Future Tech: Plus…a new edible water bottle & a sneaky elevating car.
How facial movement can control your phone
We're always looking for new ways to control our mobile phones without using our hands, whether we're driving or at work. Voice control is fine but not always welcome in quiet spaces. The next frontier? Facial expressions. Imagine winking to pause your music while in the car, or smiling to text a smiley face. It could even help those with motor disabilities, too.
In a new German study, earbuds were fitted with electrodes that can detect changes in the shape and electrical fields inside your ear canal as you make different faces. The system can detect five separate expressions so far with 90 percent accuracy: smiling, winking, turning your head to the right, opening your mouth and even making a "shh" sound.
The edible water bottle of the future
From Fast Company:
If you run in a race in London in the near future and pass a hydration station, you may be handed a small, bubble-like sphere of water instead of a bottle. The gelatinous packaging, called the Ooho, is compostable–or even edible, if you want to swallow it. And after two years of development, its designers are ready to bring it to market.
Three London-based design students first created a prototype of the edible bottle in 2014 as an alternative to plastic bottles. The idea gained internet hype (though also some scorn for a hilarious video that made the early prototypes look fairly impossible to use without soaking yourself).
Never get stuck in traffic again with this elevating car
From Popular Mechanics:
There are three levers where the center seat heaters and climate control should be. One controls the actuators that move the wheels outward, away from the center. Another extends the legs vertically, pushing the car up onto stilts that make it tall enough to clear a Honda Accord. The third is the throttle for creeping over standstill traffic.
This heavily modified Jeep Cherokee is PR disguised in a feat of engineering. Called the Hum Rider and named after Verizon's in-car diagnostic tool called Hum, this strange transformer has been cruising around the web the last couple weeks. Never mind its viral fame—the really interesting story is how it was built.