• Spy-Proof Your Phone with Portable Pocket Sleeve

    Worried about your phone’s security? This last month has seen dramatic leaks about the U.S. government’s surveillance tactics and reports of how susceptible cell phones are to hacking by criminals.

    Sensing a potential market for phone users leery of spying and hacking, Adam Harvey and Johanna Bloomfield have developed a simple and easy product called the OFF Pocket that protects against third-party intrusion.

    The OFF Pocket is a pocket sleeve woven with metalized fabric that eliminates wireless signals from entering or exiting your phone. Simply slip your phone inside this light sleeve and it cannot be accessed or traced.

    “I think this is a very relevant product especially given the recent news about how much tracking and surveillance happens every day to people whether their criminals or everyday citizens,” said Harvey, who has been working on the OFF Pocket for more than a year.

    Harvey said people should be concerned about location data tracking, which is part of a user’s metadata

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  • Real-life ‘Star Trek’ Tricorder Could Save Lives

    After his young son fell 36 feet from a window in 2005, Walter De Brouwer spent the better part of a year at the hospital. Nelson, his son, had endured severe brain trauma. In addition to a lengthy rehabilitation, Nelson required vigilant monitoring; his vital signs were checked daily.

    For De Brouwer, a 55-year-old Belgian inventor and entrepreneur, Nelson’s protracted rehabilitation confronted him with the inner workings of hospitals and their intricate technology. Staring at the monitors inside the emergency room and ICU, he grasped how significant their measurements were in saving lives.

    “I looked at all the monitors, but I never actually asked myself what these things meant about our health,” De Brouwer said. “It struck me that when you understand exactly the readings today, you can actually make a plan so that your future changes.”

    De Brouwer struck upon the idea of making vitals checks easier, not only for medical personnel but for everyone.

    “What would it be like if you could

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  • Solar-Powered Cellphone Charging Stations Invade NYC

    New Yorkers are currently adjusting to a spate of new amenities, such as Wi-Fi-enabled subway stations and a bike share program, that residents in other cities have enjoyed for some time.

    But new to the Big Apple this week, and anywhere else for that matter, are free cellphone charging stations in popular public places. The cool part? They’re solar powered and can charge a phone as fast as any wall outlet.

    The portable chargers were purchased by AT&T and installed with the help of the city for a pilot initiative called Street Charge. According to Joe Atkin, CEO of Goal Zero, the solar innovation company that made the charger platforms with the Brooklyn design firm Pensa, Street Charge stations are in seven locations, including Central Park, Madison Square Park and Coney Island, and will soon expand to 25 locations across all five boroughs.

    “We’re doing this pilot run through the fall,” Atkin said, “and we hope by that time it’s deemed successful.” If it is, Atkin hopes to roll out

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