Copy
Hey Fivers!

It's been a while! I've got something good lined up this time. Just took a little longer to build up. I know, I know, the anticipation is killing you and you likely didn't even read this part, just skipped straight to the content. That's exactly what I hoped you would do.
1. Tactile Touchscreens
Although this company has existed for some time, it is exciting to see it finally showing up in the market. Tactus has created a dynamic tactile screen technology that allows it to "inflate" small transparent bubbles over the keys on your iPad so you can get touch feedback when you type. Right now they are offering a case with a manual slide-pump and are working on integrated electronic Android prototypes. The problem is that the raised bumps are fixed in location (i.e. a portrait mode iPad keyboard). The hope is that one day they will be able to create touch-friendly bumps on all UI elements on the screen dynamically. [More]
2. Cord UI
Okay, this is a little out there but really interesting nonetheless. A few Media Lab researchers have come up with a technique to control devices using their power cord as an input device. Loop, squeeze, bend, or pull the cord in certain ways and you can activate functions on the device at the other end! It's like a hidden interface that could help with device safety or even serve as a remote control (when the device is far away but the cord is close by. [More]
3. 10min Ebola Testing
MIT researchers have created a new type of "Lab on a Chip" which allows for rapid diagnosis of Ebola, Dengue Fever, and Yellow Fever. The new chip takes a series of nanoparticles embedded on a special strip and uses "lateral flow" techniques to identify the presence of the viruses above by the changing color of the strip. This eliminates the need of slower, more expensive (but more accurate) PCR machines which are used to replicate and identify viral genetic material. With this technique, we may be able to diagnose a whole slew of other viral diseases. [More]
4. Light as a Particle AND a Wave!
This is huge. We've known for some time now that light acts as both a particle and a wave, depending on how it is being observed. In the image above, scientists show what light looks like when it exhibits both properties in the same electron microscope image. Why is this a big deal? Well, this experiment shows that we can actually observe and image quantum phenomena without influencing its state condition. In a sense, this will open up a dimension of quantum mechanics research for many people around the world. [More]
5. Pebble Time
Many of you probably already know about this, and many more of you are probably already sold on the Apple Watch, but I feel like this needs to be restated. Pebble has raised over 17 MILLION DOLLARS in just 15 days of being Kickstarter. If there's ever been a time (pun intended) to try out a wearable device, this is it.  [More]
Fives is written by Rohan Puri