When you think about transferring data, you think about either WiFi or Bluetooth (or infrared if you’re old like me). But a team at the University of Washington have found a way to transfer small amounts of information through the human body rather than over the air.
As the researchers put it in their paper, the human holds two devices - one in each hand. And using the low-frequency electromagnetic transmissions generated by the touch pad of a laptop or a fingerprint sensor, they can use that to transfer small amounts of data.
That unlocks fascinating opportunities both figuratively and literally - you could unlock car doors and smart homes with this small amount of electricity.
That means a new level of security beyond bluetooth locks.
And while you’re not going to be transferring full movies anytime soon (scientists were able to get a data rate of 50 bits per second with laptop touch pads and 25 bits with fingerprint sensors), this is still an incredible achievement.
A car that rises up to drive over traffic… Sounds like a dream, right? Well, it is I’m afraid. While the Hum Rider is a real car, it’s simply a marketing stunt for Verizon.
Sex toys have taken another step forward with the Flashlight Launch - a masturbation machine that takes all the manual arm work out of reaching climax.
Snapchat story clones are cropping up everywhere in Facebook-owned apps and it’s not necessary. Would you ever want to post the same story across four different platforms? Or course not.
What is the future of wearables? I went to The Wearable Technology Show and found out - writing for BBC Science Focus magazine.
Forget everything you knew about smart homes and the Legend of Zelda… One particular fan has managed to create a home automation system that is controlled by playing the Ocarina.
Following the instant success of Pokémon GO in summer 2016, rumours began that developer Niantic was working on another game – simply named Harry Potter GO. This is fake news, so please stop sharing it.
A team of researchers have done something incredible yet terrifying - using sound waves to hack a smartphone, using a method that could be used to theoretically control any technology with an accelerometer.
I get it - the headline sounds terrifying. But Switzerland’s EPFL has just invented a medical masterpiece that could help to reinvent robotic healthcare. These gelatinous machines could soon be crawling around your insides and performing operations.
A study has found that violent video games have zero long-term effects on a person’s empathy, no matter how little or how much they play.
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