Selling your place in the line

SuperOyster: Monetizing the Waiting List. “The service, which was profiled earlier this month on O’Reilly Radar, has an innovative and controversial business model: allowing people to buy and sell their places in line on a waiting list. The prime market for this is professional sports, where waiting lists to buy season tickets are sometimes decades long. If a team integrates the SuperOyster solution, fans on the waiting list will be able to buy and sell those positions to each other at prices determined by the overall market.”


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Tracking and sharing your internet habits

The Attention Trust. “They’ve developed their own software (or you can use an approved online service called Root) that allows you to track your own internet usage. It’s a bit like spying on yourself, except it’s all above board. Later on, you can review on your habits, which may provide some insights, and you can share your information with whoever you wish (and only with those you wish). Privacy is key. Our attention is ours and we have a right to this proprietary information.”

Cool Hunting

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Mind controlled robots

Honda’s Asimo gets mind control interface. “In a demonstration, a person in the MRI machine made a fist, then made a V-sign, which Asimo imitated a few seconds later. The same system could potentially be used to control a keyboard or phone, researchers say, or even help people with spinal cord injuries move their limbs. From there, we assume, it’s only a matter of time before the bots learn to reverse the process, initiating a mind control link over their would-be masters.”


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Power from bacteria and waste

Sweet Success For Pioneering Hydrogen Energy Project (Fuel Cells). “This was a highly successful laboratory demonstration of bacterial hydrogen production using confectionery waste as a feedstock. The waste was supplied by Birmingham-based international confectionery and beverage company Cadbury Schweppes plc, a partner in the initiative. An economic assessment undertaken by another partner, C-Tech Innovation Ltd, showed that it should be practical to repeat the process on a larger scale. As well as energy and environmental benefits, the technique could provide the confectionery industry (and potentially other foodstuff manufacturers) with a useful outlet for waste generated by their manufacturing processes.”

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