August, 2013

Interactive App Teaches Kids About the Human Body

Posted on: August 21st, 2013 by Lina No Comments


Do you remember as a kid singing a song about the human body? It went a little something like this, "The knee bone connected to the thigh bone, The thigh bone connected to the back bone...". This was one way to learn about the bones in the human body.

Today, kids have a million tools to learn about the human body. One of the coolest ones we've come across is The Human Body app by TinyBop. This playful app features six interactive, animated layers of the body. Each layer teaches basic human anatomy about the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, respiratory, and digestive systems.

via Tinybop

Incredible Stamp-On Skin Circuits

Posted on: August 2nd, 2013 by Maggie No Comments


Researcher John Rogers, a materials scientist at the University of Illinois, has woven technological building blocks into incredible skin-wearable circuits. They stick on your skin with a stamp. They can stretch and flex with the natural movements of your body, lasting about two weeks until they flake off from natural exfoliation.
“Our aim is to enable hardware that integrates much more naturally with the body,” Rogers says.

Crazier still, Roger’s “20-year vision” is to create devices that “actively augment health in vital organs.” One project his team is working on is an "artificial epicardium," which could wrap around the heart’s surface to monitor heartbeat and prevent arrhythmias. Another is a set of “brain monitoring sheets” for epileptics.
Pretty amazing if you ask me!
via fastcodesign