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The DEKA Arm System

By Ben on Thu May 22 2014 |
The DEKA Arm System
Gear | Tech


Last week, the FDA approves the Deka arm, the first commercial mind-controlled prosthetic arm. The new Deka arm (codenamed Luke, after Luke Skywalker’s artificial hand) was developed by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway. The Deka Arm System is a battery-powered device that blends multiple approaches. Some of the Deka’s functions are controlled by myoelectricity, which means the device senses movement in various muscle groups via attached electrodes, then converts those muscle movements into motor control. This allows the user a more natural and (theoretically) intuitive method of controlling the arm rather than relying on a cross-body pulley system. The more advanced myoelectric systems can even transmit sensation back to the user.
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Stop motion Animation: [sugru VS noise] Sssssshhhhhh

By Ben on Thu May 22 2014 |
Gear | Video
"Life is noisy. Days are filled with sound, some good, some bad. To stay sane, we learn to block out the bad ones - doors that bang, car parts that rattle, chairs that screech on the floor and plates that clatter..."
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DIY X-MEN MAGNETO walking upside down with magnetic shoes

By Ben on Thu May 22 2014 |
Gear | DIY
British inventor and video maker Colin Furze made a homemade X-Men Magneto magnetic shoes that walking upside down with magnetic shoes. Awesome!

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

By Ben on Thu May 22 2014 |
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Gear | Gadget
Microsoft unveils its latest Surface, the Surface Pro 3($800+). It has a 12-inch full HD display(2160 x 1440) and a new 'Surface Pen' for precise drawing and note-taking. And featuring includes an Intel Core processor, storage capacity from 64-512GBs, 4 or 8GBs of RAM and nine-hour battery life.
  

The Orion Ultralight waterproof jacket.

By Ben on Thu May 22 2014 |
The Orion Ultralight waterproof jacket
Home | Outdoor
Mission Workshop has presented an ultralight Orion waterproof jacket. The Orion($439) is a packable waterproof jacket designed for extreme wet conditions. Made with 96 g/m2 Polartec Neoshell fabric.
"This highly breathable, waterproof fabric is engineered to react to changes in body temperature and activity levels, allowing more moisture and heat to escape as the intensity level increases. "
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Lost in Jellyfish Lake

By Ben on Thu May 22 2014 |
Gear | Video
Nana Trongratanawong surrounded by millions of golden jellyfish during a freedive at Jellyfish Lake.
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If Game Of Thrones Was A Disney Animated Movie

By Ben on Thu May 22 2014 |
If Game Of Thrones Was A Disney Animated Movie

If Game Of Thrones Was A Disney Animated Movie
Gear | Pic
These are part of an ongoing series of digital stills created by Fernando Mendonça and Anderson Mahanski imagining Game of Thrones as a Disney animation. More images after more.
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A Russian car pushing police car out of the road

By Ben on Thu May 22 2014 |
Gear | Video
A car pushes a police car out of the road, ending a chase A-Team style.
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A map of the worst countries in the world in which to be a worker

By Ben on Thu May 22 2014 |
A map of the worst countries in the world in which to be a
Gear | Pic
The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), a trade group alliance that works to improve laborers' rights around the globe, released its Global Rights Index this week. Countries are ranked from 1 (best) to 5 (worst) on a scale of how well they guard workers' rights. Cambodia, Qatar, and Guatemala were among the worst offenders.
"The ITUC Global Rights Index ranks 139 countries against 97 internationally recognised indicators to assess where workers’ rights are best protected, in law and in practice.
“Countries such as Denmark and Uruguay led the way through their strong labour laws, but perhaps surprisingly, the likes of Greece, the United States and Hong Kong, lagged behind,” said ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow.
"A country’s level of development proved to be a poor indicator of whether it respected basic rights to bargain collectively, strike for decent conditions, or simply join a union at all.”
Key findings:
• In the past year, governments of at least 35 countries have arrested or imprisoned workers as a tactic to resist demands for democratic rights, decent wages, safer working conditions and secure jobs.
• In at least 9 countries murder and disappearance of workers were commonly used to intimidate workers.
• Workers in at least 53 countries have been dismissed or suspended for attempting to negotiate better working conditions.
• Laws and practices in at least 87 countries exclude certain type of workers from the right to strike."
Here's the report PDF.
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21 Ways To Open A Bottle

By Ben on Thu May 22 2014 |
Gear | Video
21 Ways To Open A Bottle
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