Two interesting pieces of technology
One is useful:
"More than 42 million people worldwide are legally blind, but many of them may be able to regain some sight thanks to a cybernetic eye being developed by scientists in Portugal. The device — which only works on folks who once had vision — operates thusly: Video signals from a camera fixed on a pair of special glasses are processed through a computer and are transmitted via cable to surgically-implanted electrodes in the patient’s brain. The electrodes stimulate the brain, creating visual “images.” Okay, it’s not quite as cool as the wraparound comb visor worn by Star Trek’s Geordi La Forge, but developers are working toward scaling the unit down to the size of a cell phone. They hope to bring the $120,000 procedure to the U.S. in the next five years or so."
The other, less so:
"There are undoubtedly sounder ways to keep your coffee warm, but for the true gadget geek there's no more appropriate way than this $15 USB Cup Warmer. Just wrap this sleeve around your cup and plug it into the USB port of your laptop. Sure, there are certain potential hazards when tethering a mug of scalding liquid to a mobile device, but we're willing to overlook them for the prospect of a cup of coffee that never goes cold."
I really am impressed with the topmost technology. I remember reading about the procedure a few years back, and this little blurb caused me to remember it. It seems really, really cool. There is a device that genuinely significantly helps a wide number of disabled/handicapped people.