This Week: 3 Interesting, Under-the-Radar Tech Stories, and Jerry Seinfeld’s Tech Jokes (Video)

By Jeffrey Thompson, Epoch Times
February 22, 2014 Updated: February 22, 2014

1. Free Online University Receives Accreditation

The University of the People has been granted accreditation by the Distance Education and Training Council in time for its first class to graduate, a class of seven students. 

The University of the People is a tuition-free, online institution.  To date, it has admitted more than 1,600 students from 141 countries.

The university caters to the under-served, and programs focus on business administration and computer science. The classes are low-tech—some students take courses via their smartphones—and last 10 weeks, with 20 to 30 students per class.

The exams are completed in a student’s country for $100, which can be covered by a scholarship.


2. Finger Computer Reader

FingerReader is a small, portable, wearable that straps around a user’s index finger and reads text off of pages with a swipe.It can recognize the words on the page and transmit them as an automated voice reading the words aloud, which could help the seeing impaired.

Still in its beta stage, FingerReader is a work-in-progress, but it looks promising. 


3. Artificial Muscle That is 100 Times Stronger Than Humans

A group of scientists have developed an artificial muscle that is 100 times stronger than human muscle, according to a Science Recorder article. 

The artificial muscle is made from fishing line and sewing thread. Once twisted, it can spin a heavy rotor more than 10,000 revolutions per minute.

The synthetic muscle can generate 7.1 horsepower per kilogram, roughly the same mechanical power delivered by a jet engine. 


Jerry Seinfeld Talks Technology and the Post Office

Comedian Seinfeld appeared on “The Tonight Show” this week, joking about tech advances in our daily life.