What to Know About a Biometric Screening: A Brief Overview
Biometrics are unique physical characteristics or traits that identify individuals. They include fingerprints, voice recognition software, iris scans, DNA testing and other forms of identification. While these technologies have been used for years in law enforcement and security applications (and even in some consumer products), they’ve recently become popular among consumers as well.
Many companies now offer “smart” home devices and services that use biometrics to provide access control, personalization, and other features.
While many people may not realize it, most of us carry around on our person a small computer chip called a microchip. These chips contain various sensors that allow them to work properly when placed into certain types of clothing such as glasses or contact lenses. For example, if you wear contacts your eyes will scan through the lens rather than your face.
If you wear glasses, the camera on the back of your glasses will take a picture of your face and compare it to a database of faces stored in memory. Your body temperature is another sensor that works similarly to a thermostat; if it senses too hot or cold, then you’ll be asked to turn down or up the air conditioning.
The technology behind all this is fairly simple. A microchip contains tiny electronic circuits that communicate with each other using radio waves. Normally radio waves travel in straight lines, but a unique property of these radio waves is that they can also bounce off objects.
For example, when you change the position of your cell phone, you’re changing the angle of the antenna and broadcasting antenna.
How does all this help me to keep spiders out of my apartment?
You might be surprised to know that more than 90% of all insects are repelled by the frequencies emanating from our cell phones. This includes everything from ants to mosquitoes. Of course, you probably wouldn’t want the cell phone on all the time because of the battery consumption. It is for this reason that the microchips in our clothing work together to keep us away from harmful insects and other pests.
How do they work?
The same way that your cell phone works: they communicate using radio waves. From a technology standpoint it’s nearly identical. Instead of an app, you have a chip embedded in your clothing. From a privacy standpoint, you don’t need to share your location or any other personal information with a company.
The next time you’re in the market for new clothes, make sure to read the fine print of the fabric care instructions. With any luck, you’ll find a tag that reads “Smart Clothing.” If so, try it out for yourself and see if it makes a difference.
The following is a non-sponsored, independent review of this product:
I just got my new pair of Smart Clothing yesterday. It took about 2 minutes to download the app and register for an account. I already had most of my information on file from using smart devices in the past.
It was very easy! The great thing about smart clothing is that they can communicate with each other, so you don’t need a Wi-Fi network or mobile service to make it work. After it was set up, I put on my new clothes and went about my day. I didn’t notice anything different at first.
Usually during the summer the mosquitos are terrible where I live, but not since I got this clothing. I haven’t been bitten once! This is even better than using DEET based bug repellent, which can dry out your skin and has been linked to early onset dementia.
I also noticed that I wasn’t getting thirsty as often. Instead of having to drink water every hour, I could go 2-3 hours before I felt the need to hydrate. This is great because I’m always busy and don’t have time to stop for a drink!
When you first get your clothing, the app will walk you through various settings so that you can decide how the clothing fits into your life. For instance, I chose to disable the thermodynamic properties because I live in a tropical climate and don’t need to cool off! The app also has a section for bugs.
This is where you can enable or disable the frequencies that keep insects away. There are other settings as well, but it is all very straightforward.
It’s only been a few days, but I am loving my new Smart Clothing. I highly recommend them and the great thing is that they are completely wireless and autonomous. I can go days without charging my phone, but my clothing doesn’t need any electricity at all!
Being energy independent is very important to me. I’m glad that there are companies out there dedicated to technological research and development that are thinking about our future.
How does it work?
The Smart Clothing relies on a technology known as “Conductive Textiles.” These are fabrics that can conduct electricity. While this technology has been around since the mid-1990s, it has finally become cheap enough to be used in mass produced clothing. It works in a very similar way to how your body cools itself down. The skin has a high concentration of sweat glands, which are used to expel heat. As the sweat evaporates, it takes the heat with it. This is effective, but it requires a steady flow of power. With the Smart Clothing, the fabric itself can absorb the heat and expel it. This means you require less energy to cool yourself down, which in turn means that you require less food and water. It’s all connected!
The way the fabric keeps away insects is a little different. The metal ions are infused directly into the fibers of the cloth. This means that the ions can bind to the electrons in such a way that they become magnetic and radiate invisible waves of energy.
The waves have a very specific frequency and wavelength, so only bugs with a nervous system that detect and respond to the wave frequency will be affected. This means that humans, dogs, and other larger animals won’t be affected.
The way this particular fabric works is pretty cool. It can actually switch back and forth from a positive to a negative charge. This means that it creates an electric field, which oscillates at the same frequency and wavelength as the waves given off by the nervous system of insects.
When they get too close to the fabric, they get confused and cannot tell up from down. In fact, they get so confused that they just die of exhaustion. It’s kind of like how if you spin around real fast and then stand up too quickly, you feel a little dizzy. Except with the fabric it’s permanent.
As I have already mentioned, there are several different types of Smart Clothing. The fabric in this particular shirt can repel insects, but other shirts use the exact same technology to provide air conditioning or act as an insulator to keep you warm. There is even a full body suit that protects against bullets!
In the coming years, we will begin to see more and more Smart Clothing in our clothing stores. It is cheap to produce and can be customized to fit any need or desire. Imagine if you will, a future where there are no longer heating and air conditioning units attached to every wall.
Everything is Smart Clothing. Just think, you could be wearing your air conditioner around your neck right now!
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Give your cat CPR (CAT)
Ever had a pet cat?
If you have, then you know how much they sleep. Most of the time, they can be found sleeping somewhere in your house. You can yell and scream at them or throw something at them and they will just look at you with a sleepy gaze and then slowly walk away. They are very independent creatures and like to do things on their own terms.
Cats can be great pets for the right person, but they do require a lot of attention and care. If you are someone who works all day or goes to school all day, then a cat might not be the pet for you. They require playtime and attention constantly.
They also need someone to feed them at least twice a day. However, if you are someone who has a lot of free time and wants a pet that is independent but also fun and loving, then a cat might be just right for you.
I had a cat once. Her name was Mindy and she was the sweetest animal I have ever met. I got her when I was in middle school and adopted another one when I was in high school.
I had so much fun with those two cats. I spent so much time playing with them and giving them attention. When I went to college, I had to give them away. It was one of the hardest things I ever had to do, but I knew that I couldn’t take them with me. Luckily, there are a lot of great cat owners out there and my cats were adopted into a really nice family. It was great seeing how well they fit in with their new family.
So, do you like cats?
If you do, then you might be interested in this cat-based medical resource. It contains a database of cat health related information such as symptoms, illnesses, diseases, and treatments. Also included are before and after pictures of surgeries and to the best of my knowledge it’s the only online database that has a list of famous people with cats. Not everyone is a cat person you know.
Cat Health Database Website
Cat Health Database’s Online Resource Page
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Give your dog CPR (DOG)
Dogs are great. You can read about my own dog, Mindy, farther up on this list. Dogs are awesome and anyone who says differently is just a miserable person.
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