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October 6, 2010

BehindTheMedspeak: Mirror, mirror on the wall — got hypertension?

The MIT Media Lab Medical Mirror will tell you that and a whole lot more.

From Unplggd:


What if you could get a health diagnostic just standing in front of a mirror while brushing your teeth, shaving or putting on your clothes?

Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology graduate student Ming-Zher Poh and collaborator, Daniel McDuff, have developed a prototype for a mirror and webcam system that is able to monitor pulse, respiration and soon blood pressure.

The system measures slight variations in brightness produced by the flow of blood through blood vessels in the face. Public-domain software is used to identify the position of the face in the image, and then the digital information from this area is broken down into the separate red, green and blue portions of the video image. In tests, the pulse data derived from this setup were compared with the pulse determined by a commercially available FDA-approved blood-volume pulse sensor.

The noninvasive concept could easily be adapted for bathroom mirrors and with an internet connections, patients with ongoing conditions could be monitored by their healthcare practitioner from afar, allowing for feedback and adjustments to their prescriptions or daily routines. On the consumer end, perhaps in the near future similar devices will allow people to self-monitor high blood pressure, stress and the connections to sleep, health and weight; similar systems could be adapted for dental and ocular health.


[via Shawn Lea and Medgadget]

October 6, 2010 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Property of Soylent Green Biscuit Company


"Soylent Green is ...."



[via RelentlesslyOptimistic]

October 6, 2010 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Sixth World Wiki: Metahumanity



"These metahumans are described as being subspecies of Homo sapiens who began emerging following the return of magic in 2011 and generally have been the targets of racism throughout their existence. In game terms, metahuman characters generally have abilities beyond those of normal humans, such as increased strength or agility, improved vision, etc."

October 6, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

WritePad for iPhone — Handwriting with finger or stylus converts to text


For email, documents or Twitter updates.



October 6, 2010 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Lighthouse Traveling LIbrary


From the Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy website:


Lighthouses were often times located in remote areas, and as such had no access to city services such as libraries, opera houses, entertainment, etc. enjoyed by most people who lived in a town or city. Light keeping was a lonely profession, in most cases supplies were brought by lighthouse tender ships. One of the items the tender supplied was a library box (above and below) on each visit. Library boxes were filled with books and switched from station to station to supply different reading materials to the resident families.


In 1876, portable libraries were first introduced in the Light-House Establishment and furnished to all light vessels and inaccessible offshore light stations, with a selection of reading materials. These libraries were contained in a portable wooden case, each with a printed listing of the contents posted inside the door. Proper arrangements were made for the exchange of these libraries at intervals, and for revision of the contents as books became obsolete in accordance with suggestions obtained from public library authorities.

The books were carefully selected from books of a good standard appropriate to the families who would use them. While largely fiction, other classes of literature were included in reasonable proportions including technical books when requested. The books and periodicals contained in the libraries remained the property of the Light House Establishment and each was marked in the front with the official Light-House Establishment bookplate (below).


The beautiful 3" x 4-½" bookplate label bears wonderful images of an iron pile lighthouse, Minot’s Ledge Light, and a lightship, and bears the words "The Property of the Light House Establishment."



[via Cary Sternick]

October 6, 2010 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

PageKeeper — Automatic bookmark


Reviewed by Laura C. in the latest edition of Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools, edited by Oliver Hulland, as follows: "I've used a PageKeeper bookmark for several years and love it. Once in place it stays put. You don't have to do anything until you've finished reading whatever book you've put it in. It keeps your place for you without you having to move it, or dog-ear the page. Best of all it won't fall out of your book, so no more flipping through trying to find where you were when stopped reading."


"I've never seen anything similar to PageKeeper, and being a life long bookworm I've seen and used A LOT of bookmarks. I actually have two that I use, as it's not uncommon for me to be reading multiple books at once. When I'm not using both, I keep one in my purse in case I pick up a book to read while I'm out."



October 6, 2010 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Flying fish goes airborne for 45 seconds

"A crew member onboard a Japanese ferry has shot a 45-second-long video of a flying fish in the air. It's thought to be a record."

October 6, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Crime Scene Tape — Episode 2: Price Break


Back in December 2006 a 100-foot roll cost $10.

Now it's $6.

October 6, 2010 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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