First, the bad news: As much as 40 percent of the world's 40 billion injections administered every year are with unsterile, reused syringes, according to the World Health Organization.
The syringe, designed by Dr. David Swann of Huddersfield University in England, comes in a nitrogen-filled pack, which ensures that the syringe is clear. But when exposed to air, the special ink in the syringe's barrel absorbs the carbon dioxide and, after 60 seconds of exposure, turns the barrel of the syringe a bright red to warn that it is now "used."… Read more
Lately there's been a lot of hubbub about the use of head-up displays (HUDs) to increase safety by helping drivers to keep their eyes on the road while driving and navigating. Inrix, provider of traffic data and services, is also working on getting into the HUD business, but instead of projecting relevant information onto the vehicle's windshield, it's demonstrating a concept that makes use of Google Glass to float traffic data before the driver's very eyes.
Pulling features from the latest version of its smartphone app for iOS and Android devices, Inrix's Google Glassware concept … Read more
Typically, adding a keyboard to your mobile device arsenal means adding bulk and energy usage. A prototype touch surface keyboard shows that the near future may bring keyboards that will add almost no extra heft to your gear.
The prototype keyboard was built by CSR using Bluetooth Smart (also known as Bluetooth low energy) technology. The keyboard requires very little power, so lots of bulky batteries aren't necessary. The flexible touch-surface part of the device is less than 0.5 mm thick.… Read more
The Oculus Rift is taking its time to perfect for the consumer market, but if you're after a virtual-reality or augmented-reality experience, one product will provide a solution that uses your smartphone as the display.
Called vrAse, it's a 3D-printed headset by Edinburgh, Scotland-based Louise Bankhead. Your smartphone slides into the front, providing the display.
Packed inside the headset is a pair of interchangeable lenses, one for each eye. Using an app that splits your display into two separate images -- what's known as side-by-side or SBS format, for which there are many existing apps -- each eye then sees a slightly different version of the same image, creating an effective 3D view. … Read more
If you're the kind of person who can't help but bemoan the dangers of a surveillance state since the NSA revelations this past summer, then Kapture might help bolster your theories.
Meant to be worn on your wrist at all times, the device -- which launched Tuesday on the Kickstarter crowd-funding site with a goal of raising $150,000 -- is perpetually recording the last 60 seconds of audio without the user having to do anything. With a simple tap, that time frame's contents are saved, sent to, and synced with your smartphone via Bluetooth. … Read more
Editors' note: Be sure to catch the other stories in this package: on self-driving cars bristling with sensors, on real-world experiments with platoons of connected cars, and on smart transport grids.
Google's self-drivinginitiative is moving into a new phase: reality.
Three years after first showing the world what it was up to -- rolling out a Toyota Prius with laser-scanning hardware awkwardly perched on the roof -- Google is moving its big idea out of the lab and into the real world.
Consider recent developments: A spokesman confirmed to CNET that the company was in what were … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- The 404 Special Feature: Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant (podcast).
- The Internet explained by (three) prisoners who have never seen it.
- Three years after being banned, Bang With Friends returns as "Down."
In this very special episode of The 404 Show, Jeff Bakalar chats with professional funnymen Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. You may recognize these fine gentlemen from their work on MTV's "The State," "Reno 911!," and other programs. The two have worked together on a number of films and are the writers of the "Night at the Museum" movies. Their latest collaboration is "Hell Baby," a horror-comedy that tells the ridiculous story of what happens when a couple who's expecting twins moves into a haunted New Orleans home.
Tom, Ben, and Jeff chat about what it was like working on "Hell Baby," how Goldeneye 007 for Nintendo 64 almost destroyed "The State," and some of their favorite "Reno 911!" characters.