10 Aug

Researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have come up with a smart glove that can translate the American Sign Language (ASL) into text. The wireless device also incorporates a virtual hand that can re-create sign language gestures.

UCSD engineers have dubbed the device "The Language of the Glove," and it was built for less than $100. Printable and stretchable electronics were one of the keys to the design -- chiefly because they are low-cost, commercially available, and a snap to put together.

Researchers are also developing the smart glove for other purposes, such as technical training, telesurgery, and defense.

Timothy O’Connor, a nanoengineering Ph.D. student at UCSD and the first author of the study, said in a press release, “Gesture recognition is just one demonstration of this glove’s capabilities. Our ultimate goal is to make this a smart glove that in the future will allow people to use their hands in virtual reality, which is much more intuitive than using a joystick and other existing controllers.”

08 Aug

The vivid yellow background and red title type bring to mind the packaging of Kodak products of yesteryear. And that's partly the point of Gudak, a device that uses an iPhone to re-create the disposable camera experience -- something thought to have become obsolete, given the ubiquity of smartphones outfitted with cameras.

Screw Bar, which created Gudak, has adorned the yellow background of the "label" with the following instructions:

"1 day/24 shoots available

Re-loadable after watching a full advertisement -- video

Wait up Full -- 3 days after you finish your roll to develop

Development process will not start unless you finish the roll

There is no PREVIEW!! Believe your instinct!! Have fun!!"

06 Aug

Smiley faces have been a part of society long before emojis made them part of everyday communication. However, a new discovery in Turkey reveals that the smiley face may have been in use centuries before previously thought.

The discovery was made in Gaziantep at the border between Turkey and Syria. A team of Turkish and Italian archeologists were exploring in the area and had already unearthed a variety of ancient vases and pots during their expedition. But they highlighted a pitcher that was once used for a sweet drink called sherbet, with the pitcher dating back to 1,700 B.C. The pitcher had the faded but easily detectible outline of two eyes and a smile, familiar to modern-day man as a smiley face. Experts can only speculate about the reason for the smiley face, but they’re calling it the earliest-known smiley emoji.

04 Aug

Located in the constellation of Virgo, Ross 128 is a red dwarf star with no known planets surrounding it. Since it is 10.89 light years from Earth, Ross 128 is not visible to the naked eye, but researchers have been watching it since 1926, when it was discovered by astronomer Frank Elmore Ross.

In mid-May, Ross 128 had a brief turn in the worldwide spotlight after astronomers reported strange signals coming from the star. At the time, experts were unable to definitively state that the signals weren’t a sign of alien activity, although researchers continued to search for the root cause. By late July, though, the cause had finally been determined, to the disappointment of those who search for signs of extraterrestrial life.

02 Aug

In fact, if you're taking a vitamin D supplement, chances are that you're already taking more than you should.

While conventional wisdom says that taking an excess of vitamins isn't bad for you -- unless you go really sky high with the dosing -- excess amounts of vitamin D can reportedly produce negative effects when taken in high doses. And the effects can creep up on you.

One concern? Obesity.

The key to understanding the harmful effects of too much vitamin D lies in the fact that it is a fat soluble substance. So, if you take more than you should, it won't be naturally eliminated from your body through urination, the way that water soluble vitamins are.

As a result, says Popular Science, "Instead of being carried out in your body's wastewater, the vitamin will cling to your body fat for later use—which can compound the effects of daily overdosing."

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