Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock (IPhone App)

posted Jun 27, 2011, 6:44 AM by Farhad Abtahi

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

The Sleep Cycle alarm clock is a bio-alarm clock that analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you when you are in the lightest sleep phase. Waking up in the lightest sleep phase feels like waking without an alarm clock - it is a natural way to wake up where you feel rested and relaxed. Since you move differently in bed during the different phases, Sleep Cycle uses the accelerometer in your iPhone to monitor your movement to determine which sleep phase you are in. 

 Have you ever woken up feeling completely wrecked when the alarm clock goes off, despite the fact that you have slept "enough" hours? When this happens you have probably been awakened during a deep sleep phase, and your whole day can turn into one long zombie marathon. 
Other days you spring out of bed with a smile on your face, feeling completely rested even though you shouldn't. As the alarm clock goes off, chance seems to play a big role in how your day will become. But does it really have to be that way? This is where the Sleep Cycle alarm clock application comes into play.

During the night you go from light sleep to deep sleep, occasionally entering into a dream state which is called REM-sleep. These are things that your normal alarm clock does not care about, and will go off at the set time regardless of whether you are in a light sleep phase or in the deepest sleep. However, since you move differently in bed during the different phases, the Sleep Cycle alarm clock is able to use the accelerometer in your iPhone to monitor your movement and determine which sleep phase you are in. Sleep Cycle then uses a 30 minute alarm window that ends at your set alarm time and wakes you in your lightest sleep phase.

Dennis Hong: Making a car for blind drivers

posted Jun 4, 2011, 12:46 PM by Farhad Abtahi

Using robotics, laser rangefinders, GPS and smart feedback tools, Dennis Hong is building a car for drivers who are blind. It's not a "self-driving" car, he's careful to note, but a car in which a non-sighted driver can determine speed, proximity and route -- and drive independently.

Source: TED

Eli Pariser: Beware online "filter bubbles"

posted May 5, 2011, 3:13 PM by Farhad Abtahi

As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.

Source : TED

Sebastian Thrun: Google's driverless car

posted Apr 8, 2011, 12:53 AM by Farhad Abtahi

Sebastian Thrun helped build Google's amazing driverless car, powered by a very personal quest to save lives and reduce traffic accidents.
Jawdropping video shows the DARPA Challenge-winning car motoring through busy city traffic with no one behind the wheel, and dramatic
test drive footage from TED2011 demonstrates how fast the thing can really go.

Source : TED

The Creepiest, Most Realistic Robot Ever

posted Apr 5, 2011, 11:26 AM by Farhad Abtahi   [ updated Apr 6, 2011, 11:43 AM ]

Meet Geminoid DK, the latest creation from famed roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro.


Meet Geminoid DK, the latest creation from famed roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro.

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Janna Levin: The sound the universe makes

posted Mar 27, 2011, 10:11 AM by Farhad Abtahi   [ updated Mar 27, 2011, 10:15 AM ]

We think of space as a silent place. But physicist Janna Levin says the universe has a soundtrack -- a sonic composition that records some of the most dramatic events in outer space. (Black holes, for instance, bang on spacetime like a drum.) An accessible and mind-expanding soundwalk through the universe


Anders Ynnerman: Visualizing the medical data explosion

posted Mar 25, 2011, 1:12 AM by Farhad Abtahi

Today medical scans produce thousands of images and terabytes of data for a single patient in mere seconds, but how do doctors parse this information and determine what's useful? At TEDxGöteborg, scientific visualization expert Anders Ynnerman shows us sophisticated new tools -- like virtual autopsies -- for analyzing this myriad data, and a glimpse at some sci-fi-sounding medical technologies in development. This talk contains some graphic medical imagery.


GrandCare Systems

posted Mar 13, 2011, 1:30 AM by Farhad Abtahi

GrandCare Systems is a caregiving and communications TOOL, designed to enhance familial and caregiving relationships while giving Loved Ones and their Care-Partners desired "peace of mind", freedom, dignity and entertainment.

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Using Text Messaging to Increase Patients Medication Compliance

posted Feb 5, 2011, 12:47 AM by Farhad Abtahi   [ updated Feb 5, 2011, 1:30 AM ]

Dr Kvedar joins The Female Patient in an Audiocast to describe the evolving role of information technology in the medical field.

Source:The Female Patient

Zeo Personal Sleep Coach

posted Jan 11, 2011, 10:01 AM by Farhad Abtahi

Your quality of sleep is central to your quality of life. Zeo is designed to help you analyze your sleep and improve it, so you can be your best every day. It’s composed of a lightweight wireless headband, a bedside display, a set of online analytical tools, and an email-based personalized coaching program.

Buy Zeo with 15$ discount at Zeo Personal Sleep Coach

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