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How the TACTIGON Skin Developer Kit Idea was born

How the TACTIGON Skin Developer Kit Idea was born

From a request of a child:

“Dad, can you build me a controller to command a robot? I want to be like Iron Man! ”, was the question.

Obviously the first ten seconds of embarrassment have been supplanted by the pride of dad with the past of a geek.

The shopping list : many shields, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, Bluetooth.

Low energies are needed. There are many technologies on the market, but none contains all of them and above all none fits the need for a procedure that is not too complicated.

“I wanted to make a simple, small and fashionable design device. I wanted it to be used both at work and at home to play with my daughter” – says Massimiliano Bellino.

“I designed a device that is easy to put on and take off, but actually I was inspired by a clothespin because this shape allows you to wear T-Skin very quickly and use it immediately. The ergonomic shape allows you to use four fingers as if you were playing a guitar or even to use 2 devices (right hand and left hand) for more advanced applications “.

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Presentation Controller for PowerPoint with the Tactigon

Ever wondered how to control your PowerPoint presentation in a more natural way than those little TV remote like controllers? Well, we’ve got you cover! Here’s how you can use the Tactigon Skin as a PowerPoint controller with gesture control and tools support. You can go through slides, zoom in and out, pan into zoomed slides and use presentation tools such as the laser pointer and the pen.

With the Tactigon Skin you can now really captivate your audience during your next presentation. If you want, you could integrate the range extender shown in the previous article so you can navigate through slides even in a big crowded presentation room!


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How to power nap in the high efficiency way to get most benefits from it?

If you’ve tried taking naps in the afternoon and found yourself feeling groggy after waking—if you manage to force yourself back out of bed—you may just be going about them all wrong. Even if you don’t work in a job where napping is acceptable, there’s a very clear reason why the best naps are the ones that are usually in the half-hour mark.

Daytime naps can be one way to treat sleep deprivation, says Sara C. Mednick, PhD, sleep expert and author of Take a Nap! Change Your Life. “You can get incredible benefits from 15 to 20 minutes of napping,” she says. “You reset the system and get a burst of alertness and increased motor performance. That’s what most people really need to stave off sleepiness and get an energy boost.”

The stigma against napping is finally starting to wane — and for good reason. Taking a timeout to sleep during the day does much more than just give us a quick energy boost. It also confers some serious cognitive and health advantages as well. Here’s what the latest science tells us.

Unlike 85% of all mammalian species, humans sleep just once a day. Scientists aren’t sure if we’re naturally monophasic (as opposed to polyphasic) or if it’s modern society that has made us so. Regardless, it’s clear that we’re not getting enough sleep. Nearly a third of us say we’re simply not getting enough of it.

Power naps can alleviate our so-called sleep deficits, but they can also boost our brains, including improvements to creative problem solving, verbal memory, perceptual learning, object learning, and statistical learning. They help us with math, logical reasoning, our reaction times, and symbol recognition. Naps improve our mood and feelings of sleepiness and fatigue. Not only that, napping is good for our heart, blood pressure, stress levels, and surprisingly, even weight management.

A power nap is a sleep session that happens during the day (ideally between 1:00 to 4:00 PM) lasting between 10 and 30 minutes. Any longer and you run the risk of developing “sleep inertia” — that unpleasant groggy feeling that takes a considerable amount of time to shake off.

But how can we control that timing?  How to master your power nap in the high efficiency way to get most benefits from it? 

That’s why you need Naptime. Naptime the ultimate power nap assistant is designed based on SLEEP science and EEG technology. It utilizes EEG sensors and Machine Learning Technology to analyze your brainwave activity in real-time. It calms you down by pushing suitable music, keeps a peaceful sleep environment by intelligent volume control and wakes you up at the optimal time in your sleep cycle so you feel refreshed. Ready to tackle the rest of the day. No matter at home, in the office, on the train, on the plane etc anytime anywhere. Refresh your body just in 10-20 minutes. 

 Get The Best Nap Of Your Life!

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Humanoid Robots will fill public service positions throughout the world

As time goes by, we will be seeing highly intelligent Humanoid Robots and Autonomous Machines such as Cobots filling public service positions throughout the world, operating under rules to keep humans safe, and in the future be taught to protect and even save lives, improving our overall quality of life, or maybe not, because it all depends how we program them. Despite limited sources which include semiconductors, AI and financial difficulties, our limitless desire for robotics will force us to investigate the possibilities to design human-like robots to use in all areas from farming to service industries, medical, health and research, education, entertainment and combat. With the help of robots and creative minds, we will discover more as we move forward.

With open source codes developed by human programmers or robots, you will be able to teach your robot higher-level tasks including anything from karate, to doing the dishes to teaching it how to sing or dance. Wi-Fi will also affect their remote access, firewall and antivirus apps will be available to protect your precious robot from unwanted remote breaches.

The only challenge we are facing today with advanced Humanoid Robotics is determining how strongly we can design them for pre-recorded or instant responses. Can they fully decode human speech and surrounding sounds with their voice recognition regardless of all accents, to understand human perception and cognition? Maybe not yet. How can we help them to understand anger or calmness? A physical punch on a robot or the stress level in our voice and body language for example, has to be translated into a form for them to recognize with codes and sensors. Robots are currently and will in the future be taught to protect and even save lives, improving our overall quality of life. They will be walking on the ground, swimming in the oceans and flying with a combination of drones that are available today. It is a phenomenon, an important one, not to miss out on.

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The Importance of Good Sleep Habits

Do you have good sleep habits? You might think so, especially if you don’t feel particularly overtired. Sure, there are the odd mornings where it’s tough to get up. That’s normal and happens to everyone. But likewise, just about anyone could be sleeping better. Developing a ritual that signals to your body that it is time to go to sleep, and sticking to the ritual so that it becomes a habit hardwired into your mind and body, will result in falling asleep more quickly, earlier, and—most important—sleeping more soundly through the night. All of this means that you’ll wake up refreshed and your waking life will be more rewarding.

So, where do we start?

The first is to make a plan. Start by mapping out a schedule that works for your lifestyle, and that begins with specifying the time that you get into bed each day, and the time at which you’d like to fall asleep.

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Avoid doing things in the evening that promote wakefulness: No work, cardio exercise, caffeine, or even computer or TV screens within a few hours of bedtime. That means you’ve got to start getting into sleep mode long before you actually plan to go to sleep.

In order to avoid tossing and turning while making plans for the next day, after dinner (several hours before bedtime), write out your plans for the next day, and even your concerns. This will allow your mind to express what’s bobbing around in there, but in a way that lets you feel that you’ve set it aside for tomorrow.

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Read quietly before bed with a low-wattage reading light. Don’t read thrillers (they can sometimes be too thrilling, increasing your heart rate). The books needn’t be boring, just not the sort that get get your blood pumping.

Don’t drink anything within two hours of bedtime, and make a bathroom stop shortly before bed, to minimize the chance that your bladder will act as an unwanted alarm clock.

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By Marko Kadunc