Applied Technotopia

We scan the digital environment to examine the leading trends in emerging technology today to know more about future.

We have added a few indices around the site. Though we look to the future, we need to keep an eye on the present as well:

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Facerig looks to liven up boring video calls.



Facial tracking software uses your webcam feed and presents you as a high-quality 3D character, mimicking your facial expressions and position. Also claims to alter your voice amongst other features.

The project was featured on Indiegogo and has already reached it’s target with a month to go - video embedded below demonstrates many interesting features:

FaceRig is a program enabling anyone with a webcam to instantly embody any character they want. The output can be streamed to Skype, Twitch or any service that  uses a webcam. It can also be instantly recorded as a movie. For now we’re focusing on the portrait and the audio, but we aim to do more in the future.

It is currently in development, but we’re already having lots of fun with it. We, the developers, would love to have the chance to finalize it and keep it indie to make it available at a low price for everyone to enjoy;  that’s why we’re on Indiegogo. We hope you’ll join in and help us create something fresh and fun.

You can find out more at Indiegogo here, or at the official website here

(via we-are-star-stuff)

Innovative Smart contacts to monitor glucose levels.


Google unveils ‘smart contact lens’ to measure glucose levels

Google has said it is testing a “smart contact lens” that can help measure glucose levels in tears. It uses a “tiny” wireless chip and a “miniaturised” glucose sensor embedded between two layers of lens material. The firm said it is also working on integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed certain thresholds. But it added that “a lot more work” needed to be done to get the technology ready for everyday use. “It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype,” the firm said in a blogpost. “We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.” (via BBC News - Google unveils ‘smart contact lens’ to measure glucose levels)

Relayr’s innovative WunderBar for the Internet of Things and App Development.

European startup relayr, founded in January last year and currently based at the StartupBootcamp accelerator, has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign for a hardware kit for developers aimed at making it easier for them to experiment with building apps for the long-promised Internet of Things. (via TechCrunch)

Shackleton’s advert for his expedition. That’s how you advertise for colonists for Mars


Jan. 15, 1909: Shackleton’s Party Reaches the South Magnetic Pole

On this day in 1909, members of Ernest Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition party discovered the south magnetic pole. Shackleton, who had divided up the team, failed to reach the South Pole. Upon his return, Shackleton was still hailed as a hero for his grueling and groundbreaking expedition.

In 1914, he placed in a London newspaper seeking recruits for his 1914 Trans-Antarctic Expedition.


Watch Episode One of Chasing Shackleton, a new three-part series that follows a modern expedition that re-creates Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Photo: 1909 photo of the Nimrod Expedition (1907-09) to the Antarctic, led by Ernest Shackleton (Wikimedia Commons).

(via howstuffworks)

Manned missions to Mars - sign me up.


Experts think a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s is possible
The panel of space industry insiders highlighted that future space missions need to be ones that focused on advancing the goal of landing humans on Mars.

Uterine transplants in Sweden.

Doctors in Sweden say nine women have successfully received transplanted wombs and will soon try to become pregnant. But the radical new procedure, which relies on donations from living relatives, has its critics.

To date, no baby has ever been born from a transplanted womb. Two previous attempts, one in Saudi Arabia and one in Turkey, both failed to produce babies. But the new procedure, which is 10 years in the making, appears to be quite promising — so promising, in fact, that embryos may be planted later this year. (via Io9)

Cyngus resupply is a go!


U.S. Cargo Ship Launches to ISS on First Resupply Mission

Orbital Sciences Corporation’s Antares rocket launched from Pad 0A at the Wallops Flight Facility, Va. to send the company’s Cygnus cargo ship on a its first supply mission to the International Space Station. Cygnus is delivering 1.5 tons of provisions and experiments to the Expedition 38 crew members living on the ISS. Upon its arrival at the station, Cygnus will be captured with the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm and berthed to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module, where it will remain for more than a month.