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This week we look at an augmented reality power tool for everyday makers, contact lenses that could help people who suffer from glaucoma and how you can play video games directly from your arm.
New augmented reality power tool helps anyone be a crafty carpenter
"Crafting with CNC mills, routers and other power tools isn't all that easy, especially if you're new to it. You'll frequently want a template, and it's all too easy to mess up a cut if you haven't developed a steady hand. Shaper doesn't think it has to be daunting, though: it's launching Origin, an augmented reality power cutter. All you need to get started is a set of visual markers ("ShaperTape" in company lingo) that create a map — the handheld will not only show you where to cut on its screen thanks to these markers, but automatically correct your cut or retract the bit if you're veering off-course. You could be a neophyte and still create something reasonably professional-looking.
"The hardware is also more portable and flexible. You're not confined to the size of a cutting bed (you can make a dining room table if you want), and you can work with materials ranging from wood to plastic. And while Shaper has its own design collection to start from, it can tie into existing design software if you already have a workflow." – engadget
Contact lenses that release your prescription right into your eyeball
"There may be more to contact lenses than meets the eye, according to a study released Monday in the journal Ophthalmology. In addition to correcting vision problems, these flexible lenses can be used to deliver drugs directly into the eyeballs of glaucoma patients, eliminating the need for self-administered eye drops.
"Many scientists have already experimented with the concept of using contact lenses as a vector for medications to both prevent and treat eye diseases. But a common stumbling block past teams have encountered is preventing the drugged-up lenses from dumping medication into the patient’s eyes all at once, after contact with the cornea. A more mediated approach, in which lenses gradually deploy their palliative payload, is expected to produce better outcomes. …
""If we can address the problem of compliance, we may help patients adhere to the therapy necessary to maintain vision in diseases like glaucoma, saving millions from preventable blindness," said Ciolino in a statement." – Motherboard
Play piano & Angry Birds on your arm with this stretchy touchpad
"If you see gamers poking at their forearms to play Angry Birds on the bus in the year 2020, remember when you first heard this would happen. South Korean researchers have developed a clear plastic touchpad that works even when it’s stretched to more than 10 times its normal area.
"Electrodes on each end of the touchpad create an electrostatic field across the hydrogel sheet. When you press your finger onto the pad, it closes an electrical circuit and creates a current that can be read by meters on each corner of the sheet." – GeekWire
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