Do you love technology and how it is able to augment the way we do things, making our lives a whole lot more efficient? If you have answered that in the affirmative and have an absolutely love for running, then you would most probably be interested to check out this pair of enhanced running shoes. Thanks to researchers over at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, who happen to be working alongside scientists in five European countries, they have come up with the Runsafer smart running shoe. The Runsafer will rely on a slew of integrated G force, direction, and GPS sensors which are capable of determining just how hard, fast, and how long you have been pounding the pavement, in addition to knowing whether you have been hitting hard or soft surfaces, not to mention knowing just when you are taking a break.
This unique pair of running shoes will send all the relevant data over to your smartphone using Bluetooth connectivity, and your handset will be connected to a central computer which will further analyze the information. In return, you would be on the receiving end of certain tips that might let you know how you can run better, safer, and in a more efficient manner to maximize the benefits of your workout. [Product Page]
Is there life out there on other planets? I am quite sure that many of us have asked this question for quite some time already, and so far, there has been no evidence to suggest that such life is headed our way, other than the fact that there could have been life in the past – billions of years ago. Well, the most recent foray made by the Hubble telescope showed the presence of water in 5 different gas giant planets, but it is not suitable for life on earth as we know it. This time around, we will look at the MOIRE (Membrane Optical Imager for Real-Time Exploration) folding telescope.
The MOIRE is a ground-based prototype folding telescope that is capable of shooting high resolution images, where it does away with glass by replacing it with a high-efficiency polymer membrane which will be a whole lot lighter – one seventh to be exact, where it can also collapses into compact shapes for easier portability. The optics will launch at a diameter of 20 feet, although it can also expand all the way to 68 feet. Just how effective is it? DARPA claims that the finished product is capable of imaging a whopping 40% of our world in a single shot. [Press Release]