Around the IT Industry 7/29-8/2

by Modis on August 2, 2013

App and Cradle Turn iPhone into a Biosensor

Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have developed a new application and iPhone cradle that turns an ordinary iPhone into a biosensor. This could potentially lead to on-the-spot testing of food items for allergens, faster results for blood work, and enable healthcare practitioners to run a more efficient lab testing environment. Results of blood work can be returned in under an hour, whereas normal results can take up to a week to return when sent off site or faxed to an office for client pickup. The iPhone app and cradle remain in development, with further testing to be compiled.

Nanodiamond Thermometer Records Temperature of Individual Cells

Harvard University researchers have developed a technique that enables them to take the temperature of individual cells. The data recorded is remarkably precise. Diamond crystals are very susceptible to changes in temperature. Researchers accurately measured the temperature of atoms to within 0.05 Kelvin, and hope that with further testing they are able to detect temperature fluctuations to within 0.018 Kelvin. Ideally, researchers hope that the nanodiamond thermometer could be used to distinguish between (and/or kill) cancer cells within the body.

Tile Turns Finding Lost Items into Simplicity

A new iPhone centric product has just launched, and hopes to end lost item woes. Tile is a radio technology device powered by Bluetooth 4.0 that can be attached to nearly anything, from bicycles to laptops, even car keys or remote controls. When Tile is paired with its corresponding iPhone app, the two work together to help users find their lost items, assuming the items are within 150 ft. Using a series of chimes to indicate how close users are to locating their item, Tile’s functionality remains simple and streamlined. The price for Tile is $18.95 for a single tile, and life expectancy is one year.

Android Master Key Vulnerability Gives Hackers Free Reign

A new Trojan horse virus exploiting a master key vulnerability in Android devices has been found. This security breach is present in both Android smartphone and tablet devices. The Trojan, Android.Nimefas.1 can block users from receiving text messages, transmit a user’s confidential information to a hacker, and execute commands on a compromised device. The virus is most commonly found in China, as users of Chinese mobile games are often the target. The Trojan is commonly downloaded through a Chinese software site. Google has released a patch to all affected users to counter this threat.

3D Printing at Home May Save Consumers Thousands Annually

3D printers range in price from $300-$2,500, and results may vary. However, researchers at the Michigan Technological University conducted a study to find out how much the average family could save by utilizing 3D printing to make common household objects. Open source files are available which users have created that allow for 3D printing of custom orthopedics, to toys and parts for mechanical devices. 3D printing is still in infancy; however, the technology continues to develop and streamline as time progresses. MTU’s research showed that consumers can save on average $300-$1,926 annually by printing objects instead of purchasing them.


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