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Invention of the day: Head Massager

Invention of the day: Head Massager

Invention of the day: Head MassagerEvery day, we encounter new and weird inventions that get us into thinking of what they were made for. Today we are going to tell you about the Vi- Band. In fact, this is a headband that was made in order to be worn on the head to massage it. It is a hands-free head massager that vibrates over your temples and forehead, built into a simple headband.

When is it convenient to be used?

 

Invention of the day: Head MassagerThe best time this headband can be used is after a long and tiring day at work, school or university. Moreover, a long day can have bad consequences like a very bad headache. As a result, you will want someone to rub your temples, however, there is nobody around to do that, and your hands are too tired to do it for yourself. In fact, you do not need someone to do it for you, nor you need yourself, because there’s a group of engineers out there who already took care of that for you.

What is it made of?

Invention of the day: Head MassagerIn the matter of fact, the Vi-Band is a neoprene band that has brushless vibration motors that are built into it in an exact location over your head’s pressure points, which allows you to get a massage without begging anyone to do it for you. Moreover, it has an integrated printed circuit board that lets you select massage modes depending on your needs. This headband has a battery that can be recharged via micro USB.

Who made it, and how much it costs

Invention of the day: Head MassagerIn fact, the Vi-Band portable was made by Mind Rocket, Joe, Matt, Ryan and Tucker who are actually a team of rocket scientists with a serious sense of humor. Matt and Ryan are twins. Moreover, the company has made it affordable and rechargeable, because relaxation should not be an exclusive domain for rich people, and rechargeable because “Your head’s comfort shouldn’t depend on a pink bunny with an affinity for percussion instruments.” It only costs 30$ to own this invention.

 

The Weirdest Japanese Inventions

Japan is known for the smartness of its inhabitants. In fact, most of the things that we use daily, are made in Japan. Moreover, some Japanese, from the beginning of their lives are mind trained in order to become inventors; only the kids that are declared as being really smart. However, there come moments in a person’s life, when he or she thinks that simple inventions might be convenient to the customers, and go beyond the line where they end up inventing a weird, inconvenient, and useless thing. Keep on reading this paragraph in order to get to know the weirdest Japanese inventions ever.

Carmencitta Magazine - The Weirdest Japanese Inventions 1The umbrella for the avid rain-avoider

 

This is an umbrella that was invented in order to protect a person from rain drops from the top of their head until the tip of their toes. Moreover, it has a transparent material that is attached to a regular umbrella that allows you to see where you are going and protects you at the same time.

Carmencitta Magazine - The Weirdest Japanese Inventions 2Ear enhancer

 

This is a headphone like product that has two small stainless steel buckets attached to it in order to reach your ears. Moreover, the sound gets into it, and the steel as well as the round and deep shape of it, allows your ear to hear the sound in a louder way.

Carmencitta Magazine - The Weirdest Japanese Inventions 3Mobile toilet paper

 

This is a head piece that you wear. In fact, a toilet paper roll is attached to it, which allows you to us the tissue any time you want. In fact, this invention might be beneficial to people with flu, because of its ability to provide you with tissues at any time you want.

Carmencitta Magazine - The Weirdest Japanese Inventions 4Metro chin stick

This has to be the weirdest of them all. In fact, this is a device that consists of a tripod that is attached to a piece of plastic or leather that fits exactly your chin. Moreover, once you are in the metro, you can lay your chin on it if you did not find any place to sit, and you feel exhausted.

Ear Device Inspired from James Bond Movie.

In the movie sky fall 2012, James Bond wears an ear piece in his right ear at the Macau Casino. He uses it to communicate with Eve (Naomi Harris). It is not shown in the film that Eve is also wearing an earpiece. But, we can definitely assume that.Now, this earpiece is available for sale and it costs 12290$-1750$. So, if you are in a relation with someone who doesn’t speak your language or if traveling has become a challenge because you cannot translate what you wanted to ask for then science has invented something suitable for you.

This earpiece is named “the Pilot”. In addition to that, it is designed to translate speech in other languages so the one who is wearing it can understand the language easily.

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Basically, it is a cool device that features a pair of ear pieces that translate languages instantly. One of the main aims for designing it is  to hug the curves of the ear without being obstructive but trendy and fashionable. It comes in three colors: red, black and white. The Pilot also comes with a secondary earpiece for wireless streaming music or for sharing with the person you are speaking with. Two people who do not speak the same language can wear it and use it to interact with one another.

An application on your smart phone will control the process of translation. The app toggles between languages and uploads them to the earpiece when used offline and overseas. Most people also use this app as a phrasebook for basic translation.

Carmencitta Magazine - Ear Device Inspired from James Bond Movie.3Multiple people can wear the earpiece and join in for a conversation. This happens in a conference mode, even if all of them are speaking different languages.

Furthermore, users also can use the smart’s phone speakerphone as a loud-speaker to transmit what you’re saying to every individual in the room.

The full package of this device includes: the Pilot and a secondary ear piece, one portable charger and three different sized ear tips for a perfect fit with an accompanying app. Waverly labs invented this creation. In addition, it will have an initial launch with translating capacities between English, Italian, Spanish and French. The company is planning to expand to a more variety of language including: African, East African, Arabic, Hindi, Semitic and Slavic.

This device is a unique invention that definitely facilitates communication and strengthens the bonds between people. Not only people of the same criteria, but  of different nationalities and different languages.

Body Parts That Can Be Replaced

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Modern technology and the digital age, have been making very shocking alternations to our world. In fact, medical science has been amazing us for centuries. It is now possible having parts that were originally absent from your body, added and making their job for you. Moreover, modern medical science continues to help multiple people with illnesses and conditions. Here are some body parts that are being redeveloped and engineered by experts.

Skin

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Your infected or burnt skin can be replaced as scientists are making a way to craft a new electronic skin to replace the synthetic skin.

Heart

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A beating, functional heart is being reproduced and created. Researchers were able to produce a mouse heart. Right now, the heart is not capable of fully pumping blood, so the process will continue being researched.

Hands

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We all know about prosthetic hands. However, researchers are now looking into false hands that can even sense touch.

Legs

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It is hard to learn walking with a prosthetic leg, this is why, scientists are developing a leg that patients can use with thought, rather than pure physical exertion.

Ears

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Hearing aids have been around for decades, but what about an actual ear? Scientists are now using real cells from real ears to craft artificial ears.

Pancreas

People whose pancreas does not produce enough insulin run into many medical issues. This is why, experts are trying to develop an artificial pancreas that could be a life-saver for those with diabetes and pancreatic diseases.

Eyes

Carmencitta-Magazine-Body-parts-that-can-be-replaced-3We have seen monocles, bifocals, glass eyes but what about artificial eyes? Experts have developed two artificial retinas and have tested them on animals with success. The chips in the eyes sense images, convert them to signals, and wake up the brain to see.

Fingers

The fingers being developed are ones that have a USB jack to be connected into a computer and store their functions. They look totally like a real one until you take them out and connect them!

 

The Most Bizarre Inventions Part 2

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When it comes to inventions; any person, who is in a big need for something that will benefit him and his daily life, is able to create it if he sets his mind to it. For that reason, we have seen a lot of new and interesting inventions that had not only benefited the people who came up with them, but also all the humanity. However, everything has its limits, and there are some people who went extreme by creating the most bizarre inventions. Keep on reading this fun article and have a laugh with us.

The mood-altering Thync Module

Carmencitta-Magazine-The-Most-Bizarre-Inventions-Part-2.Thync is a device that has settings and buttons that will help you choose the mood you want to be in, and the mental state that you prefer to have. In the press release: “Based upon decades of research from neuroscientists and engineers from Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Arizona State University, Thync’s proprietary technology relies on low levels of pulsed electrical energy to signal specific neural pathways, allowing users to dial up or dial down their stress responses and energy levels.”

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Leftover Food Waste Fashion

This item was designed by a team of design students, and they called it fruitleather. Moreover, he team has figured out a way to turn leftover food into vegan leather, and the leather is later turned into cute little tote bags.

3D Printed Bridges

Carmencitta-Magazine-The-Most-Bizarre-Inventions-Part-4A Dutch company that is called MX3D is creating a 3D-printed bridge over an Amsterdam canal. Moreover, they claim that they can “3D print beautiful, functional objects in almost any form that are much larger and more efficiently produced than has been possible until now.”

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A 3D-print-machine that prints soil, water and seeds was created by a group of students. Maja Petek, one of the students credited with developing the project said: “In the project we tried to link art, nature and technology. The base of the project is a CNC machine designed to print a mixture of soil, water and seeds. The results are printed pictures that turn green over time.”

 

Robots to Perform Surgeries

Google and Johnson & Johnson are teaming up to develop robots that can perform surgery, robotic assistants to help doctors during surgery.
Johnson & Johnson already makes a lot of medical equipment. Google’s role in the partnership will be to explore new ways on a software and hardware level to improve that equipment.
The companies will bring together capabilities, intellectual property and expertise to create an innovative robotic-assisted surgical platform capable of integrating advanced technologies with the goal of improving health care delivery in the operating room. 

 

Robotic-assisted surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that uses technology to give surgeons greater control, access and accuracy during the surgical procedure while benefiting patients by minimizing trauma and scarring, enabling accelerated post-surgical healing. 
The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2015. Financial terms were not disclosed.

 

 

Why Music Affects Us

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Music and language are uniquely human. A world without either would be hard to imagine. They are aspects of our need to communicate. So it could be said that, as is true of language, when music “speaks” our emotions “listen.”

Why and how does music speak to our emotions? To answer that, we need to consider: (1) the way that our brains process music; (2) our emotional makeup and cultural backgrounds, which influence our reaction to music; and (3) language, which can also affect our reaction.

Music and the Brain

Carmencitta Magazine - Why Music Affects Us 1Some suggest that language and logic are predominantly functions of the left side of the brain, while music is processed in the right side of the brain, which deals largely with feelings and emotions. Whether this is so or not, it is obvious that music evokes spontaneous reactions from listeners.

There is a closer relation between hearing and emotional arousal than there is between seeing and emotional arousal. . . . Seeing a wounded animal or suffering person who is silent may produce little emotional response in the observer. But once they start to scream, the onlooker is usually powerfully moved.”

Music, Lyrics, and You

One school of thought maintains that a given piece of music has a similar effect on all listeners. However, another says that reaction to a melody or song reflects an individual’s present state of mind or previous experience. An example of this might be when someone who has lost a loved one in death hears a certain song. The song may bring back memories and cause sadness or even cause tears to well up in the bereaved person’s eyes. Others who are not in that situation may sing that same song with a joyful heart.

Carmencitta Magazine - Why Music Affects Us 3jpgMusic helps to connect words or ideas with emotions. Hence, few television or radio advertisements are presented without musical accompaniment. Often the words do not make much sense. However, if the right background melody is used, the advertisement will play on the listeners’ emotions. How true it is that the aim of most advertising is to make buying an emotional response rather than a logical one!

Whereas advertising may have an undesirable effect on the public’s pocket, there is a much more serious downside to the power of lyrics and melody. Through lyrics repeated over and over again, songwriters teach adolescents to disregard others’ opinions and to “hang tough.” Moreover, the messages conveyed by controversial rap lyrics can permeate the emotional makeup of the listener and result in antisocial behavior.

So, to avoid contamination of the mind and the heart, we must be very selective in our choice of music.

What is The Secret Behind Opening the Airplane Window Curtains During Takeoffs and Landings?

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The British newspaper “The Independent” has reported that the fact of opening the Airplane window curtains in the process of aircraft takeoffs and landings may seem simple and nonsense to some of the passengers, despite their constant traveling. Some may believe that this process is done in order to prepare the passengers for landing or taking-off, while others believe that its meant to let passengers enjoy the last moments of the arrival or departure of the flight.

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However, the security experts at airports have made it clear that the process falls in security and public safety of flights framework.
A public safety officer has pointed out that keeping the airplane window curtains open allows emergency personnel to see the outside of the plane cabin to assess the security situation for the trip, saying that passengers may reach our crew for a security glitch that could happen while taking-off or landing. The officer added that the crew has only ninety seconds to evacuate the aircraft in case sudden emergencies happened. Therefore, the crew asks passengers to open the windows so it may watch the atmosphere out of the plane in case of a disruption in the communication with the security team. Therefore, security forces shall give certain signals to the crew in order to determine the evacuation of the aircraft by selecting the most safety doors to save the passengers trying to avoid any potential danger.

According to an expert in the aircraft industry, Mr. David Robinson, visual ability of the person whose eyes got adapted to dim light once facing an accident, are way better than those of a person who got exposed to sudden catastrophic accident when being sitting in a dark place. A person, who is in the light, even if the light is dimmed, can have a lot of conscious, especially as he only has ninety seconds to get out of the plane and save his life.

We may also mention that the windows of the aircraft in 1953 where in a square shape, and then turned into oval shapes after some experts in aviation accidents have discovered that the windows were the direct cause of the fall of one of the planes. As a matter of fact, the square shaped windows contain four corners, and thus four possible weaknesses, that can fade and disintegrate when exposed to pressure which increases the risk of catastrophic plane accidents.

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The Fliz Bike; A bicycle with no pedals

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Bicycles have been the same from years ago until today. Of course, there are some aspects that have changed such as the materials used, the bike’s design, and the technology used to make it faster. Other than that, bikes remain bikes; a two wheeled vehicles with two pedals that require you to use your legs in order to be transported from a location to another.

Carmencitta Magazine - Fliz Bike 1All the things mentioned above (the bike’s design) started to become boring to engineers and designers. This is why, they tried to change a little bit, but in fact, they changed a lot! Their latest invention that had to do with “bicycles” made the go wild and remove the part that has to do with pedals, and this is where “The Fliz Bike” came from.

Moreover, we cannot know if the changes were done for the better, but we surely can know that they were made for a more entertaining cycling experience.

Carmencitta Magazine - Fliz Bike 2In fact, The Fliz, is a German word that means the whiz or dash, has totally deleted the pedals part or the bicycle, and connected the two wheels by a somewhat bridge that has a thing similar to a life jacket hanging from it where you put your body and buckle up.

In addition, The Fliz works depending on the user’s legs. He or she has to walk, and slowly start running, which makes the wheels spin faster, and in turn, take the person to the desired location.

Furthermore, The Fliz has so many benefits such as, making your body move, providing easy exercise with no probability for him or her to feel hot because, due to its use outside, and its constant movement, the air keeps on cooling his or her body.

Finally, this invention has been subject to criticism, but the thing that should be noted is that it did not come to replace the original bicycle.

Green Screens: How Do They Work?

Green Screens How Do They Work

Most of the times, especially on science fiction movies, we see actors flying or riding dinosaurs backs. We also see them defying the laws of gravity, or standing in a place that we cannot imagine that it exists in the real world.

In addition, we also encounter dreamy scenes, magical places, and out of the world nature views. Sometimes, actors are standing in a city we have seen before, and suddenly something change; the actor himself or herself transform into a bat or whatever, and a place that we have never seen appears. Have you ever wondered how producers do that? Or how can an actress become a cat or anything else? This is what green screens are for!

Chroma Key

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Which also means green screen, consists of backdrops of brightly colored fabric or paint, which is usually vivid green colored, that help induce all of this high-tech fakery. In fact, Chroma keying allows producers to separate the actors or people from the green background, and replace the background with pretty anything they want, such as sceneries, dragons, animated backgrounds, etc…

The process

Green Screens How Do They Work

The green screen is used by taking a previously recorded video, and isolates and removes a single color in a narrowly defined region of the spectrum. Usually, the color of the screen is bright green or blue due to the fact that the two colors are different from human skin tones and are not usually present in the actors’ outfit colors. Additionally, Chroma keying for live feeds requires hardware that can recognize and manipulate multiple video channels — layers defined by color — while recorded material can be changed in post-production with video- or photo-editing software.

In fact, this is the most used process in the post production of science fiction movies. We all know now how Harry Potter movies’ effects are made!

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