Matrix

The MATRIX is a beautifully designed compact black disc about 4 inches in diameter device that allows you to create and download applications for the Internet of Things, giving you a device that can be used in many different ways at once. With fifteen onboard sensors, MATRIX allows for more than thirty-two thousand sensor combinations that let you control the temperature of your home, monitor your small business after-hours, and so much more. The company describes the Matrix as a small but impre...
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Pulse is a Camera Add-On That Gives You Full Control from a Smartphone.

Pulse is a new camera accessory that allows you to control things wirelessly using a smartphone. It plugs into your DSLR or mirrorless camera’s USB port, allowing you to shoot photos, time-lapses, or videos from an app on your phone. Outwardly, Pulse looks like an ultra-flat flash transmitter that sits on your camera’s hotshoe with a wired connection on the side, it has a small form factor, so it’s portable and doesn’t get in the way of your photography. Inside, it packs a Bluetooth radio with a...
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AirBolt, the tiny smart lock

AirBolt is a Bluetooth-enabled smart lock that layers a variety high-tech security measures into a system that you control entirely from your smart phone. The AirBolt smart lock is comparable in size to most old-school combination locks, but despite this small footprint, the device is absolutely stuffed with features that put the safety of your stuff back in your hands. The device comes with a rechargeable Li-ion battery that lasts a year and has a backup button unlocking feature that lets you u...
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A Look at Intel’s Smart House

The brain of the house is Intel’s new Internet of Things Platform for connecting and controlling smart devices. It basically allows you to control all of a home’s systems from a single tablet app which you can swipe a slider to adjust the thermostat, change the color and brightness of the home’s lighting, and even open the door for a repairman while you’re away. Older non-connected appliances can also be controlled using smart outlets. All of the systems respond to voice control, and the platfor...
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New clues to easing side effects from Parkinson’s Drug.

In an international study, Northwestern Medicine scientists and colleagues have identified a novel strategy for reducing the side effects of uncontrolled movement caused by the drug levodopa, commonly used to treat the stiffness, tremors and poor muscle control of Parkinson’s disease. These unwanted movements caused by levodopa significantly diminish the quality of life for Parkinson’s disease patients. A team lead by D. James Surmeier, PhD, chair and Nathan Smith Davis Professor of Physiology f...
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Tail Lights Rider System for keeping horses safe at night.

Riding horses in low light poses some obvious dangers, particularly in areas where they're forced to share the road with drivers who could become easily distracted. Sadly, for Tail Lights creator Sami Gros, it took a near-tragedy to inspire a solution. "I was out riding my two horses with my best friend, and a car hit my friend and my horse. My friend was OK, but my horse suffered injuries that has made him unridable to this day," Gros said. "I searched the internet for a product that would allo...
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Haiku ceiling fan for the smart home owner

Haiku ceiling fan includes Wi-Fi connectivity and sensors that enable it to regulate temperature and kick into action when someone enters the room. With either aluminum, Moso bamboo or matrix composite airfoils, Haiku uses a built-in Wi-Fi module, infrared motion, ambient temperature and humidity sensors to help maintain the user's ideal room temperature. This means it can start up or wind down as you enter or leave a room, speed up as more people enter the room and the temperature and humidity ...
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Researchers Discover How Termites Ventilate

Termites build massive, empty structures above their underground nest in order to control their local environment. Hunter King and Samuel A. Ocko, under the supervision of Applied Mathematics professor Lakshminarayan Mahadevan discovered the key to ventilation in the mounds of an Indian termite species. It is well known that termites build such massive, empty structures above their underground nest in order to control their local environment. The researchers conducted tests on live and dea...
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WiFi Nomiku is the world’s first WiFi-enabled immersion circulator

Nomiku allows a temperature-controlled way of cooking conveniently at your home. WiFi Nomiku, the world’s first WiFi-connected immersion circulator is a convenient device for sous-vide cooking with a small footprint, a large screen for displaying recipes, Wi-Fi connectivity to allow communication between chefs and has an app that’s both iOS and Android compatible. Sous vide is the method of cooking vacuum-sealed food in a controlled low-temperature water bath. It is a top chef's secret wea...
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On Understanding Sleep

Scientists find what controls waking up and going to sleep. The latest finding from an Indian-American circadian rhythms expert at Northwestern University is that he has discovered how an animal’s biological clock wakes it up in the morning and puts it to sleep at night. In a study of brain circadian neurons that govern the daily sleep-wake cycle’s timing, doctor Ravi Allada and his team found that high sodium channel activity in these neurons during the day turn the cells on and ultimatel...
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Breathe fresh clean air in a SmartVent home.

SmartVent Evolve is an intelligent tablet based system that lets you control your home’s internal climate. This new system quietly ventilates your home with fresher, drier air, removing condensation and moisture and creating a healthier, more comfortable living environment. It is set to change home ventilation forever. Evolve’s sensor technology can monitor both temperature and humidity to effectively control condensation. This air is passed through a high efficiency filter and introduced int...
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Level of your hunger could determine your bone structure.

Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that Brain neurons which control hunger and appetite also regulate bone mass. “We have found that the level of your hunger could determine your bone structure,” said one of the senior authors, Tamas L. Horvath, the Jean and David W. Wallace Professor of Comparative Medicine, and professor of neurobiology and obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences.“The less hungry you are, the lower your bone density, and surprisingly, the effects of th...
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New light-controlled gel makes big strides in soft robotics.

A new material controlled by light may help scientists build better soft-bodied robots. The UC Berkeley scientists created the gel using graphene and a synthetic protein similar to elastin, which is found in humans' blood vessels, skin and more. The synthetic elastin, created from genetically engineered bacteria, absorbs water at room temperature, but at higher temperatures it expels the water and shrinks. Inspired by the way plants grow toward light sources, a phenomenon known as phototropis...
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Controllable Wingsuit to Fly Through the Air

Imagine if you could glide through the air with wings like a bat and control your movements more easily. Inventor Tony Uragallo of Zephyrhills has invented a new product called Bird Wingsuit which is created of a web of nylon material between outstretched arms and legs. He based his research on the kite birds to develop his technique. He observed that Kites steer by twisting their tail one way or another and this led him develop his new wingsuit. Compared to the earlier wingsuits, this ...
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New Technology Creates “Cyborg Insects”

Scientists at the University of California demonstrated a new technology for creating "cyborg insects." That is, beetles implanted with miniaturized electronics that allows the insects to be controlled. The flying beetle is powered by a wireless signal from a mobile transmitter that controls the insect. Varying impulses trigger an appropriate response from the beetle so that it flies according to its handler. The movements of flying insects is controlled using a radio transmitter and a min...
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