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Scientists needed to make fake arms for the experiments in California

Google making human skin as part of research into cancer-detecting wristband

Google has been making synthetic human skin as part of work to create a wristband that can detect cancer, impending heart attacks and other diseases. Scientists in the life sciences division of Google X laboratories in California needed to create arms that were as realistic as possible to test the technology. Dr Andrew Conrad said the system, which is still in the early stages of development, would detect cancer cells when they first appear by using nanoparticles that “search” the body for disease. It would theoretically allow diagnosis long before any physical symptoms appear, enabling early intervention to reduce the fatality rate of illnesses. The idea is to identify slight changes in the person’s biochemistry that could act as an early warning system. Patients would swallow a pill containing nanoparticles tailored to attach to markers for different conditions, such as cancerous cells or chemical levels linked to disease. Google believes it will be possible to make cells “light up” so the magnetic wristband can detect them as they pass through the arm in the bloodstream.


Kraftwork doesn’t need an electrical outlet to send power to a connected device. Whether you’re in the middle of the rainforest, skiing in the backcountry or just relaxing in your backyard, kraftwork just needs a bit of gas in the tank to recharge your gadgets.

  Gas powered iPhone charger that fits in your pocket 

Batteries are expensive, so it makes sense that device makers are in no hurry to cram in more capacity than is actually necessary. The downside of this, of course, is that if you’re out and about, the responsibility of keeping your hardware fully charged is yours alone. Most people overcome this, either by attaching themselves to any available wall socket or keeping a rechargeable power pack in their bag. eZelleron, however, is hoping that people will want to carry a small gas-powered generator in their pockets instead. It’s called Kraftwork, after the german for “power station.” All a user has to do is squirt in a measure of lighter fuel or camping gas, and the company claims you’ll be able to refill an iPhone 11 times over. eZelleron is making some big claims about the efficacy, efficiency and safety of its new product, saying that it’ll be safe to stash in your pocket and will even be allowed into an aircraft cabin.




Pentagon agency is developing a surveillance robo-hawk that could fly through the detritus of the urban combat jungle at 45mph.

Microsoft’s HoloLens is “flat out magical” 

2015 may very well be Microsoft’s year. Most people have either gotten over Windows 8 (or at least stopped comparing it to 7), early reviews of Windows 10 have been almost universally positive (glowing, even), and last week they unveiled the HoloLens, a headset system that seamlessly blends virtual images with objects in the real world. Early demos and tests have left users universally awestruck: blocks and structures from the popular Minecraft game (Microsoft acquired Mojang and Minecraft for $2.5 billion last year) were projected onto coffee tables, couches, and walls as convincingly as if they had been put there by Steve himself. Skype video calls projected the person on the other end directly onto the wall while he drew holographic lines to help install a plumbing fixture. The surface of Mars came alive thanks to imagery captured by the Curiosity rover. The implications are staggering: engineers and designers manipulating their virtual 3D blueprints JARVIS-style, watching a movie or playing a game on an infinitely-large screen without disturbing others or taking up massive wall space…I could go on. Personally, I can’t wait for the production models to be released. I just hope I have the bank account for it when it is.



This summer, Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. will debut an industry first: a multi-tool that can be worn on the wrist.

New Leatherman Braclet puts 25 tools on your wrist

Multitools are fabulously useful, unless you do not have yours handy when you need it. It doesn’t matter how many gadgets you cram into an all-in-one, if it is being a really efficient use of space on your nightstand. Frustrating. A wearable multitool you never take off, though, yeah, that sounds promising. Leatherman’s forthcoming Tread looks exactly like a stainless steel watchband. Each of the links has two or three tools built-in for a total of 25 “features.” Leatherman doesn’t list them all off, but you can see a set of hex wrenches, screwdrivers, a can opener, and a few other pokey shapes that must have some utility, but I can’t tell for sure what they are. The Tread looks like an awful lot like a watch band, and for good reason: Leatherman will be adding a Swiss-made timepiece in about 6 months’ time. The basic (watch-free) bracelet is due this winter, but unfortunately no word on a price point just yet.





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