Welcome to the BYTE where we serve up the latest home and tech news from the last week for you to sink your teeth into.
This week we’re taking a BYTE out of the Band-Aid of the future, camper vans, millennials buying homes, post-disaster housing, and hacking social media posts. Dig in!
Rethink the Band-Aid
A research team from Carnegie Mellon has created a new way to monitor your body in real-time – the ElectroDermis.
Out with the Apple Watch, In with the ElectroDermis
Similar to the look and feel of an actual Band-Aid, this bandage has flexible, electric wiring and all the other parts that you would find in a mobile electronic. The team has already seen some everyday use cases from the ElectroDermis, such as tracking motions of the joint, distinguishing the food you swallow, and signaling when the skin around a wound is a normal color again. Of course with any type of technology, there’s always restrictions – not waterproof or washable and the individual sensors and circuits are still stiff boards.
Camp in Style
Why camp in a tent or RV when you can camp in a van? That’s right, a van. Most vans can sleep a few without a problem. However, families with multiple kids are at a disadvantage. To combat this issue, German company, Knaus, built a camper van that can sleep up to 7. Dubbed the Boxlife, this van includes a kitchen with a dual-burner stove and fridge, a showers and toilet, and LED lighting. The only downfall? It’s not available in the U.S., but it does show what’s possible – reinventing the way we camp.
Millennials are Buying Homes
Just not in the way you would expect. Four years ago, 7.6 million Millennials owned homes in the United States. According to research, “marriage is the single biggest predictor of whether a Millennial owns a home, with matrimony increasing the probability of being an owner by 18 percentage points.” While millennials are buying homes, the odds are stacked against them – high rents, student debt, having children later on in life, and much more.
A Fast Track Way to Create Post-Disaster Housing
The number one need after a natural disaster is shelter. Housing startup, Factory, and software company, Autodesk, are teaming up to get housing to people as quickly as possible after a natural disaster has occurred. According to Executive Director of the Autodesk Foundation, Joe Speicher, “There’s not enough innovation in this space. There’s a lot of one-off, interesting proof of concepts that occur. But really nothing that’s systematic.”
Social Media Platforms are Prime Real Estate for Hackers
Phishing emails and malware sites are the most common ways to breach a company digitally. But, did you know hackers are looking at social media as well? Sure, one of your employees posts a first day on-the-job picture on Instagram. No big deal, right? Actually, that picture is more telling to hackers than anything else. What about a walkthrough video of the office? Even better!
A Time-Free Zone
Residents of the Norwegian Island, Sommarøy, experience 24/7 daylight for two months straight during the summer. Grocery shopping at 1 in the morning? Sure! Fishing at midnight? Why not! It’s easy to see why residents want to ban time on this island.