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Posts tagged "good idea"

Posture-correcting suspenders make you sit up straight

This mobile lasts on stand-by mode for 15 years with 1 AA battery in case you need to make emergency calls. Just make sure you have the spare mobile handy…!

General Motors conceptualises new ways for rear-seat passengers, especially children, to have a richer experience on the road.

Drawers that turn into seatings for 7, perfect for a small pow-wow in a small apartment!

Yale’s NFC-enabled locks can be opened via smartphones equipped with NFC. Through the special app launched within the phone, user can unlock the door using a pin number. And for the forgetful consumers who forgot to charge their phones, these locks can be opened with a traditional key. Forgetful customers who left their keys behind might be out of luck though!

I wonder what the implications of these new locks are for our locksmiths…?

'Text Glove' that translates sign language into text by utilising an accelerometer, finger sensors, and a gyroscope built into one high-tech glove.

That’s one way to reduce the budget deficit…

The Verge reports

According to a DARPA request for proposal, the US Department of Defense plans on spending $32 million to develop computer games that will help to test military software. DARPA says that current development practices result in software with one to five bugs per thousand lines of code, and that the goal of the new program is to reduce the cost of formal software verification (testing)

Geekwire reports:

Microsoft was issued a patent on a computer system for “pedestrian route production” — better known as walking directions — that automatically adjusts the route for the unique conditions encountered by a person going from place to place on foot.

According to the patent, the system could “construct a direction set that allows the user to take paths that take him to his home in a quickest amount of time while keeping the user relatively safe (e.g., taking the user through neighborhoods with violent crime statistics below a certain threshold).”

Open-source, social future of medical research.

This TED video is all about an inspiring look at the open-source future of medical research:

How does cancer know it’s cancer? At Jay Bradner’s lab, they found a molecule that might hold the answer, JQ1 — and instead of patenting JQ1, they published their findings and mailed samples to 40 other labs to work on.

A team of researchers at Microsoft and the University of Virginia have proposed that remote computing servers could used to heat people’s homes.

According to the team:

Computers can be placed directly into buildings to provide low latency cloud computing for its offices or residents, and the heat that is generated can be used to heat the building. This approach improves quality of service by moving storage and computation closer to the consumer, and simultaneously improves energy efficiency and reduces costs by reusing the electricity and electrical infrastructure thatwould normally be used for space heating alone.

Betabeat also proposes:

What if big tech companies installed their data centers as the heating units for American schools or affordable public housing? The government could cut them some tax breaks as an initial incentive, then reap the long term rewards as Facebook’s data consumption.

This be the win-win solution for greener server farms, but until we have ubiquitous high-speed internet across the land it’ll be a dream far, far away.