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  • 10 Technologies That Invade Your Privacy in Unique Ways

  • 10. Intelligent Glasses Translate Foreign Text

  • NTT Docomo (the AT&T of Japan) unveiled a pair of glasses which allow the reader to

  • read and translate foreign text in under five seconds. The device is reminiscent of a classic

  • sci-fi universal translator, but for the eyes. According to the carrier, the glasses employ

  • character recognition technology and are primarily aimed at users who travel abroad. Upon looking

  • at a foreign language text, the glasses display a translation overlay to help translate the

  • text to the language of your choice. In addition, you can also use these glasses to turn any

  • flat surface into a touchscreen, manipulating a virtual image visible only to yourself while

  • looking like a bit of a knob in public. On the slightly creepier side the glasses can

  • also call up the contact details of anyone who is in view, making stalking much more

  • convenient for those of us who engage in that particular hobby.

  • 9. Contact Lenses Detect Blood Sugar

  • As Google Glass gains attention by being disliked by federal agents and traffic cops, Google

  • continues to attempt to dominate the literal view, albeit in a more altruistic manner,

  • with new contact lenses. These lenses are targeted towards diabetics who have to go

  • through the inconvenience of sticking needles in their body and measuring their blood sugar

  • levels for actions as simple and trivial to non-diabetics as eating a doughnut. Google’s

  • contacts help remove some of that inconvenience by detecting your blood sugar through your

  • tears and changing color according to the amount detected. The lenses themselves are

  • made up of two soft touch contacts with a chip embedded inside. In short, checking you

  • blood sugar would be as easy as whipping out a compact mirror and checking your eye color.

  • Hopefully no ads are served during this process.

  • 8. Wristband Pulses to Warm Or Cool Wearer

  • Remember that time you wished you had a wrist mounted device that could heat or cool you

  • andno? Well that’s probably why youre not an MIT engineer then. Dubbed the Wristify,

  • a trio of MIT students created a device that monitors both external air temperature and

  • body temperature and adjusts the latter accordingly. According to one of its creators, it’s constantly

  • tricking the body into think it’s actually really cold, forcing the body to acclimate

  • and change its temperature.

  • 7. Bra That Sends Tweets

  • Simplifying the process of tweeting for the ladies, a special edition bra exists that

  • tweets whenever the bra is taken off. Nestle’s Fitness division teamed up with Twitter to

  • create a single-edition bra to create awareness for breast cancer during breast cancer month

  • in 2013. Worn by the Greek Oprah (Maria Bacodimou), the bra transmits a message through a remote

  • sever to her mobile device, which in turn generates a tweet on the social network reminding

  • women to self-examine themselves for breast cancer. As self-examination is cheaper than

  • a mammogram and more effective than blissful ignorance, this is actually a pretty altruistic

  • publicity stunt. Although we wish there was also a limited briefs and boxers edition.

  • The more the merrier, right?

  • 6. Skin Tattoo Takes Body Temperature

  • Tattoos have a social stigma attached to them, stemming from the image they have as symbols

  • of rebellion and misspent youth. But this tattoo is none of that. A team of researchers

  • from China, the USA and Singapore have developed an extremely thin electronic patch that sticks

  • to the skin just like a temporary tattoo. It can accurately measure the temperature

  • of the person currently wearing it, as well as blood vessel dilation and constriction.

  • It can also measure the health level of the heart, brain and other organs, and can also

  • tell if that Pepsi you weren’t supposed to have finally tipped you into diabetes land.

  • The downside is that the tattoo needs an external power source like a battery pack, although

  • researchers are currently working on a way for it to function on bio energy.

  • 5. Human to Human Mind Meld

  • No you didn’t misread the entry title. There actually has been a successful example of

  • one man controlling the brain of another man through his thoughts alone. Well, that and

  • the power of electrodes.

  • In an experiment carried out in the University of Washington, one professor was able to manipulate

  • the actions of a colleague on the other end of campus. Professor Rajesh Rao and his colleague

  • Andrea Stocco both donned electroencephalography (EEG) caps and sat at opposite sides of the

  • campus. Rao was playing a video game with his imagination, and imagined moving his right

  • hand to fire a cannon. The EEG cap picked up the signal and sent it to Stocco, whose

  • right hand reflexively moved to press the space bar of the keyboard in front of him.

  • While not exactly puppetry scale control at the moment, the research could be advanced

  • and used in the future to program much more complex devices.

  • 4. False Memories Implanted in Mice

  • Memories are sometimes as reliable as a sieve used to hold water. Using optical fibers,

  • a team of researchers was able to manipulate mice into believing a benign area was dangerous

  • by giving them false bad memories of it. They simply placed the mice in the harmless space,

  • then used a flash of light to trigger the memory forming process. They then placed the

  • mice in another area and triggered the flash again, only this time the mice were given

  • a mild electric shock. When the animals were placed back in the first area they began to

  • show signs of fear, simply because their brain now associated the first area with the pain.

  • Now, why is this significant? Humans have similar biology to mice. Both brains form

  • memories by creating collections of cells which record those moments and are linked

  • by various neurons. When scientists figure out how to manipulate these neurons on humans,

  • we could have operations to get traumatic memories removed and pleasant ones implanted,

  • and could also begin to fix illnesses like schizophrenia and amnesia. On the other hand,

  • any new technological advance that involves playing with the brain brings out the tin

  • foil hats, and this should be no exception.

  • 3. Implants to Deliver Medication

  • We all know that there are people with diseases that need to take daily medication. We also

  • all know that daily medicines are a pain in the ass, and so to make this easier technology

  • has stepped in. A Joint Harvard University and University of Toronto team were able to

  • build several implants made of a hydrogel polymer that is compatible with living tissue.

  • These hydrogel implants were then themselves implanted with photosensitive cells that react

  • to light.

  • The implants, upon exposure to blue light, were able to simulate insulin protection through

  • a synthetic protein. The test was carried out in mice, so it still needs modification

  • for it to be usable in humans.

  • 2. Emotion Triggered Ads

  • Have you ever felt that ads were getting a bit too intrusive? Like that ad for Kleenex

  • that popped up when you started getting teary-eyed, or the Shreddies commercial that started playing

  • when you told your friend that you needed new cereal? Well, it may not be all in your

  • head after all. New technology works in sync with computer web-cams to scan the face of

  • the person viewing the screen at the moment. Using a combination of facial recognition

  • software and an in-depth knowledge of people’s reactions, the software engine can use your

  • web-cam to determine your mood and creepily, accurately guess at the emotional reactions

  • youre having, then serve up ads accordingly.

  • Big businesses like international retail chains buy this software and use it to manipulate

  • your buying decisions. As one of the companies involved in development, Affectiva, pointed

  • out, people are controlled by their emotions and gaining access to them is key to selling

  • products. So, basically, we may all have to start wearing masks when reading the news.

  • 1. Bra Sensors That Monitor Your Munchies

  • Dealing with growing obesity is a lucrative market and can lead to some very off-beat

  • technologies. Microsoft Research has recently created a special bra that, when combined

  • with a smartphone app, can prevent you from overeating. It works by using a series of

  • sensors embedded in the padding to measure the heart activity of the woman who is wearing

  • it. As people are more likely to eat when stressed, the sensor would use heart rate,

  • respiration rate, temperature and rate of movement to measure the stress level of the

  • wearer. By recording several measurements a day, the bra can accurately tell the norm

  • from the outlier and in turn help the wearer regulate stress eating. Unfortunately, as

  • boxers are not typically worn close to the heart, stress eating men are still on their

  • own for now.

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