How wearable technology will turn human beings into the next interface.
Posted 12.17.2013 at 1:00 pm
When people describe the Internet of Things, they’re referring to a network of Web-enabled devices that speak to one another. In the home, that could mean a phone that talks to a garage-door opener or a thermostat that talks to motion detectors. While these smart devices might represent someone’s preferences (I want my lights to glow blue), they don’t necessarily represent needs (I’m tired, I’m hungry, I’m drunk). For a heater to know we’re cold or a vending machine to know that we need an apple and not a bag of Funyuns, those devices need to talk directly to us.
The Canary home security system is the first that can adapt to one’s daily habits. It integrates data from a wide-angle HD camera, infrared motion sensor, temperature and humidity sensors, and microphone to distinguish an intruder from your excitable dog.
NASA’s vacuum chamber, upgraded to test the James Webb Space Telescope, can subject anything within its 400,000 cubic feet to the unyielding and deadly conditions of deep space while maintaining the scrubbed conditions of a clean room.