You ve probably done this: Roll over in the middle of the night, or in a dark room, turn on your phone, read a few emails, scroll through some tweets, or check Facebook.Then later, your vision is fuzzy in one eye, or worse, you roll over and can see out of one but not the other.The Science of Us explains the process is pretty simple, and if you ve deduced already that it s because one eye gets adapted to light while the other is still adapted to darkness, you re on the right track.They explain that two women in the UK went to the doctor complaining about this kind of transient blindness, and how they would wake up even after not using their phones for a while to find their vision diminished.The doctors wrote a report on the topic for the New England Journal of Medicine, but here s the lowdown:When the women went to an ophthalmic clinic, specialists took detailed histories and figured out that the women were using their phones in the dark before falling asleep and right after waking up, respectively.
Even gadget testers need to have some time off. So we shut down the office now and sit in the sun bed instead. This means that there is less activity on the site, although it will show up some tests we prepared earlier. In the meantime, you can read our tests of travel speakers, emergency charger for mobile phones, cameras, holiday, summer and other gadgets that fit in the summer. But we are back again in early August with freshly charged batteries and put full speed with autumn magazines and trade shows. Hope you also get a relaxing summer!
A robot bear to care for youDouglas Hines started out with what sounded like a nice idea.In the early 2000s, the former Bell Labs engineer was busy caring for his elderly father and building his own technology business.So he gave up, and instead turned his attentions to Roxxxy, a life-size sexbot dressed in filmy black lingerie always turned on and ready to talk or play!It s certainly not a lack of robots that s causing the hold-up.A bevy of recent prototypes includes Toyota Research Labs Robear to lift people out of bed, wheelie bot Zenbo, which can call for help in an emergency, and the seal pup Paro, which takes on the emotional labour of fuzzy companionship.
A dad-to-be was so addicted to his latest smartphone game, he couldn t help but play it when his wife was about to give birth.The augmented-reality game Pokémon Go , released in July 2016, allows players to capture and train virtual Pokémon who appear to materialise in the real world.For Texas-based Jonathan Theriot, Pidgey appeared while his wife was in labour, sat on the hospital bed.And as the catchphrase goes, Pokémon, gotta catch em all .Theriot uploaded a screenshot of his game to Imgur on Thursday 7 July and wrote: When your wife is about to have a baby and a Pokémon shows up and you have to low-key catch it.Within 21 hours, the photo had more than one million views.
Tracking sleep can be just as important and beneficial as understanding how many steps we take each day and how often we get off our lazy bottoms and move about.However, if you re keen to track your sleep but have no wish to wear a wristband that requires regular charging or to actually affix something to the bed, your options are limited.It wraps all the tech inside a neat sci-fi looking orb that would be more at home aboard the Discovery spacecraft in 2001: A Space Odyssey than your boudoir.The Sense sleep monitor consists of two parts: the main unit that sits next to your bed and the Sleep Pill, which is a tiny clip-on disc that attaches to your pillow.It s lightweight and compact, so even if bedside space is at a premium, it should still fit somewhere.Here s where the Sense goes all sci-fi on us: It glows.
Big news is coming from Comcast today as we re learning that the cable mega-giant is going to incorporate the Netflix app into its X1 platform.Most people see the two as opposed to each other based purely on the fact that Netflix is a favorite among so-called cord cutters bailing from cable companies like Comcast.So, the fact that the two will soon be in bed together is surprising indeed.Still, Netflix stands to gain subscribers out of this deal while Comcast will now have something that may keep folks from switching over to devices other than its own, like a Roku box, Chromecast, or Apple TV.You can find out more about this story at the link below.The physical keyboard, it can be argued, is what Blackberry is best known for these days.
Luckily, humans are pretty smart and invent some great ways to deal with the complexities of life.When we decided hanging clothes didn't dry them fast enough, we invented the dryer.Here are seven relatively new technologies that will help you improve your everyday life.If you put your wireless charging base on your coffee table or next to your bed, you can easily pick up your phone, answer a text, and place it back without finagling with the cord.You can even pair it with a magnetic docking station for easy use and access at home or in the car.Robotic floor cleaners are nothing special anymore, and pretty much everyone knows about them.
If you want to stop hitting the snooze button every morning, you need to get to bed earlier.Setting an alarm at night will remind you that it s time to hit the hay, no matter how preoccupied you are.I am always trying to get to bed earlier, but more often than not, I m doing something in the evening that distracts me until it s literally too late.I ll grab my phone after watching some TV or playing some games and realize I ve already screwed up my plan to get a good start on the next day.That s why Laura Vanderkam at Fast Company recommends you set a bedtime alarm.It s just like a waking alarm, but instead of waking up, it s telling you it s time to get comfortable, read a book, and wind down for the night.
But now, there s an airier alternative.While we re throwing parties on our rooftops, a few folks in Berlin are considering turning the tops of their buildings into alternative living spaces, toying with the notion of minuscule houses that sit right on top of the 55,000 unoccupied roofs in the German capital.It s all the work of two architects named Simon Becker and Andreas Rauch, the masterminds behind Cabin Spacey, which has been heralded as a new urban genre.Make no mistake — when we say minuscule, we truly mean minuscule.These houses are no more than 250 square feet or about the size of a New York City studio , but are meant to be inhabited by up to two people.And what they may lack in size, they certainly make up for in functionality — you ll find a kitchen, bathroom, and even a staircase and accompanying loft in these mini houses.
There are now a plethora of ways to keep an eye on the quality of your sleep as well as how much you re getting.Plus, for reasons of brevity we ve counted out smartwatches, but don t forget the likes of the Apple Watch, the Moto 360, and just about every other model on the market that can track your snoozing as well as telling the time — provided you don t mind going to bed each night with a watch strapped to your wrist.Sleep Cycle is one of the best and most well-established apps that works on both the major platforms, though it s focused primarily on waking you up at a natural time rather than analysing your sleep in detail.Among the premium features is an option to monitor how certain daily activities affect the overall quality of your shut-eye.Using this data it identifies a good time for you to wake up as well as displaying said data for analysis later on.If you pay for the premium version, you can set a window of time for the smart alarm to work within.
The crib will have sensors fitted in to alert the parent on their baby's condition from a distanceBaby monitors have become a popular consumer technology product but a new patent filed by Google reveals the next big thing for baby safety may be smart cribs.A patent filed by Google at the US Patent and Trademark Office shows off a smart crib fit with sensors to detect activities of the baby like sleeping, crying, unusual movement and even diaper change alerts.The patent shows the crib will have a camera fitted with infrared technology to detect movement in the dark and the live feed will be broadcast to a LCD/LED monitor which the parent can control.This is the same as any high-end baby monitoring kit, but what makes the smart crib idea novel is that it will have additional sensors to detect a baby's movement patterns.The bed plank of the crib which is generally made of wood or fibre will be fit with the sensors that can detect movement of the baby.
Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan slams Facebook for not doing enough to prevent incitement and sabotaging the work of the police .Facebook has responded to an Israeli minister's scathing criticism that the social media network is not doing enough to remove abusive content from its site that could incite Palestinian violence against the country.Israel's Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan slammed the social media giant on Saturday 2 July , saying it has become a "monster" due to "the dialogue, the incitement, the lies of the young Palestinian generation that are happening on the Facebook platform".Erdan said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has blood on his hands after a 13-year-old girl was recently stabbed to death in her bed in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Ara.The killer, identified as 17-year-old Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah, previously announced his intentions in a series of posts on Facebook before the murder, saying he wanted to have a "martyr's death"."Facebook today, which brought an amazing, positive revolution to the world, sadly, we see this since the rise of Daesh and the wave of terror, it has simply become a monster," Erdan told Israeli television station Channel 2 in Hebrew, Reuters reports.
There are now a plethora of ways to keep an eye on the quality of your sleep as well as how much you re getting.Plus, for brevity purposes, we ve counted out smartwatches, but don t forget the likes of the Apple Watch, the Moto 360, and just about every other model on the market that can track your snoozing as well as telling the time—provided you don t mind going to bed each night with a watch strapped to your wrist.Sleep Cycle is one of the best and most well-established apps that works on both the major platforms, though it s focused primarily on waking you up at a natural time rather than analyzing your sleep in detail.Among the premium features is an option to monitor how certain daily activities affect the overall quality of your shut-eye.Using this data it identifies a good time for you to wake up as well as displaying said data for analysis later on.If you pay for the premium version, you can set a window of time for the smart alarm to work within.
Israel s police minister accused Facebook Inc. of complicity in Palestinian violence against his country after back-to-back attacks claimed the lives of a 13-year-old stabbed to death in her bed and a father of 10 killed in a drive-by shooting.Many young Palestinians incite against Israelis on Facebook and the social network fails to take down such posts, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said.Facebook also sabotages police efforts and turns down requests for collaboration, he said.The victims blood is partially on Facebook s hands, Erdan told Channel 2 late Saturday.Facebook has turned into a monster.The younger generation in the Palestinian Authority runs its entire discourse of incitement and lies and finally goes out to commit murderous acts on Facebook s platform.A Facebook spokeswoman said the company works regularly with safety organizations and policy makers around the world, including Israel, to ensure that people know how to make a safe use of Facebook.
Will there come a time when virtually every household object has connectivity features?It s certainly looking that way.Nest, the company known for devices such as its smart thermostat, is proposing a hyper-connected baby crib.Google s Alphabet – Nest s owner - filed updated paperwork with the US Patent Office yesterday for a crib that s packed with sensors.The patent, which was first filed in December 2014, lists Nest s director of product management, Maxime Veron, as the product's inventor.While there are plenty of other connected gadgets that can monitor every aspect of a baby s existence, the smart crib brings many of these products together.
I have accidentally founded an independence movement, and attracted the attention of the world s media.Having stayed up all night watching the EU referendum results, when David Dimbleby made the official announcement, that yes, Britain is heading to the Brexit, I felt depressed.I m a huge fan of the EU - I think its values represent the better angels of our nature, and that a world without borders is infinitely preferable to one where we create new barriers.So I did the only thing someone with a Twitter account and a chip on their shoulder could do: I created an online petition.I expected perhaps a hundred signatures – mostly people I follow on Twitter.After, I realised I should probably get some sleep, so I got into bed, lied down, shut my eyes and… well, I couldn t sleep could I?
I have accidentally founded an independence movement, and attracted the attention of the world s media.Having stayed up all night watching the EU referendum results, when David Dimbleby made the official announcement, that yes, Britain is heading to the Brexit, I felt depressed.I m a huge fan of the EU - I think its values represent the better angels of our nature, and that a world without borders is infinitely preferable to one where we create new barriers.So I did the only thing someone with a Twitter account and a chip on their shoulder could do: I created an online petition.I expected perhaps a hundred signatures – mostly people I follow on Twitter.After, I realised I should probably get some sleep, so I got into bed, lied down, shut my eyes and… well, I couldn t sleep could I?
Heather is not brisk or efficient, as nurses in hospitals are.Dying can be long and bewildering, lonely and painful, frequently undignified, and consumed by pressing and unpredictable and constantly changing and multiplying needs.Two years later, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross s book On Death and Dying focussed public attention on the idea of the good death.Hospice believes in caring not only for the patient but also for the family, and tries to address psychological and spiritual needs as well as physical ones, providing social workers and bereavement counsellors, music therapists and chaplains, who work together as a team and consult one another frequently.I wanted to sleep on a bed of roses!poles and the heat-therapy patches, the catheters and colostomy bags, the oxygen tanks and commodes, the bottles of Ensure liquid meal replacement, the bandages, the sterile gloves, the discarded packaging and used tissues in the wastebasket.
There s been a lot of shakeup at Google/Alphabet-owned Nest recently, but the company is still full steam ahead on building its fourth product, which according to an updated patent could come in the form of a smart baby crib.The patent details a crib that has sensors that would essentially help parents monitor their child s sleep, temperature, movement patterns, and overall health.Air sensors could detect if the baby s coughing, sneezing, vomiting, or if his/her diaper needs to be changed, while locking mechanisms could ensure the baby doesn t break out of his/her little holding cell.In some examples detailed in the patent, there are also solutions for when something happens to your baby that may cause them discomfort.For one, if they re crying, perhaps the crib would project cartoons to keep your baby chill, or play some sort of lullaby to calm them down.If your baby wakes up before you do, the crib may display soothing LED lights to ease the child back to bed.
After launching learning thermostats, smoke alarms and home security cameras, Nest s next innovation may be designed to protect the youngest member of your family.A patent application published in the US on Thursday revealed Google is working on a Crib With Embedded Smart Sensors.The inventor listed on the patent via CNET is Nest s director of product management and hardware marketing Maxime Veron.It describes a crib with sensors that could be used to learn the behaviour of the baby and determine the environment with all information synced back to a mobile app.Any deviation from the baby s pattern of behaviour would also be synced back to the app.In terms of tech and sensors, the crib would feature a camera, pressure sensor, microphone, light sensor, air temperature and humidity sensors and an accelerometer.
Put that pasty down - it s almost time to hit the beach for summer, and that gut isn t going to shift itself.So I ve been living the Under Armour lifestyle for the past month in order to see how it all stacks up against the fitness-tracking competition.Forget chunky smartwatches and bling-tastic fitness trackers, because the UA Band is pure subtlety.A pedometer counts steps, an accelerometer measures your tossing and turning at night to calculate sleep patterns, and the heart-rate sensor keeps an eye on your resting heart rate.It ll charge from empty to full in about half an hour, so there s really no excuse not to have it on your wrist 24/7.Sleep tracking is completely automatic; head to bed and it ll work out you re trying to catch some Zs.
Patent drawing for Nest s smart crib conceptBaby products have always been part of a predatory industry that feasts on the paranoia of new parents.But it s gotten worse in the last few years with the wave of baby-tracking tech.Now Nest—which makes a camera which is one of the top-rated baby monitors—is proposing a smart crib, according to patent documents filed by Google.There are baby LoJacks that you re supposed to slip around your infant s ankle like the world s tiniest celebrity on house arrest.The sensor-laden baby jail would be able to not only send you streaming HD video of your infant, but also monitor and in some cases take proactive steps to improve the health and well-being of said infant.
Constructing a sturdy kid-fort from scratch requires tools, design skills, and a fair amount of work.Go prefab with this clubhouse made almost entirely of Ikea products.Start with a bed frame, then bolt on shelves for your walls and castle-y crenellations.Merge a nesting table with a junior desk chair for a 360-degree water balloon launcher.You ll need 28 of them.Cut seven of them down to 26 inches, and screw them all to the wooden bed frame, about an inch apart.
Babies of the future, rejoice!A possible new high-tech crib from Google s sister company Nest wouldn t actually change diapers, but it could tell parents when they need to do the dirty work.Alphabet s Nest smart-home company on Thursday received a patent for a smart crib featuring sensors, a microphone and camera.The high-tech baby bed s air-quality sensors would recognize the effluvium of soiled diapers, and tell parents and caregivers via their mobile devices or computers whether a baby is lying down, standing up, awake, sleeping poorly or crying.An infant s tears would trigger parental notifiation, and more: The projector may activate and display some cartoon animals on the ceiling, according to the patent.Apparently, a cinema-quality experience awaits little Emma or Noah.Each corner of a baby crib may contain a speaker, said the patent, which describes the invention by Nest s director of hardware product marketing and management Maxime Veron.Parents can also use the crib camera to watch their child remotely.And the futuristic bed would contain a host of features to keep a baby safe, with pressure sensors detecting heart palpitations or an unusual lack of movement, a thermometer and/or thermal-imaging camera detecting irregular temperature, a motion-capture camera and/or microphone identifying coughing or sneezing.Air-quality sensors and a thermometer could detect carbon monoxide, smoke or fire, and the crib could issue an alert to parents and also open up, to free a tot to toddle to safety.Parents could control a moveable camera lens to scan baby s room in event of a possible problem.The crib could be networked with other smart-home devices and systems controlling lighting and temperature, as well as monitoring air quality.
Detailed within a patent application update this week, Nest s Maxime Veron has included new information related to technology within a smart baby crib.Possibly nearing a release date within the next year, the Nest smart crib will likely be outfitted with a camera and microphone, possibly connected via Wi-Fi for monitoring on mobile devices, as well as a smattering of sensors that measure humidity, light, air, pressure and the ambient temperature in a baby s room.All of these sensors will likely work together in order to monitor a baby s sleep patterns and overall health of the child.In addition, the patent details potential options for launching an entertainment device which has been embedded within the crib.Options include a projector, a speaker or an LED light.That type of technology could display colorful shapes on the wall, play soothing music or light up the room in a variety of colors to entertain the baby.
File photo: A Great White Shark swims past a diving cage off Gansbaai about 200 kilometres east of Cape Town.Ever woke up in your home bed not knowing exactly where you are?The temporary confusion fades away as you assimilate the familiarity of your surroundings.It's probably the same place you wake up every morning, and it's all coming back to you.A great white shark, on the other hand, has an entirely different type of sleep experience, and it'll likely wake up not knowing where it is.It turns out that the shark sleeps while swimming in a robot like auto-pilot mode.
BT has hopped into bed with Oracle in a deal that promises to provide the underlying network connectivity for Oracle s hybrid cloud.BT Cloud Connect for OracleFastConnect is built on BT s IP Connect virtual private network VPN and will link customers' on-premises IT to Oracle data centres in London or Amsterdam.The deal is the latest in a series of partnerships by BT Global Services to push itself forward as a cloudy integrator, having launched its so-called "cloud of clouds" last year.BT already has similar agreements in place with Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Salesforce.com and HPE Helion.But Martin Courtney, an analyst at TechMarketView, noted that the former state monopoly still needs to win more business."Partners are one thing but customers are another, of course, and BT s cloud integration strategy now needs the seal of approval from high profile contracts," he said.
The US military's research department DARPA together with NVIDIA have developed a system it calls "Virtual Eye" which allows emergency workers or soldiers "see" around objects that are in the way and even through walls. The system works by having two wireless cameras, for example, sends in a building with drones and these are then connected to a laptop that lets the user see things that would not go to see if the user entered the room itself. Nvidia says that a firefighter for example, could use the Virtual Eye to determine where in a room a person needs to be rescued is, for example, a child who has been hiding behind a bed or something else. On the battlefield Virtual Eye would be used to as it waited for an ambush or are hidden bombs and the like. Above you can see a demo how to Virtual Eye looks from a user's point of view, the two cameras are placed the two red dots on the map in the clip's lower left corner and, from the point of view of the images streamed generated the white cross on the map. blogs.nvidia.com
In fact, there are a number of different iPhone tricks that not many people are aware of so hopefully this will help you to enjoy your experience even more!Once you reach this section, there will be an option to turn on LED Flash for Alerts .Taking a Photo Whilst Filming: Have you ever started recording something only to think I wish I had taken a photo beforehand ?Timer with Music: Do you ever listen to music in bed and fall asleep or maybe just decide that you only have a certain amount of time to listen to music?As long as you speak clearly, you can complete really tricky sums in moments.Of course, this list is endless and there are a multitude of different options to personalize your experience but these are just a few I use every day!
At $999, however, the base model costs $300 less than the MacBook.And they go down a good amount more than the MacBook s keys, even though the EliteBook is slightly thinner than a MacBook s thickest points.The 12.5-inch 1920 1080 FHD display on the EliteBook Folio G1 is good enough.More commonly it lasts for four to six hours.And the trackpad s palm rejection needs work — again and again I found myself resizing content in browser tabs by accident.I don t care for the two rubber bars along the bottom of the device — they keep the laptop in place, but they make it look and feel less sleek.But the moment you set it down on a carpet, a couch, or a bed, the sound gets muffled; the speakers are located on the bottom, and soft, squishy surfaces cover them up.It comes with features that will be amenable to a work setting, like Intel vPro support and dedicated buttons for Skype for Business, as well as HP Sure Start software that automatically fixes BIOS issues.If you don t need these things, you might want to consider the HP Spectre; it packs Intel Core i5 or i7 chips and measures just 10.4 mm thick, making it, for the moment, the world s thinnest laptop.
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