Top-5 Futures for September 4th – Human Body Wireless

Posted By on September 4, 2015

Each week Nikolas Badminton, Futurist, summarizes the top-5 future looking developments and news items that I find to be inspiring, interesting, concerning, or downright strange. Each day I read through dozens of blogs and news websites to find those things that we should be aware of.

Top-5 Futures for September 3rd – Secure wireless carried through the human body, mind-controlled exoskeletons, AR sandboxes, iPads replace humans, and Peter Diamandis tells us his most anticipated companies from Singularity University.

Secure Wireless Communication Through Human Bodies

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Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego demonstrated a new wireless communication technique that works by sending magnetic signals through the human body. The new technology could offer a lower power and more secure way to communicate information between wearable electronic devices, providing an improved alternative to existing wireless communication systems, researchers said. They presented their findings Aug. 26 at the 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Milan, Italy.

via – Futuristech.info and UC San Diego

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New Robotic Exoskeleton Controlled by Human Thoughts

One big, robotic foot and then the other; that’s how a man wearing a clunky-looking exoskeleton makes his way across the room. The machine’s motors are noisy and its movements are painfully slow, but these details seem to fade into the background when you realize how the man is controlling the cumbersome contraption: He’s doing it with his mind.

The exoskeleton — a robotic device that fits around the man’s hips and legs — is part of a new technology being developed by researchers in Germany and Korea. The other part is a dark cap on the man’s head, covered with electrodes that facilitate the connection between his brain and the machine.

The man wearing the exoskeleton in the experiment can walk on his own (he’s one of the participants in the researchers’ newly published study), but the scientists think their new mind-controlled device could one day be used by people who can’t walk — such as those who have suffered severe spinal cord injuries, or people with neurodegenerative diseases, like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

via LiveScience.com

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Augmented Reality Teaching Sandbox

The Augmented Reality Sandbox (orginally developed by researchers at UC Davis) lets users sculpt mountains, canyons and rivers, then fill them with water or even create erupting volcanoes. This version of the device at UCLA was built by Gary Glesener using off-the-shelf parts and good ol’ playground sand.

Any shape made in the sandbox is detected by an Xbox Kinect sensor and processed with open source software. It is then projected as a color-coded contour map onto the sand.

Via UCLA

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San Francisco Restaurant Replaces Humans with iPads

Eatsa's virtual cashier takes customers' orders and remembers them on return visits.

Eatsa in the city’s financial district offers automated ordering, with meals prepared by people whom customers never have to see.

Customers at Eatsa in the Financial District will order from an iPad, sending the order to the kitchen. When the meal is ready, it appears in a small glass compartment. The food is prepared by real people, but the patrons never have to see them.

The owners of Eatsa may have felt that San Franciscans needed to ease themselves into such a radical change, however; for the launch on Monday, concierges in red shirts met guests to help them order. But eventually they will disappear.

Via PSFK

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These Are the Companies That We’ll All be Talking About in the Future

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Peter Diamandis talks about the coolest companies coming out of the Singularity University universe here.

Via Linkedin.

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Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.


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