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EyeVerify – A New Level of Security

If you are like me, then you will love this invention. Every day, man is working tirelessly to improve the standard of living and eliminate cumbersome processes. And this invention is definitely one of such. It’s called EyeVerify.

With this new technology, you don’t have to remember all your passwords. You can now use your brain for storing other important details, as all you need to log in to your account(s) are the very veins in your eyes. Yep! You sure read that right…the veins in your eyes. eyeverify_eyeprintworks_pptx1

With the sudden rise in hacking and internet fraud, people are looking for better ways to secure personal/confidential details and make accessing of accounts more secured and more difficult to hack. And one major way that seems to be able to deliver this level of security is the use of biometrics.

Now, every human being has unique set of veins in the white of their eyes…even identical twins. So with EyeVerify, all you need to do on your smartphone is look into the camera lens of your phone and the software will register your eyes and log you in. Isn’t that just great?!

LYNX SMART GRILL

This invention will surely be a delight to chefs around the world, or just regular people who love to grill.

The Lynx Smart Grill unlike other grills works with voice recognition technology to cook food based on the user’s command. The way it works is that, you tell the grill what you want to cook and it will fetch the timing, technique/recipe from an existing online database. It even takes it a step further by telling you exactly where on the grill to place your food. And when the food is done or it is time to flip it to the other side, it will send you a message. There is still however the option for manual grilling, if you prefer the old fashion method. lynx-smart-grill

Officially called the Lynx Concept Grill, this grill incorporates voice recognition, online notification and seamless user interface to bring grilling into the 21st century. Some interesting aspects of this grill are that it remembers your method of cooking and you can simply ask it to cook your meal the same way. It also goes off after 30 minutes of not hearing any further instruction, so in case you somehow forget your food in it, you needn’t worry about the grill catching fire and burning down your house. How cool is that? 🙂

WINDOWLESS AIRPLANES

We have at different times looked at different inventions or future inventions and we have seen varying innovations that have blown us away. The invention we shall be exploring today, though not yet in use but has been unveiled as a work in progress is the WINDOWLESS AIRPLANE.

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has designed this concept and estimates that these should be flying our airspace in about 10years. The idea is to replace the windows currently existing with full length OLED screens that allow passengers to experience panoramic views of their journey that will be captured by exterior cameras on the plane. This feature is said to also provide passengers with access to the internet (yaaaaay!!!) and in-flight entertainment. 263180_5_800

According to an estimation done by CPI, over 3 million people are said to fly annually, which in turn translates to over 200,000 gallons of fuel being used. This new design is intended to not only reduce the weight of the aircraft but also reduce the cost of flying for air travellers and even for the airline as well.

Windowless-plane-_466In the words of Matthew Herbert, the marketing manager for CPI, “Removing the windows will significantly reduce the weight of the aircraft, saving fuel and therefore reducing operational costs.”

With innovations like this, the human race is greatly advancing and changing the world as we know it. We as Africans must therefore be ready to embrace the changes and advance with the rest of the world.

Lightleaf Bookmark

New technology is emerging daily and gradually some things are becoming the past. Years from now, the gadgets we are excited about will become almost non-existent except in maybe museums.

Scientists and inventors have even gone ahead of us to envision gadgets we will need for the future. Among such inventions is the Lightleaf bookmark. LightleafsLampBookmarkerbyValentinaTrimani1

For ardent readers, this is a very welcome invention as it helps eliminate a major problem: reading in the dark. leaflight2

For people in countries where electricity isn’t as constant as it should be or who for some reason find themselves in places that are dimly lit, the Lightleaf bookmark kills two birds with a stone. It doubles as both a bookmark and a lamp.

Almost as thin as a sheet of paper, the OLED-equipped bookmark is both wireless and rechargeable.

It is designed by inventor Valentina Trimani.

SMARTPHONES AS ‘POCKET’ DOCTORS

With the recent breakout of diseases around the world, it has been inferred that we just might be short-changing ourselves by ignoring the use of a powerful weapon, our smartphone. This inference was made by Eric Topol, a professor of genomics at the Scripps Research Institute in California.

According to him, “Most communicable diseases can be diagnosed with a smartphone. Rather than putting people into quarantine for three weeks – how about seeing if they harbour it in their blood?”

At present, smartphones are already being used to ease some medical issues, like the detection and diagnosis of Parkinson disease, skin cancer and any communicable disease. Through the use of specially developed smartphone applications, people are now able to record heart beats, blood pressure, sugar level, check their skin for cancer amongst other things. Take Parkinson disease for instance, through the recording of speech and movement, using your smartphone, the information gathered can be analysed and used to detect and diagnose the disease much earlier and more accurately. In Britain for instance, researchers have revealed that they have been able to distinguish patients with Parkinson disease almost 100% more accurately.

Close up view of stetoscope on digital tabletWith the use of smartphones, patients can already do without some unpleasant aspects of being ill like long hospital visits and having to wait long hours for treatment; as these can now be done using a smartphone. Our phones have incredible ability to provide insights into our lives. “The smartphone travels around with us everywhere. From it you can know when they are getting out of the house, how ambulatory they are or the speed they are moving through the world. And it’s often the last thing you touch when you go to sleep and first thing you touch when you are awake – so it tells you about sleep patterns”, says Deborah Estrin, co-founder of Open mHealth – a non-profit organisation that aims to transform the way that personal and digital data is used in medicine.

In fact, it’s been said that smartphones can be used for the tracking and early detection of Ebola. For instance, according to Estrin, using the location data recorded by most smartphones, one can track places infectious people have been and who they have contacted. And since this data is stored on the smartphone, the findings can easily be uploaded to a central database to track the spread of the disease, which in turn could help to issue early warnings and prevent further spread.

 

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