$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Slashdot - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 12:44pm
kdataman writes U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle, who lost an arm and both legs in Afghanistan, had his Ipod Touch stolen on Friday. This particular Ipod Touch has an app on it that controls his $75,000 prosthetic arm. The robbery bricked his prosthesis: "That is because Eberle's prosthetic hand is programmed to only work with the stolen iPod, and vice versa. Now that the iPod is gone, he said he has to get a new hand and get it reprogrammed with his prosthesis." I see three possibilities: 1) The article is wrong, possibly to guilt the thief into returning the Ipod. 2) This is an incredibly bad design by Touch Bionics. Why would you make a $70,000 piece of equipment permanently dependent on a specific Ipod Touch? Ipods do fail or go missing. 3) This is an intentionally bad design to generate revenue. Maybe GM should do this with car keys? "Oops, lost the keys to the corvette. Better buy a new one."

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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Slashdot - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 12:44pm
kdataman writes U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle, who lost an arm and both legs in Afghanistan, had his Ipod Touch stolen on Friday. This particular Ipod Touch has an app on it that controls his $75,000 prosthetic arm. The robbery bricked his prosthesis: "That is because Eberle's prosthetic hand is programmed to only work with the stolen iPod, and vice versa. Now that the iPod is gone, he said he has to get a new hand and get it reprogrammed with his prosthesis." I see three possibilities: 1) The article is wrong, possibly to guilt the thief into returning the Ipod. 2) This is an incredibly bad design by Touch Bionics. Why would you make a $70,000 piece of equipment permanently dependent on a specific Ipod Touch? Ipods do fail or go missing. 3) This is an intentionally bad design to generate revenue. Maybe GM should do this with car keys? "Oops, lost the keys to the corvette. Better buy a new one."

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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Slashdot - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 12:44pm
kdataman writes U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle, who lost an arm and both legs in Afghanistan, had his Ipod Touch stolen on Friday. This particular Ipod Touch has an app on it that controls his $75,000 prosthetic arm. The robbery bricked his prosthesis: "That is because Eberle's prosthetic hand is programmed to only work with the stolen iPod, and vice versa. Now that the iPod is gone, he said he has to get a new hand and get it reprogrammed with his prosthesis." I see three possibilities: 1) The article is wrong, possibly to guilt the thief into returning the Ipod. 2) This is an incredibly bad design by Touch Bionics. Why would you make a $70,000 piece of equipment permanently dependent on a specific Ipod Touch? Ipods do fail or go missing. 3) This is an intentionally bad design to generate revenue. Maybe GM should do this with car keys? "Oops, lost the keys to the corvette. Better buy a new one."

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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Slashdot - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 12:44pm
kdataman writes U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle, who lost an arm and both legs in Afghanistan, had his Ipod Touch stolen on Friday. This particular Ipod Touch has an app on it that controls his $75,000 prosthetic arm. The robbery bricked his prosthesis: "That is because Eberle's prosthetic hand is programmed to only work with the stolen iPod, and vice versa. Now that the iPod is gone, he said he has to get a new hand and get it reprogrammed with his prosthesis." I see three possibilities: 1) The article is wrong, possibly to guilt the thief into returning the Ipod. 2) This is an incredibly bad design by Touch Bionics. Why would you make a $70,000 piece of equipment permanently dependent on a specific Ipod Touch? Ipods do fail or go missing. 3) This is an intentionally bad design to generate revenue. Maybe GM should do this with car keys? "Oops, lost the keys to the corvette. Better buy a new one."

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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Slashdot - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 12:44pm
kdataman writes U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle, who lost an arm and both legs in Afghanistan, had his Ipod Touch stolen on Friday. This particular Ipod Touch has an app on it that controls his $75,000 prosthetic arm. The robbery bricked his prosthesis: "That is because Eberle's prosthetic hand is programmed to only work with the stolen iPod, and vice versa. Now that the iPod is gone, he said he has to get a new hand and get it reprogrammed with his prosthesis." I see three possibilities: 1) The article is wrong, possibly to guilt the thief into returning the Ipod. 2) This is an incredibly bad design by Touch Bionics. Why would you make a $70,000 piece of equipment permanently dependent on a specific Ipod Touch? Ipods do fail or go missing. 3) This is an intentionally bad design to generate revenue. Maybe GM should do this with car keys? "Oops, lost the keys to the corvette. Better buy a new one."

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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Slashdot - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 12:44pm
kdataman writes U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle, who lost an arm and both legs in Afghanistan, had his Ipod Touch stolen on Friday. This particular Ipod Touch has an app on it that controls his $75,000 prosthetic arm. The robbery bricked his prosthesis: "That is because Eberle's prosthetic hand is programmed to only work with the stolen iPod, and vice versa. Now that the iPod is gone, he said he has to get a new hand and get it reprogrammed with his prosthesis." I see three possibilities: 1) The article is wrong, possibly to guilt the thief into returning the Ipod. 2) This is an incredibly bad design by Touch Bionics. Why would you make a $70,000 piece of equipment permanently dependent on a specific Ipod Touch? Ipods do fail or go missing. 3) This is an intentionally bad design to generate revenue. Maybe GM should do this with car keys? "Oops, lost the keys to the corvette. Better buy a new one."

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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Slashdot - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 12:44pm
kdataman writes U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle, who lost an arm and both legs in Afghanistan, had his Ipod Touch stolen on Friday. This particular Ipod Touch has an app on it that controls his $75,000 prosthetic arm. The robbery bricked his prosthesis: "That is because Eberle's prosthetic hand is programmed to only work with the stolen iPod, and vice versa. Now that the iPod is gone, he said he has to get a new hand and get it reprogrammed with his prosthesis." I see three possibilities: 1) The article is wrong, possibly to guilt the thief into returning the Ipod. 2) This is an incredibly bad design by Touch Bionics. Why would you make a $70,000 piece of equipment permanently dependent on a specific Ipod Touch? Ipods do fail or go missing. 3) This is an intentionally bad design to generate revenue. Maybe GM should do this with car keys? "Oops, lost the keys to the corvette. Better buy a new one."

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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Slashdot - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 12:44pm
kdataman writes U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle, who lost an arm and both legs in Afghanistan, had his Ipod Touch stolen on Friday. This particular Ipod Touch has an app on it that controls his $75,000 prosthetic arm. The robbery bricked his prosthesis: "That is because Eberle's prosthetic hand is programmed to only work with the stolen iPod, and vice versa. Now that the iPod is gone, he said he has to get a new hand and get it reprogrammed with his prosthesis." I see three possibilities: 1) The article is wrong, possibly to guilt the thief into returning the Ipod. 2) This is an incredibly bad design by Touch Bionics. Why would you make a $70,000 piece of equipment permanently dependent on a specific Ipod Touch? Ipods do fail or go missing. 3) This is an intentionally bad design to generate revenue. Maybe GM should do this with car keys? "Oops, lost the keys to the corvette. Better buy a new one."

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Amazon To Buy Twitch For $970 Million

Slashdot - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 12:04pm
Dave Knott (2917251) writes Amazon has agreed to acquire the live game-streaming service Twitch for approximately $970 million in cash, a move that could help Amazon bolster its position in the fast-growing business of online gaming and give it technology to compete with video-streaming rivals Netflix and YouTube. The acquisition, which has been approved by Twitch's shareholders, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Google had for some time been reported to have interest in acquiring Twitch, but those talks cooled in recent weeks. Google was unable to close the deal, said sources familiar with the talks, because it was concerned about potential antitrust issues that could have come with the acquisition.

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A New World: NASA Recalls Voyager 2 Probe's 1989 Neptune Encounter

Space.com - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 11:17am
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft made the first-ever flyby of Neptune on Aug. 25, 1989, zipping by the planet and its moon Triton in quick succession. The historic encounter gave a face to two worlds that until that time had dwelt in depth and shadow.
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This Special Pedal Measures Your Cycling Power on the (Relative) Cheap

Wired News - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 11:16am
Power meters are expensive. But Garmin is trying to make things slightly more affordable for cyclists with a new variant called the Garmin Vector S. It's basically half of the Garmin Vector, and is able to calculate your overall power output using just a single left pedal.






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Mesmerizing, Buddhist-Inspired Collages Made of Old Computer Parts

Wired News - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 10:46am
When Leonardo Ulian disassembles the guts of an old compute, the surgery is more philosophical than it is technical.






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These 3-D Printed Skeleton Keys Can Pick High-Security Locks in Seconds

Wired News - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 10:46am
One of the hairier unintended consequences of cheap 3-D printing is that any troublemaker can duplicate a key without setting foot in a hardware store. But clever lockpickers like Jos Weyers and Christian Holler already are taking that DIY key-making trick a step further: They can 3-D print a slice of plastic or metal that opens […]






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One of History’s Most Beautiful Cars May Also Be the Most Innovative

Wired News - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 10:45am
The 60-year-old Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing is one of the most beautiful—and innovative—cars ever made.






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Can You Guess These Iconic Characters Based on Their Emoji Bios?

Wired News - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 10:45am
Here at WIRED we love emoji (who doesn't?). We also love pop culture (obviously). So after a string of great emoji-culture mashups like "Game of Phones" and #EmojiArtHistory, we decided to have some emoji fun of our own. Here are nine unidentified emoji biographies for some of our favorite characters from movies, TV, books, and comics. Can you figure out who they are?






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In Photos: Live a Day in the Life of an Obsessive Ghost Hunter

Wired News - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 10:45am
Elizabeth Moran's story, Record of Cherry Road, is an exploration of her family's old house in Memphis that many believe is haunted.






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With Any Luck, This Googler Will Turn More Girls Into Hackers

Wired News - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 10:45am
Parisa Tabriz is one of those Google engineers who guard the company’s technologies against malicious attack—a white-hat hacker who seeks out security holes in the internet’s most important operation. She’s also a rock climber. And these two halves of her life have more in common than you might think. Finding your way to the top […]






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Fujifilm Unveils a High-End Compact Camera for Control Freaks

Wired News - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 10:45am
With a combination of excellent picture quality, fast focusing, and deep controls, Fujifilm's recent compact cameras are designed for photographers who find Auto mode boring, and they've generally been excellent. The new X30 follows that same script.






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This Gorgeous Yacht Combines Old-School Looks With Aerospace Tech

Wired News - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 10:45am
This Turkish-built 55-footer caught our eye with its lovely combination of old-school woodworking and sophisticated hull composition.






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How Movies Manipulate Your Brain to Keep You Entertained

Wired News - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 10:45am
At a recent event hosted by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists got together with film makers to discuss what both groups have learned---the scientists through painstaking experiments and analysis, and the film makers by intuition and experience---about the mechanisms of attention and perception.






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