Tech This Out for 03/30/18

There’s a new rollercoaster at an amusement park in Surrey, England that charges your phone with screams! Thorpe Park had scientists develop technology for The Walking Dead ride that takes the vibrations from riders screams and converts them to energy which is stored in a power management unit which guests can plug into to power up their phones. How cool? Can they make one of these gadgets for moms? My kids could have given me free power all day long…

Thorpe Park's Walking Dead rollercoasters let you charge your phones with your screams
Thorpe Park


Tech This Out for 03/29/18

Have you seen the show Black Mirror on Netflix? It’s a sci-fi series that shows how technology might look in the future. There was one episode that shows a woman’s life getting ruined by a series of events involving her “social credit score.” And for some people living in China, it’s become their reality. China’s governing cabinet, the State Council, implemented a nationwide tracking system to rate the reputations of individuals, businesses, and government officials. And they’ve just extended the program to block those with low social credit from traveling on planes or trains. And we thought it was just science fiction.

Landscape Photo of Night City


Tech This Out for 03/28/18

The key to losing weight could be freezing a nerve to trick your brain. A new study done on a small group of people showed that by freezing the vagus nerve, which is located at the base of the esophagus and sends signals to the brain that the stomach is empty, participants reported decreased appetite and weight loss. Now that’s just a very small study but the research looks promising. And the scientists working on the project say they are already working with new patients to gather more data.

Blue Tape Measuring on Clear Glass Square Weighing Scale

Tech This Out for 03/23/18

We’ve know for months that the China’s Tiangong-1 space station was going to come back to earth in a “uncontrolled re-entry” (which basically means it’s gonna fall on us) but we didn’t know when or where. Now we do… sorta. Scientists have been narrowing down the window as they watch the station… and now the best estimation for re-entry is between March 30th and April 3rd. 

China's Tiangong-1 Space Lab Expected to Fall to Earth Over Easter Weekend

Tech This Out for 03/21/18

The creators of “Digi-Pet” are hoping their pet monitor will help save the lives of animals on airplanes, and ease the minds of their humans during their trip. Digi-Pet uses smart sensors attached to the kennels to “monitor environmental factors like temperature, oxygen levels, vibration and light” and shows you the results on your smartphone. Then if there’s an issue, the app will “automatically alert the pet owner and airline staff.” There’s also a live video stream option that will show you what’s going on with your pet while they’re traveling and let’s you talk to them. Find out more about Digi-Pet here. 

Digi-Pet™ – Ensure safe pet transport from Unisys Corp.


Tech This Out for 03/20/18

NASA wants to know what roles clouds play in global climates but they only see them from space, so they’re asking us on the ground for our help. NASA’s “Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System” (or CERES) project is looking for citizen scientists to take photos of the clouds from the ground which can then be matched to satellite imagery completing the picture for them. To find out more about how it works and to download the app and become a citizen scientist, go here.

Brown Field and Blue Sky

Tech This Out for 03/19/18

Lab grown meat is not only going to revolutionize our food… but our pet’s food too. The biotech company IndieBio has teamed up with a company called Wild Earth to create a line of slaughter-free pet food. They have a line of kibble for dogs coming out this spring. And in the next year or two, they plan to create a mouse flavored cat food made the same way… it’ll be grown from cells with no mice harmed in the making of it. I wonder how your typical housecat would react to mouse flavored food.

Himalayan Cat