Harbisson, whose U.K. passport shows he’s the first legally recognized cyborg, was born colorblind. He designed his antenna—which translates colors into one of 360 musical tones he’s memorized—back in 2003 with help from a cyberneticist. At first, he connected it to headphones and a laptop. Eventually, he persuaded a surgeon to drill into his skull, implant a chip, and fuse the antenna to his occipital bone.
The couple say merging technology with their bodies has created new senses. “We are transspecies,” says Ribas, whose three-year-old seismic implant vibrates at different intensities based on data from online seismographs. As with other biohackers, their claims—he says my color registers as an F sharp, for example—are difficult to verify. But their London startup, Cyborg Nest, is manufacturing DIY kits meant to bring their transhumanism closer to the mainstream.
A new system from ConnectedYard feeds data about the water conditions of your pool over the Internet to your smartphone 24/7, minimizing the chance of under- or over-treating it with chemicals. You can get real time, on the spot reports of the pH, chlorine, alkalinity, hardness, and cyanuric acid levels.
Floating Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled sensors monitor the chemical makeup of the swimming pool and/or hot tub water and send it to a mobile app. The same app can be used to order chemicals and seek advice and schedule cleaning and winterizing, etc. from a pHin network of retailers (a subscription to the service is required).
In 2013, we launched a digital analytics capability called PowerUp (see vid below) for wind energy. By optimizing each blade for the wind it was receiving, the software could get 5 percent more electricity out of a wind turbine. That’s profound, because 5 percent more electricity generated equals 20 percent more profit for the wind farm owner. And it’s been improved further — to 20 percent more electricity, with the same hardware.
Similarly, for a North American railroad, we enabled a one mile per hour average increase in locomotive performance. For the railroad, that was equal to US$200 million in added profit each year. You can use similar analytics to boost fuel productivity for an airline or a power utility; this is game-changing for them.
In general, if we can obtain operating information from industrial assets, develop analytics based on our knowledge of how these assets perform, and provide insight on the fly, we think we can get productivity growth in the industrial world back to 4 percent. Maybe higher, because technology like this can get more out of the industrial asset base than anybody ever has.
The new "Boeing Blue" spacesuits for the Starliner capsule weigh about 20 lbs. (9 kilograms) each with all of their accessories, compared to 30 lbs. (13.6 kg) for the old space shuttle suits, NASA officials said.
Other advances include touch-screen-sensitive gloves, more-flexible material and soft helmets that are incorporated into the suit (rather than the hard, detachable helmets of the shuttle era).
“For years, Saroo would stay up late at night poring over maps and imagery in Google Earth, trying to find a place that would match his 20-year-old memories of childhood. He remembered a water tank, a bridge, a fountain near a movie theater. He knew that the station where he'd been separated from his brother started with a 'B.' He thought his village was called "Ginestlay," but couldn't find it on any map. In a nation as vast and as densely populated as India, it was like looking for a needle in a haystack.
And then, after years of wandering Google Earth, he spotted a promising-sounding train station called Burhanpur, and traced the railway tracks north to the city of Khandwa. There it was: not Ginestlay, but a neighborhood called Ganesh Talai. Close enough! He flew to India, but when he arrived at his childhood home, it was dark and locked. Luckily, a neighbor knew where his family had moved to, and he was quickly reunited with his mother and siblings. The power of cartography!”
GE provides an annual update at their Minds+Machine event about the Industrial Internet with cameos from BP, Schindler, Intel, Exelon and impact on oil and gas and other industrials, healthcare and utilities. 2 hours on digital transformation of complex industries.
Truckers are about to get some company on long drives. A wristband that monitors vital signs will keep tabs on alertness, stress levels and overall health, helping fleet managers operate their teams more effectively.
Most trucking firms use fleet management systems to reduce costs. They provide detailed information about how vehicles are driven, including braking intensity and fuel consumption, as well as operating conditions, such as weather patterns and traffic. “But they know nothing about the driver,” says Jean Gelissen at EIT Digital, which is part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
In October, Gelissen and his team will begin trialling a wearable device that they hope will add information about a driver’s well-being to the equation. Called Ready to Perform, the wristband measures galvanic skin response, heart rate variability and skin temperature. An algorithm then determines stress and alertness levels as well as sleep quality, which can be used to predict when the driver is likely to fall asleep at the wheel. A connected tablet in the truck cab provides constant biometric information about the driver, which is fed back into the overall fleet management system. Aggregated data from all drivers can be used to plot points in journeys that cause the most stress, so that they can be avoided in the future.
The autopilot tracks the position of the deck, adjusting the throttle, flaps, ailerons, and stabilizers to keep the flight path and angle of attack on point. Instead of maintaining continuous pressure on the stick and making myriad inputs before landing, the pilot can relax. Any adjustments he does make are incorporated into the autopilot settings.
During a week of trials last month, test pilots flying F/A-18 Super Hornets conducted nearly 600 touch-and-go landings and many tailhook-arrested landings on the Nimitz-class USS George Washington. They made both highly accurate approaches and deliberately inaccurate approaches, with varying wind speeds and directions. According to engineers with the Navy and Boeing, the system increased the accuracy and consistency of landings under all conditions. Those landings were less stressful, too: Pilots typically perform 300 corrections to their flight path in the final 18 seconds of an approach. Magic Carpet drops that between 10 and 20.
A self-driving John Deere tractor rumbles through Ian Pigott’s 2,000-acre farm every week or so to spray fertilizer, guided by satellite imagery and each plot’s harvesting history. The 11-ton behemoth, loaded with so many screens it looks like an airplane cockpit, relays the nutrient information to the farmer’s computer system. With weather forecasts and data on pesticide use, soil readings, and plant tissue tests pulled by various pieces of software, Pigott can keep tabs on the farm down to the square meter in real time without ever leaving his carpeted office.
“This is becoming more standard,” says Pigott, who grows a rotation of wheat, oilseed, oats, and barley on his farm in the rolling Hertfordshire countryside an hour north of London.
The initiative, previously called Project Tango, is Google's ambitious plan to map the indoor world. Google Maps is already wildly popular, with more than 1 billion users. But where Maps is a cartographer's dream on steroids, Tango isn't concerned with streets and rivers and national parks. Tango is for everything underneath rooftops: hallways, offices, ballrooms and -- perhaps more importantly for Google's advertising ambitions -- the stuff inside those rooms, like furniture and products on shelves.