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Weird Wide Web: Fat avatars, terminator vision and teaching you how to relax

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

WELCOME TO THE Weird Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.

Fat research of the week

A new study published this week indicated that watching an avatar that looks like you exhibiting weight-loss behaviour in a virtual community may help shed some pounds in the real world. If proven effective, programs using these techniques could offer an inexpensive way to help people who are overweight. Now sit back and watch the gaming companies trip over each other to capitalise on this…

(Image: Temple University Sbarro Institute for Canncer Research and Molecular Medicine)

Relax and race gadget of the week

Here’s an interesting idea from some lads in Dublin. The PIP is a biosensor that, combined with apps, teaches people how to relax and combat stress through gaming. All you do is hold the cute little device in your hand while playing, a racing game for example, and the more you relax, the better you do. They’re looking for funding through Kickstarter, with over 350 backers so far.

Terminator vision lens of the week

This telescopic lens would enable the person wearing it to zoom in and out on focal points, just like the Terminator, Mashable reports. Forget Google Glass, the world could soon look like this through your eyes:


(Video: FLAVZZZ/YouTube)

Everest livestream of the week

Adventurers who reach the top of Mount Everest will now be able to live stream their view from the peak as they’ll have access to 4G coverage at 5,200 metres above sea level, thanks to Huawei and China Mobile, The Telegraph reports. We imagine they’ll also be tweeting, Facebooking and Vine-ing galore up there.

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