iPhone killer? New AI-wearable Humane hopes to make smartphones obsolete by Christopher McFadden for InterestingEngineering.com, 12 May 2023.

A TedTalk that previews a new artificial intelligence-powered wearable called Humane has just been released. Developed by former employees of Apple, the new piece of technology is widely being advertised as something that could make smartphones, like the iPhone, more or less redundant.  The former Apple employees Imran Chaudhri and Bethany Bongiorno developed Humane with a “future that is even more intelligent and even more personal.”

Humane aims to displace cell phone screens with a voice-activated assistant that projects everything from calls to texts onto the user’s hands. The projector promises to solve several issues with modern technology, including the need to constantly check cellphones, the physical limitations of touchscreens, and limited accessibility.

“If we get this right, AI will unlock a world of possibility. Today, I want to share what we think is a solution. And it’s the first time we’re doing so openly. It’s a new kind of wearable device and platform that’s built entirely from the ground up for artificial intelligence. And it’s completely standalone. You don’t need a smartphone or any other device to pair with it,” he expands.

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Membrane technology inspired by milk reaction could revolutionize wearables by Amal Jos Chacko for InterestingEngineering.com, 14 May 2023.

A team of researchers led by engineers at the University of Texas at Austin has found inspiration in a milk reaction to create a flexible gel film that could trigger innovations in sensors, batteries, robotics, and more.

Milk, when heated, tends to form a skin-like layer made of denatured proteins and fat at the top. ”We were inspired by this phenomena and explored it in different materials to produce multifunctional gel membranes that are easy to separate,” said Guihua Yu, a professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering and Texas Materials Institute, who specializes in material science.  

These gel membranes are similar to hydrogels, both polymer networks surrounded by liquids. While water is the liquid element in hydrogels, the newly developed membranes contain ionic liquid, hence the name Ionogels. These properties make Ionogels prime candidates to be sensors especially to track motion, heartbeat, and other health-related parameters in wearable electronics.  The team of researchers, which includes collaborators from Northeast Forestry University and the Shenyang University of Chemical Technology in China, observes the potential for these membranes to serve as electrolytes in solid-state batteries too.

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Managing T1D on the set of the Amazon hit show with Austin Basis, interviewed by Stacey Simms of Diabetes-Connections.com, 9 May 2023.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is one of Amazon’s biggest hits and this month it heads into the last few episodes of its very last season. If you’ve recognized one of the writers of the show within the show, that’s because Austin Basis is a long-time T1D advocate. 

Basis was diagnosed when he was nine years old and shares the story of how much his life changed. Not only was the technology much different in 1985 – no home blood glucose meters – but his father owned a candy store! He shares more about how his family figured out how to help him thrive. 

Even without the T1D connection, Basis may already be a familiar face to many of you, with a starring role in the series Beauty and the Beast  He shares fun behind-the-scenes stories from Mrs. Maisel and talks about how he manages T1D on and off the set. He also gives us a sneak peek of what he’s up to next.

Listen to the episode: Austin Basis, T1D & Actor on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

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Are mosquitoes attracted to you? Try using a different kind of soap by Dan Gray for MedicalNewsToday.com, 10 May 2023.

I always thought I was a magnet for mosquitoes … figuring I’d supplied generations of mosquitoes all over the world.  And I kind of believed that I was tasty to them, to some degree, because I had T1D … and my blood and skin were sweeter.

If it feels like mosquitoes target you more than others, it might have to do with the soap you’re using — along with your unique body chemistry. Researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University conducted a study of unique odor profiles in people, along with different soaps, to determine the scents that mosquitoes are drawn to, and, conversely, the scents they’re repelled by. The findings were published today in the journal iScience.

While there’s no magic bullet for avoiding mosquito bites, experts say the data presents a compelling reason to switch up the soap you might be using.  Daniel Peach, an assistant professor in vector ecology and infectious diseases at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Lab & Department of Infectious Diseases, said that a number of variables can make a person more or less likely to be attractive to mosquitoes.  “Mosquitoes are attracted to people based on several intermodal cues, including carbon dioxide in our breath, odor cues such as volatiles produced by our metabolism or our skin microbiota, visual cues such as the clothing we wear, and more,” he explained. “Differences in attraction between different people come down to differences in these cues, frequently our odor profile.”

While many of these factors cannot be controlled, Clément Vinauger, PhD, an assistant professor at Virginia Tech, said that he and his colleagues wanted to study one that could be altered — the fragrance of a person’s soap of choice. The research points to certain chemicals commonly found in soap that contribute to mosquito attraction and repulsion.

It seems that coconut-scented soaps are among the most repulsive to mosquitoes, although the most foolproof way to repel the pests is to use a proper repellent.

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