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The Daily Matter

City University researchers develop life-saving ‘smart’ shirt that can detect heart problems

Researchers at City University have developed a next-generation “smart” shirt that could help detect heart problems before and when they arise.

Thursday, 3 April, 2014, 7:08pm

Talking dogs aren't just in cartoons anymore - 'No More Woof' gives canines a voice

“Hi there … I have just met you and I love you,” says Dug, the animated pup with a thought-transmitting device from Pixar’s 2009 film Up. He is a bundle of joy and yaps away until he is distracted by a “….Squirrel!”

25 Feb 2014 - 5:28pm 1 comment

Google developing a 'smart contact lens' to help diabetes sufferers

Nowadays when countless ordinary, everyday objects are increasingly becoming “smart", many of us barely bat an eyelash at announcements of the latest smart tech. 

31 Jan 2014 - 2:09pm

Music on the move: Beat Farm creates a new soundtrack for extreme sports

For snowboarders, skateboarders and other extreme sports enthusiasts, music goes hand in hand with riding down a mountain or performing tricks in the park.

9 Jan 2014 - 11:44pm 2 comments

An iPhone case from 'the most famous design studio in Asia'

Mike Chan, an American of Cantonese descent, dreamt of becoming a conceptual designer from an early age.

He achieved that dream over the course of seven years spent at Honda R&D production and advance design studios, designing some of the Japanese automotive giant’s most famous powersports products.

9 Jan 2014 - 11:45pm

First our phones became smart, now everything else is smart too

Twenty years ago, there was no such thing as a smart phone.

In fact, mobile phones themselves were still a fairly novel phenomenon, if the big Motorola clunkers of the early 90’s could even be considered “mobile”. It was another time and another place – a bygone era where phones were content to remain dumb.

7 Jan 2014 - 5:10pm 2 comments

The 'perfect matchmaking formula' for online dating has finally been discovered

A new algorithm for online dating has been developed, and is based on two variables: a user’s tastes and his or her attractiveness. Taste is determined by the type of people he or she previously contacted, while attractiveness is based on previous success rates when initiating contact.

6 Dec 2013 - 9:05pm 1 comment

Documentary maker captures mounting waste from Chinese population boom

While economists continue to rely on the growth of China’s consumers to buoy growth in global markets, what is the effect of the country’s spiralling consumption?

5 Dec 2013 - 6:29pm

Microsoft Bra? Tech giant developing 'smart bra' that can sense a person's mood

It probably won’t come to a store near you just yet, but Microsoft researchers are exploring a novel way of helping emotional eaters by creating a "smart bra" - or rather, a device that detects stress from inside a woman’s bra.

4 Dec 2013 - 6:38pm 1 comment

How robot 'Penguincams' are helping filmmakers chronicle the secret lives of penguins

Cuddly, clumsy and sometimes “even a bit nuts”. That’s the way the internet, films and documentaries portray penguins.

3 Dec 2013 - 6:23pm

'Smart glasses' may be the newest aid for the visually impaired

A pair of bionic glasses may soon be able to help people with impaired vision see again and become more independent, British researchers say. 

8 Nov 2013 - 7:30pm

A North Korean tablet - better than the iPad Air?

Apple’s iPad Air may be the newest gadget making international headlines, but in North Korea, a different sort of tablet has emerged – a decidedly niche product, but one that may be better than the iPad in certain ways.

4 Nov 2013 - 6:40pm 1 comment

Entered the hospital with headaches, left with 'a Chinese accent'

Sarah Colwill has never been to China. Yet, most people will claim that she sounds distinctively Chinese. Colwill suffers from a rare condition known as Foreign Accent Syndrome.  

31 Oct 2013 - 6:23pm 4 comments

Simple solutions may be best security for your data against hackers

With whistle-blower Edward Snowden claiming the US security services have been hacking the computers of civilians in Hong Kong, the question many are asking is: how can I keep my private information private?

13 Aug 2013 - 3:44pm 2 comments

Does Hong Kong have a plastic problem? Experts meet to discuss solutions

Thursday morning will be kicked off as a day of pondering about plastics in Hong Kong with Asia Society’s second annual Plasticity Forum.

5 Jun 2013 - 7:22pm