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(Updated on 07/10/2013)

 


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THE PROS AND CONS OF TECHNOLOGY :

 

SMART JACKET :

  • World’s First ‘Smart Jacket’ Ready to Launch - Text + Audio + Pictures + Videos - 22 March 2017
    "A new invention in wearable technology is a “smart jacket” that can communicate with electronic devices. The jacket uses fabric
    made with materials carrying electronic signals, allowing people to touch an area to perform wireless actions."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

WEARABLE DEVICES :

  • 10 most influential wearable devices - with PHOTOS
    "Since the 17th century we’ve been strapping bits and pieces to our bodies in pursuit of technological nirvana."

    (theguardian.com)


    Spectacles comes with a camera one side and a light to show you its recording the other.

 

CES 2017 :

  • Consumer Electronics Show 2017: Homes Think for Themselves - Text + Audio + Videos - 10 January 2017
    "One of the most popular areas of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is filled with a number of new “smart home” devices.
    This technology is designed to make life easier for humans by letting computers control things inside our homes."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

Bill GATES :

 

SUNGLASSES WITH CAMERA :

  • Snapchat launches sunglasses with camera - 24 September 2016
    "The device, which the company is calling Spectacles, will go on sale later this year priced at $130 (£100).
    The glasses will record up to 30 seconds of video at at time..."

    (BBC)

 

'GIRLS WHO CODE' :

  • ‘Girls Who Code’ Opens Door for Women in Tech Jobs - Text + Audio + Video - 7 September 2016
    "Girls Who Code is a program to get girls interested in computer science so they can fill a growing number of industry jobs.
    Research suggests the percentage of computing jobs filled by women fell from 36 percent to 25 percent since 1991."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

CAR POWERED BY ITS ROOF :

  • A car powered by its roof - 12 August 2016
    "Solar panels help fuel this Fisker Karma comeback.
    Cars that run on sun and not petrol still seem fantastical, even in 2016: They're expensive and slow to make, and seem stuck in university science experiment limbo. But a new remake of designer Henrik Fisker's ill-fated 2011 petrol-electric sedan — this time, with a solar-powered roof
    — could be the boost that daylight-slurping vehicles need."

    (BBC)

 

 

10 TECHNOLOGIES THE MILITARY IS WORKING ON NOW :

  • 10 Technologies The Military is Working on Right Now - 6 June 2016
    1. Modular Prosthetic Limbs
    2. Hack-Proof Systems
    3. Brain Implants to Restore Memory
    4. 3D Reconstruction Models
    5. Advanced Night Vision
    6. Fatigue Reducing Suits
    7. Bullets that Change Direction
    8. Real Time Translation
    9. Autonomous Ships
    10. Climbing Suits

    (moneyinc.com)

 

 

GENE EDITING TECHNIQUE :

  • Gene editing technique could transform future - with videos - 6 June 2016
    "CRISPR - get to know this acronym. It's good to know the name of something that could change your future.
    Pronounced "crisper", it is a biological system for altering DNA. Known as gene editing, this technology has the potential to change the lives of everyone and everything on the planet."

    (BBC)

 

SMART HOME CAMERA :

  • Smart Home Camera Recognizes Faces - Text + Audio + Video - 8 May 2016
    "It can show parents at work that their children have returned home from school, or that a package has been delivered at their door.
    It can also tell them if an unknown person is in their home."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

APPLE and FBI :

  • The Technology Report: Apple and the FBI Court Battles Continue - VIDEO - 20 March 2016
    "In California, a legal battle between Apple and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation will continue for some time.
    The lawsuit raises questions about the roles of law enforcement and technology.
    The ruling could affect privacy, safety and security. "

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

ELECTRICITY :

 

FULL BODY PET SCANNER :

  • New Device Shows Human Body As Never Seen Before - Text + Audio - 17 January 2016
    "A new device called the Explorer will be able to show all parts of the body at the same time.
    The Explorer's advanced imaging could help scientists fight cancer, heart disease and brain disorders.
    It would be the world’s first full-body PET scanner. PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography." 

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)

 

THE ELECTRIC CAR :

  • Electric car haute couture - 21 January 2016
    "With its radical Lo Res electric car, Netherlands-based shoe designer United Nude reinterprets the Lamborghini Countach."

    (BBC)

 

  • Inside Faraday's future amazing FFZERO1
    "Of all the cars that might've come from electric-vehicle startup (and presumed Tesla rival) Faraday Future, a single-seat racecar with 1,000 horsepower may be the most surprising. The company, which is on track to break ground for a billion-dollar factory in North Las Vegas..."

    (BBC)

 

 

MOBILE CHARGER :

  • Plant Your Mobile Charger in the Dirt - Text + Audio + Video - 3 January 2015
    "Three university students in Santiago, Chile have developed a plant-powered device to charge their mobile phones.
    Their invention is a small biological circuit they call E-Kaia."

    (learningenglish.voanews.com)


DRONES :

 

CONNECTED VEHICLES :

  • FBI warns on risks of car hacking - 18 March 2016
    "The FBI and the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have added their voices to growing concerns about the risk of cars being hacked.
    In an advisory note it warns the public to be aware of "cybersecurity threats" related to connected vehicles."

    (BBC)

 

CYBERADDICTIONS :

  • CLICK FOR A LIKE, KICK FOR A LIFE - about cyber addicts
    (manoramaonline.com)

  • Reboot or Die Trying
    "A star political blogger for Grist.org, David Roberts spent so much time posting and Tweeting and staring at screens that he almost went nuts.
    So he pulled the plug for a year, restarting his relationship with technology and actively seeking health, balance, and adventure in the real world.
    What he learned just might save you from meltdown."

    (outsideonline.com)

  • Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent
    (nytimes.com)

  • En Inde, le boom des cyberaddictions
    "De plus en plus d’adolescents indiens sont accros à Internet. Un virus qui se répand au rythme des bouleversements sociétaux que connaît le pays."
    (courrierinternational.com)




GREEN CAR :

  • The last word in green transport
    "Wrapped in five square metres of live plants, this experimental Smart Fortwo cleans the air as it drives...
    The vehicle before you is a Smart Fortwo, carpeted with five square metres of God’s own clearcoat, plants.
    The team chose a blanket of frost-hardy, drought-resistant sedum plants, similar to the species Ford used for the Living Roof on its Dearborn Truck Plant in the US."

    (BBC)

 

 

GALILEO :

  • Galileo: What does a more accurate sat-nav system mean? -  21 August 2014 
    "With the planned launch of two satellites aboard a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana later this month,
    Europe is pushing ahead with its own satellite-navigation system, known as Galileo.
    It promises much great accuracy in locating where we or objects are on the planet
    and could have a profound effect on how we live our lives..."

    + Europe's Galileo satellite network: Key facts
    (BBC)

 

SELF-DRIVING CARS :

 

OCULUS RIFT :


CES 2014 :

 

IN THE KITCHEN :

  • Food bytes: The kitchen goes digital
    "The kitchen of the future will be your interactive friend, helping you cook, shop and eat with optimum hygiene and efficiency.
    And many of the technologies that will help us live this way are already here..."

    + a video : "Richard Taylor weighs up the pros and cons of 'smart' scales"
    (BBC)

 

SMARTWIG :

  • Sony imagines 'SmartWig' to monitor health, give directions, and read facial expressions
    "the "SmartWig," a full wig or toupee that would connect to a smartphone or other device and let users do something as basic as receive an email notification or as complex as ask a friend for directions, send picture or video footage to them for reference, and then receive subtle vibrational feedback that would tell them where to go. Here is a list of things that could be in the SmartWig..."
    (theverge.com)

 

 

FICTIONAL TECHNOLOGY :

 

 

HELIOSTATS :

  • Reuters Video: Sun mirrors brighten dark town + TRANSCRIPT + IDIOM + Related articles
    "Three giant mountain mirrors bring much needed sunlight to residents of a shaded Norwegian town situated at the bottom of a narrow valley. Tara Cleary reports."

    (englishblog.com)

    Rjukan, Norway, Uses Three Giant Mirrors To Direct Sunlight Onto Light Deprived Town Square
    - 24 October 2013
    "There are three heliostats that have been installed to bring sunlight to the town square as a kind of health project to promote the well-being of people living in the shade."

    (huffingtonpost.co.uk)



    heliostat (from helios, the Greek word for sun, and stat, as in stationary) "is a device that includes a mirror, usually a plane mirror,
    which turns so as to keep reflecting sunlight toward a predetermined target, compensating for the sun's apparent motions in the sky.
    The target may be a physical object, distant from the heliostat, or a direction in space..."

    (Wikipedia)

 

 

CONNECTING THINGS :

  • Is your home about to get a lot smarter? - Article + Photos + Video - 29 September 2015
    "You're driving home from work. Your connected car pings your estimated time of arrival to your smart home, which springs into life..."

    (BBC)


    "Gartner forecasts that there could be more than 500 connected devices in the home by 2022."

 

 

  • SmartThings "makes it easy to connect the things in your physical world to the Internet.
    You can monitor, control, automate, and have fun with them from anywhere - at home, office, or on the go.
    We've made it possible to install apps that interact with your SmartThings, as well as online and other services.
    This unlocks a world of possibilities and and unlimited potential to make your life easier, more convenient and fun. 
    We call these SmartApps."

    (kickstarter.com)

 

 

FOR YOUR BODY :

 

  • Bionic hand allows patient to 'feel'
    "Scientists have created a bionic hand which allows the amputee to feel lifelike sensations from their fingers."

    (BBC)


  • Why I want a microchip implant - article with photos
    "With a chip under your skin, you can do everything from unlocking doors to starting motorbikes, says Frank Swain, who has been trying to get his own implant."

    (BBC)



  • Microchip implant (human)
    "A human Microchip Implant is an integrated circuit device or RFID tag encased in silicate glass and implanted into a human's body.
    Such implants can be used for information storage, including personal identification, medical history, medications, allergies, and contact information."

    (Wikipedia)


 

  • TAP YOUR SKIN TO DIAL YOUR PHONE
    "Researchers have developed a way for people to use their own skin as a keypad or pull down menu to control MP3 devices, make phone calls or play games. It's called Skinput "

    (moreinspiration.com)

  • Taiwanese boffins monitor mastication with Bluetooth tooth - 29th July 2013
    "The UbiComp Lab , a wearable computers think tank at Taiwan's National University, has devised a Bluetooth-equipped false tooth to monitor your mastication and plans a successor device capable of distributing the resulting data in real time...
    The general idea behind the research is that if doctors can access data about what you eat and drink, they can give you a dressing down for knocking back a bucket of fried chicken with two pints of stout for lunch every day."

    (theregister.co.uk)

 

  • Brain chip reads man's thoughts - 31 March, 2005
    "A paralysed man in the US has become the first person to benefit from a brain chip that reads his mind...
    The brain chip reads his mind and sends the thoughts to a computer to decipher...
    He can think his TV on and off, change channels and alter the volume thanks to the technology and software linked to devices in his home."

    (BBC)


INVISIBILITY :

  • 'Antimagnet' joins list of invisibility approaches - 26 September 2011
    "Researchers have designed a "cloak" that is invisible to magnetic fields both coming in and coming out...
    Such an antimagnet could hide any objects, even magnetic ones...
    The idea could be put to use in hiding the "magnetic signatures" of submarines to evade detection or underwater mines, or even to trick metal detectors."

    (BBC)


iPod :


PHONES :

  • See Phones

  • Phonebloks - The next step (YouTube)
    See PHONEBLOKS : The Idea / The Plan / Questions / Blog
    (phonebloks.com)


    Phonebloks: The phone you can build like Lego
    - 25 October 2013 
    "A new mobile phone concept that would give users a chance to choose from a range of components, and replace or upgrade them when necessary,
    has generated enormous interest online. But could this sustainable, modular device ever become a reality?"

    + Why your phone is rubbish (or will be)
    (BBC)

    Phonebloks : a revolution in the mobile phone
    "A Dutch designer had the bright idea of ​​offering a entirely customizable phone; a revolution against the omnipresent planned obsolescence in our society."
    "Phonebloks: the phone to assemble and disassemble as much as you want."

    (comm350.wordpress.com)

     



    Phonebloks: The phone you can build like Lego - 25 October 2013 
    "A new mobile phone concept that would give users a chance to choose from a range of components, and replace or upgrade them when necessary,
    has generated enormous interest online. But could this sustainable, modular device ever become a reality?"

    + Why your phone is rubbish (or will be)
    (BBC)

    Phonebloks : a revolution in the mobile phone
    "A Dutch designer had the bright idea of ​​offering a entirely customizable phone; a revolution against the omnipresent planned obsolescence in our society."
    "Phonebloks: the phone to assemble and disassemble as much as you want."

    (comm350.wordpress.com)

     

    Build your own Phone- Read, listen and learn a little English! (tinytexts.wordpress.com)

     

  • Satellite phone
    "A satellite telephone, satellite phone, or satphone is a mobile phone, but unlike conventional cellular phones, which use cell sites, it uses orbiting satellites..."
    (Wikipedia)

 

  • TAP YOUR SKIN TO DIAL YOUR PHONE
    "Researchers have developed a way for people to use their own skin as a keypad or pull down menu to control MP3 devices, make phone calls or play games. It's called Skinput "

    (moreinspiration.com)
  •  
  • "In the exhibition Design and the elastic mind in New York Nokia demonstrates the prototype of Morph, a mobile phone built with nanotechnology." Read about the "Morph Concept".
    (nokia.com)

 

 

 

PROGRAMS :

  • Unmasking organised crime networks with data - 9 July 2013
    "Military software engineers have developed a program that can predict the social structures of street gangs. Philip Ball explains how it could help fight crime...
    The program, called Orca (Organization, Relationship, and Contact Analyzer), can use real-world data acquired from arrests and the questioning of
    suspected gang members to deduce the network structure of a gang..."

    (BBC)

 

 

TABLETS :

  • What Apple's iPad can do
    "Apple has launched a touchscreen tablet called the iPad, which can be used to watch films, play games and browse the web."

    (BBC)

 

 

  • Microsoft and HP show off 'slate' PC - with a VIDEO
    "The firms unveiled the Windows 7 powered touchscreen machine, also known as a tablet, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
    The aim of the device is to bridge the gap between laptops and smartphones."

    (BBC)


TARGETED ADVERTS :

  • Targeted real-life adverts 'know who you are' - 30 July 2013
    "Targeted adverts - based on web browsing history - have become established online, but how will the public react as advertisers start to pinpoint our habits and interests in our offline life too?"

    + 'Face detection'
    (BBC)


TATTOO CIRCUITS:

 

 

TEXTILES :

  • Textiles of the future
    "Europe's textiles industry faces heavy competition from other parts of the world, especially China. This video shows though that it's not all doom and gloom."

    (YouTube)

 

  • Georgia Tech Sees Promise for NanoGenerators in Clothing
    "Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Ga. are developing a ‘power shirt’ made of nanowire-affixed
    textiles to let soldiers generate power from clothing via physical motion.
    Georgia tech researchers showed how textiles fibers covered with zinc oxide nanowires can create sufficient power for small portable devices."

    (nanoscienceworks.org)

 

GADGETS :

 

 

  • A company called Vuzix is introducing a new line of eyewear "designed to bring your digital world to your eyes.
    The Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses are an attempt to make eye-based screen monitors smaller and sexier, by showing a small 384×240 display
    in front of one eye that shows information directly to one eye as you walk.
    This could include messages, phone calls, and GPS information, as there’s certainly enough tech inside the glasses to assist with this."

    (gadgetguy.com.au)
    SEE Google-glass

 




VOTING :

  • Electronic voting
    "Electronic voting technology can include punch cards, optical scan voting systems and specialized voting kiosks (including self-contained Direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting systems). It can also involve transmission of ballots and votes via telephones, private computer networks, or the Internet.
    Electronic voting technology can speed the counting of ballots and can provide improved accessibility for disabled voters. However, there has been
    controversy, especially in the United States, that electronic voting, especially DRE voting, can facilitate electoral fraud..."

    (Wikipedia)

 

 

GPS / NAVIGATING :

  • Navigating 3D London by pigeon - 28 October 2013
    "BBC technology reporter Jane Wakefield tries out a pigeon simulator developed by researchers at University College London.
    Her flight instructor is Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith, who explains how the tool can be used to navigate through London's streets and live data feeds.
    The simulator uses a Microsoft Kinect sensor to convert physical gestures into movements through the Google Earth 3D web plugin."

    (BBC)

 

 

  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
    "Utilizing a constellation of at least 24 Medium Earth Orbit satellites that transmit precise microwave signals, the system enables a GPS receiver
    to determine its location, speed, direction, and time..."

    (Wikipedia)


INTERNET and TECHNOLOGY :