Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. I was watching a show the other night…I think it was 20/20, and they were doing a series on the advancement of robotics. Not the metal hard-wired ” Will…danger...danger!” kind of robot. No, they were actually taking amputees and applying electronic head gear directly to their brain in such a fashion that by just using their thoughts they were able to operate mechanical arms as if they were their original parts. You have to admit that it’s literally amazing.
Along that same line I saw another interesting article on another new application of electronics that is going to help you eat or not eat. A team of researchers at National Taiwan University have built an accelerometer-based oral sensory system capable of identifying how your mouth is being used based on the movement of your teeth. The team is now looking to construct a wireless version of the sensor that could fit either inside a fake tooth or be attached to a pair of braces, thus allowing you (or your doctor or loved ones) to monitor if you’ve been eating or smoking and exactly how much.
Now I can actually see this happening in the near future. Man sitting at a restaurant table. “Guys, it is OK for me to cheat on my diet. My wife is not here. Watch me eat this pie à la Mode.” Zapp! “Ow! “Gee my tooth hurts.” Guess I will pass the pie and have another beer.” Zapp! Zapp!” OW! “OK…no more food. Do you mind if I light up? Zapp! Zapp! Zapp! “OK guys…that is enough for me. My tooth keeps trying to electrocute me. Better call it a night and go home.” Thus begins the new diet program of the future, “The Tooth Fairy diet monitor.” “Watch your pounds just melt away as your accelerometer oral sensor does all the work for you. Just set it and forget it. You will automatically receive a safe, but painful electrical shock, whenever you reach your predetermined 24 hour calorie goal.” “Only $19.99 in 10 easy payments. And if you order right now we will throw in absolutely free the “Do your homework monitor” and our best seller “Be home by this time monitor.” Aren’t electronics amazing?
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
– Benjamin Franklin
Recently a young woman came into my father’s insurance office with her newborn twins. Dad asked her if she ever had any trouble telling them apart. She gave him a funny look before responding, “No, I haven’t had any problem. This is Benjamin, and this is Elizabeth.”
That is a wrap. As always be good, play safe and remember some day in the future a robot may do all of your eating for you [boring].
JR and Max