This Week in Context (20131115)
First and foremost, I must apologize for last week’s lapse and lacking of the Week in Context. There was the O’Reilly Strata conference demo day coming up, and we were quite busy polishing our Jini context platform and its workers, and trimming David’s beard, as to make a good impression. (And we did!) This week, it’s back to business, with news on..
- A lie detecting neck tattoo
Patented by Google, whom else? The data giant (‘search giant’ seems so last century) has applied for a patent for a temporary neck tattoo that would emit an electronic signal capable of connecting to a mobile device and working as a lie detector. This seems like something that LinkedIn would be interested in too. (Hat tip to TJ)
- Scanadu series A 10.5m and scout will go on sale for $199
Scout is designed to collect data on vital signs, including pulse, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature, and even emotional stress. It can read all this when you hold it against your temple for 10 seconds. $199 is higher than originally announced, but understandable for such a wide range of capabilities. We’re still a bit curious about the urine analysis and pregnancy though. Surely, there must be some throwaway parts for that? (Via Roel)
- Basic Watch gets Body IQ update
As VentureBeat writes, “The software and web site update will add new features to the Basis Health Tracker fitness gadget, which you wear on your wrist like a watch. And it also adds better activity tracking and calorie burn calculations based on your actual activities. By adding the new features to a watch that debuted a year ago, Basis is showing that it can continuously update its platform to differentiate it, long after its market debut.” (However, you can deduce other things from Basic’s logged data too.)