Crowd-captioning

Universal Subtitles aims to caption or translate every web video
“PCF is creating Universal Subtitles, an open standard protocol that will allow clients such as Firefox extensions, desktop video players, websites, or browsers to find and download matching subtitles from a whitelist of subtitle databases when they play video. But first, the company needs the subtitles. That’s where you come in. Volunteers are needed to use the Universal Subtitles user-friendly interface to write/add captions and subtitles to almost any video on the web (no re-transcoding required). PCF says its mission is to make captioning, subtitling, and translating video publicly accessible in a way that’s free and open, just like the Web.”
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Charging

Electric scooter’s battery lifts out for easy charging anywhere
“Most electric scooters are powered by built-in batteries. One result of that fact is that recharging them typically involves running a cable from a building to wherever the vehicle is parked and then waiting several hours for a full charge. That may work fine for those with easy access to a garage; for urbanites and apartment-dwellers, not so much. Econogo’s newly launched solution: a scooter with a Lithium battery that can be simply lifted out, brought inside and charged within an hour. With a top speed of 30 miles per hour and a battery life of 22 miles, the Yogo is priced at GBP 1,999.”
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Quick shops

An online store in 60 seconds
“Much like Zlio, New York-based tinypay.me lets any user create a store in 60 seconds. No account is required; rather, users simply indicate what products they’d like to sell, at what prices, and whether they’d like to donate any portion of their sales to charity. Both physical and virtual goods can be sold through the site, with pictures for those in the real world; stores can also be geotagged. Either way, tinypay.me then creates a unique page for each product, and an embed link lets users include those products on their own sites. All payments are handled through PayPal, with a fee to tinypay.me of 5 percent of the total sales price.”
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Harnessing photosynthesis

First step towards carbon-free ‘power-plant’
“…researchers at Stanford University have been successful in harnessing energy directly from plants as they convert sunlight into chemical energy. The researchers say it could be the first step toward generating high-efficiency bioelectricity that doesn’t give off carbon dioxide as a byproduct. To tap into the electron activity in individual algae cells the research team developed a unique, ultra-sharp nanoelectrode made of gold, specially designed for probing inside cells. They gently pushed it through the algal cell membranes, which sealed around it, and the cell stayed alive. From the photosynthesizing cells, the electrode collected electrons that had been energized by light and the researchers generated a tiny electrical current.”
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Chip inspirations

MIT Develops Water Purifier Inspired By Computer Chip Technology
“The clear device is lined with dark slashes, or microchannels, that filter out dirty water (and anything else with a positive or negative charge) using a strong magnetic field. A single device can only process tiny amounts of water, but MIT researchers imagine that they could be lined up in arrays–1,600 units placed on an 8 inch diameter wafer, for example, could generate 15 liters of water an hour.”
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New books

The Cleverest iPad Book Yet – Alice ipad app
“Alice for the iPad is a cute app which contains a slightly interactive version of a beloved story. It’s not interactive to the point of annoyance and tackiness, but instead full of clever little touches like mushrooms that you can toss around a room with a twist of your iPad or an Alice who grows and shrinks as you move your gadget around.”
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Floor touch

multi-touch floor display
“because of the size limitations with hand controlled interactive surfaces, only a few dozen onscreen objects can be dealt with at one time. baudisch wants to increase the possibilities with by integrating high-resolution multi-touch into back-projected floors. the floor concept can sense pressure and even identify users based on the soles of their shoes. the floor can ignore inactive users, focusing on known users who can use their foot to interact with very high precision. the floor is so precise users can type on a qwerty keyboard using their foot.”
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multi-touch floor display

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