Future Tech: Best Sleep Of Your Life & Real-Life Cyborgs

April 15, 2016 Tom Connon

Here's what has us buzzing this week in the world of innovation and technology.

What is this? A satellite for ants?

ASU SunCube FemtoSat

From Arizona State Univeristy:

Going into space is now within your grasp.

A tiny spacecraft being developed at Arizona State University is breaking the barrier of launch cost, making the price of conducting a space mission radically cheaper.

“With a spacecraft this size, any university can do it, any lab can do it, any hobbyist can do it,” said Jekan Thanga, assistant professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and head of the Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration (SpaceTREx) Laboratory.

 

 

Best Sleep of Your Life?

Balluga Smart bed The Verge
 
Review from The Verge:

Power napping on a $3,299 mattress

Not since I fell asleep on top of my tablet watching House of Cards in bed have I laid down on top of so much technology. Testing out the Balluga smart bed — which launches today on Kickstarter — felt pretty normal until I was handed a smartphone with a connected app and told to go nuts with the bed’s many controls.

And there are a lot of controls. The Balluga is built from air-filled spherical cells that deflate and inflate on command, allowing you to adjust the firmness in different sections of the mattress. There's also a vibrating massage function, built-in air conditioning that sucks up air from the room to adjust the temperature under the duvet, under-frame lighting that turns on when you get up in the middle of the night, and a snoring detector that’s supposed to tilt your head and stop your snorting in your sleep. It was all a bit much really, but luckily I was already lying down.
 
 

Paralyzed Patients Control Robotic Arm With Their Thoughts

 
From Wired:
 
A Brain Implant Brings a Quadriplegic’s Arm Back to Life

IAN BURKHART HAS been a cyborg for two years now. In 2014, scientists at Ohio State’s Neurological Institute implanted a pea-sized microchip into the 24-year-old quadriplegic’s motor cortex. Its goal: to bypass his damaged spinal cord and, with the help of a signal decoder and electrode-packed sleeve, control his right arm with his thoughts. Cue the transhumanist cheers!

Neuroengineers have been developing these so-called brain-computer interfaces for more than a decade. They’ve used readings from brain implants to help paralyzed patients play Pong on computer screens and control robotic arms. But Burkhart is the first patient who’s been able to use his implant to control his actual arm.

 
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About the Author

Tom is a previous small business owner/operator and now has over 17 years of telecom experience. As a Portfolio Manager he specializes in product/service development, managing technical workforces and Customer/Segment Marketing. Outside of the office, Tom can be found shuttling his kids around from Lacrosse, hockey and ringette practices at a rink near you.

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