Michigan Researchers Develop RFID-based Sensors to Measure Physical Activity - RFID Journal
MSU graduate student Dong Bo wears the prototype sensor tags developed by Subir Biswas and his team. Photo by G.L. Kohuth
The system would enable physicians or therapists to capture sophisticated data about an individual’s expended energy, based on the movement, angle and relative position of three EPC Gen 2 RFID tags worn on that person’s body. 

Michigan Researchers Develop RFID-based Sensors to Measure Physical Activity - RFID Journal

MSU graduate student Dong Bo wears the prototype sensor tags developed by Subir Biswas and his team. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

The system would enable physicians or therapists to capture sophisticated data about an individual’s expended energy, based on the movement, angle and relative position of three EPC Gen 2 RFID tags worn on that person’s body. 

Body  acoustics can turn your arm into a touchscreen -  New Scientist
Called Skinput, the system is a marriage of two technologies: the ability to detect the ultralow-frequency sound produced by tapping the skin with a finger, and the microchip-sized “pico” projectors now found in some cellphones.

Body acoustics can turn your arm into a touchscreen -  New Scientist

Called Skinput, the system is a marriage of two technologies: the ability to detect the ultralow-frequency sound produced by tapping the skin with a finger, and the microchip-sized “pico” projectors now found in some cellphones.

Sony demos game controller to track motion and emotion | New Scientist

The latest games console arms race – to perfect hands-free, full-body game control – just got more competitive.

Sony has unveiled just such a system called Interactive Communication Unit or ICU, at the Vision 2009 trade fair in Stuttgart, Germany. It uses stereo cameras to watch a player and, like a pair of eyes, to judge depth.

Microsoft unveiled its own full body controller in the summer summer, Project Natal, due to be released for the Xbox 360 games console late in 2010.

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RFID and Sensors Illustrate Art’s Impact on People - RFID Journal
At the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen in Switzerland, museumgoers wore gloves containing active RFID tags and wireless biometric sensors, thereby recording biological and cognitive reactions to each piece of art.

RFID and Sensors Illustrate Art’s Impact on People - RFID Journal

At the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen in Switzerland, museumgoers wore gloves containing active RFID tags and wireless biometric sensors, thereby recording biological and cognitive reactions to each piece of art.

'SixthSense' is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information.  s i x t h s e n s e - a wearable gestural interface (MIT Media Lab)

'SixthSense' is a wearable gestural interface that augments the physical world around us with digital information and lets us use natural hand gestures to interact with that information.  s i x t h s e n s e - a wearable gestural interface (MIT Media Lab)

Clip-on sensor monitors infants for trouble - The Boston Globe
The Snuza Halo (www.snuza.com) is among the latest gadgets that use sensors to monitor a baby’s crib for signs of trouble. The Halo, designed in South Africa, is unusual: rather than clipping the device to a crib or mattress, you attach it to the baby’s diaper. The Halo senses the slightest movements. If it does not detect movement for 15 seconds - a sign the baby might not be breathing - the device vibrates the baby’s abdomen. If after a few seconds the vibration doesn’t appear to restart movement, the Halo sounds an alarm.

Clip-on sensor monitors infants for trouble - The Boston Globe

The Snuza Halo (www.snuza.com) is among the latest gadgets that use sensors to monitor a baby’s crib for signs of trouble. The Halo, designed in South Africa, is unusual: rather than clipping the device to a crib or mattress, you attach it to the baby’s diaper. The Halo senses the slightest movements. If it does not detect movement for 15 seconds - a sign the baby might not be breathing - the device vibrates the baby’s abdomen. If after a few seconds the vibration doesn’t appear to restart movement, the Halo sounds an alarm.

AI: Analytics Innovators: Episode 2 (RecycleBank , Earthmine, FitBit Tracker)

This web video series features ground-breaking companies, services and products that epitomize the era of new intelligence that IBM’s Business Analytics & Optimization Services was born into.

See more BAO content and clips at the Global Business Services New Intelligence Video Studio.  Know of other analytics innovators we should feature? Share in comments here!

  • RecycleBank a kind of “frequent recycling” rewards program
  • Earthmine a 3D city mapping service based on Mars Rover technology
  • FitBit Tracker a $99 wearable health monitoring device that measures your bodily activity and sleep patterns
The haptics jacket responds to signals either encoded in a DVD or transmitted in real time and allows users to feel their multi-media content through emotional immersion. The user might feel a shiver ascending their spine, tension in their limbs, or even a pulsing on their chest to simulate an elevated heartbeat, that would correspond with the emotion and physiological body changes being displayed in the movie being viewed. (via Philips Force Feedback Jacket)

The haptics jacket responds to signals either encoded in a DVD or transmitted in real time and allows users to feel their multi-media content through emotional immersion. The user might feel a shiver ascending their spine, tension in their limbs, or even a pulsing on their chest to simulate an elevated heartbeat, that would correspond with the emotion and physiological body changes being displayed in the movie being viewed. (via Philips Force Feedback Jacket)

IBM, Google team up to port monitor data into health records

Imagine that you’ve just fallen into diabetic shock and no one is around to call an ambulance. Fortunately, your blood-sugar level is being constantly monitored and the results are sent wirelessly to your physician. Software triggers an alert and the doctor’s office calls for an ambulance.

IBM launches software that pushes monitor data into health records — Government Computer News