physicist’s brain waves. iBrain is a brain scanner that records EEG data and communicates them through a computer. Low and his team are working on finding a way to bypass Hawking’s body and access his brain directly. Stephen […]

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Canon to release mixed reality system in July 2012

Canon will be releasing a mixed reality system late next month. The system will immerse users in an interactive environment that combines physical and virtual objects. It uses high-precision, high-speed image processing to synthesize real-time images which will look as big as their real-world counterparts. Although expected to be useful in several industries, Canon is set to initially market the […]

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Smart bed makes itself — lazy people everywhere rejoice!

If you find making your bed in the morning a tedious chore, then good news for you. Spanish firm OHEA has come up with a smart bed that will make itself within 50 seconds after you get up. How does it work? The bottom sheet is attached via Velcro to the mattress cover, keeping the sheet in place. A mechanical […]

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South Korea bans virtual item trading, game bots and farms

Korean online gamers

It’s no secret that South Korea, where Internet penetration rate is above 93%, has a very active gaming culture. Whereas curfews for gaming are already in existence, the country has now officially banned the trading of virtual game items in massively multiplayer online games. pic by Hachimaki According to Kim Kap-Soo, head of the content policy division of South Korea’s […]

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Scientists rehabilitate damaged spinal cord to treat paralysis

Researchers at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have found a way to awaken a dormant spinal column and enable paralyzed rats with spinal cord injuries to walk and run again. The brain and the spinal cord possess neuroplasticity — the ability to physiologically adapt to moderate injury. However, the plasticity expressed by the spinal cord has been up until […]

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Kaspersky discovers super cyberweapon called “Flame”

spyware

Experts at Kaspersky Lab have discovered an extremely complex spyware actively used as a cyber weapon in several countries. The malware is more complex than other cyber threats previously known. Called Flame (detected as Worm.Win32.Flame by Kaspersky Lab’s security products), the malicious program is designed for cyber espionage and can steal important information such as files, screenshots, contact data, network […]

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Sharp Pantone 5 107SH phone includes a radiation detector

radiation suits

Sharp’s new phone with carrier Softbank, the Pantone 5 107SH, includes a radiation detector. To activate the sensor, the user has to press a big, dedicated button on the front of the phone. This will launch an app that will supposedly detect 0.05 – 9.99μSv of radiation in about ten seconds. The Sharp Pantone 5 is the first Android device […]

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