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

Steve Chim, a member of the City University research team shows off the ECG monitoring jacket. Photo: Dickson Lee

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

A dog wears a No More Woof headset. Photo: NSID

“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

Google's smart contact lens contains a tiny wireless chip and a miniaturised glucose sensor. Photo: Screenshot via Recode

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

The Jalapeño aims to combine the worlds of music and sport in a new way. Photo: Beat Farm

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'

The qronoCase is "the world's first modular armour upgrade for iPhone 5 and 5s." Photo: qrono Inc.

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

Google Glass is currently in a beta stage and has received positive early reviews. Photo: AP

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 that is based on a user’s tastes and his or her attractiveness may help hopeful singles in the online dating world. Photo: SCMP Pictures

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

Rubbish in a polluted canal on the edge of Beijing. Filmmaker Wang Jiuliang visited more than 500 landfills to document the effect of China's spiralling consumption. Photo: AFP

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

A design for the bra, with devices that measure electrocardiogram (EKG) and electrodermal activity (EDA). Photo: Microsoft

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

A heartwarming image of a Penguin family taken from the documentary 'Penguins: Waddle All the Way'. Photo: SCMP Pictures

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

These bionic glasses may be the key to helping the visually impaired. Photo: Assisted Vision

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?

The Samijiyon tablet, made by Korea Computer Centre (KCC). Photo: 38 North

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, a British woman who suffers from Foreign Accent Syndrome and developed what has been described as a "Chinese accent." Photo: SCMP Pictures

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

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

Life's a beach? Ocean Recovery Alliance founder Doug Woodring crouches before a mound of plastic debris on one of Hong Kong's southern beaches. Photo: AFP

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