Google Glass could one day help you to control all of your household appliances such as your television, light switches, garage door - and even your bean-to-cup coffee machine!
Google have now applied for the rights to an application called ‘Wearable Computer with Superimposed Controls and Instructions Device’. It looks like something straight out of a sci-fi magazine: glasses representing a virtual control panel which would allow the wearer to interact, make a cup of coffee and turn the lights on ready for when they get homw from work.
Google Glass will use sensors such as Bluetooth or QR codes set up around the house which will allow the computer inside the device to detect them and project an augmented reality user interface onto them. One example could be a virtual control interface for controlling the temperature of a refrigerator which would be superimposed upon the refrigerator surface. Outside of the house, the technology could be used to send instructions to open or close a garage door as you approach either on foot or from your car - and upon entering, the glasses would instuct the doors to close once again.
This could put an end to sticky fingermarks on your gleaming bean-to-cup coffee machine once and for all!
Drinking coffee can reduce the risk of liver cancer by approximately half say the results of a recent meta-analysis. A total of sixteen studies were included in the analysis, and closer examination of the results suggested that the magnitude of the protective effective of drinking coffee was higher among men.
Liver cancer is an increasingly important cause of illness and death in both sexes. Infection with hepatitis B or C and excessive alcohol consumption are known risk factors for the malignancy. The factors which can protect against the development of liver cancer are as yet uncertain, and the impact of coffee consumption is especially controversial. A team of Chinese investigators therefore performed a meta-analysis of case-controlled and cohort studies examining the impact of coffee consumption and the risk of liver cancer. All the studies provided data on the risk of liver cancer according to coffee consumption. The level of coffee consumption against which the risk of liver cancer was assessed varied considerably - from as little as one cup each day to as many as eight or more daily cups from a coffee machine.
Overall, the investigators found that a high coffee intake reduced the risk of liver cancer by half. The protective effect of coffee consumption was similar in the case control studies. Adjusting the results to take account of liver disease status provided similar results also. The investigators state: “The results of the current meta-analysis…suggest that there is an inverse association between coffee consumption and liver cancer among different groups according to consumption level. There were significant reductions of 50% in the risk of liver cancer with the highest consumption of coffee compared with non/almost never consumption.”
The authors note that caffeine from a delivery system such as a coffee machine will have antioxidant properties, possibly explaining the protective effect of coffee consumption.
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