Charity lets Facebook users tag old photos with out of date clothing that could be donated [#charity]

Facebook App Shames Users Into Donating Clothing By Resurfacing Old Photos
"As part of their campaign for homeless charity Stockholm Stadmission (Stockholm City Mission), the agency is encouraging people to bring these items from their wardrobe to the city’s secondhand stores via a Facebook app where you can sort through years of tagged photos, identifying trendy clothes that have gone out of style. After looking through almost a decade of pics, users can tag unwanted garments, both on theirs and someone else’s page, with “You’ll never wear that again.” Like Pinterest, users can then share their collages of tagging clothes, and invite (or rather, shame) friends into donating their unwanted items. Once tagged, the app then lets users know where they can give away their tacky, ugly, or otherwise unappealing wares." via PSFK
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Wireless routers mounted on aircraft allow ground troops to communicate amongst themselves [#wifi]

These Wireless Battlefield Routers Will Make Air Strikes Even More Accurate
"When ground troops need close air support the duty of calling in the strike and preventing friendly fire falls to the Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC). These servicemen, formerly known as Forward Air Controllers), basically act as tactical ground controllers on the front lines. […] The limitation with this however is that JTACs could only talk to the the pilots, not to each other which makes calling in close strikes on a crowded battlefield a dangerous proposition indeed. But with the Net-T, teams will be able to communicate and coordinate amongst themselves, using the targeting pods as airborne routers. The only limitation now is that ground troops need to maintain line of sight with the aircraft, though not each other." via These Wireless Battlefield Routers Will Make Air Strikes Even More Accurate
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“Rain” digital artwork is designed to be self-contained so it’s easier for collectors to maintain [#art]

Rain (2012) by LIA (@liasomething) in collaboration with Damian Stewart (@damian0815)
"Lia would normally use a projector, a computer and a desktop computer mouse on a stand to allow users to interect with her work. As noted by Damian, over the past decade the aesthetics of user interfaces and what audiences/users have come to expect from interactions with software has changed significantly, and artists who work with digital systems are rethinking the ways their works are exhibited and interacted with. Likewise,  collectors and museums are becoming more selective in their collecting practises and have a preference for objects which are self-contained and low-maintenance." via Creative Applications
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Bookmarklet automatically finds pithy sentences on your current web page to sent to Twitter [#publishing]

Pressing This Button Will Find Tweetable Sentences In Anything On The Web
"The SavePublishing bookmarklet, when clicked, greys out everything in an article except for the passages that are pithy enough for the Twitterati. Those sentences are highlighted in red, and clicking on any of them creates a tweet with the quote and a link auto-inserted. Blammo, publishing saved! "I doubt it," Ford admits. In fact, he made the thing as a joke. "As one tweeter said, the bookmarklet makes them want to both high-five and face-palm," he tells Co.Design. "That’s how I felt too. It seemed like such a bad idea, and yet I decided I needed to build it and see what happened. A friend described it as ‘turning Twitter into Pinterest for sentences’ … I don’t think he was praising it, by the way." via Co.Design
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Visualization of NFL support for 35 million Facebook users [#visualizations]

NFL Support on Facebook, Visualized
"Across all of Facebook’s US users, around 35 million have Liked a page for one of the 32 teams in the NFL. Wait, stop: that’s a staggering figure. That means 1 in 10 Americans has declared their support for a team via Facebook—probably one of the most comprehensive samples of sports fanship data ever collected. […] There are some states which are divided into regions by teams. Florida has three teams—the Tampa Bay Bucs, Miami Dolphins, and the Jacksonville Jaguars—and Facebook users there seems fractured in their support, with some counties even defecting to teams from the North. […] Some teams, like the Steelers, Cowboys, and Packers, seem to transcend geography, with pockets of fans all over the country. On the other end of the spectrum, the Jets have to share New York with the Giants and are only the most popular team for a single stronghold county in Long Island." via Gizmodo
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Cheap 3D hand prosthetic produced using 3D printing for boy with no fingers [#3DPrinting]

Inexpensive home-brewed prostheses created using 3D printers
"After raising money to build more prototypes, the two went on to complete an entire prosthetic hand for a young boy named Liam who was born without fingers on his right hand, the design of which they are sharing online free of charge. After only a few days, five-year-old Liam had already become proficient at grasping small objects with his "Robohand," which cost his family nothing. The mechanical fingers were made using a Replicator 2 3D printer and are attached to a brace that is worn over Liam’s hand. The fingers are controlled via cables and return bungees, which, while relatively low-tech, provide a functional and comfortable to wear prosthesis." via Gizmag
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Pez dispensers with lids made of scanned and 3D printed heads of real people [#3Dprinting]

Hot Pop Factory turns people into 3D-printed Pez dispensers
"Hot Pop Factory typically produces jewelry and experiments with 3D printing, but decided to construct the Pez dispensers after it was approached by a client to make a unique holiday gift for an entire office staff. […] To build the plastic candy holders, Hot Pop Factory first had to scan each person’s head to form a model for a 3D printer (the employees were told it was for a research project, to avoid spoiling the surprise). Using 3D capturing software from ReconstructMe and an Xbox Kinect sensor, the designers were able to quickly make the 3D models they needed and then clean them up using the MeshMixer tool from Autodesk." via Gizmag
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US neuroscientists map general and emotional intelligence in the brain using CT scans [#emotion]

U.S. researchers map emotional intelligence of the brain
"There are a number of theories about how general and emotional intelligence are related. One generally accepted view is that they’re associated with different parts of the brain, with general intelligence in the prefrontal cortex and emotions residing in the limbic system, which includes the hippocampus and the amygdala. However, there hasn’t been much empirical evidence to support this idea, and the Illinois study indicates that general and emotional intelligence share a great deal of brain real estate." via gizmag

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Washington Post “Truth Teller” prototype fact-checks politicians as they speak [#data]

Realtime Political Fact-Checking Becomes A Reality With WaPo’s ‘Truth Teller’
"We are coming closer to a reality where no politician can ever spread well-known lies. Today, exclusively with TechCrunch, The Washington Post has announced a fully automated fact-checking program, Truth Teller, that displays “TRUE” or “FALSE” in real time next to video of politicians and pundits as they speak. Given the fact that almost one-fifth of registered voters still believe Obama is a Muslim, a tool to curb widespread myths could benefit our democracy. The Knight Foundation-funded Truth Teller program automatically transcribes speeches and checks the statements against a database of well-known facts. For example, when House Speaker John Boehner claims that raising taxes on the top 2% would kill 700,000 jobs, Truth Teller pops a big red “FALSE” next to him, after cross-checking his statements against The Washington Post‘s own list of curated facts and other popular fact-checker databases." via TechCrunch

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Music making app uses bouncing spheres to create sound [#digitalMusic]

An App That Makes Music From A Dynamic Diagram Of Sound
"The app takes advantage of the fact that, on our smartphones and tablets, the displays and input devices are one in the same, essentially collapsing music production and visualization into a single interface. In the app, sound is generated by the collision of spheres, all of which bounce back and forth along lines of varying lengths. Different levels of zoom present different ways of interacting with the on-screen geometry, all of which yield dynamic, evolving patterns of sound." via Co.Design
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