Touch the beat: Wearable music control at your fingertips

A new design using Bluetooth technology allows its wearers to control their music apps simply by tapping their fingers together.

The product, GoGlove, is a thin glove liner that was originally conceived for skiers and snowboarders, enabling them to change their music while in motion on the slopes. However, the glove can be used in any workout or activity where holding a phone to control music would be difficult, such as running, biking or skating.

Tiny sensors in the fingertips and thumb can play a song, pause it, change it and increase or decrease volume. Eric Ely and Ben Harris, cousins and creators of the GoGlove, have named these fingertip sensors “airtap technology,” powered by a battery that can last up to six months with daily use.

The glove can control your music library on iOS or Android, and is also able to work with third party apps such as Pandora and Spotify.

According to GoGlove’s newly launched Kickstarter campaign, the stretch goals for the design will help the team to create an app that lets users customize the glove, activating Siri or changing music with whichever finger you prefer.

Harris and Ely plan to release an API for the GoGlove that is open for public use, so that other app developers can also implement the GoGlove into their apps.

In this way, runners and other athletes could use the glove to control their exercise apps and hear their mileage and calorie burn reported to them with a tap of their fingers.

Another stretch goal will fund the development of the GoBand, a wristband that uses the same wireless technology to control music in warmer weather, when the use of a glove would be uncomfortable.

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Interest in wearable technology has skyrocketed in the past few years, with the development of everything from jewellery that gives you phone notifications to hoodies that send text messages. The GoGlove brings another aspect to the field of wearables as a way to simplify control over your music on-the-go.

These wearables and their various uses are helpful and exciting, but as more and more hit the consumer market, the true feat will be integrating all of their capabilities into a single item. Perhaps one day there will be a wearable that eliminates the need to have different products for wireless music control, phone notifications, text sending and the many other functions that are available.

Though that day has not yet arrived, GoGlove presents a new way to think about phone-free music control and another possible form for the integration of many more functions.


Images and video courtesy of GoGlove’s Kickstarter page.


Steve “Woz” Wozniak to advise hologram emoji company that he calls “groundbreaking”

Apple’s co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak has found himself a new gig; Woz has joined the hologram emoji company, Mojiit, as an adviser.

In his role as advisor to Mojiit, the legendary entrepreneur and engineer will help assemble a world-class engineering team in addition to bringing investors and partnerships to the newly launched startup. Wozniak will also serve as mentor to Mojiit founder, Jeremy Greene.

“I’m thrilled to join Mojiit as an advisor,” said Wozniak. “Jeremy is a natural leader, the company is groundbreaking, it’s going to change the ecommerce space, and it’s a lot of fun.”

Created in 2017, Mojiit is the latest startup technology venture from Greene. The company’s tech essentially enables users to project and share 3D hologram emojis via smartphones.

The platform turns users into emojis by scanning their face, which can then be sent to loved ones and friends. Once a Mojiit message is received, it will map the area where it is received and place the Mojiit hologram there in real time, so it works in a similar way to Pokemon Go.

“Steve is one of the best and brilliant engineers in the entire world. But outside of that, he’s a wonderful man,” said Greene. “There isn’t anyone I’d want to be in business with more than this guy. He’s a legend. Who better to learn from than the guy who created the computer?”

Image courtesy of Nichollas Harrison. Featured image courtesy of Mojiit

In addition to consumer use, businesses of all kinds can tap into hologram emojis with Mojiit’s technology.

Mojiit investors already  include NFL alum Ed Reed, and the company was able to raise a total of $1 million in its seed round of funding.

Alongside the appointment of Woz, Entourage and Ballers producer Rob Weiss recently joined the company as a creative director.

“It’s exciting to expand beyond television and film to digital platforms,” said Weiss. “Hologram technology brings incredible opportunity to entertainment and media. I’m thrilled to be leading creative at Mojiit.”

Nanoengineers send antibiotic-delivering micromotors into the body to treat cancer-causing infection

Nanoengineers have demonstrated for the first time how “micromotors” that measure half the width of a human hair can be used to transport antibiotics through the body.

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego tested the micromotors in mice with Helicobacter pylori infections, which can also be found in about two-thirds of the world’s population and while many people will never notice any signs of its presence it can cause peptic ulcers and stomach cancer.

The mice received the micromotors – packed with a clinical dose of the antibiotic clarithromycin – orally once a day for five consecutive days.

Afterwards, nanoengineers evaluated the bacterial count in each mouse stomach and found that treatment with the micromotors was slightly more effective than when the same dose of antibiotic was given in combination with proton pump inhibitors, which also suppress gastric acid production.

Micromotors administered to the mice swam rapidly throughout the stomach while neutralising gastric acid, which can be destructive to orally administered drugs such as antibiotics and protein-based pharmaceuticals.

Because gastric acid is so destructive to traditional antibiotics drugs used to treat bacterial infections, ulcers and other diseases in the stomach are normally taken with additional substances, called proton pump inhibitors.

But when taken over longer periods or in high doses, proton pump inhibitors can cause adverse side effects including headaches, diarrhea and fatigue. In more serious cases, they can cause anxiety or depression.

The micromotors, however, have a built-in mechanism that neutralises gastric acid and effectively deliver their drug payloads in the stomach without requiring the use of proton pump inhibitors.

“It’s a one-step treatment with these micromotors, combining acid neutralisation with therapeutic action,” said Berta Esteban-Fernández de Ávila, a postdoctoral scholar in Wang’s research group at UC San Diego and a co-first author of the paper.

The nanoengineers say that while the present results are promising, this work is still at an early stage.

To test their work, the team is planning future studies to into the therapeutic performance of the micromotors in animals and humans, and will compare it with other standard therapies used to combat stomach diseases.

UC San Diego nanoengineers also plan to test different drug combinations with the micromotors to treat multiple diseases in the stomach or in different sections of the gastrointestinal tract.

Overall, the researchers say that this work opens the door to the use of synthetic motors as active delivery platforms in the treatment of diseases.

Image and video courtesy of the Laboratory for Nanobioelectronics at UC San Diego.