New York artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg takes advantage of these opportunities by swiping your DNA from the scene and creating a realistic 3D face. Her project, Stranger Visions, is dedicated to just that!
"The idea for the project came from this fascination with a single hair. This turned into a research project for me exploring exactly what I could discover about someone from an artifact they left behind."
Her process starts with finding an object that contains human DNA out in the public, ranging from anything including a piece of gum to a cigarette butt. She then takes a sample of the DNA to Genspace, a community biotechnology laboratory in Brooklyn where she extracts the DNA, purifies it, and uses it polymerase chain reactions.
Once the DNA is extracted, she uses a computer to create a 3D generated model of the face. The results generally do not create an exact likeness to the person the DNA belongs to since the data provided only describes general traits. Using the code, she takes certain pieces of data to create multiple versions of the face to enhance or decrease certain features based on what she finds in the DNA.
It takes about eight hours to print one of the faces. Once printed, the result looks like a block of powder that's then dug out then baked and hardened with a superglue-like substance.
Reactions to the project have been mostly positive while there has also been uncertainty regarding people's intrusion of privacy.
"If people find it to be a little creepy, that's OK. It's meant to make you aware of these issues and make you aware that this is possible."
A full technical write-up of the DNA process is available on her blog.
To activate your flashlight, launch a Google voice search on your phone. The way I did it was through the home screen widget. Tap the microphone icon and say "Lumos". Your flashlight will turn on! To turn it off, do the same thing except say "Nox" instead.
Pretty cool, huh?
There are 13 AtmosFEARfx Digital Decorations to choose from on their website, ranging from scary to family-friendly. Each one will turn any home or party into an unforgettable event... or scare the crap out of your neighbors walking by at night!
AtmosFX provides all animations on DVD so all you need is a projector or television set to get going. They also provide animations in their AtmosCHEERfx section for Christmas.
You can browse through other animations on AtmosFX's website at atmosfx.com.
The Mimo Smart Baby Monitor comes with three machine washable cotton kimonos, available in different sizes ranging from 0-12 months, with a spot for the attachable device in the kimono that sends the data to your smartphone.
This is something that would definitely be nice for parents who want to go out together for a night or are traveling and baby has to stay home with a nanny or babysitter. In my opinion, it may be a little much, but the product got great customer reviews.
For more information, visit the Mimo Smart Baby Monitor official page.
The Irish Times reports that a team led by Professor Ronald Hanson of Delft University conducted a demonstration where encoded information was transformed into sub-atomic particles and teleported between two points with 100 percent accuracy for the first time ever! Hanson states:
"If you believe we are nothing more than a collection of atoms strung together in a particular way, then in principle it should be possible to teleport ourselves from one place to another. In practice, it's extremely unlikely, but to say it can never work is very dangerous. I would not rule it out because there's no fundamental law of physics preventing it."
A future experiment will include teleportation from one building to another, over 4,000 feet away.
The last attempt to teleport information was conducted in Maryland in 2009 and had a success rate of only once every 100 million tries.
Development continues and discussions with the FDA are currently being held, but Google confirms that there is still much work to be done before people can take advantage of this product.