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Signing Aloud

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A deaf couple check into a motel and go to bed early.  The wife wakes her husband in the middle of the night complaining of a headache.  She asks him to go to the car to get some aspirin.  Groggy with sleep, he struggles to get up, put on his robe, and leaves the room to go to the automobile.  He finds the aspirin, and with bottle in hand, turns toward the motel.  But he cannot remember which room is his.  So he returns to the car, places his hand on the horn, holds it down, and waits.  Very quickly all the motel rooms light up…but one.  It’s his wife’s room, of course.  He then locks up the car and heads towards the only room still in the dark.

Two young university students have been recognized for a discovery that will break down communication barriers for the deaf.  Their invention, the Sign Aloud, is a pair of gloves that can recognize gestures which correspond to words and phrases used in sign language.  Each glove contains small sensors that record hand movement, then send the data wirelessly via Blue-Tooth, where it is interpreted into the ear as actual voice speech.  And the lightweight gloves are ergonomic enough to use as an everyday accessory, like hearing aids or compact lenses.  For their ground-breaking work the two undergraduate students (one studying business administration, the other aeronautics engineering) received the MIT young inventors prize of $50,000.  You can see a Sign Aloud demo on You Tube.

The bottom line?  For the world’s 70,000,000 deaf people, this invention can be a real ear-opener.
NO CAMELS

One of the two Sign Aloud inventors (Navid Azodi) is Jewish, and so he continues the long line of Hebrews who have become, as God promised, a blessing to the world.  The Bible says in  Genesis 12:2 (And I will make of thee a great nation … and thou shalt be a blessing).  And I know of no better web-site that illustrates this, in the innovative sense, than that of No Camels.

No Camels is the world’s leading web-site covering break-through technology from Israel for the entire global community.  It exists because this nation has, per capita, the highest concentration of – start-ups, innovators, scientists, researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, etc. – on the planet. The name No Camels was chosen to counter the perception among many around the world that Israel is little more than a barren desert populated by camels.  (As a matter of fact, Beersheba, in Israel’s Negev desert, has more chess grand-masters per capita than any other city on earth).

Here is just one example from the website:

Ice-Cure: Turning Tumors Into Snow Balls

What could be the connection between cancer and ice? It’s a tough one, but the Israeli scientists at Ice-Cure seem to have figured it out.  Ice-Cure’s cryoablation (using very extreme cold to destroy damaged tissue) has already shown promise in clinical trials both in Japan and the U.S.  Here’s how it works.  Using needle aspiration, liquid nitrogen turns tumors into balls of ice (frost bite) and then that ice is thawed out (liquified) from the body.  The entire procedure is done in the doctor’s office, takes only about five to ten minutes, requires just a local anesthetic, and all without leaving any scars.   Watch out, cancer – it’s about to get cold!