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Tongue-Controlled Devices Turn Your Cheek Into A Touchscreen

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A team at Osaka Prefecture University in Japan has developed technology that could be used by skiers and other extreme sports enthusiasts to control their mobiles with their tongue. This would provide an alternative to fumbling with your phone in the freezing cold, or trying to carry out fine grain movements while reeling from a surge of adrenaline.

To mimic a sensor on the inside of a helmet, six volunteers had to perform various tongue movements while a pad with 64 pressure-sensing elements was strapped to their cheeks. Out of 300 attempts, which included swiping up, down, left, right and a clicking motion, the device was accurate 98 percent of the time.

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Kai Kunze, an Assistant Professor at Osaka Prefecture University, said that the idea came from a personal interest in skiing. “I like to check factors like my speed while on the slope, yet it’s quite cumbersome to take out a smartphone and use a touchscreen in the cold.”

Even though the sensor hasn’t been fully implemented, the team are already looking at adding the sensor to face masks that keep out the flu virus, another unique application of tongue-based technology for mobiles.

Osaka Prefecture University

[h/t]
NewScientist
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Foldable Mattress Can Fit In The Trunk Of A Car [Video]

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Startup Casper aims to reimagine the sleep experience from the ground up. Their mattress unites a top comfort layer of premium latex with a support layer of high-density memory foam. This creates a surface that contours while retaining a healthy bounce and cool temperature.
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Developed and crafted in the U.S., it is resilient enough to compress-ship and fit through any door, as it comes packaged in a box that can be transported in the trunk of a car. Casper has done away with the frustrating buying
process and uses a direct-to-consumer business model.

The Casper mattress ships for free anywhere in the U.S. (with same-day delivery for NYC) and customers have up to 40 days to test it out. The price of the mattress ranges from $500 for a twin size up to $950 for a king size. You can learn more in the video below:

Casper
[h/t] TNW

Worst yet to come for Syrians as humanitarian situation deteriorates
By William Lambers United Nations leaders appealed again today for help for the suffering war victims in Syria. With the civil war escalating the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate.
Give Kadiddlehopper your axe
Clem Kadiddlehopper is an American Frankenstein, despised by the 'people who belong' as a grotesque deserving of exclusion. Joe Palmer remembers one.
Burt’s Bees Targets Consumers Through Their iCals
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Most brands and businesses these days use social media to promote their products and connect with their customers. Skincare brand Burt’s Bees is trying out something different to promote their new Brightening Line, a line of anti-aging products. The brand has created a campaign that adds promotional messages and reminders to people’s Yahoo, Google, Apple, or Microsoft digital calendars.

For the campaign, Burt’s Bees will be inviting customers to click on a link that will automatically add a series of 8 weekly calendar items. Like with typical calendar items, all information fields are filled out and if users set alerts for the appointments in their calendar, they will get reminder alerts for the Burt’s Bees messages, too.

The promotional messages include items like “Meeting to Discuss Your Beautimousness” with Burt’s Bees as the location. The following note is included in the item: “This meeting is to discuss your mind-blowing beautimousness. It should only take a few minutes, but we feel it is necessary to remind you just how beautimous you are. Imaginary lunch will be provided.”

The new Brightening Line products are not mentioned in any of the promotional messages until the fourth week, and on the eighth and final week, customers are encouraged to claim a free product sample and download a $3 coupon for one of the products, which can cost between $10 to $20 each.

According to a report on the NY Times, Burt’s Bees will start sending emails with the link to their mailing list next week. The campaign will also be promoted on the brand’s Facebook and Twitter networks.

The company believes this would be the first time that a brand will be taking advantage of people’s online calendars to promote their products.

The brand worked with Raleigh, North Carolina-based agency Baldwin& and New York agency RecCenter to create the campaign.

Burt’s Bees

[h/t] NY Times

Edible Take-Out Box Leaves No Waste Behind [Pics]
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Not only are cardboard boxes, paper plates, and plastic containers a huge waste of resources, they aren’t all that convenient. Greek designer Kostantia Manthou has a better idea, a bread-based box that you can also be broken up into miniature edible plates. The idea was presented at Milan Design Week 2014 as part of theThis is Very Dangerous” exhibition.

KI·RA and the Edible Tower, as the bread-based box has been called, is a simple kit that includes a recipe for bread that is strong enough to use as a box, a ceramic casserole dish, a special tool that makes it easy to divide the bread up, and even a tablecloth to transport the bread should you want it for a picnic.

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“Being Greek, the first thing that came to mind was bread,” Manthou told FastCoExist. Then, as she thought about the food containers that usually show up at a picnic, she realized she could use bread to help avoid generating piles of trash. “No matter the material, there is always waste,” she says. “And frankly, the containers are also usually very ugly.”

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Kostantia Manthou

[h/t]
FastCoExist

AgLocal Goes From Meat Marketplace To Meat Subscription Service

The marketplace "was a model that wouldn't scale effectively," said founder and CEO Naithan Jones. So the company is shifting its focus.

Startup AgLocal announced Wednesday it will offer a meat subscription service for consumers that will start shipping May 21. The move is a shift from AgLocal's original business model, a marketplace that connected regional ranchers with restaurants.

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3 Most Common Green Living Myths
By Habitat for Humanity Who doesn’t want to reduce their carbon footprint? Luckily, there are plenty of ways to go green! How do you get a handle on what is really green and what isn’t when everything seems to be “green”? Tianne Haines tries to help you sort through some of the green clutter and debunks the three most common myths about green living on the new ReStore Blog.
The North Face Testing Watson-Powered Virtual Personal Shoppers

Is a digital personal assistant better than an online search box? The North Face, IBM, and Fluid are betting that Watson can outperform Siri (and Amazon) at e-commerce.

Clothing brand The North Face is taking an unusual approach to boosting their e-commerce sales: They built a digital personal shopper fueled by IBM's Watson platform. The North Face's new app, currently designed as an internal proof-of-concept tool, lets hypothetical customers find particular articles of clothing by asking Watson questions about their shopping needs and travel plans. It's one of the first attempts to use Watson for retail purposes, part of a concerted effort by IBM to seed America's malls, hospitals, and corporate offices with Watson-licensed software.

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