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Blind people using white canes are limited in how fast they can walk, as they have to wait for the tip of their cane to hit obstacles before going around them. The NextGuide cane is different, in that it preemptively steers users around obstacles that they have yet to reach.Continue ReadingCategory: Good Thinking, LifestyleTags: ETH Zurich, Blind, Machine Learning, Haptics
If you're going out on a bike ride directly from your home, your house keys are just one more thing you have to bring along and stuff in a pocket. The Doormate offers an alternative (for cyclists with garages), as it's a bike-mounted garage door remote.Continue ReadingCategory: Bicycles, TransportTags: Cycling, Remote Control, Door
Cargo ebikes are a great alternative to cars, but the needs of an ebike rider can certainly change over time. That's where the Modula comes in, as it has a modular design which allows it to serve multiple purposes.Continue ReadingCategory: Bicycles, TransportTags: ebikes, cargo bike, Modular
Since the beginning of Elon Musk’s reign at Twitter, he’s threatened to remove the legacy verification—signified by a white check in a blue circle beside the account name—that predated his tenure. […] The post Shiny snippets: Twitter users respond to ‘blue check apocalypse’ appeared first on ShinyShiny.
Over the years, we've heard about several experimental systems which would allow people to control computers or other devices via their mouth. One such tool should soon be commercially available, however, in the form of the MouthPad.Continue ReadingCategory: Wearables, TechnologyTags: MIT, Assistive Technologies, Mouse
It can be frustrating when you're searching for an object, knowing that you may have looked right where it is without realizing you've done so. A new augmented reality system could help, by showing users where specific items are … even if they're hidden from view.Continue ReadingCategory: Virtual Reality, TechnologyTags: MIT, Microsoft HoloLens, wearable electronics
People such as singers, public speakers and teachers run the risk of injuring their vocal cords through overuse. An experimental wearable system is designed to help keep that from happening, by warning users as they approach their vocal threshold.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: Northwestern University, wearable electronics, Voice, Singing, Talking
Entering passcodes on smartphones can be difficult for the blind, as they can't see the screen, nor can they tell if someone else is peeking at it. The OneButtonPIN app is designed to help, by utilizing vibrations instead of visuals.Continue ReadingCategory: Good Thinking, LifestyleTags: University of Waterloo, Rochester Institute of Technology, Blind, smartphones, Security, Haptics, Apps
When you're looking at a tank full of fish at a public aquarium, it can be difficult to figure out which ones are which species. The AI Aquarium is designed to help, by overlaying information that lines up with the individual fish in question.Continue ReadingCategory: Good Thinking, LifestyleTags: Aquariums, Object Recognition, Gesture Recognition, Gaze-tracking, Fish, Artificial Intelligence, CE
The number of active users on the Mastodon social network has dropped more than 30% since the peak and is continuing a slow decline, according to the latest data posted on […] The post ShinyShiny snippets: Mastodon users fall by 30% since peak appeared first on ShinyShiny.


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