Monthly Archives: September 2013

Android 4.4 system named ‘KitKat’

Google approached Hershey about six to nine months ago for permission to use the name, said Jennifer Podhajsky, vice president of U.S. chocolate at Hershey, which licenses the Kit Kat brand in the U.S., while Nestle owns the worldwide brand.
Podhajsky said that Kit Kat’s jingle is a good fit for people taking a break to look at their smartphones or tablets. She added that the deal appeals to Hershey because Android hits the sweet spot of Kit Kat eaters, who are typically between the ages of 18 and 34.
“Kit Kat consumers are young, vibrant consumers of candy and chocolate bars, and that’s a nice match with Android,” Podhajsky said.

Researchers conduct first human brain-to-brain communication

Researchers from the University of Washington have successfully performed the first non-invasive human-to-human brain interface. What would appear to be the scene of a science fiction novel, the breakthrough allows any individual to control the movements of another person using only their thoughts. In this particular case, researcher Rajesh Rao sent his brain signal to the other side of the UW campus, effectively making colleague Andrea Stocco involuntarily push his keyboard’s space button.

Although a similar type of “telekinesis” effect has been performed in the past, this is the first time that two humans have acted as the guinea pigs. Previously, researchers at Duke University demonstrated inter-brain communication between two rats, while Harvard researchers conducted an equivalent experiment using both a human and a rat.

To pull off this feat, Rao wore an electrode-adorned cap that was connected to an electroencephalography machine; a device that is often used by clinicians to read brain signals via the scalp. At the other end of campus, Stocco was fitted with a purple swim cap that had a transcranial magnetic stimulation coil positioned over his left motor cortex; the area of the brain responsible for moving his right hand.