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hack your brain’s default mode with meditation…

Published by Big Think on Aug 19, 2014:

Dan Harris explains the neuroscience behind meditation, but reminds us that the ancient practice isn’t magic and likely won’t send one floating into the cosmic ooze. He predicts that the exercise will soon become regularly scheduled maintenance, as commonplace as brushing your teeth or eating your veggies. Harris, an ABC News correspondent, was turned on to meditation after a live, on-air panic attack. His latest book is 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story (http://goo.gl/wfSX4E).

for the blind to read…

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Photo : MIT Fluid Interfaces Research Group

Device helps blind read print. The FingerReader is audio reading gadget for index finger

By Michael McEnaney, Tech Times | July 8, 12:18 PM

We’ve covered lots of new wearable tech over the last several months, some of which was fairly cool and some of which was fairly useless.

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab have developed something that will truly lift the category to new heights.

Take a gander at the FingerReader, a ring that slips on the index finger and enables people with visual disabilities to read text printed on paper or electronic devices. A mood sweater this is most certainly not.

The prototype the MIT team is showing off was created using a 3D printer and fit very snugly on the user’s index finger. A small camera positioned on the top of the ring actually scans the text. As the user moves their finger across the text, a synthesized voice reads the words aloud, quickly translating the text from any printed material including books, newspapers and restaurant menus.

The developers created a software program that tracks the finger’s movements, identifies each word and then processes that information for the synthesized voice to read aloud. Should the users stray from the correct order of the text on the page, vibration motors are activated alerting the reader that their finger has gone off course.

“The FingerReader is like reading with the tip of your finger and it’s a lot more flexible, a lot more immediate than any solution that they have right now,” explained Pattie Maes, an MIT professor who founded and leads the Fluid Interfaces research group developing the prototype.

While the MIT team that developed the device feels it will be able to affordably bring the device to market, there’s no guess at a final price.

The National Federation for the Blind estimates that 20.6 million adult Americans (or nearly 10% of all adult Americans) have reported they either “have trouble” seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses, or that they are blind or unable to see at all.

The developers of the FingerReader might be interested to know that the National Federation for the Blind further reports that the number of legally blind children (through age 21) enrolled in elementary and high school in the U.S. eligible to receive free reading matter in Braille, large print, or audio format stands at over 59,000.

And the organization adds that the number of noninstitutionalized males or females under 20 years of age in the United States, including all races and at all education levels, who reported a visual disability as of the beginning of 2012 stood at 656,100.

 

dr. smartphone…

Published by Neil Versel on Jan 24, 2013

Dr. Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, chief academic officer of San Diego-based Scripps Health and digital health’s rock star, was featured Jan. 25 on NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams. In this interview with NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman, he showed off a number of technologies and gadgets that can provide better care at lower cost, often using little more than a sensor connected to a smartphone.

For more, including names of the products Topol demonstrated, see Neil Versel‘s story in MobiHealthNews:http://mobihealthnews.com/20032/topol…

 

 

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Yoga 2.0: An Update

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the time of rapidly accelerated change…

Published on Nov 5, 2013, by the Singularity University channel:
Humanity Has Entered An Era Of Rapidly Accelerated Change. Singularity University offers programs and conferences that teach businesses and individuals how to deal with this rapid change. Don’t be left behind. Turn rapid technological change into an opportunity, use it to solve the world’s biggest problems

Learn more about our programs at http://singularityu.org or send an email to getinfo@singularityu.org

a message from consciousness…

My son has an effective method for tuning in to consciousness that I’d like to share:

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One of my favorite things to do is tune in to my Guidance. I breathe ~ feel ~ relax, then ask a question or focus on a certain topic — something I’m wanting clarity or direction on. Then I listen and write what comes:

Open your eyes. What a magical journey, this life. Your life. So many blessings, it’s incomprehensible. How your body works. How the planets work. How your planet works. How life works. How yoga works. Yes yes yes, to align with the power that is behind and within all of THAT… what could be better? You open your eyes and see this beautiful life, an expression of what you have been asking for. Was the desire something you chose? Was it? Was it deep within you, part of you, like the color of your eyes, or was it something that CHOSE YOU? What if all of your life is CHOOSING YOU? All of your life: your kids, your health, that you are still alive, the beautiful humans you know, this laptop, your boardshorts, this amazing house and tree view and pool, the sunshine… did you create ANY OF IT? Oh my god. Oh my god. Somehow you must have created ALL of it. The whole Universe. Somehow you are a consciousness in a physical body, playing in this physical world, FEELING, moving, rearranging, listening, expressing, resting, exploring. Here again, here again. This flow like a tsunami totally unstoppable!!!! HERE is your power. Be on alert for what IS HAPPENING. Be on alert for what may happen next. Listening, full attention, full interest, full wonder! The people, angels, in front of you. Are they real? How did they come into your life? From not “knowing” they existed, to THIS, NOW, HERE. Touchable. We can tell you: there are no limits. THERE ARE NO LIMITS. There is no limit to how good you can feel. There is no limit to how much you can GIVE. There is no limit to how much you can receive. There are no limits. Be fearless. Be fearless. Be fearless. Be loving. Be. Let life write through you! Let life give through you! Let life listen through you!! Let life touch through you! Hold on to nothing… not these angels, not your kids, not yourself. Let life create itself. Be here. Breathe. Yes, love that fear. Love the fears, love the joys. You win.

Rick Cowley
SURF LIFE

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Contemporary Spiritual ©2009 Michael Rohner

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