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Jan 17, 2020

‘Invisible computing’ startup unveils smart contact lens

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, computing

A startup focused on “invisible computing” Thursday unveiled a smart contact lens which delivers an augmented reality display in a user’s field of vision.

The Mojo Vision contact lens offers a display with information and notifications, and allows the user to interact by focusing on certain points.

The rigid contact lens, which the company has been developing in stealth mode for some 10 years, may also be used to help people with by using enhanced image overlays, and has obtained US approval for testing it as a .

Jan 16, 2020

A Hybrid Lion-Tiger is The Largest Cat In The World, Breaking The Guinness Record!

Posted by in category: futurism

The Big Hybrid Cat Breaks World Record for Being the Largest Feline In the Entire World

Once upon a time, 12,000 years ago, to be exact, tall, large tigers called the sabre-tooth tigers used to rule the world. They were so big that their very existence threatened humans daily.

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Jan 16, 2020

Levi’s found a way to make hemp feel like cotton, and it could have big implications for your wardrobe

Posted by in category: innovation

Levi’s debuted a soft cotton-hemp blend, and its head of innovation expects to have 100% cottonized-hemp garments in five years.

Jan 16, 2020

Nanoparticle levitated

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, nanotechnology, quantum physics

A dumbbell-shaped nanoparticle powered just by the force and torque of light has become the world’s fastest-spinning object.

Scientists at Purdue University created the , which revolves at 300 billion revolutions per minute. Or, put another way, half a million times faster than a dentist’s drill.

In addition, the silica nanoparticle can serve as the world’s most sensitive detector, which researchers hope will be used to measure the friction created by .

Jan 16, 2020

Salt At Mars’ Poles Is Wildcard In Search For Martian Life

Posted by in categories: biological, space

Mars’ mysterious and unexplored poles may also harbor pockets of biology, says one planetary scientist.

Jan 16, 2020

Strange ‘Martian’ Mineral Mounds Rise Up from Utah’s Great Salt Lake

Posted by in categories: biological, space

Rare mounds of a crystalline mineral have emerged above the surface of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, where they’re expected to remain just a few months before disappearing again.

Scientists think these mounds may be similar to mineral structures on Mars that could preserve traces of microbes that may have lived in the planet’s saltwater lakes billions of years ago.

Jan 16, 2020

Special sunglasses, license-plate dresses: How to be anonymous in the age of surveillance

Posted by in categories: security, surveillance

Cory Doctorow’s sunglasses are seemingly ordinary. But they are far from it when seen on security footage, where his face is transformed into a glowing white orb.

At his local credit union, bemused tellers spot the curious sight on nearby monitors and sometimes ask, “What’s going on with your head?” said Doctorow, chuckling.

The frames of his sunglasses, from Chicago-based eyewear line Reflectacles, are made of a material that reflects the infrared light found in surveillance cameras and represents a fringe movement of privacy advocates experimenting with clothes, ornate makeup and accessories as a defense against some surveillance technologies.

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Jan 16, 2020

Sneak peek: SPIE Photonics West 2020 exhibitor products

Posted by in category: futurism

The SPIE Photonics West Exhibition is right around the corner, with around 1350 exhibitors ready to demonstrate their latest components, devices, and systems.

Laser Focus World Editors

Jan 16, 2020

Israeli team develops ‘anti-diabetes drug’

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

463 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes worldwide and up to 95% of this number have Type 2.

Jan 16, 2020

Seeing Around the Corner With Lasers—and Speckle

Posted by in categories: military, robotics/AI

Researchers have developed a new way to use lasers to see around corners that beats the previous technique on resolution and scanning speed. The U.S. military is interested for obvious reasons, and NASA wants to use it to image caves. The technique might one day also let rescue workers peer into earthquake-damaged buildings and help self-driving cars navigate tricky intersections.


Researchers from Rice, Stanford, Princeton, and Southern Methodist University have developed a new way to use lasers to see around corners that beats the previous technique on resolution and scanning speed. The findings appear today in the journal Optica.

The U.S. military—which funded the work through DARPA grants—is interested for obvious reasons, and NASA wants to use it to image caves, perhaps doing so from orbit. The technique might one day also let rescue workers peer into earthquake-damaged buildings and help self-driving cars navigate tricky intersections.

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