A Hodgepodge of Information

October 27, 2009

While immersing myself in my research, I have stumbled upon a variety of interesting interactive media news pieces. Since they are unrelated to my research, and we aren’t having a face-to-face Friday this week, I thought I would share the hodgepodge of sites I have learned from or found entertaining this past week.

1. The Internet Makes You Smarter: http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2009-10/internet-makes-elders-smarter

Apparently the work from a UCLA research team has discovered that the use of the Internet actually changes brain functions and increases activity in areas of the brain that are related to complex reasoning. The results of this study were presented at the annual Society for Neuroscience conference on October 19. I guess that means it’s not necessarily rotting our brains away like our parents told us.

2. Mercedes Vehicles Getting Safer:  http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2009/10/02/in-future-america-ca.html#more

Mercedes have recently demonstrated their newest safety technology entitled “Smart Stop.” This  wireless safety device, when it detects a red light, automatically stops the car if the driver fails to slow or come to a stop. You can watch the presentation of the new feature on the website above.

3. Life Savers (Not the Candy): http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/10/22/a-real-lifesaver/

This Yanko Design product is the newest version of the rescue lifesaver ring. It includes a built in GPS, heating feature to ward off and delay hypothermia and compartments to store food and water. This was created to save lives and increase the chances of survival of those lost at sea.


4. Interactive Clothing: http://www.oobject.com/category/best-interactive-clothes/

This site is a little entertaining. Although it shows creativity and interesting clothing interactivity, I couldn’t help but laugh at things like the bikini life jacket.


5. And lastly, if you are bored….. an Interactive Online Game: http://balldroppings.com/js/

Turn up the volume to hear the sounds you create. If you want to test out some other interactive games check out http://www.chromeexperiments.com/.


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