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1// A Glucose Fuel-Cell For More Efficient Brain Implants
We’ve been hearing at lot about research breakthroughs from MIT lately. The most recent is a glucose fuel-cell to be used for low-power brain implants and brain computer interfaces. It’s a new twist on a decades-old science discovery. In the 1970s, the naturally occurring glucose already present in the human body was harnessed to power a fuel cell for pacemakers. MIT’s advancement, fabricated from a silicon chip and platinum, is estimated to produce hundreds of microwatts of power. In comparison to the fuel cell of past, this is a considerably larger amount of power. In theory, the implants could also be powered off of the cerebrospinal fluid in the skull surrounding the brain and effectively be very biocompatible.
2// Festo Introduces New Human-Machine Interface Engineering
Festo, a global supplier of electrical automation technology, announced that the company has developed new concepts for human-machine interaction and interfacing. The announcement includes gaming and live music. CogniGame is an updated version of a popular video game originally released in the 1970′s, which had similarities that resembled a game of table tennis. Festo’s adaption is in a real ball court, with software developed in partnership with CogniWare. Players are wearing EEG headsets to control the ball and move it towards their opponent.
“Festo’s work on CogniGame has practical applications for the factory of the future by addressing the question of how people and machines can interact more efficiently in the face of constantly changing technologies.”
To read more about Festo’s other thought-controlled developments, the full press release is here
3// Fun Pop Culture Tidbits: Coldplay Vs Mind Control Rumors
This happened. Rumors that wristbands passed out at Coldplay concerts – those fun blinking battered powered ones – were actually cleverly disguised mind control devices. Fans who purchased the glow accessories at recent performances by the British band reported that the wristbands would sporadically light up days after the concert had ended. Mind control was named the culprit on various web forums. The manufacturer was quick to wave off any speculation of secret agendas, and even gave fans tips to stop the sporadic spurts of glowing: remove the batteries.
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