Good Vibrations? Nokia Patents Vibrating Alert Tattoo

Missing phone calls and texts can be a hassle, but Nokia is working on a unique way to keep men and women from missing important communication - a vibrating tattoo! The cell phone maker has filed a U.S. patent application for a magnetic vibrating “tattoo” that will wirelessly connect to a user’s phone and send out alerts via vibration.

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Poll: Average Teenage Girl Sends 100 Texts a Day

Forget actually talking on the phone. These days, the kids are all about texting. A new poll reveals that teenage girls between the ages of 14 and 17 send an average of 100 texts a day. OMG that’s a lot of texts!

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Amazon CEO Proposes Airbags for Smartphones

We have airbags in our cars, so why not on our smartphones? A patent application filed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reveals that the Bezos and Greg Hart, an Amazon vice president, are on a mission to save phones from devastating falls and that airbags may be the answer.

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Study: Phones, Electronic Devices Account for up to 25% of Nation’s Auto Accidents

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Cell phones and other electronic devices may make our lives more convenient but they’re making it less safe to be on the road. According to a new study, phones and other gadgets are responsible for up to 25% of U.S. car crashes, Reuter reports.

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New Technology Allows Users to Make Brain-Powered Phonecalls

Thanks to the efforts of neuroscience researchers in California, people could soon make phone calls just by thinking of a number. I’ll let you decide if this is a good or bad thing.

Tzzy-Ping Jun and his colleagues at the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience at the University of California tested the new brain interface by asking participants to sit in front of a screen and look at a keypad with numbers flashing at different frequencies. According to the MIT Technology Review:

"Like many other such interfaces, Jung's system relies on electroencephalogram (EEG) electrodes on the scalp to analyze electrical activity in the brain. An EEG headband is hooked up to a Bluetooth module that wirelessly sends the signals to a Nokia N73 cell phone, which uses algorithms to process the signals."

In other words, the phone can determine what number a participant is looking at (and thinking of) by processing signals transmitted by the EEG electrodes and then dial that number.

"From our experience, anyone can do it," Jung said.

While the technology may be good news for people with disabilities or those working in a high pressure environment, it's likely bad news for drunk dialers. Can you imagine the shenanigans people could get into if they could make a phone call just by thinking about it?

What do you think of brain powered phone calls?

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Website Helps People Find Their Lost Cell Phones

We’ve all been there: digging through our purses with that pang of realization: ohmygosh, where is my phone? Used to be, when you lost your cell phone, you had to rely on a friend to call it for you – and even then, if it was on vibrate, you were out of luck.

Now, with the website I Can’t Find My Phone, you simply type your digits into the keypad, hit the “Hello” button, and the web site automatically calls your phone!

I personally think this is a great idea… I’m not usually too absentminded, but the one time I did lose my phone, it was late at night, during the winter in Chicago, and I had been walking home when I slipped on ice and the phone flew out of my coat pocket. Once I got home about a block later, I realized it was gone and had to have a friend call it, and eventually walk back to said ice-slipping spot. Talk about adding insult to injury!

I’m sure I’ll use this service at least once. What about everyone else? Do you guys misplace your phones a lot?


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iPoo: A Social Community for People Taking a Dump

Here at LotsOLoot, we’ve seen some pretty strange iPhone apps, but iPoo might just be the strangest yet. 

Released in early December, iPoo is an online community dedicated to connecting poopers everywhere. With iPoo, users can chat with fellow defecators, draw graffiti on a virtual wall, view a map pinpointing the location of other poopers, learn useless trivia, browse real-time pooping stats, share random thoughts, and more! Sorry, no poo photos allowed. Apple banned it. However, the iPoo website reports that they are working on alternative methods for users to post and draw on their photos. Can’t wait!

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