Just as I don't text and drive, I also don't text and walk. I stand still to do my digital business. Sure, like everybody else, I was curious if I could successfully walk and text at the same time. But one jarring landing down a driveway drop-off was enough to make me give it up for good. Now, I have some scientific backing for my decision.
A team of researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia conducted a study titled "Texting and Walking: Strategies for Postural Control and Implications for Safety." The work focused on the gait performance of 26 healthy individuals when walking normally, reading on a phone, and then texting.… Read more
One of the most memorable zombies to ever scare the bejeezus out of audiences on "The Walking Dead" showed up in the very first episode of the series. The decomposing, legless female zombie pulled herself over the ground and forever crawled into the popular zombie imagination.
High school student Nick Santonastasso has just entered the pantheon of great zombies with an assist from cast and crew members of the "The Walking Dead."
Santonastasso was born with one arm and no legs as a result of the rare genetic disorder Hanhart syndrome. He is also a massive fan of "The Walking Dead." He had already parlayed his appearance into a series of extremely effective zombie pranks where he freaked out unsuspecting people in the aisles of a store.… Read more
Type while you walk is exactly as it sounds, a tool that lets you multitask, safely. While it may sound like a joke at first, the app actually does what it promises very well, providing a text overlay on your camera so you can actively see what's going on around you and compose text on your iPhone's screen.
The app doesn't have a lot of frills or gimmicks other than what is promised in the title. After opening it, you can start typing right away with your camera actively on in the background. At any time you … Read more
Moves is yet another way for people to track how active they are. The app isn't new; it originally launched in December 2012, and, at the time, it was a radical idea. Moves required a user to carry his or her iPhone at all times, and it would magically track and count steps.
Fast forward to today, when Apple has included the M7 chip in the iPhone 5S, with its sole purpose being to track the movement of the device. Moves was recently updated to take advantage of this addition to the iOS hardware, and the price went from … Read more
Honda's latest foray into the world beyond cars and bikes may sound like a bit of a leap, but it's the next logical step in the company's line of personal mobility devices.
The Walking Assist Device, which we took a look at back in 2008 but ultimately dates back to 1999, has evolved from an interesting concept that might make walking a bit easier to the subject of a new clinical trial that might help stroke patients improve their mobility.
Honda announced last week that it is currently testing its battery-powered device at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. As with its humanoid bot ASIMO, Honda says its Walking Assist Device uses cooperative control tech the company developed over the course of studying the human gait. Using readings from hip angle sensors of the patient's natural gait, a control computer activates motors to improve the symmetry of the timing of each leg lift and to promote a longer stride. The simple design includes adjustable belts to fit over differently-sized people and clothing.… Read more
I lived in New York City during the late 1990s and early Aughts, which is to say I lived in New York City at a time that predated the iPhone. I returned to New York last week and could not believe how different the city felt as the majority of pedestrians were walking around staring at or tapping on their phones. Eye contact was never something found in abundance in New York, but last week I felt as though I were surrounded by the (briskly) walking dead while ambling about the city, except instead of coming after my brains, these … Read more
The ankle is something of an anatomical puzzle.
"Imagine you have a collection of pebbles, and you wrap a whole bunch of elastic bands around them," Neville Hogan, a mechanical engineering professor at MIT, said in a school news report. "That's pretty much a description of what the ankle is. It's nowhere near a simple joint from a kinematics standpoint."
So Hogan teamed up with colleagues at MIT's Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation to test Anklebot, a robot that uses electrodes to record the torque and angular displacement at the joint and calculate stiffness in various directions.
To do this, the bot is mounted to a knee brace that is in turn connected to a custom shoe, and Anklebot… Read more
When consumers said "The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice," they sure weren't talking about apps. With far fewer applications at their fingertips than iOS, Android, and Windows phone users, BlackBerry aficionados, who just can't do away with the much-prized keyboard, are missing out on much of the latest and greatest in mobile software. Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist -- currently with Walking Papers -- Duff McKagan is one of the loyalists who's unwilling to give his device its walking papers.
Speaking of Walking Papers, the rock quartet's self-titled debut … Read more