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What is crowd farm?

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MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has given two of its students the inspiration to come up with a new technology that, in the future, will be the solution to major energy problems.

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Tad Juscyzk and James Graham conceived, years ago, a project called “Crowd Farm”, and announced it in 2007, at the Holcim Forum awards ceremony. Moreover, Crowd Farm works by converting the movement of humans, in a crowded place, to electrical energy to be consumed later on.

The Concept

Carmencitta Magazine - What is Crowd Farm 3“The idea of a Crowd Farm would work like this: Boston’s South Station railway terminal would house a responsive sub-flooring system made up of blocks that depress slightly under the force of human steps would be installed beneath the station’s main lobby. The slippage of the blocks against one another as people walked would generate power through the principle of the dynamo, a device that converts the energy of motion into that of an electric current.

The electric current generated by the Crowd Farm could then be used for educational purposes, such as lighting up a sign about energy. Jusczyk stated that people should understand the direct relationship between their movement and the energy produced. A single human step can only power two 60W light bulbs for one flickering second, but a crowd in motion (Boston South station is an estimated 28,527 steps) and the result is enough energy to power a moving train for one second.” As described by them.

The Invention’s first test

Both students, decided to test the program for the first time, in the Venice Biennale, which is a train station in Torino city, Italy. They used the act of ‘sitting’ in order to generate power. In fact, the weight of the body on the train’s chair, cause a wheel to spin which in turn powers a dynamo that was able to turn on 4 LEDs.

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

Green Screens How Do They Work

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!

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!

 

A Device That Can Read Your Emotions

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When it comes to knowing how the other person is feeling, it can be tricky thing for humans. Imagine how hard it can be for a device! In fact, this hard thing was not hard enough for scientists as they invented a new system that is able to predict how a person is feeling with an accuracy of 87 percent.

How does it Work?

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In fact, researchers say that the system works by receiving wireless signals off a human being. Moreover, there is a dubbed EQ Radio that analyzes the signals that it gets from a person’s body. After that, the device monitors the person’s breathing as well as his or her heartbeat. In fact, for the device to detect such things, the body needs to be hooked up by a host of sensors which are used in order to detect someone’s emotions.

A very important benefit

Inventors sad that applying this kind of methods in order to know how a person is feeling, can have a major health care benefit; this system is able to determine if you are on the way of getting depressed before even you knowing that. “The idea is that you can enable machines to recognize our emotions so they can interact with us at much deeper levels,” those words were said by Fadel Adib; a doctoral student at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, and a helper in creating the design of the system.

4 Categories

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In fact, the device is designed so that it can detect 4 categories of emotions such as: excited, happy, angry, and sad. Moreover, once it detects your emotions, the system combines them and traces the results onto a graph where one axis represents arousal and the other represents whether your emotion is positive or negative. After that, the graph will be used in order to classify your emotion into one of the four broad categories.

 

The Most Bizarre Inventions

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.

Flatulence-filtering Underwear

Carmencitta MAgazine - The most bizzare inventions 1A clothing manufacturer from Britain called Shreddies, has des designed a full line of underwear for men and women that aims to block gas. In fact, this invention is possible because of the presence of a carbon material called Zorflex that is often used in chemical warfare suits, and is as well found in these undies. Moreover, the company that is based in Leicester says, “We know fart pants, pajamas, and jeans are funny, but we also know we have a product that really helps people with serious medical issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis.”

Carmencitta MAgazine - The most bizzare inventions 2Selfie Toasters

Hammacher Schlemmer created a home appliance that gives you a slice of toast with the owner’s face drawn on it. All you have to do is submit a headshot, and the company manufactures a custom heating insert that converts the photo to one side of the personalized toast.

Breathometer Mints

Carmencitta MAgazine - The most bizzare inventions3This device is ideal for people who have a bad breath smell. In fact, it is able to tell you when your mouth isn’t as fresh as it should be. Moreover, it the first wireless oral health smartphone device that enables users to instantly measure breath quality and hydration levels.

Breathable Alcohol Bars

Carmencitta MAgazine - The most bizzare inventions 4Creative studio Bompass and Parr have created an Alcoholic Architecture adventure in London’s Borough Market. In fact, it lets you inhale alcohol instead of drinking it. As a result, the person using it will get drunk quicker.

A glowing cube gets HP into high-end gaming

A glowing cube gets HP into high-end gaming

What is The Omen X Desktop?

A glowing cube gets HP into high-end gaming“The Omen X Desktop”, is a big glowing cube that is making HP come back to the high-end gaming space. Moreover, just like all the other great gaming products, the cube looks like it came out of a science fiction movie. In fact, “The Omen X Desktop” is supposed to be powerful enough to handle 4K and VR gaming. In addition, the product takes advantage of its shape in some by using the cube-design to separate components into different chambers that assist cooling and at the same time offer easy-to-swap hard drive compartments.

What does The Omen X Desktop provide?

A glowing cube gets HP into high-end gamingThe Omen X Desktop’s baseline model will come with an i7 Skylake processor, in addition to an 8GB of RAM, a 2TB hard drive and 256GB SSD, liquid cooling, and AMD’s Radeon RX 480 graphics card, which itself has about 4GB of RAM. It also has 10 USB ports. However, buyers will be able to spec it much higher if they want to, with the machine’s graphics option maxing out at either dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 cards or dual AMD Radeon R9 Fury X cards. In fact, pricing starts at $1,799 on HP’s website.

HP getting back to business

A glowing cube gets HP into high-end gamingHP started getting back into the PC gaming business earlier this year with the launch of the Omen Laptop and Omen Desktop. At the time, HP also said it was planning a higher-end line of products called Omen X. Alongside the Omen X Desktop, HP is also announcing a series of Omen gaming accessories made in partnership with SteelSeries. Those include a mouse, mousepad, keyboard, and headset. HP is also announced plans for a gaming monitor with a curved display, though it didn’t provide details beyond that

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.

 

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.

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