1. This Woman Designed - And Texts - Her Own Pancreas
"You can build an algorithm to predict, in the future, what your blood sugar is going to be," Lewis told the audience at the Collective Intelligence conference, hosted by the New York University Tandon School of Engineering. The goal of the conference: to hear from a diverse set of innovators on how technology can drive public good. Lewis has started a movement to improve glucose management, connecting her insulin pump to computer devices that constantly record and predict blood glucose levels.
2. Despite Warnings, There is a DIY Brain Stimulation Community
More than 1,000 studies have been published in peer reviewed journals over the last decade suggesting benefits of the technique. Maybe regulating mood, possibly improving language skills. But its effects, good or bad, are far from clear. Although researchers see possibilities for tDCS in treating disease and boosting performance, it is still an exploratory technology, says Mark George, editor in chief of Brain Stimulation, a leading journal on neuromodulation. And leading experts have warned against at home use of such devices.
"If we can figure out safe long term applications, it's so inexpensive we might be able to use it to boost tons of things,"says George, a professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. "But I have to underline might. We do not know yet." When Herich finished his shift delivering pizzas, he raced home and began googling. He found a thriving community on Reddit and other online forums dedicated to discussing ways to self administer tDCS.
3. This Woman Made A Robot That Makes Breakfast
It's a genius way to make sure that even the busiest robotics engineers eat the most important meal of the day. The only problem is that the robot doesn't seem to be up to the task, failing miserably at every step. While Giertz may need to make a few modifications to her robot, on the bright side, if a robot can not get Cheerios in a bowl, it's unlike to become sentient, hook up with SkyNet, and take over the world any time soon.
4. The Coffin Club, Elderly New Zealanders Building Their Own Caskets
"Because of my work and my age I had become a perpetual mourner, " says Williams. "I had seen lots of people dying and their funerals were nothing to do with the vibrancy and life of those people. You would not know what they were really like. That they had lived and laughed and loved. I had a deep seated feeling that people's journey's deserved a more personal farewell." Williams initially launched the Kiwi Coffin Club in her garage, with no tools, no volunteers and no idea how to construct a coffin. But after a host of handy local men came on board, she calls them "the darlings". The club took off, and soon moved to a larger facility to cater to its swelling numbers.
5. Man starts dating app where he is the only guys available
The world of dating apps can be a demoralising place. It's hard enough to stand out while competing against so many other potential love rivals, let alone land a date when you've finally matched with someone. But an enterpreneur from London has come up with the ideal solution to that problem by creating a dating app where he is the only man availble. Shinder users have the options of choosing betwwen Shed Shimove and Shed Shimove. Maximising the chances the 45 year old has of landing a date. That means women who don't feel the app's creator is the one for them will hit the end of the road when they swipe left.
Instead, they will be given the option to sign up to Shed's mailing list and told they have 'dodged a bullet'. Swiping right will bring up another message stating: 'You clearly have exquisite taste. You'll be notified if you're a match. Men who swipe right will be told: 'Sorry, Shed is currently a full blown heterosexual, but keep in touch. The 45 year old told the Mirror he had no luck with dating apps in the past.
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6. The man who assembled his own iPhone 6S from used parts
American Scotty Allen was fascinated by the secondhand iPhone parts market in Shenzen. He wondered if he could buy all the parts and assemble an iPhone 6S himself? After a couple of months, he was successful in his endeavor and said it was easier than he thought and that anybody with enough patience could do it.
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9. Royal Mail: man makes own 'silly' stamps featuring his own face and sends letters for free
Angus McDonagh, 64, says he has duped Royal Mail with over a hundred of his designs on letters posted all over the world. Many feature his own face in the Queen's traditional side profile complete with a comic eye patch or weird hat. He objected to what he felt was a decline in the design and detail of official Royal Mail stamps and the demise of posted letters because of email. Mr McDonagh said: "When I started I wanted them to be deliberately silly, so I had a fake moustache or beard or eye patch, that was very obviously drawn on very crudely. "I started it as a bit of a protest. It seemed as if stamps were disappearing due to everyone going online all the time. "The Queen's head, it seemed to me, was going to disappear from stamps and be replaced with lots of other images and I felt I had to act. "I just kept going and it has become more and more farcical. It's gone undetected for so long now it is just silly."
Angus has created 50 individual stamp designs and printed them on his home computer and stuck them to envelopes with glue. All stamps have a fake value of 50c - his own invented currency - and are franked with a location mark by Angus before he posts them. He makes special edition stamps, but instead of commemorating real life events they celebrate his own fantasy occasions such as 'Upside Down Day'. One stamp is simply a black and white snap of him as a six-year-old boy, while another is a sweetly-posed portrait of him and partner Jo Purvis, 52. He has successfully sent over 100 letters to France, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and Italy - as well as all over the UK - and only one has ever been detected as a counterfeit. Angus, of Bridgwater, Somerset, claims he never meant to evade payment and has even tried to send Royal Mail a number of cheques for the total costs, but they were all returned.
He said: "I'm actually a great fan of Royal Mail. I think the local postmen in our rural community are very important people who do a great job. "But Royal Mail has been sold for many billions of pounds when it seems to me that the system in place just doesn't work. "I have records of everything I have sent with my own stamps. "The critical thing is I have never intended to defraud the Post Office from any money. "My solicitor has sent a few cheques for around £200 with a letter saying it is for unpaid postage, but they are always returned." The Royal Mail has confirmed they are investigating. A spokeswoman said: "We would like to make it clear that it is a crime to create or use counterfeit stamps. "We will take the necessary steps to protect the integrity of stamps on behalf of the 29 million households and businesses we are honoured to serve."