Attention, all you hip-holsterin’ cell phone users: Your must-have wireless gadget is chewing away at your bones.
Docs in Argentina have found that the electromagnetic radiation from cell phones reduce bone density in the parts of the body on which they are carried.
And given the ubiquity of the devices, that “could have a substantial effect on the osteoporosis rate in the population,” according to the authors of the report.
From a recent announcement:
Although small, the new study raises the possibility that long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation from cell phones could adversely affect bone mineralization. Larger follow-up studies will be needed to confirm or disprove this hypothesis, according to Dr Sravi. He suggests that studies may be warranted in women, who have higher rates of osteoporosis; and children, who would have longer expected lifetime exposure to cell phones.
The LG Aria Aria looks like a palm-sized version of HTC’s Incredible… Wonderful device, but another example of what my friend, Sean, calls “the poor man’s iPhone.”
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via (after the jump) Boy Scouts bring ingenuity to EurekaFest – The Boston Globe.
The Boy Scouts are working to stem America’s science and engineering brain drain.
Last week, 38 Scouts, most of them from Eastern Massachusetts, were among the first to receive the Inventing badge, the first merit badge introduced by the Boy Scouts of America since 1992.
The badge, developed by the BSA and the Lemelson-MIT Program, is awarded to Scouts who can create simple, but elegant, engineering solutions to everyday problems.
via Boy Scouts bring ingenuity to EurekaFest – The Boston Globe.
From my Boston Globe column this week: LED umbrellas and tougher OLEDs… — MB
“The Blade Runner Style LED Umbrella is my new favorite for, as ThinkGeek’s brilliant copywriters put it, staying dry on my “walk to the noodle shop.’’Evocative of Ridley Scott’s rain-soaked, futuristic Los Angeles, the Blade Runner umbrella has a pushbutton, light-up shaft. The umbrella comes with three button batteries that will probably outlive its fabric, if this spring’s rains are a sign of things to come.”
via Block the rain with blinking Blade Runner umbrellas – The Boston Globe.
Too good to be true (Happy April 1), but oh, what a great idea:
“When the iPad was announced, we all crammed into a conference room to watch live and drool over every shiny corner and reflecty icon. After the glow of the initial announcement wore off, many of us came to the conclusion that the iPad was actually pretty useless. ‘It’s a giant iPhone!” some said. Others exclaimed, ‘WTF, no Flash!?’. Still, we knew that most Apple fanbots (us included) would have to have one anyway.”
via ThinkGeek :: iCade – iPad Arcade Cabinet.
When your God-given parts aren’t enough: Philips promises better sex with batteries.
It’s a “me too” market grab for the Dutch electronics maker.
But Gizmag greets the announcement with this ludicrous, blanket, windbag statement:
Remarkably, for all the knowledge we have accumulated as a species, one of humanity’s primary aspects, our sexuality, remains shrouded in veil of political correctness, awkwardness and misunderstanding.
via Philips leads the marital aid industry out of the Dark Ages.
The post celebrates Philips for making sex less shameful–as if our culture could get any more debased around the issue. In fairness, the author of this particular post (excerpted, above), might himself have a dating life plagued by miscues. It happens.
My bit in the Globe this morning, about an augmented reality game for kids, which adds dragons, fairies, trolls and the like, to your iPhone’s camera view:
As you photograph various landmarks around the Common, you’ll find Hidden Park cartoon characters appearing in your shots. When you’re done, you will have an album full of things you never really saw. I think of it as meeting Walt Disney characters, without worrying about who might be lurking inside the suit.
via Hidden Park on iPhone turns Common outing into a fantastic adventure – The Boston Globe.
emWave wants to remind you that their Personal Stress Reliever can break-up your 401K/joblessness/foreclosure/Iran/crime/drugs/addiction/gas prices/trans-fats/chemtrails/pollution/disease/death/anthrax/terrorism/infertility/impotency/ADHD/COPD/asthma/helicopter parenting/taxation worries… (I first wrote about the chill-out gadget in 2007.)
Update: My favorite feature on the Axon: its “Privacy Mode” switch, which automatically suspends recording during an arrest.
Because dashboard cameras catch only a part of the beat-down action, cops now use a new technology, from the makers of the not-so-less-than-lethal Taser: the Taser Axon. A cop wears the Axon over his ear, super soldier-style, while a device on his chest records the action, including all police radio calls. More on this to come.
On the street, law enforcement officers have seconds to make life-and-death decisions. In the courtroom, lawyers, administrators and jurors have years to analyze and second-guess those decisions. How do you protect the truth when officers have to defend their actions? The AXON (Autonomous eXtended On-Officer Network) by TASER. Only AXON protects the truth … because it provides a full-motion recording of exactly what the officer saw and heard, from the officer’s visual perspective. AXON offers audio-video recording of an incident from the point of view of the officer with pre-event video capture. AXON’s evidence-gathering capabilities can help streamline report documentation to maximize police-work efficiency.
Your phone as a ghost-finding device
Cool… creepy. Ghostwire is an augmented reality game for for Nokia N-Gage phones. The game superimposes ghostly phenomena over your real world camera view.
I mention this game in an upcoming piece for the Globe, about AR tourism, in which computers superimpose our mobile phone’s camera views with hyperlinks and other internet-derived data.