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In the News: NailO Turns Your Fingernails into Tiny Trackpads, and Electric Smart Pants Steer You Around the City

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This week in the news, NailO introduces a wearable input device that allows easy access to content and hardware through the simple tap of a thumb. You’ll also read about Electric Smart Pants, a futuristic navigation system that, quite literally, jolts you in the right direction.  Also, rumor has it blood tests will soon be painless… and done from the comfort of home!

NailO Puts a Trackpad on Your Thumb

Researchers at MIT are in the process of developing a wearable, miniaturized track pad that fits over your thumb and allows you to scroll through content and access electronic devices wirelessly through a series of various gestures with your index finger. Despite its compact size, NailO is made up of four different layers and is equipped with capacitive sensors, a battery, as well as three separate chips. Although the device is still in prototype stages, testing has shown a 92% accuracy rate in identifying five different hand gestures. Whether you’re fashion conscious, tech savvy or artistically creative, NailO promises to help you make a statement through customized designs and colors, all fitting the individual needs of each and every consumer. (Tech Times)

Electric Smart Pants Steer You Around the City

A team of scientists at the University of Hanover have come up with a device that offers navigation support, all while eliminating the risks of appliance preoccupation.  Electric smart pants are an actuated navigation device that works by sending a series of electric charges through your legs to influence the direction you are going in. The signal is weak enough to not cause any discomfort, but enough to steer you away from surrounding obstacles. The electrical stimulation could prove to offer life changing guided support to emergency teams as well as to the visually impaired subsiding in large, future smart cities. (Digital Trends)

Convenient and Painless Blood Tests

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Tasso Inc., a medical device company, has joined forces with the University of Wisconsin-Madison to create a small blood drawing device that could one day replace needles. A small vacuum found within the new tool would extract blood when placed against the skin. The two minute procedure is advertised to be painless, and with an extraction flow of 0.15 cubic centimeters, could potentially be practical in testing cholesterol, infection and cancer cells. The company, which has recently received $3 million in funding, continues working on the project, noting that it will simplify manufacturing and cut costs when compared with hypodermic needles. (Nasdaq)

 

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