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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Astronomers measure ‘heartbeats’ of distant stars

In many ways stars are like living beings. They’re born, they live, they die and they even have a heartbeat. Using a novel technique, astronomers have detected thousands of stellar “pulses” in the galaxy Messier 87 (M87). Their measurements offer a new way of determining a galaxy’s age. We tend to think of stars as stable and unchanging. However, late in life stars like the Sun undergo a significant transformation. They become very bright and swell up to an enormous size, swallowing any planets ...
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A mirror that monitors vital signs

Wish you could check your vital stats while brushing your teeth? Thanks to the new innovation by MIT PhD student Ming-Zher Poh, reading your pulse and other vital stats may someday be as easy as standing in your bathroom. Working with public-domain software, Poh developed a way to measure the pulse by analyzing subjects sitting in front of a two-way mirror. The MIT Media Lab Medical Mirror is equipped with a computer monitor along with a built-in camera that tracks changes in brightness pr...
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