(Worldkings.org) In the wacky world of new gear, startup company Lightning Packs is getting ready to launch a backpack that “floats,” taking the load off your body with each step you take. Equipped with a unique frame and pulley system, the HoverGlide backpack supposedly reduces the stress of the weight on your back, neck, knees, and ankles as you walk or run.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – August 19, 2018 - This self-building chair could be the future of furniture
(Worldkings.org) Surrounded by tiny screws, planks of wood, and pieces of paper bearing incomprehensible diagrams, we think "can't there be a better way to assemble furniture?" The scientists at MIT say yes. The university's self-assembly lab has developed a chair that will, when submerged in water, put itself together without the need for direct human interaction.
(Worldkings.org) On this day in tech history, Louis Daguerre demonstrated his process for making quick and accurate photographs.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – August 18, 2018 - SPRINT Peripheral Nerve Stimulator Cleared in U.S. to Treat Chronic and Acute Pain
(Worldkings.org) SPR Therapeutics, a Cleveland, Ohio firm, landed clearance from the FDA for its SPRINT endura and extensa peripheral nerve stimulators (PNS). The endura is a single lead system, while the extensa is dual lead.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – August 18, 2018 - Hacking the Flavor of Food With Electric Chopsticks
(Worldkings.org) Humans love salt, because salt makes food taste better. It’s such a truism that a whole genre of folk tale exists on the theme. But too much salt isn’t good for the human body. In the United States alone, about 30 percent of all adults have high blood pressure, and should therefore reduce their sodium intake. Unfortunately, it’s hard to convince people to eat bland food.
WORLDKINGS - On This Day - August 18, 2018 - French Astronomer Pierre Janssen discovers helium in solar spectrum during eclipse in 1868
(Worldkings.org) A French astronomer spots an unknown element, now known as helium, in the spectrum of the sun during a much-anticipated total eclipse. The event marks the first discovery of an "extraterrestrial" element, as helium had not yet been found on Earth.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – August 17, 2018 - Surgical training system lets students feel what they're virtually doing
(Worldkings.org) While there are already surgical training systems that use VR (virtual reality) headsets to "place" students in an interactive computer-generated operating room, a new simulator goes a step further. It incorporates haptic feedback, allowing users to actually feel the pressure exerted by digital tissue.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – August 17, 2018 - Sennheiser's Memory Mic can record audio from afar
(Worldkings.org) Sennheiser has released a Bluetooth mic that gives you a way to make sure your video comes with crisp sounds -- even if you're recording from afar.
(Worldkings.org) On August 17, 1835, Solymon Merrick of Springfield, Massachusetts patented the first wrench.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – August 16, 2018 - Kaffeform Creates Reusable Coffee Cups From Coffee Grounds
(Worldkings.org) Kaffeeform is making coffee cups from used coffee grounds. The company combines natural glues and wood particles with leftover coffee grounds from cafes to create reusable, sustainable, dishwasher friendly cups.