For many, preparing for a run includes more than just slipping into polyester/spandex clothes and lacing up the old “tennies.” My personal routine includes strapping on a music player, headphones, GPS watch, and a foot pod in case I trek into some trees and lose satellite tracking. On the road I see others with armbands holding their smartphone, speaking into the in-line mic in their headphone cord. I look at them and think, ‘Just leave the phone at home and enjoy the run!’
The race for smaller, faster and more intelligent technology is endless, pushing scientists and designers to constantly push the envelope. One of these racers, IBM, has just taken a huge step forward in their ability to store information. They are working on a way to store data on a single atom.
In the past decade, electric cars have gained in popularity, pushing the limits of what car makers envision for the future. One of the hardest parts of having an electric car is having to charge it. In an effort to make this easier for the consumer, Mercedes has invested in wireless charging.
In June of 2010, Steve Jobs said the PC was on the way out, and items like the tablet were the way of the future. At first, tablets and iPads seemed to be the way of the future, but the tides have turned once again. Are tablets going to have a fall out just like PC’s?
If you’re like most people in the world, you use your smartphone to send texts, make calls, check your email, look up movie times, or navigate your way to a new restaurant. What if I told you that your smartphone could be used to help diagnose cancer?
According to FirstPost, smartphones have the ability to become microscopes that can possibly detect certain types of skin cancer. Although normal telescopes are preferred, a smartphone microscope has been found to be fairly accurate in detecting cancer, especially in developing countries. In remote areas where no telescopes are available, smartphone microscopes could photograph the growths, then forward them on for more extensive examination.
When a traditional light microscope was compared to a smartphone microscope, the smartphone microscope was able to detect 90% of the non-melanoma skin cancers. This number, although not 100%, is quite impressive. The smartphone microscope was also able to detect 60% of the melanomas. These figures give hope for better diagnosis and treatment for cancer all around the world.