Tile: The World’s Lost and Found

Tile is a crowdfunded startup company that has a clever idea. They will sell you a small square tile and you can place it on any object that you may want to find – like on your key ring, bicycle, pocketbook, etc. You can locate it using an iOS device. The Tile app tells you how close your are or you can even have your tile give you an audible tone to locate it. What is quite interesting is that if you lost something, for example, your bicycle was stolen, you can potentially find it through the entire tile community near you. Others with tile, can relay the signal of the tile that you placed on your bike to your iOS device. Tile has almost 16,000 backers and reached 4,298% of its goal. The goal was $20,000 and with a few more days of left, it has reached a funding level of $859,562. You can pre-order tiles for $18.95 each. Read more...

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Prototype Smartwatch With Health Sensors

Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry (aka Foxconn), the main manufacturer of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, recently showcased a smartwatch that can be connected wirelessly to an iPhone. In addition to notifying the user of email, messages, the wearable computing device can be used to measure the user’s vital signs such as respiration and heartbeat, as well as to check phone calls and Facebook posts. The company’s wireless communications and medical research groups also plan to add new features such as fingerprint identification to the gadget in the future, to help securely record personal health data. Sources:...

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New WiVi Can See Through Walls

A new system being developed by MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science could give all of us the ability to spot people in different rooms using low-cost Wi-Fi technology. According to MIT Professor Dina Katabi, “We wanted to create a device that is low-power, portable and simple enough for anyone to use, to give people the ability to see through walls and closed doors,” Katabi says. The system, called “Wi-Vi,” is based on a concept similar to radar and sonar imaging.  But rather than using a band of the electromagnetic spectrum that is available only to the military, it transmits a low-power Wi-Fi signal and uses its reflections to track moving humans. It can do so even if the humans are in closed rooms or hiding behind a wall. More details at MIT...

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UK Docs Using iPads to Diagnose Dementia

In a push to diagnose early Alzheimer’s and other dementias, primary care clinicians are being given iPads with CAMTAB’s mobile dementia screening test to administer to patients. It is a 10 minute test of “paired associates learning” or PAL test which is a visuo-spatial, culturaly unbiased test that is sensitive to dementia. University of Cambridge has spent 25 years validating PAL as a screening tool for dementia. Sorry, the App is not available outside of the UK as yet. Link: CAMTAB...

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Hide any file or folder on a Mac with simple terminal command

Whether you need to hide your secret diary or your password file  you can do it with one terminal command on the Mac. If you want it back, the command to show it works just as easily. Read Lifehacker article

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Digitize Your Library

A company called 1DollarScan can help digitize your library. After asking a few questions, like how many pages are in each book, do you want color or black and white, 1DollarScan will convert your books into high quality eBooks. They charge $1.oo for every 100 pages. They ask you to sign a waiver to make a copy under Fair Use policy and then they cut the spines of the books, scan the pages, then shred and recycle the paper.  Books are formatted into pdfs that can be downloaded from your account. Source: Wired...

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