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Shazam for Furniture?
Ever see a piece of furniture somewhere and you didn’t know how to find out where its from? LikeThat Decor is a visual search app that will present consumers with items similar to those featured in photos they upload.
Consumers can either select an item of furniture from the app’s built in gallery, or upload their own picture. The app analyses the image and presents the user with similar and complementary items, pulled from the app’s extensive database of millions of products from thousands of top furniture brands. If you find something you’re interested, you can make a purchase right in the app.
Any other applications you can think of for visual search?
FingerReader is a wearable ring that scans written text and reads it out loud to visually impaired readers.
The prototype is created by MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group. As readers trace lines of text with their finger, the camera determines the words on the page and translates the text to speech to recite each word out loud to the reader. The ring will vibrate if the user’s finger starts to shift off the correct line of text, or if they’ve reached the end of the line.
When moving to a new line, the device compares the words it’s already processed to make sure it doesn’t repeat a piece of text.
While only in the prototype stage, if successful, this piece of wearable tech could render braille books obsolete. What other types of technology have you see that help those with disabilities?
Estimote stickers are small beacons that can be attached to ordinary objects and help them interact with your smartphone.
The stickers all objects to be tracked instead of people. For example, place them on individual items in a store and you’ll find out how often they’re picked up or where they are in the store — you don’t need to track the customers themselves.
Each Estimote sticker contains an accelerometer, temperature sensors, a small processor and Bluetooth connector. If an item is picked up, you might be prompted with additional product information via a nearby computer screen or your smartphone. Kinda feels like Minority Report tracking your eyes.
Stick one on a bag and you’ll know if you left behind (or if it got stolen!). Place one in the bedroom and you can see if users are still in bed….ok, a little creepy, I’ll admit.
Estimote is calling its stickers ‘nearables’, providing similar benefits to wearables without having to actually be attached to the user.
The tech company has released a new ad that pokes fun at the iPhone 6 Plus.‘Galaxy Note 4 – Then And Now’ sarcastically calls out tech publications who once dismissed the Galaxy Note’s large screen size…which Apple is now imitating with the iPhone 6 Plus.
The ad goes on to say “Samsung Mobile invented the large display genre, but The Next Big Thing is about more than just size. As the rest of the world catches up to the ‘not everyone wants a tiny screen’ thing, the Galaxy Note 4 is more productive, more innovative and more fun than ever.
What do you think about this type of advertising? Just having a bit of creative fun or just a little annoying?
Chinese tech giant Baiduhas now created smart chopstickswhich detect contamination in food. They’ll show a red light to warn diners that they should think twice about finishing their meal.
The utensils feature sensors that detect the chemical makeup of oil, water and other foods. Users can also connect the chopsticks to their smartphones to see more detailed information about why their food has been flagged. According to Baidu, the chopsticks monitor the quality of cooking oil, but will also be able to track PH levels and temperature and calories.
The first two devices from Linou’s collection include the Wood Tech Watch and the Notification Necklace. These products are crafted from timber, bamboo, sandalwood, and walnut! They provide custom color and vibration alerts for app notifications, messages, and phone reminders.
The first range of natural wearable tech designs from Linou will launch on Kickstarter on Saturday, September 13 at 9am EST. The Wood Tech Watch will be available on Kickstarter for $180 and the Notification Necklace will retail for $90.
Do you think this is better than traditional devices made out of stainless steel and aluminum?
TipTapTop tells children how to wash their hands and helps reduce water waste. It’s designed by Théo Sauzon, a student of Mechanical engineering at the University Claude Bernard in France.
3D printed, you attach it to your faucet to control the flow of water — when water flows throught, it enters a pressurized container which generates energy via a turbine. This energy is stored in a 9-volt rechargeable battery that powers an infrared sensor and a sound card — basically, it has a hydroelectric generator so it can power itself.
The infrared sensor detects your movements and water is released in stages with music and friendly guided narration, like “I’m here to show you how to wash your hands to get rid of bad microbes!” and “Remember the palms, back of hands, between fingers and wrists!”
When you’ve finished, it even says “see you soon!” and helps save water by automatically turning off water when your hands move away.
Good for the environment, for kids and runs itself — would you buy this for your kids?
Following successful trial runs near Sydney, the McDonald’s Corporation and Australian food delivery site Menulog have partnered to test McDelivery in Hervey Bay, located in the northeast corner of the state of Queensland. While not yet available in most of the Western world, McDelivery has been enjoying success in a number of Asian, Middle Eastern and Latin American countries since 1993.
Interestingly, in the area, one out of four children and two out of three adults in the Hervey Bay area are overweight or obese, while the combined overweight or obesity rate in current Queensland service areas is 60%. This isn’t going to help the issue! And, the minimum-order requirement of AU$25 on Menulog will likely encourage larger orders.
What do you think? Would you like McDonald’s delivery in your area?
The classic Creamsicle flavor combination is orange and vanilla, although many other types are available today. It is made by freezing flavored liquid (such as fruit juice) and ice cream around a stick. Often, the juice is colored artificially. Once the liquid freezes solid, the stick can be used as a handle to hold the ice pop.
The first recorded ice pop was created in 1905 by 11-year-old Frank Epperson of Oakland, CA, who left a glass of soda water powder and water outside in his back porch with a wooden mixing stick in it. That night the temperature dropped below freezing, and when Epperson returned to the drink the next morning, he found that the soda water had frozen inside the glass, and that by running it under hot water, he was able to remove (and eat) the frozen soda water chunk using the stick as a handle.
You can easily make your own at home. Mix together fruit juice and vanilla ice cream in a large bowl. Then, gradually add milk and continue to mix. Finally, pour the mixture into small paper cups and place them in the freezer. Once they are partially frozen, insert popsicle sticks into them and place them back inside the freezer. When they are frozen solid, peel off the paper cups and enjoy the creamsicle!
Are you going to celebrate with a creamsicle today?