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12.11.14 Spectrum IEEE
How the Internet-Addicted World Can Survive on Poisoned Fruit
There is no "magic bullet" for cybersecurity to ensure that hackers never steal millions of credit card numbers or cripple part of a country's power grid. The conveniences of living in an interconnected world come with inherent risks. But cybersecurity experts do have ideas for how the world can "survive on a diet of poisoned fruit" and live with its dependence upon computer systems.
12.11.14 Spark Fun
Hacking the MiP - Proto Back
The MiP Robotic Platform is the first self-balancing robot that you get to control and with which you can play games. The MiP can drive, dance, plays games, battle with other MiPs, respond to simple hand motions and can be remotely controlled by a compatible iOS or Android device. But did you know you can hack it?
12.11.14 San Diego Daily Transcript
Brain Corp. aims for consumer robotics revolution in SD
It would take hundreds of programmers with Ph.D.s in computational neuroscience thousands of hours to create a robot capable of completing one simple task on its own -- say, picking up toys off the floor -- given the complexity of coding.
12.11.14 MAC Rumors
Apple Online Store Gains New Toys Ahead of the Holidays, Now Offering Barbie and Skylanders
As of this week, Apple has begun offering several new toys in its online Apple Store, including a Barbie from Mattel, a Skylanders game, and a WowWee Robot. The new online-only additions come just ahead of the holiday season and mark Apple's continued efforts to bolster its products aimed at younger children.
12.10.14 Times of San Diego
San Diego's Most Innovative Products Shine at CONNECT
Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego's original technology accelerator on Thursday recognized the eight most innovative products of the year at CONNECT's 27th annual awards event.
12.10.14 San Diego Daily Transcript
Eight companies win innovation awards
A system for mapping blood flow through the heart, a device that matches exercises to music, and new technologies to improve bus usage and hotel management were among the winners at Connect's 27th annual Most Innovative New Product Awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine on Thursday night.
12.10.14 Aviation Today
New Study Finds Vulnerabilities in Mobile Information Cockpit Systems
A new study produced by a group of computer scientists has discovered vulnerabilities in a new class of iPad apps and mobile cockpit receivers commonly used by today's General Aviation (GA) pilots. According to the study, the popular combination of a cockpit-mounted GPS receiver and an iPad used to display live data such as weather and traffic information is vulnerable to hacker attacks that could cause significant in-flight problems.
12.10.14 AIN Online
Study: Security of Aviation Apps Questioned
A recently published study conducted by the University of California San Diego and Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) claims to have identified security vulnerabilities in tablet apps and hardware used by pilots. The study examined three popular apps and hardware that provide data to these apps: ForeFlight Mobile and the Stratus 2; Garmin Pilot and the GDL 39; and WingX Pro7 and the SageTech Clarity CL01.
12.10.14 Star Tribune
Wearables 2014: From smartwatches to earplugs
Fitness trackers like FitBit were out in force early on, a high-tech assist to New Year's resolutions. Google Glass, that much-maligned but nifty trailblazing gadget that puts the digital world before your eyes, was released to the public in May. And there were watches, sleek timepieces from Samsung and Motorola running Android Wear, plus all the hoopla about Apple Watch (not actually available until 2015). But that's just the beginning.
Don't Sweat It: Perspiration Power Is Taking on the Wearable Tech Game Trend
The actual sweat that comes from those activities, apparently. A new start-up called Electrozyme is engineering a bio-sensor strip that goes one step beyond the average wearable step: Instead of wearing it on your wrist or even in your clothes, the device is placed directly against your skin. Then, the embedded sensors analyze the chemical data your sweat produces, so you can find out how your body is reacting to whatever physical activity you're putting it through.
ELECTROZYME'S SWEAT SENSOR AWARDED TOP INNOVATION PRIZE
Josh Windmiller works with sweat. His company has developed tiny disposable biosensors that monitor hydration and electrolytes so users know in real time what to drink, when and how much during exercise. That innovation won Electrozyme -- Windmiller's 10-employee startup -- a Most Innovative Product Award from Connect, a San Diego accelerator program for technology and life-science companies. Electrozyme joined seven other local firms honored Thursday evening by Connect
Inventors ride crowdfunding boom
Is this really happening? Three guys named Daniel recently went on Kickstarter in hopes of raising $100,000 on the crowdfunding site to manufacture Hush, "smart" earplugs that block all noise except the things you want to hear. Daniel Lee, Daniel Chesong Lee and Daniel Synn felt good about their idea, which they developed as engineering students at UC San Diego. But they didn't expect what came next. Their Kickstarter campaign raised $100,000 in just five days. That dollar figure soon doubled.
12.8.14 Trend Hunter
Wellness-Tracking Sweat Sensors
This fitness wearable is using biosensor technology to change how we think about tracking wellness. Electrozyme features sweat sensors that work when you exercise and offers a personalized report about replenishing electrolytes, getting a drink, taking a break and similar information. Sweat has more than 800 unique biomarkers that can indicate a wealth of information about a person's fitness and overall health.
Why Spammy Online Pharmacies Actually Have Amazing Customer Service
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A piranha swam up my pants -- now what?
UC San Diego engineering professor Marc Meyers travelled to the Brazilian Amazon to lead an expedition on the Roosevelt River, also known as the River of Doubt. If you're planning a trip to the Brazilian Amazon, know this: Anyone who ventures on to the Roosevelt River may have to deal with electric eels, piranha, pig-like tapirs that are longer than a couch, and waterfalls that can devour a kayak. It's not unusual for an inch-and-a half of rain to fall in 30 minutes.
12.2.14 Slash Gear
Hush smart earplugs block out unwanted sounds while still letting you hear
There are many reasons that people need earplugs, and not all of them are reasons you might expect. People need earplugs in very loud situations, such as shooting guns or at a loud racetrack for sure, but there are other reasons in the home that people use them as well when it's important that you still be able to hear sounds around you, such as sleeping. For situations like this, a new set of earplugs called Hush smart earplugs have debuted.
Hush earplugs send you to sleep with soothing sounds
Trying to get to sleep when there's unwanted noise in the background can be a fruitless and frustrating experience. You could try and block out the noise with earplugs, but sometimes that's just not enough. The new Hush earplugs are controlled by a smartphone and mask noise with soothing sounds. The Hush earplugs are designed to not only block out unwanted sound up to 70 dB, but to mask it with more pleasant, soothing noises of the user's choice if required.
Fund this: Smart earplugs promise a better night's sleep
If you're familiar with noise-cancelling headphones, you might think these are more or less the same thing, just shrunk down to earplug size and set free from wires. But there's no active noise-cancellation at work here; instead, the earplugs are like a pair of tiny MP3 players preloaded with noise-masking sounds. These include not just the sounds you'd normally find in a white-noise app -- babbling brook, ocean waves, thunderstorm, and so on -- but also binaural beats
12.2.14 Daily Mail UK
At last! Smart EARPLUGS sound alarm directly into your ears
The sound of an alarm is bad enough at the best of times, but hearing your partner's alarm - especially when you don't have to be up - can be a major source of irritation. Hush earplugs aim to solve this problem...
12.2.14 Huffington Post
Smart Earplugs Aim To Improve Your Sleep Quality By Taking Noise-Blocking To The Next Level
Good news, light sleepers! Smart earplugs now exist. Hush earplugs are wireless noise-masking earplugs that connect to your smartphone and play soothing sounds, such as white noise, ocean waves and rainfall, for more than 10 hours. Hush connects wirelessly to your smartphone, so sleeping through your alarm isn't an issue; the alarm will go off right in your ears when it's time to wake up. Invented by three University of California, San Diego students...