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A 24-year-old MIT student has developed wearable tech he can control with his mind.

The question is what we’ll do with it.
In early April, MIT research assistant Arnav Kapur, 24, uploaded a short video on YouTube. The clip showed him moving around campus in various settings wearing a white plastic contraption wrapped around the right side of his face.

As he walked by rows of bikes parked next to mounds of melting snow, his lips were closed while his inner thoughts flashed as words on the screen. “Time?” it read. A male voice responded, “10:35 a.m.” In the next scene, Kapur was shopping in a bodega. The prices of the things he tossed into his shopping cart — toilet paper, an Italian wrap, canned peaches — appeared on the screen. “Total $10.07,” the male voice responded. In the final scene, Kapur moved a cursor around a video console, ostensibly with his mind.

Kapur came to MIT’s Media Lab from New Delhi in 2016 to build wearable devices that seamlessly integrate technology into our 24/7 experience. No more reaching for cellphones. No more staring at screens. No more eyes down. No more tuning out to plug in.

Improbably, AlterEgo, the soundless, voiceless, earbud-less device he’d been working on for the last two years had become adept enough at reading his thoughts that he could use it to order an Uber without saying a word.

So, what's on YOUR mind?

One of the most important contributors to successful inclusion in sport activities is adapting things to suit the needs of individual participants. In particular this applies to disability, where, adaptations are applied so that participation in activities or development of sport-based skills can occur effectively.

This is where having a simple and repeatable process can come in handy. Coaches, activity leaders, program planners and administrators can all benefit from having a method of making appropriate adaptations and modifications to sport activities. This can even extend to skill acquisition specialists, as you will see when we explore the SEMA model later. In addition to the adaptation methods we are about to explore it is important to think about the range of options that are available, for this we can apply what is called the Inclusion Spectrum. So it is highly recommended that you check out this post and apply these concepts together.

As you will see each method identifies key things that can be changed in both planning and delivering activities, whether it’s specific skills, general training sessions, games or other active recreation activities.

CLICK HERE to read about these Methods of Inclusion that everyone should be advocating.
The study titled "MRI-defined White Matter Microstructural Alteration Associated with Soccer Heading Is More Extensive in Women than Men" was published in Radiology on July 31.
Female soccer players may be more vulnerable to injury from heading the ball compared to their male counterparts, according to researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York.

Around 30 million women and girls around the world play soccer, as per estimates from a survey conducted by the International Federation of Association Football.

"Researchers and clinicians have long noticed that women fare worse following head injury than men, but some have said that's only because women are more willing to report symptoms,” said lead author Dr. Michael L. Lipton, professor of radiology and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Einstein.

"Based on our study, which measured objective changes in brain tissue rather than self-reported symptoms, women do seem more likely than men to suffer brain trauma from heading soccer balls."

Heading refers to a popular but risky technique used in the game, as it involves the player using their unprotected head to pass, shoot or clear the ball. 

"In general, men do a lot more heading than women, but we wanted to specifically examine if men and women fare similarly or differently with a similar amount of exposure to repeated impacts to the head," said Dr. Lipton.

CLICK HERE for more on the study.

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When Eve suffered a near-fatal brain aneurysm, Madonna Siles, her housemate and friend, too quickly found herself making critical short- and long-term medical care decisions without any help. When the insurance and financial resources ran out and the conventional therapy providers discharged zombie-like Eve to the homecare of a solitary caregiver, both their futures seemed hopeless.

Instead of giving up, Madonna Siles drew on life experience and her marketing career to develop a rehabilitation program that harnessed the power of the subconscious mind. Using motivational techniques borrowed from the advertising world, she appealed to Eve's subconscious to bypass the brain damage and restore normal functioning. In three short years, even the doctors were amazed at Eve's recovery and return to a near-normal life.

Part memoir, part recovery manual, Brain, Heal Thyself is a guidebook for thousands of shell-shocked individuals who suddenly find themselves having to make life and death decisions for those they love. With humor, warmth, and arresting honesty, Madonna Siles's lively narrative closely examines not only the patient's recovery, but also the crucial role of caregivers--and the emotional, financial, and practical pressures they face.

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

Don't smother each other.
No one can grow in the shade.

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