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Today on Up To Speed: Space, skin and Sir Elton John in this week’s rundown.

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A phone case like your skin.

There’s a new phone case and it’s an interesting one. Marc Teyssir and a team of researchers have developed a prototype for what they call, “Skin-On,” a phone case meant to mimic human skin. The case is made out of a unique mix of silicone layers and electrodes that when manipulated will transmit signals to mimic that motion. While the case is not yet for sale, it is a development in the way we use user interfaces. For example, if the case is “tickled,” the encased phone could produce a laughing emoji in response. 

Live music mixing at Elton John’s final tour.

Elton John’s final tour offered fans a new experience - live music mixing. Using the PEEX device, concertgoers can become their own mixing engineers straight from their phones. The backstage instrumental and onstage sound is sent to the device via radiowaves for a real-time experience. Users can then use the PEEX app to make the instruments or vocals louder or softer as they enjoy the concert. Patrick Vosgimorukian, PEEX CEO, hopes the app will enhance the concert experience especially for those who are hard of hearing. 

Astronauts make history in first all women space walk.

Astronauts, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir made history on October 18th, by completing the first women-only space walk. NASA aims to use this mission to continue updating the International Space Station with improvements such as replacing the BCDU --  hardware that charges the station’s batteries. 

This was Meir’s first spacewalk while Koch is now a four-year veteran. Both women are a part of the 2013 Astronaut Corps class, which had the highest amount of women in NASA history. Watch a livestream of the historic event on NASA’s website.

Tune in for Mobile World Congress.

Be sure to tune in to Tami’s keynote speech at Mobile World Congress, happening today at 12:30 PM ET/9:30 AM PT.


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