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This Device That Tells You When to Pee Is Actually Kind of Brilliant

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Having your phone alert you when to head to the bathroom seems like another semi-useless technological invention dreamed up by bored Silicon Valley hackers to make even the most routine human behaviors require a Bluetooth connection. Don’t you just…feel it? But for people with incontinence, a sensor that monitors the expansion of the bladder could be the end of adult diapers.

Brightly is a belt-like sensor that, when worn on the front of the body, detects when the bladder is expanding. It makes use of bioimpedance spectroscopy, which measures changes in body tissue through electrical signals. When the bladder is nearing full, the device sends an alert to the user’s phone to let them know that now might be a good time to take a bathroom break. The alerts could help people get to a washroom before an accident happens.

The CDC estimates that incontinence affects up to half of the older adult population, and costs $19.5 billion a year in the U.S., largely because of the cost of laundry and protective pads [PDF]. Nor is it just limited to older people. Some 5 to 6 percent of women in their 20s are estimated to have overactive bladder.

Brightly, which could also be used to alert nurses in hospitals when a patient might wet the bed, is still being tested by urologists, and isn’t available just yet. The device will cost around $400.

[h/t: Wired]

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The Covers of Jack Kerouac's Classic Titles Are Getting a Makeover
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press
Tom Etherington, Penguin Press

Readers have been enjoying classic Jack Kerouac books like The Dharma Bums and On the Road for decades, but starting this August the novels will have a new look. Several abstract covers have been unveiled as part of Penguin’s "Great Kerouac" series, according to design website It’s Nice That.

The vibrant covers, designed by Tom Etherington of Penguin Press, feature the works of abstract expressionist painter Franz Kline. The artwork is intended to capture “the experience of reading Kerouac” rather than illustrating a particular scene or character, Etherington told It’s Nice That. Indeed, abstract styles of artwork seem a fitting match for Kerouac’s “spontaneous prose”—a writing style that was influenced by improvisational jazz music.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of The Dharma Bums, which was published just one year after On the Road. The Great Kerouac series will be available for purchase on August 2.

[h/t It's Nice That]

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Here's a Preview of the 70 New Emojis Coming to Your iPhone
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Get ready to add a whole new set of symbols to your emoji vocabulary. As CNN reports, Apple has released a sneak peak of some of the 70 new emojis coming to iOS in late 2018.

In February 2018, the Unicode Consortium announced the latest additions to their official emoji database. Software makers have since been working on customizing the designs for their own operating systems, and now iPhone and iPad users are getting a preview of what the new emojis will look like on their devices.

One of the most highly anticipated new symbols is the redhead emoji, something people have been demanding for a while. A curly haired option, another popular request, will be added to the line-up, as will gray-hair and bald emoji choices. Each of the new hair types can be added to the classic face emoji regardless of gender, but when it comes to specific characters like the bride or the jogger emojis, users will be limited to the same hair options they had before.

If Apple users ever want to express their inner superhero, two new super characters, a man and woman, will let them do so. They will also have new "smiley" symbols to choose from, like a party emoji, a sad eyes emoji, and a frozen emoji.

In the food category you have a head of lettuce and a mango, and for dessert, a cupcake and a mooncake—a festive Chinese pastry. New animals include a peacock, a kangaroo, and a lobster. The lobster emoji stirred some controversy in February when Mainers noticed the Unicode version was missing a set of legs. The design was quickly revised, and Apple's version is also anatomically correct.

These images just show a small sample of the emojis that will be included in an iOS update planned for later in 2018. Users will have to wait to see the final designs for other the symbols on the list.

New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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New Apple emojis.
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[h/t CNN]

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