In German-speaking countries, deaf-blind people use a “tactile alphabet” called Lorm to communicate with one another, which involves a series of motions on the hand.
The problem with Lorm, though, is that few people understand it. This means that people who are both deaf and blind are often limited to communicating with others who understand Lorm.
But a new technology aims to help them communicate more easily with people who don’t understand Lorm. Researchers in Berlin are developing the Mobile Lorm Glove, with which deaf-blind people can transmit Lorm to text on a computer or mobile device.
READ MORE: High-tech glove could help the deaf-blind send text messages | Mashable
Previously, we featured this comparison chart that helps you pick a phone or laptop based on your needs. Now, the site has been to include tablets as well, making it even easier to find the right smart device.
As with the other versions, you can filter your options based on storage, screen size, and resolution. It also seems the developer took some of our readers’ suggestions after last time. Not only does the tablet version now come with OS and camera filters, but the OS filter has been applied to the smartphone comparison chart as well.
Tablet Comparison Chart
READ MORE: This Interactive Chart Picks the Right Tablet for You | LifeHacker
By making the basic building blocks of batteries out of ink, Harvard materials scientist Jennifer Lewis is laying the groundwork for lithium-ion batteries and other high-performing electronics that can be produced with 3-D printers. Although the technology is still at an early stage, the ability to print batteries and other electronics could make it possible to manufacture new kinds of devices.
Read: Lithium-Ion Batteries, Straight from a 3-D Printer | MIT Technology Review.
Capacitive sensing isn’t limited to your smartphone. In fact, you can use contact with human skin (or any other conductive surface) to trigger almost any circuit. And the Touch Board from Bare Conductive wants you to combine your DIY spirit with the ability to turn practically any surface into a sensor. At the heart is an Arduino compatible microcontroller (based on the Leonardo) with a few extras baked in, including a Freescale touch sensor connected to 12 electrodes and an audio processor for triggering MIDI sounds or MP3 files. While you can simply trigger the electrodes by touching them or connecting them to any conductive material, such as a wire, the Electric Paint Pen really opens up the input possibilities. It’s just like a paint marker, often used for small scale graffiti, except it spits out conductive black ink that can turn a wall, a piece of paper or almost anything else into a trigger. In fact, it
‘s preloaded with a bunch of sample sounds on a microSD card so that you can simply paint a soundboard out of the box.
Read more: Touch Board kit combines an Arduino heart with touch sensors, conductive paint.
A prominent sci-fi writer once told me that, as prescient as they’d been, he and his peers had missed one big tech trend: Miniaturization. And they really did miss it. Because as you examine Pop Chart Lab’s latest mega print of 219 sonic devices across history, The Advance of Audio Apparatuses, it’s obvious that technology has been getting smaller for a long time.
Read more: Infographic: The History Of Audio Equipment | Co.Design | business + design.
An electronic ink that can be printed on a laser and then conducts electricity has been developed by scientists.
The graphene-based ink was used to make a small plastic keyboard by researchers at the University of Cambridge, who found the one atom-thick material could be used to make cheap, printed electronics.
It could be used in the future for people who need heart monitors, as they could be embed onto clothes, or for tracking luggage in an airport to ensure it is loaded on to the correct plane.
The graphene-based ink has a number of interesting properties, including flexibility, optical transparency, and electrical conductivity.
via Electronic printable ink developed by scientists | Telegraph.