Using the tiny, battery-free brain implant device, the team were able to program and deprogram mice to socially interact with each other in real-time. When two or more mice had their devices switched on, they interacted much more than usual, and when the device was switched off, the opposite effect was nearly immediate. Read more
This kinda creepy sounding — but really cool — new technology was created at the University of Tokyo. It’s called e-skin, and it’s made of polyvinyl alcohol combined with a layer of gold. Yes, gold. This combination of materials makes e-skin into a flexible, wearable sensor that can track your vitals and other important health information, CNN reported. Before you get too excited, e-skin hasn’t gone through clinical trials yet, but the developers have been testing it on volunteers and started talking to manufacturers about how to make e-skin available to the public. Read more (Mic)
The company claims that the EmotiBit will open the door for researchers, makers, artists, students, teachers, athletes, virtual reality developers, and health enthusiasts to develop new products based on sensing signals from the body. For example, Future Labs suggests EmotiBit could be paired with an LED matrix to display the wearer’s heartbeats on their sleeve, or combined with an audio generator to sonify emotional reactions. Read more (Springwise)
Is there a difference if the tool is in our hand or if it is an implant in our brain?
This wearable technology, called a Moodbeam, isn’t here to monitor your physical health. Instead it allows your employer to track your emotional state. The gadget, which links to a mobile phone app and web interface, has two buttons, one yellow and one blue. The idea is that you press the yellow one if you are feeling happy, and the blue one if you are sad. Read more (BBC)