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Stickers Turn Any Dumb Object Into a Smart One
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?
August 13 is designated International Lefthanders Day by Lefthanders International. It was first observed on the 13th of August, 1976. As the name suggests, it is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences facing left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world.
- Left-handers make up 7 - 10% of the world’s population.
- Left-handers are far more likely to develop schizophrenia than right-handers, for reasons not well understood. In one study of patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, 40 percent were left-handed, well above average (SAGE).
- Scientists have also found an increased risk for dyslexia, ADHD, and certain mood disorders in left-handed people (Pediatrics).
- A survey of more than 1.4 million participants found that left-handers had lower rates of arthritis and ulcers (Laterality).
- Lefties hear speeches differently. The left and right hemispheres of the brain specialize in different kinds of sounds — the left hemisphere, which controls the right hand, likes rapidly changing sounds like consonants, while the right hemisphere, which controls the left hand, likes slowly changing sounds, like syllables or intonation (Georgetown University Medical Center).
- They’re better at divergent thinking, a method of idea generation that explores many possible solutions. This may lead them to careers in the arts, music, sports, and information technology fields (American Journal of Psychology)
- Left-handers’ salaries are 10 percent lower on average than right-handers (Wall Street Journal); related to the careers they choose?
- Four of the last seven commanders in chief — President Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Gerald Ford!
- People who use their left hands tend to be more affected by fear than people who use their right hands (British Psychology Society).
- Lefties are more prone to having negative emotions and seem to have a more difficult time processing their feelings (The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease).
- Lefties tend to feel more inhibited, shy, and embarrassed than their right-handed counterparts (Abertay University, Scotland).
- While lefties are not more prone to alcoholism, they do drink more often (British Journal of Health Psychology).
Out from Costa Rica, Fabio Obando has created a series of drunk-driving ads for automobile brand Volkswagen.
The set is titled “Drunk Superheros” and features invincible characters like The Hulk, Superman and Wolverine. Despite their superpowers, they’re each portrayed as badly injured or dead after getting into an accident.
(I wonder what permissions were necessary/obtained from DC and Marvel)
The tagline for the ads reads, “Don’t let your ego drive you. If you drink don’t drive.”
Well, not exactly…Taco Bell Corp. is launching a new fast-casual taco concept designed to entice diners who are not likely to step foot in a Taco Bell.
The new restaurant is called U.S. Taco Co. and Urban Taproom, and scheduled to open today in Huntington Beach, California.
The menu features things like “Winner Winner,” which includes Southern-style fried chicken breast with “SOB,” or “South of the Border” gravy, roasted corn pico de gallo with fresh jalapenos and fresh cilantro in a flour tortilla.
Or try the $10 “One Percenter”, which features fresh lobster in garlic butter with red cabbage slaw and pico de gallo on crispy fry bread.
The “Brotherly Love,” is a play off of the Philly Cheesesteak, with carne asada steak, grilled peppers and onions, roasted poblano queso, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro in a flour tortilla.
U.S. Taco Co. represents yet-another fast-food chain attempting to go more upscale with offshoot brands. Panda Express recently debuted its Innovation Kitchen,; Yum! Brands, has already spun-off KFC into a fast-casual concept called KFC eleven, and a yet-to-be-launched Super Chix. And Round Table pizza has a pizza and salad joint called Fresh Pixx.
High-Tech Shirt Detects Seizures and Calls Your Doctor
WEMU is a high-tech shirt that keeps track of epilepsy signs and alerts doctors of seizures.
The shirt is created by Bioserenity and uses biometric sensors to track heart activity and muscle contraction. Doctors and patients can track their vital signs, get alerts when a seizure takes place, immediately contact emergency services and family or friends
WEMU enables continuous, home-based monitoring to provide doctors with more information to determine risks and the best treatment options.
Early-bird kits are available for $700. What do you think about healthcare integrating with your clothes and overall lifestyle?
The French are well known for their love of wine, and health complications don’t necessarily mean that patients have to give it up. Located in the palliative care unit of the Puy-de-Dôme facility, The bar will be open to both patients and visitors, with a planned September opening.
Consumption of alcohol will be medically supervised and the service is designed to help patients to enjoy a glass or two with their loved ones. The goal is to ‘re-humanize’ patients by improving the quality of their day-to-day life.
What do you think about this creative idea for hospitals to improve the quality of life of its patients?