What if you needed an important medical check-up, but you couldn’t get to a doctor? Well, American student Catherine Wong has invented a heart test device — and the only thing you need to take it is an ordinary cell phone! Lots of people around the world live in areas without a lot of modern things like computers and hospitals. But this young inventor found that the one modern thing these people do have access to is cell phones. What if she could invent a way for people to get the medical care they needed, using a cell phone? Catherine, a Grade 12 girl who loves science, invented a tiny device you connect to a cell phone that shows your heartbeat right on the screen. She entered it in a science fair with other kids from all over the world, and won third place. Using her invention, people can take a test called an Electrocardiogram. Her big idea could end up helping millions of people
* The PrintBrush
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Weighing in at less than a pound, Alex Breton's PrintBrush easily fits in a laptop bag and prints on any flat surface, from wood to fabric to plastic. Alex worked on the project for 11 years, but a version with a bonus built-in camera comes out early next year
Glass is, simply put, a computer built into the frame of a pair of glasses, and it’s the device that will make augmented reality part of our daily lives. With the half-inch (1.3 cm) display, which comes into focus when you look up and to the right, users will be able to take and share photos, video-chat, check appointments and access maps and the Web. Consumers should be able to buy Google Glass by 2014.
A Drifting Fish Farm
Price: $750,000 (estimated)
By TIME StaffNov. 01, 20120
Kampachi Farms, a mariculture company in Hawaii, is devising a way to meet our insatiable desire for sushi with a farming method that has near zero environmental impact. By filling 100-ft. (30 m)...