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Combating jetlag: The Re-Timer
Re-Timer is a wearable device that can be used to readjust your body's reaction to light and hopefully combat jetlag.
The Australian research company has created its device to be worn like a pair of glasses. By emitting soft green light, it is supposed to mimic natural lighting -- hopefully preventing the groggyness and ache that frequent fliers face.
Professor Leon Lack, Chief Inventor, said "Photoreceptors in our eyes detect sunlight, signal our brain to be awake and alert, and set our rhythms accordingly. These rhythms vary regularly over a 24-hour cycle. However, this process is often impaired by staying indoors, travelling to other time zones, working irregular hours, or a lack of sunlight during winter months." To better adjust to changes in timezones, Lack suggests that wearing the glasses every day for 50 minutes can help you either delay or advance your body clock.
Think of bedtime and you may think of a story and glass of milk, but one company aims to pull the ritual of parents tucking their children in to modern times.
The Idaho-based creators have created pyjama sets for boys or girls which have printed polka-dot patterns that respond to smartphones in the same way as QR codes. If a parent scans the dots with their smartphone, stories "unlock" complete with pictures and audio.
Pyjama sets retail for $25.
In collaboration with Andy Payne and Phil Seaton, MIT student Melissa Kitchow created a social media-connected vest which allows a hug to be granted over Facebook.
The project page says that being connected through our garments allows "us to feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs," -- taking things further from simply 'liking' a status.
When a user's photo, video or status is 'liked' by a friend, the vest inflates to mimic the feeling of a hug. In addition, if you squeeze and deflate the vest, the original sender can receive a hug in return.
Via: Melissa Kitchow