technology: August 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgAn iPhone app which replicates the tradition doctor's stethoscope is said to be replacing the device in many UK hospitals.

iStethoscope was initially created by Peter Bentley of University College London as a test of the tech.

But now it's been downloaded millions of times and many doctors around the world are using it in place of the traditional piece of equipment.

Docs using the device press the microphone of the iPhone against a patients heartbeat while the phone records the sound and produces a phonocardiograph  and a spectrogram.

However there is one problem -- if the phone rings while being used as a stethoscope it could give the patient a heart attack… at least there would be a doctor at hand.

275x250.jpgA British woman has become the world fastest texter in the world by typing out a 26-word text message in a speedy 25.94 seconds.

27-year-old Melissa Thompson took the record bashing out a predetermined SMS a massive 9.6 seconds faster than the previous record holder.

The none too common phrase was: "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human' in just 25.94 seconds."

And Melissa - who used a Samsung Galaxy S phone with a 'SWYPE' key pad - put her speed down to a previous 40-a-day text habit when she used to chat with her boyfriend.

If you think you have got quick enough fingers to rival Melissa let us know in the comments… it's not like it would take you that long is it?

275x250.jpgScientists have revealed a robot called Nao, which they claim is capable of developing and expressing emotions.

A team from the University of Hertforshire say they the robots can express anger, fear, sadness, happiness, excitement and pride.

And they've already successfully programmed Nao with the emotional skills of a one-year-old child.

Computer scientist Lola Canamero says the robot uses a series of sensors to determine how people are interacting with him and act accordingly.

Nao is currently set to become emotionally attached to people who interact with him in a way to helps him to learn… so don't expect him to do your housework any time soon.

275x250.jpgA mobile phone for those with hearing difficulties has been released -- capable of a blaring out an ear-splitting 100 decibel ring-tone.

Makers say the Amplicom M6000 is ideal for anyone suffering from hearing loss because it can ring as loud as a vuvuzela being blown next to your head.

And once users realise their phone in ringing they can boost the in-call volume to a level normally reserved for passing motorbikes.

The £120 handset also features extra-large buttons and an SOS panic button which can be set to call a predetermined number.

In odd news, while the phone is clearly targeted at older users it's also now expected to be a hit with younger concert-goers who can't normally hear calls.

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