This week in the news, KFC saves your phone from greasy fingers with the Tray Typer, a placemat Bluetooth keyboard. You’ll also read about bionic lenses, an invention that could one day give you vision exceeding 20/20, and MEDi, a friendly robot that makes doctor visits less painful.
KFC Saves Your Phone from Greasy Fingers
KFC has added a dash of salt to its meal experience with the new Tray Typer, a durable paper tray that transforms into a thin, rechargeable and wireless keyboard when you connect your phone via Bluetooth. The smart paper tray lets you text with sticky fingers without the worry of greasing up your screen. Despite being just 4 millimeters thick, it is durable, water-resistant, and can be wiped down and re-used. Unfortunately, the cutting edge tray keyboard is only available in select KFC locations in Germany, with no word on whether the campaign will make its way into other countries.
Bionic Lens May Give You Better than Perfect Vision
A Canadian doctor claims he has invented implantable artificial lenses that could potentially give people vision three times better than 20/20. The implant, which is not yet certified for use in humans, would not only correct the eye-sight of those that are vision-impaired, but also offer those with normal vision a level of clarity greater than natural vision . The small lens would take under 8 minutes to implant in a painless procedure similar to cataract surgery, and correct sight immediately. The first Bionic Lens could be here as soon as 2017, but it will only be available to individuals over 25, as eye structures are not fully formed until that age.
MEDi, The Friendly Medical Robot
At first glance, MEDi, the two-foot tall and 11-pound robot looks like he belongs on a toy store shelf. This high-end robot, however, serves a higher purpose, offering hospitalized children an almost pleasant medical experience by lowering stress levels through singing, dancing, and games. According to research, the robot, which can speak 19 languages and can be programmed to integrate culturally, has reduced children’s pain in medical procedures by 50 percent. The study also showed that the distracting robot helped children recover and relax more quickly after a medical procedure. MEDi’s potential has yet to be fully developed, but in the future, the robot may even be able to help nurses by taking a child’s vital signs.