Today’s Tech Sightings:
Part of the problem of rehabilitating stroke victims is that many of them don’t keep up their physical therapy. In an effort to change the situation, Nizan Friedman, founder of Flint Rehabilitation Devices, has come up with a wearable device called MusicGlove that helps patients improve their motor skills.
German startup Sonormed has a new app that it claims can treat Tinnitus, a condition that originates in the brain and causes ringing in the ears. The app, which is based on the premise that the brain is able to adapt and learn new things, filters the frequency that causes the user’s Tinnitus and plays back an altered audio track that the brain can adapt to over time.
Ontario-based industrial robot maker Clearpath Robotics is looking to expand, although it is sticking to a recent pledge that it will not take part in building killer robots.
Don’t answer that question just yet. The race for supremacy in the expanding electronic payments arena is on; and Facebook is in a good place to vie for its consumers’ wallets. But analysts say that unlike Apple and Amazon, Facebook still has to prove that its users are willing to trust it with their sensitive data.
Yahoo’s research and development center in Beijing, China, is shutting down. The company announced that the move is expected to eliminate about 300 jobs. A Yahoo statement said the company is always looking to realign resources and improve collaboration and innovation. The center is Yahoo’s only physical presence in mainland China.
Microsoft’s announcement yesterday that its Windows 10 upgrade will be available for free to current Windows users in China signals a long-term shift in the way the company and the software industry do business and suggests that the days of charging customers for operating systems may be coming to an end.
Apple is trying to come up with a virtual keyboard that actually feels like its physical counterpart when used. Possible technologies that might be used in this push include Force Touch press and the company’s Taptic Engine, which provides haptic feedback when the keyboard is tapped.