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Exercise Bike Generates and Stores Power as Users Pedal

Plus, plans to digitize the permanent collection at the British museum to the tune of $12.1 million, Motorola’s new bendable smartphone, and testing for type-2 diabetes with a voice recording.

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PEDAL POWER


What if you could get more out of your exercise bike than just, well, exercise? That’s the idea behind HR Bank, an exercise bike that captures and stores the energy generated while you pedal it. The idea came from Jonas Navickas, CEO of Tukas EV, a Lithuanian startup that makes electric vehicles and energy storage solutions. He was inspired to create a solution after learning that people in Ukraine were forced to share generators just to charge their phones after they lost electricity. Essentially a giant power bank with pedals, the HR Bank can power a refrigerator for three days and be used daily for smaller devices.
Source: FOX

10 SECONDS


A new testing method can detect type 2 diabetes from a 10-second voice recording. In a study from international biotech firm Klick Labs, 75 participants who had already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and 192 who were non-diabetic made six- to 10-second voice recordings on their smartphones up to six times a day for two weeks. The team found consistent variations in features like pitch and intensity between the recordings from those with type 2 diabetes and those without. They used this data to build an AI-based program that can analyze voice recordings as well as patient data like age, sex, height and weight. It can detect type 2 diabetes in women with 89 percent accuracy and in men with 86 percent accuracy.
Source: New Atlas

BENT OUT OF SHAPE


Motorola’s latest smartphone is certainly an eye-catcher. The concept device can be bent into a number of different shapes for variable uses, from a tabletop display to a smartwatch. That’s thanks to the phone’s ribbed back, which gives it a bunch of different folding points and allows it to be locked into each position. And the 6.9-inch FHD+ plastic OLED screen is reportedly tough enough to keep up with all that bending.
Source: Digital Trends

2.4 MILLION


The British Museum announced this fall that it plans to digitize its entire permanent collection, partially in response to thefts as well as increasing global demand for digital/virtual experiences. This means the documentation and upload of more than 2.4 million records, a process that is expected
to take more than five years. Oh, and it will only cost $12.1 million.
Source: Engadget