CS + X factor

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X factor

Add computer science to your goals, ideas and interests to equal planet-changing awesomeness.

CS + health = instant diagnosis

Add glucose sensors to a contact lens and you have a simple tool to help people with diabetes.

A team of electrical engineers at Google has made a contact lens with sensors that measure blood glucose levels in tears. The lens can relay the reading to an external device, such as a smartphone, via a wireless antenna that is thinner than a strand of human hair. Could health be your x factor?


CS + games = global hobby

Take a smartphone GPS and anime sidekicks and make an addictive new activity.

Originally launched on Nintendo Game Boy in the 1990s, Pokémon has made a comeback as an augmented reality mobile app that became more popular than dating app Tinder just two days after its release. Pokémon Go lets players capture creatures in real-life locations using a smartphone’s GPS and camera. Different types of Pokémon appear onscreen depending on where you are – so it’s time to head outdoors!

CS + music = spotify

What do you get when you add a peer-to-peer network to your playlist?

On-demand music streaming services like Google Play Music, Apple Music, Spotify and Pandora let you easily access your favourite songs. Unique playlists are created by a global community of users, while algorithms and collaborative filtering suggest songs a user might like based on their ‘taste profile’.

CS + fashion = smart clothes

Put together smartphones and denim and you get Project Jacquard.

Levi’s and Google are developing a smart jacket that allows wearers to use their phone through swiping, tapping and touching their sleeve. The Commuter looks like a regular denim jacket, but the fabric is interwoven with interactive materials that detect movement signals. The garment’s built-in chip wirelessly transmits signals to the phone so users can adjust the volume of their music or get voice directions from Google Maps.

CS + food = fun

Give chefs 3D printers and we’ll literally be downloading food.

Food Ink is the world’s first 3D-printed restaurant. The cutlery, furniture and entire meal is 3D-printed. The meals are created layer-by-layer through the printers using paste-like food such as hummus, chocolate and pizza dough. Launched in London in July 2016, Food Ink plans to take its high-tech dining to other major cities. What’s your x factor?

Elise Roberts

Author: Elise Roberts

Elise is a science, tech and business enthusiast, motivated to connect people with research that will propel their success. With over ten years’ experience working at the intersection of technology and communications across a wide range of industries, Elise enjoys jumping on the latest trends in digital media to share new knowledge with the Australian community.