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May 14, 2017

Vivid Vision raises $2.2 million to build VR tools to treat ‘lazy eye’

Posted by in category: virtual reality

Startup Vivid Vision said today it has raised $2.2 million in a seed round to build VR tools that could be used to treat eye problems known as “lazy eye.”

San Francisco-based Vivid Vision raised the money from SoftTech VC’s Jeff Clavier, as well as The Venture Reality Fund (The VR Fund), CRCM Ventures, SOS Ventures, Anorak Ventures, and Liquid 2 Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm cofounded by Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Joe Montana.

The company’s VR treatment for binocular vision disorders is now available at more than 90 clinics across the world. More than 10 percent of Americans suffer from one or more binocular vision disorders, such as amblyopia, strabismus, or convergence insufficiency. These disorders, commonly known as “lazy eye” and “crossed eyes,” can cause issues with driving and playing sports, and can even limit career choices.

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May 14, 2017

An American hedge fund is advertising for a £124k job that offers to freeze employees bodies’ when they die

Posted by in categories: cryonics, finance, law, life extension

Hedge fund Numerai looks after its employees even “after their legal death.”

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May 14, 2017

This spray can turn any surface into a touchscreen

Posted by in category: futurism

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May 14, 2017

Humans Can Now “Print” Genetic Code and Engineer Life

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, food, genetics

Scientists’ ability to create organisms through synthetic biology is getting easier and cheaper fueling the start of a new era in biology. Synthetic biology has already lead to some innovations such as lab-grown meat, advancement in medicine, and even helping to bring back extinct species.

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May 14, 2017

A New “Tube Transport” System Could Get You From New York to Beijing in 2 Hours

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Instead of just being regional, why not go international? That’s the idea behind ET3’s tube transportation concept, which it calls the “mag-lev limo.” It would be capable of traveling from New York to Beijing in 2 hours.

Transportation of the future is being developed today: autonomous electric vehicles, flying cars, and the futuristic pods that make up the Hyperloop are just a few notable examples. There’s another idea vying to be the next generation of public transportation, and while it might look something like the Hyperloop, this tube transport company’s CEO Daryl Oster explains why it’s different:

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May 14, 2017

A Smart Electric Car Could Be Yours in 2020

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, sustainability, transportation

EVE and NOMI will change the way you drive.

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May 14, 2017

Telescope Upgrades Will Allow Scientists to See 13 Billion Years Into the Universe’s Past

Posted by in category: space

A new update to the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array radio telescope will let scientists see the universe as it was 13 billion years ago.

While we are used to much of our tech getting smaller, telescopes seem to be embracing the philosophy of bigger is better. The HERA (Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array) radio telescope is among those massive arrays peeking not only to far distances, but also through billions of years.

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May 14, 2017

Android Pay adds support for 71 more banks and merchants

Posted by in categories: finance, mobile phones

Android Pay keeps growing its network of supported institutions. The mobile payment system added as many as 71 new places where you can carry out Android Pay transactions. The complete list of new additions is available at the end of the article.

With Android Pay, both your credit card and the institution that services it must be compatible in order for the system to function. Google keeps adding new banks and merchants in order to increase its range of support. Once set up, the system works by simply tapping your phone on a payments terminal at the store. The functionality is also available in Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches.

Recently, Android Pay was updated with PayPal integration, enabling users to pay quickly using their PP balance. The service is available in 13 countries across the world.

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May 14, 2017

Brain zaps let minimally conscious people communicate for a week

Posted by in categories: innovation, neuroscience

By Helen Thomson

People in a minimally conscious state have been “woken” for a whole week after a brief period of brain stimulation. The breakthrough suggests we may be on the verge of creating a device that can be used at home to help people with disorders of consciousness communicate with friends and family.

People with severe brain trauma can fall into a coma. If they begin to show signs of arousal but not awareness, they are said to be in a vegetative state. If they then show fluctuating signs of awareness but cannot communicate, they are described as being minimally consciousness.

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May 14, 2017

5 Books That Will Make You More Well-Rounded

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” ―Margaret Fuller

Want to know one of the “secrets” to becoming a better leader? Become a more voracious reader.

One of the best ways to “stand on the shoulders of giants” is to read. We hear it all the time—that the most successful people, our greatest leaders, are people who read constantly (including Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Warren Buffett).

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