Bracelets or belts that track your activity and vitals may soon be a thing of the past. Engineers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University have produced a health-monitoring device that looks like a Band-Aid. The thin, soft patch can stick to and move with the skin, all while wirelessly sending vital updates to your designated cellphone or computer.
Good morning! Have you enjoyed a cup of caffeine yet? No? Then perhaps you would prefer not interacting with people, lest your office turn into the set of a Maxine cartoon or something. But what if I told you: interact with someone, or coffee will be withheld from you. Great idea, right? Surely this would serve to facilitate human interaction and not result in two bumbling messes chit-chatting awkwardly about the weather while they wait for a paper cup of ambrosia.
I still remember flipping through paper magazines while waiting for webpages to load on my family's PC, in the 1990s. Maybe one day waiting for your phone to charge will seem as antiquated. An Israeli startup recently demonstrated a prototype charger that fully charges a smartphone in 30 seconds. You can watch it below, oooh.
Keurig machines might not producethe bestcoffee, but at least the process is quick, and you've got your range of options - for right now, anyway. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters announced during an earnings call last year that the next generation of Keurig machines,coming later this year, wouldn't work with third-party coffee pods. Instead, Green Mountain wants to assimilate other pod-producers into their own Keurig empire.
For all their engineering, speakers are mostly just formless boxes—eyesores that we shove into corners and forget about. The Harmon Kardon Aura is one that even the most design-conscious can proudly plop in the middle of their living rooms. Engineers molded the six-driver Bluetooth speaker into a retro-futuristic dome that evenly distributes audio 360 degrees. A 30-watt subwoofer fires up into the dome, which radiates the bassline up, out, and into the room—instead of into the floor. Interior LEDs sync with the music to draw a little extra attention.