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10 Technologies That Invade Your Privacy in Unique Ways
10. Intelligent Glasses Translate Foreign Text
NTT Docomo (the AT&T of Japan) unveiled a pair of glasses which allow the reader to
read and translate foreign text in under five seconds. The device is reminiscent of a classic
sci-fi universal translator, but for the eyes. According to the carrier, the glasses employ
character recognition technology and are primarily aimed at users who travel abroad. Upon looking
at a foreign language text, the glasses display a translation overlay to help translate the
text to the language of your choice. In addition, you can also use these glasses to turn any
flat surface into a touchscreen, manipulating a virtual image visible only to yourself while
looking like a bit of a knob in public. On the slightly creepier side the glasses can
also call up the contact details of anyone who is in view, making stalking much more
convenient for those of us who engage in that particular hobby.
9. Contact Lenses Detect Blood Sugar
As Google Glass gains attention by being disliked by federal agents and traffic cops, Google
continues to attempt to dominate the literal view, albeit in a more altruistic manner,
with new contact lenses. These lenses are targeted towards diabetics who have to go
through the inconvenience of sticking needles in their body and measuring their blood sugar
levels for actions as simple and trivial to non-diabetics as eating a doughnut. Google’s
contacts help remove some of that inconvenience by detecting your blood sugar through your
tears and changing color according to the amount detected. The lenses themselves are
made up of two soft touch contacts with a chip embedded inside. In short, checking you
blood sugar would be as easy as whipping out a compact mirror and checking your eye color.
Hopefully no ads are served during this process.
8. Wristband Pulses to Warm Or Cool Wearer
Remember that time you wished you had a wrist mounted device that could heat or cool you
and… no? Well that’s probably why you’re not an MIT engineer then. Dubbed the Wristify,
a trio of MIT students created a device that monitors both external air temperature and
body temperature and adjusts the latter accordingly. According to one of its creators, it’s constantly
tricking the body into think it’s actually really cold, forcing the body to acclimate
and change its temperature.
7. Bra That Sends Tweets
Simplifying the process of tweeting for the ladies, a special edition bra exists that
tweets whenever the bra is taken off. Nestle’s Fitness division teamed up with Twitter to
create a single-edition bra to create awareness for breast cancer during breast cancer month
in 2013. Worn by the Greek Oprah (Maria Bacodimou), the bra transmits a message through a remote
sever to her mobile device, which in turn generates a tweet on the social network reminding
women to self-examine themselves for breast cancer. As self-examination is cheaper than
a mammogram and more effective than blissful ignorance, this is actually a pretty altruistic
publicity stunt. Although we wish there was also a limited briefs and boxers edition.
The more the merrier, right?
6. Skin Tattoo Takes Body Temperature
Tattoos have a social stigma attached to them, stemming from the image they have as symbols
of rebellion and misspent youth. But this tattoo is none of that. A team of researchers
from China, the USA and Singapore have developed an extremely thin electronic patch that sticks
to the skin just like a temporary tattoo. It can accurately measure the temperature
of the person currently wearing it, as well as blood vessel dilation and constriction.
It can also measure the health level of the heart, brain and other organs, and can also
tell if that Pepsi you weren’t supposed to have finally tipped you into diabetes land.
The downside is that the tattoo needs an external power source like a battery pack, although
researchers are currently working on a way for it to function on bio energy.
5. Human to Human Mind Meld
No you didn’t misread the entry title. There actually has been a successful example of
one man controlling the brain of another man through his thoughts alone. Well, that and
the power of electrodes.
In an experiment carried out in the University of Washington, one professor was able to manipulate
the actions of a colleague on the other end of campus. Professor Rajesh Rao and his colleague
Andrea Stocco both donned electroencephalography (EEG) caps and sat at opposite sides of the
campus. Rao was playing a video game with his imagination, and imagined moving his right
hand to fire a cannon. The EEG cap picked up the signal and sent it to Stocco, whose
right hand reflexively moved to press the space bar of the keyboard in front of him.
While not exactly puppetry scale control at the moment, the research could be advanced
and used in the future to program much more complex devices.
4. False Memories Implanted in Mice
Memories are sometimes as reliable as a sieve used to hold water. Using optical fibers,
a team of researchers was able to manipulate mice into believing a benign area was dangerous
by giving them false bad memories of it. They simply placed the mice in the harmless space,
then used a flash of light to trigger the memory forming process. They then placed the
mice in another area and triggered the flash again, only this time the mice were given
a mild electric shock. When the animals were placed back in the first area they began to
show signs of fear, simply because their brain now associated the first area with the pain.
Now, why is this significant? Humans have similar biology to mice. Both brains form
memories by creating collections of cells which record those moments and are linked
by various neurons. When scientists figure out how to manipulate these neurons on humans,
we could have operations to get traumatic memories removed and pleasant ones implanted,
and could also begin to fix illnesses like schizophrenia and amnesia. On the other hand,
any new technological advance that involves playing with the brain brings out the tin
foil hats, and this should be no exception.
3. Implants to Deliver Medication
We all know that there are people with diseases that need to take daily medication. We also
all know that daily medicines are a pain in the ass, and so to make this easier technology
has stepped in. A Joint Harvard University and University of Toronto team were able to
build several implants made of a hydrogel polymer that is compatible with living tissue.
These hydrogel implants were then themselves implanted with photosensitive cells that react
to light.
The implants, upon exposure to blue light, were able to simulate insulin protection through
a synthetic protein. The test was carried out in mice, so it still needs modification
for it to be usable in humans.
2. Emotion Triggered Ads
Have you ever felt that ads were getting a bit too intrusive? Like that ad for Kleenex
that popped up when you started getting teary-eyed, or the Shreddies commercial that started playing
when you told your friend that you needed new cereal? Well, it may not be all in your
head after all. New technology works in sync with computer web-cams to scan the face of
the person viewing the screen at the moment. Using a combination of facial recognition
software and an in-depth knowledge of people’s reactions, the software engine can use your
web-cam to determine your mood and creepily, accurately guess at the emotional reactions
you’re having, then serve up ads accordingly.
Big businesses like international retail chains buy this software and use it to manipulate
your buying decisions. As one of the companies involved in development, Affectiva, pointed
out, people are controlled by their emotions and gaining access to them is key to selling
products. So, basically, we may all have to start wearing masks when reading the news.
1. Bra Sensors That Monitor Your Munchies
Dealing with growing obesity is a lucrative market and can lead to some very off-beat
technologies. Microsoft Research has recently created a special bra that, when combined
with a smartphone app, can prevent you from overeating. It works by using a series of
sensors embedded in the padding to measure the heart activity of the woman who is wearing
it. As people are more likely to eat when stressed, the sensor would use heart rate,
respiration rate, temperature and rate of movement to measure the stress level of the
wearer. By recording several measurements a day, the bra can accurately tell the norm
from the outlier and in turn help the wearer regulate stress eating. Unfortunately, as
boxers are not typically worn close to the heart, stress eating men are still on their
own for now.
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