Smart Guns: A Way to keep Police in Check?

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Police officers in California and Texas have been busy testing networked guns. YardArm, a California based company has invented a chip that tracks how a police officer’s gun is being used. YardArm created a chip that goes into a firearm’s handle. This invention stores information that could prove useful in investigations and court cases.

Once set up, the chip will be connected to the internet and will be actively collecting information that includes the gun’s location and information on whether the gun has been discharged or unholstered. YardArm is also aiming to innovate the chip to track the direction in which a gun is pointing. Information obtained from the smart gun will then be forwarded to a police dispatch system and is available on connected smartphones.

“You have a social demand for smart gun technology, but not necessarily a market demand,” says Jim Schaff, YardArm’s vice president of marketing. “As a consumer product, it’s going to be a long road.”

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Although gun owners may not be very attracted to a smart gun, law enforcement shows strong interest. Smart gun is slowly gaining acceptance from the police force as they realize that information tracked can help clear them of accusations and possibly decrease litigation costs.

As more and more ordinary objects are connected to the internet, it is interesting to note the benefits that smart gun will brings. What do you think of a smart gun? How can it be improved?

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This one is for all of you tech-savvy parents out there! MonBaby is a smart baby monitor that attaches to any standard onesie, pajama, t-shirt, or any other normal baby clothes by using MonBaby’s patented MonSnap technology. MonSnap uses sensors to alert the parent that the device is properly attached to their child, or it will do the same if the device comes undone. Similar to most other wearable technologies, all information collected by the MonBaby device gets transmitted to a mobile application, which is currently available on iTunes and will be available on Google Play soon.

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The app gives parents real-time analysis of their baby’s movement level, which side they are laying on, and keeps record of movement history so that parents can track long-term sleep patterns. The most important feature available through MonBaby is an audible alert that will occur if for whatever reason, the sensors believe that the baby has stopped breathing. Rather than warning parents retroactively, MonBaby takes proactive steps to alert parents even if there is the slightest negative change in breathing patterns.

Technologies such as this one are extremely valuable to society because they are actually saving lives, rather than simply providing users with random data. Hospitals may end up utilizing MonBaby (or similar devices) to ensure active monitoring of newborns, decreasing the amount of accidents that can occur.

 

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MonBaby is available for purchase at monbaby.com for a cool $119.00.

 

Google vs. Cancer

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Google won’t stop at just being a search engine giant, it also wants to tackle down one of our biggest deadly enemies, cancer. After working with Novartis to come up the “smart” contact lens that can help us fight diabetes by detecting the glucose level in our body, the secret Google [X] lab is also exploring the possibilities to send “smart” nanoparticles into our bloodstream to sniff out the early signs of disease. Cancer won’t be fatal if they are caught early.
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However, there still aren’t good enough diagnostics to help doctors catch them in their earliest state, when they are most treatable. Google scientists hope to catch the signal given off by cells when they become cancerous. Could we tell that we are at the blink of having cancer when we see a continuous subtle change in the chemistry of our blood? How do Google nanoparticles work? Just click to look at this infographic for a brief review.
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Google is getting more and more information from us, even our health condition. What does that mean for the future of the data security of our personal health information?

Stress Relief in Just 3 Minutes: Muse

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We’ve touched on numerous wearable objects that are becoming an integral part of the internet of things, but this next smart object profile is a bit different: it’s not necessarily a wearable…but instead it’s a thinkable.

In so many of our lives, stress is constantly coming our way. Work, school, relationships, etc. all take their emotional toll on our brains, so stress management is key. Of course there are numerous stress relief strategies, including exercise and social interaction. This smart object, however, focuses on meditation as a primary stress reliever.

The Muse, a new wearable technology developed by InteraXon is a headband that uses 7 finely calibrated sensors to detect and measure the activity of your brain. All of your brain activity is then translated into real-time feedback on your tablet or smartphone via a Bluetooth connection. You are then provided with an audiovisual experience that assists you in calming down and managing your stress.

Who would have ever thought that a simple looking headband would have the ability to analyze your brainwaves and then reduce your stress in only three minutes?! The only unfortunate aspect of this wearable technology is its steep price tag, but surely the cost will come down just as all other technologies do.

This type of technology can be a bit scary, though. If a $300 piece of wearable technology is able to figure out how to affect your mood, soon enough there may be some worrisome marketing or privacy implications in our future. Companies could somehow integrate branding into a stress management program, or mental health professionals could possibly use this as a way to learn more about their patients.

Take a look at this video about the Muse Headband:

 

Virtual Reality – Time travel in action

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One moment you are standing at the top of the clock tower in London, looking down at all the crossing streets and running cars and the next moment, you are looking out to the ocean on a beach in Hawaii, enjoying the breeze on your face. It sounds like time travel, but the whole time you are standing in a small booze with Oculus headset and headphones on.

The special technology that allows you to experience the real world environment with the help of wearables is developed by a bunch of geeks in a company called Oculus. Currently, virtual reality technology is prominently used to improve gaming experience. However, Marriott hotel is probing into the possibility of using virtual reality technology in travel industry. Imagine customers who go to the travel agency can experience different travel destinations and decide which one they want to go by wearing the Oculus headset at the travel agency.

Even though, the commercial use of virtual technology is not yet achieved. So many industries such as movie, travel and even advertising industries could potentially be revolutionized by this technology.