In this week’s episode of WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices:

  • Leap Motion has launched their 3D motion control software, which allows people to control their computer with natural hand and finger movements. Set at a retail price of $79.99, the Leap Motion Controller can be ordered at, and works with computers running on Mac OS x 10.7 or 10.8. It requires a minimum Intel Core or AMD Phenom Two Processor, two gigabytes of RAM, and a USB 2.0 port.
  • With the BBiQ, grillmasters now have the chance to relax, hang out with their friends, and enjoy their own barbecues, because this device monitors food while managing the grill. It notifies users when to turn the food, when to add seasoning, and when the food is done. If you’re cooking different types of food, it will tell you which to put on the grill first, how long to wait before putting the next thing on, and even suggest where to place each item on the surface.
  • Scientists at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory have developed a way of charging mobile phones using urine as the power source to generate electricity. Using microbial fuel cells as energy converters, organic matter get directly turned into electricity via the metabolism of live microorganisms.
  • Scientists at the Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research have created internal tags called InfraStructs to help 3D printed objects become readable and interactive in the digital world. These material-based passive tags embed machine-readable information in the interior of physical objects by combining the unique capability of digital fabrication to create one-off geometric structures, with the see-through capability of terahertz imaging to read volumetric imaging.

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