PSFK Pick: Top 5 Stories Of The Week
A swallowable camera to change colonoscopy techniques, global Internet access from space, and more.
An unrestricted, globally accessible cyberspace that’s available to everyone on Earth for free may seem too good to be true, but believe it or not, it is actually what the Outernet project is keen to accomplish. By building an intricate network of miniature satellites in Low Earth Orbit, Outernet leverages datacasting technology to deliver secure and universally-accessible information to people in both developed and developing nations. Should testing go as planned, deployment of Outernet could take place sometime in June 2015.
At any given moment, today’s global traveler may want to take a personal call, handle a business meeting or host a social gathering. The traditional view of hotel lobbies as no frills waiting areas or passageways to guest rooms is being replaced by one that tends more towards dynamic spaces that cater to the demands of untethered workforce of professionals, freelancers, and entrepreneurs, offering experiences that guests will want to share while encouraging them to spend more time in the space.
The FDA has recently approved a product that should improve the less-than-pleasant traditional colonoscopy experience. The PillCam COLON is a pill-sized camera that snaps images of the patient’s insides as it winds its way through the intestinal track. Developed by Israeli medical solutions company Given Imaging, the product has been approved to supplement traditional colonoscopies when an incomplete test is run due to patient discomfort. For those patients, the pill camera will provide an alternative non-invasive method for scanning the lower intestines.
One of the biggest complaints of long-distance relationships is the lack of physical intimacy, but a new device called Kiiroo could soon make that a long-forgotten complaint. This high-tech sex toy wants to create the next phase of digital intimacy, and make it possible to connect with others in an entirely new way online. The company doesn’t just see itself as just a sexy toy company; instead it wants to be a tech company that creates a new community and allows people to be intimate in the third dimension.
Italian design firm Teste Di Legno needed furniture to outfit their new office. They headed to IKEA without much of a plan and bought a bunch of furniture. Back at their office, mini allen wrenches in hand, they set about the task of assembling the items. But after completing the first piece, they decided it might be interesting to throw away the instructions and see what happened.