This tiny wearable knows what you’ve been eating, drinking, and smoking

Wireless real-time monitoring through this wearable could add precision to the linkage between diet and health.

recent breakthrough in miniaturized sensor technology could end up taking a bite out of personal privacy. Researchers developed a wearable small enough to stick on a human tooth virtually unnoticed. It’s capable of carrying out wireless transmission of data on any chemicals it comes in contact with.

The team, researchers from Tufts University School of Engineering, set out to create a better solution for monitoring dietary intake. Their work could prove invaluable to medical researchers and has the potential to save innumerable lives.

The device could give doctors real-time alerts on patients based on actual chemical intake. This means that rather than wait for an emergency, when it’s often too late, they could respond before there’s a problem.

Imagine what a difference this could make for people who need to monitor glucose or sodium levels – this wearable could be revolutionary in the field of preventative medicine. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Unfortunately, in 2018, there’s also an ugly side to any thing that collects personal data, as evidenced by the currently unfolding Cambridge Analytica and Facebook scandal.

The sensor, however, can change its “color.” For example, if the central layer takes on salt, or ethanol, its electrical properties will shift, causing the sensor to absorb and transmit a different spectrum of radiofrequency waves, with varying intensity. That is how nutrients and other analytes can be detected and measured.

Omenetto, in a Tufts University post, said:

“In theory we can modify the BIO-RESPONSIVE layer in these sensors to target other chemicals – we are really limited only by our creativity. We have extended common RFID technology to a sensor package that can dynamically read and transmit information on its environment, whether it is affixed to a tooth, to skin, or any other surface.”

You’d probably notice if someone put a shiny square on your front tooth while you were sleeping (unless you never smile), but you may not notice one behind your ear or affixed to your scalp right away. And if that bothers you, perhaps you should avoid considering the “any other surface” bit, because without some sort of James Bond spy equipment or advanced training you’d have almost no chance of noticing a dozen of these stuck behind your walls, inside your toilet, or under the bumper of your car.

Make no mistake, this is important research that will almost certainly save lives – but, once this wearable is out in the wild, it’s pretty likely to be another tool for gathering our personal data. It’s not up to the researchers to ensure bad actors don’t missaporopriate their work, it’s up to our regulators and lawmakers to ensure that those who do are held accountable.

For now, it’s worth applauding the amazing work this team has done. While, it’s important to point out the potential dangers of any new technology we shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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Haven: Edward Snowden backed counter surveillance Android app

The most recognizable whistleblower on the planet, Edward Snowden, is launching an app designed to give users more power in protecting themselves and their stuff. The app, called Haven, turns any Android smartphone into a powerful security device that uses all of the device’s capabilities to protect against attacks on privacy.

It records video, sound, vibration, and detects motion and changes in light, and effectively turns a spare Android smartphone into a watchdog device that can be placed just about anywhere.

Haven
Counter Surveillance in your palm

Haven is an open source app that will run on any Android phone, particularly inexpensive and older devices. It operates like a surveillance system, using the device’s camera, audio recording capability and even accelerometer to detect movement and notify a user. The idea is that, even with the best encryption in the world, a device is vulnerability to physical, in-person tampering — also known as “evil maid” because literally a hotel maid could access it.

“Haven is for people who need a way to protect their personal spaces and possessions without compromising their own privacy,” – Official Website, Haven

The app was developed by The Guardian Project, Freedom Of The Press and Snowden to offer eyes and ears to prevent, or at least increase awareness, of whether a device has been tampered with. “We designed Haven for investigative journalists, human rights defenders, and people at risk of forced disappearance to create a new kind of herd immunity.”

The application works a lot like smart home security systems. It can be customized to detect whatever you want, making it useful as everything from a motion-detecting camera to a discreet audio recorder.

“You shouldn’t have to be saving the world to benefit from Haven,” said Snowden, but acknowledged that the people most likely to be using Haven were paranoid developers and human rights activists in the global south.

Download the app from your play store(beta)!

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Apple’s iPhone X unveiled : The future of smartphones is here

The Apple event at the Steve Jobs theater was as extravagant as expected. The brand new iPhone 8 and 8 plus along with the iPhone X were revealed. It looks a lot like the iPhone 7, but it’s now all-glass, and it comes in three colours (silver, grey and rose gold).

There are some new features in this phone, including the True Tone tech carried over from the iPad (It adjusts for the temperature of the light). Louder stereo speakers and a new “A11 bionic” chip, but you can tell we’re all rushing through to get to the good stuff. Oh, and Apple finally announced wireless charging on the iPhone 8.

Still, we should make the most of it while we’re here. Apple’s also showing off its first ever fully in-house GPU (after it broke with Britain’s Imagination Technologies). Also, a new image signal processor – the brains behind the camera – with noise reduction and faster low-light auto-focus was also revealed.

But this is not what has gotten us all excited here at L2C. The famous “One more thing…” from Apple came up as expected Tim could barely hold his excitement in. Apple announced the new phone at its yearly iPhone launch event Tuesday, held for the first time at the Steve Jobs Theater in the company’s new campus in Cupertino, California. Endless rumors and crazy speculation be gone: The iPhone X is real!

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The iPhone X is 5.8 inches of OLED display and looks beautiful.

iPhone X : Overview

The iPhone X is a 5.8-inch smartphone with an OLED display that extends over its entire front side, save for the “notch” on the top that houses the speaker, sensors and the selfie camera. Apple calls this screen the Super Retina display. The design of the iPhone X is a radical departure from any previous model. Besides that huge screen, it has an all-glass case save for a stainless steel frame and a vertically oriented dual camera on the back.

“Over the past decade, we’ve pushed forward with innovation after innovation, bringing us to this moment, when we can create devices that are far more intelligent, far more capable, and far more creative than ever before.”

Face ID on iPhone X

Phil Schiller comes up to talk, and reveals what the “bionic” label is on the A11: it’s the neural engine, a subset of the chip dedicated to neural network processing, and that’s how Face ID works. The company even trained its system on professionally made masks, to make sure that it only works on real faces.

FaceID iPhone X
There’s now only a 1 in 1,000,000 chance of random person’s face being able to unlock your phone on iPhoneX

What about TouchID? It’s been replaced with “Face ID”. It’s “the future of how we unlock our smartphones”, says Schiller. He adds that it’s based on the front cameras, which are more than just a camera. Seven separate sensors are packed into that little band at the top, and it’s how the company hopes to overcome flaws with previous face unlock systems. It also works at night.

Face tracking technology can be used to create fun new animated emoji, or Animoji, which transfer your expressions to colorful pandas, monkeys and, of course, poop.

Display and build

The iPhone X has glass on both the front and the back, and it has “surgical-grade” stainless steel around the sides. The device is water-resistant and comes in two colors: space gray and silver. It also has the highest pixel density (458ppi) display ever in an iPhone, with Apple calling it a Super Retina display. It measures 5.8 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 2436 x 1125. It’s the first OLED display in an iPhone, which Phil Schiller explains bluntly: it’s “the first OLED display great enough to be in an iPhone.” Like the iPhone 8, the iPhone X also has True Tone display technology.

Camera and Audio

The iPhone X has dual 12-megapixel rear cameras, and it’s equipped with optical image stabilization on both lenses. The sensors are both larger and faster than previous generations, says Apple, and the main camera has an f/1.8 aperture while the telephoto lens has an f/2.4 aperture. In between the two cameras is a quad-LED True Tone flash that is claimed to provide scene illumination that is twice as uniform as previously. The new phone also offers 4K video recording and stereo speakers for better audio playback.

Also on the wireless front, the iPhone X supports LTE Advanced and the Bluetooth 5.0 standard. There are still no real gadgets or accessories that you can use with a Bluetooth 5 phone, but the more phones there are that support it, the more impetus there will be for compatible peripherals.

The iPhone X is priced at $999 with 64GB of storage or $1,149 with 256GB. Pre orders open on October 27th, and shipping begins November 3rd.

“This will set the path of technology for the next decade” – Tim Cook
“We’ll see” – L2C

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Apple iPhone 8 event: Keynotes, Live stream and blog.

iPhone 8 is out!

The wait is finally over. Apple is known for evoking intense speculation and anticipation before their product launches and events. We’re only an hour away from Apple’s big 2017 event. The company is expected to announce new iPhones and updates to Apple TV and Apple watch.

The limelight is expected to shine solely on the iPhone X, a brand new, top-of-the-line device. It is said to feature the first major redesign for iPhones in years, skipping the home button entirely for a bigger, edge-to-edge OLED screen which would be bezel-free.

Apple is apparently working on an upgraded version of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. It is said to be called the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. It will update the design of those phones to include wireless charging. Also expected is the “S” generation of iPhone model upgrades: a processor speed boost provided by an A11 chip and perhaps a new software feature or two that’s exclusive to the new models.

Meanwhile, the tech giants are expected to upgrade the Apple watch by adding LTE, thus freeing it from being tethered to the Apple device. The Apple TV is expected to be getting a newer model as well with added support for 4K and HDR video

And don’t forget software, either. Apple announced iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, and watchOS 4 at WWDC earlier this year, so expect more information on those, and maybe even release dates. Similarly, products like the still forthcoming HomePod or iMac Pro could make an appearance, too.

Where to watch

Starting time: San Francisco: 10AM / New York: 1PM / London: 6PM / Berlin: 7PM / Moscow: 8PM / New Delhi: 10:30PM / Beijing: 1AM (September 13th) / Tokyo: 2AM (September 13th) / Sydney: 3AM (September 13th)

Live stream: Apple’s live stream is available via a dedicated channel on the Apple TV set-top box or the Safari browser on OS X (10.8.5 and above) and iOS devices (iOS 7 and above). Windows 10 users can watch in the Microsoft Edge browser.

Watch iPhone 8 launch on Learn2Create and let us know what you’re thinking in the comments!

Mini Google Home by giant expected to rival Amazon’s echo dot

According to a report from Android Police, Google is reportedly prepared to launch a mini Google Home smart speaker at a hardware event dedicated to the upcoming Pixel device. The event is expected to be held in October, just like last years Pixel unveiling was. No specifics such as venue or time of the event were given out by Google.

The mini Google Home speaker would likely be positioned as an Amazon Echo Dot competitor. That would allow you to hook up traditional audio systems with voice control. Also, string together multiple Home units, and access Google Assistant throughout your house. That is without spending an additional $130 on a different Home speaker.mini google home vs Amazon
It is yet to be seen if the mini Google Home can successfully compete in the market against Amazon’s echo dot. the latter has garnered a lot of enthusiasm from buyers around the globe. Amazon enjoyed a significant lead in getting its Echo into homes and has aggressively built up the capabilities of its Alexa voice assistant. Google is coming on strong with its own mini Google home.

A pixel branded new Chromebook is also expected at the event, the first since 2015’s original Chromebook Pixel. It’s unsettled if Google would still be targeting the higher-end notebook market. Microsoft did that earlier this summer when it decided to take on Apple’s MacBook line with its own Surface Laptop. It was running the lean, Chrome OS-like Windows 10 S software.

That being said, it feels a bit too close to a prospective October launch event for rumors of a new Chromebook to just start percolating for the first time. So perhaps the device will make an appearance at a later date, when it won’t have to compete with two new Pixel phones and, now, a possible second addition to Google’s smart home line.

Have a look at Mini Google home!

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