It has been several months now since we talked about a bizarre USB-powered product from Thanko. Last time out it was a hairbrush that automatically misted your hair with water as you brush. The new product from the purveyor of strange gadgets this time is a USB-powered UV Air Purifier.
A ten year project, the Brain Activity Map, that attempts to fathom the deepest workings of the human brain at a cost of billions of dollars is expected to feature in President Obama's budget proposal next month, scientists have revealed. The collaborative research effort, hoping to do for our understanding of neurology and brain activity what the Human Genome Project did for genetic discovery, will see federal agencies along with private institutions receive a huge boost in funding, sources told the NYTimes, with potential applications in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's treatment, in the development of artificial intelligence, and other avenues.
The FDA approved a new technology this week that promises to give limited vision to people who are blind. The technology the FDA has approved is called the artificial retina. It allows people with certain types of blindness to be able to detect crosswalks, people, cars, and some can detect large letters or numbers.
Wahoo Fitness has unveiled a new product for avid bicyclists that iPhone users will find very interesting. The product is called the Wahoo RFLKT and it is claimed to be the world's first iPhone-powered bike computer. Wahoo says that the little device gives you all the power of your iPhone in the footprint of a sleek cycling computer.
Fitbit, one of the more popular fitness tracking platforms, has updated its Android app with a couple of new features that users will definitely want to take advantage of. The new app now supports Bluetooth 4.0, for which wireless syncing capabilities are now possible. It's a feature that's still in beta mode, however, and only supports a handful of devices so far, specifically only the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II.
Just before the turn of the new year, fitness app RunKeeper updated its iOS app with a complete redesign and new sharing features. This time around, the company is giving some lovin' to Android users just in time for Valentine's Day. The company has released an update for its Android app, which includes an all-new design, as well as some new features.
This week the folks at Jawbone have made their UP band a more social device with an update to its iOS app and connectivity with Facebook Open Graph. The Jawbone UP device itself is out on the market now and has been for some time - $129 for a lovely little strap that fits around your wrist and makes you a much more responsible fitness fanatic. This set of updates includes two major pushes for an active lifestyle with Multiple Sleep Alarms and the ease of connecting with your friends on Facebook - like a snap!
There are several fitness bracelets on the market that help you track your activity via a smartphone app. These devices typically involve sensors on your arm or placed in a shoe. The Amiigo is a fitness bracelet that works in conjunction with an app on the iPhone or Android devices.
A group of researchers from Canada has announced that they have devised a new silver nanoparticle coating for condoms that could help to completely inactivate HIV and other STDs. According to the researchers, condoms have a 15% failure rate and to help improve the effectiveness of condoms the team of researchers from the University of Manitoba soaked condoms in a solution packed with microscopic silver nanoparticles.
If you've ever studied genetics in school or college, you'll know that the structure of DNA is a double helix. You likely know that DNA carries all of our genetic code. While traditionally we think of only double helix DNA, scientists from Cambridge University in England have made an interesting discovery.