Future Tech: Featuring a cyber mirror for shopping & energy-efficient street lights.
Like a Star Trek prop, this medical device scans for possible infections
From The Telegraph:
FTSE 100 medical products firm Smith & Nephew has launched a digital scanner that enables nurses to make an on-the-spot diagnosis as to whether a wound is infected.
The handheld device, called MolecuLight, instantly determines whether harmful bacteria are present in a wound. Currently, nurses have to send a swab off to a lab for analysis, causing a delay in treatment. In clinical trials, Smith & Nephew found using the scanner led to 54 per cent more accurate diagnoses and wounds healing up to nine times faster.
Smith & Nephew hopes sales of the device will boost its wound care division, which accounts for around a quarter of its $4.7 billion (£3.5 billion) annual revenues.
A cyber mirror that lets you try on clothes in blended reality
From Popular Mechanics:
Amazon has patented a blended-reality mirror that will let its owner virtually try on clothing. Hypothetically, a viewer could see how various outfits look from the comfort of their own homes.
The patent could be the online shopping giant's latest move against its retail competition. Surveys have shown that the ability to interact with a product before purchasing it is a major reason shoppers prefer brick-and-mortar. While the blended reality mirror wouldn't allow a user to feel the cotton on a new top, it might be the next best thing.
The patent cites teleprompters, amusement park rides and the illusion effect known as "Pepper's Ghost" as inspirations. The hypothetical mirror would use cameras, projectors, displays, mirrors and lights to show the user their new outfits without needing to put on any cumbersome AR/VR headwear. The mirror would "generate a blended reality view by controlling the amount of light transmitted through a mirror and the amount of light reflected from the mirror."
To save energy, this highway dims its lights when no cars are around
From Global News:
Norway is looking to save energy by using state-of-the-art technology to automatically dim street lights when they are not in use.
The energy-saving lights were installed along an eight-kilometre stretch of highway near Oslo.
The auto-dimming street lamps are part of a national initiative that began in the early 2000s to retrofit infrastructure across the country with “intelligent lighting” systems, which aims to slash energy consumption and reduce Norway‘s carbon footprint.
Approaching cars, bicycles and pedestrians trigger radar sensors attached to the 220 lamp posts, causing the LED lamps to suddenly illuminate to 100 per cent brightness.
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