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Tripcast app lets you create a travel journal to share with friends [#Travel]

Tripcast Is A Beautiful Travel Journal For Your Smartphone
“Tripcast has been built in a way where the map is more central to the experience, so users can share their location as they post other trip notes, photos and videos. They can either create these travel journals by themselves or with their travel buddies by inviting them to join. And when users return home, they can download all the photos that were shared. Meanwhile, friends and family back home are notified when there’s new content, and can like and comment on individual posts very much like you could on Facebook, or any other social network. The difference, of course, is that Tripcast is private – you’ll have to be invited to an album in order to see the content shared.” via TechCrunch

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Starfish device notifies parents if they’ve left their baby in the car [#Parenting]

Starfish Aims To Prevent Accidental Heatstroke Deaths By Alerting Parents To Children Left In Cars
“The device is a small, round, weight-activated sensor that notifies your smartphone when you’ve left your car without your child. It’s meant to fit under the child’s car seat with self-adhesive tape. It then sets up a “geo-fence” around the vehicle of roughly 20 feet. If you exit that geo-fence with baby still in the seat, you’re notified via your iPhone or Android. If you don’t respond after 5 minutes, your emergency contacts are then notified as well. The goal is to prevent these accidental deaths that come not from intentional parental negligence, but those caused by otherwise good parents who make a mistake.” via TechCrunch

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Rebecca Minkoff releases jewellery with technology embedded [#Fashion]

Rebecca Minkoff To Debut Tech-Enabled Jewelry
“The line will debut next week at the brand’s spring fashion show. Looks range from a $60 lightning cable that doubles as a bracelet, in Minkoff’s signature black leather and gold, to a chunky $120 chain-link bracelet with black and gray studs that mask its ability to send a small range of notifications. The jewelry recalls rings from startup Ringly, which sells $145 cocktail rings that vibrate in four possible patterns, according to the wearer’s preferences.” via Co.Design

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App lets you invite strangers to verbally deliver personal messages [#Communication]

somebody app by miranda july sends a stranger to verbally deliver texts
“when a written text to a friend or loved one just can’t convey the sentiment of the sender, the ‘somebody‘ app — created by american filmmaker and artist miranda july — ensures messages are delivered with every bit of emotion. as a user of the application composes a text, it is sent — not directly to the person they intend — but rather to a nearby stranger, assigned to verbally convey the note to the desired recipient. participants partake in a sort of performance-art: the ‘stand-in’ is directed by actions and cues such as crying, giving a hug or holding the hands of the human receiver. ‘I see this as far-reaching public art project, inciting performance and conversation about the value of inefficiency and risk‘ july describes.” via DesignBoom

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Google X shows early drone delivery project [#Drones]

Google X takes wraps off project developing autonomous delivery drones
“According to Google, Project Wing has been in development for around two years. A video released by the search giant of a test flight in Australia shows a winged, shuttle-like craft taking off vertically using what appear to be four front-mounted propellers. The craft, named Chickadee 6 judging by the footage, navigates its way autonomously to a predefined location. Hovering above the treeline, it gently lowers a package to the ground on a cord, breaks off its attachment to the package and reels the cord back in before returning home.” via Gizmag

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Map made from pinging every IP address on the internet shows where the devices are [#IoT]

A Map of Every Device in the World That’s Connected to the Internet
“This map was made on August 2 by John Matherly, the founder of Shodan, a search engine for internet-connected devices. Matherly, who calls himself an internet cartographer, collected the data to put it together by sending ping requests to every IP address on the internet, and storing the positive responses. A ping is a network utility that sends an echo-request message (known as a packet) to an IP address—the internet’s version of “hey, are you there?” That part was relatively easy compared to the visualization process, says Matherly. “It took less than five hours to gather the data, and another 12 hours or so to generate the map image.” For that, he used the matplotlib plotting library in the programing language Python.” via Gizmodo

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3D printed concrete castle at human scale [#3DPrinting]

andrey rudenko constructs 3D printed concrete castle in minnesota
“following two years of research and development into the capabilities of technology on an architectural scale, minnesota-based engineer andrey rudenko has completed a 3D printed concrete castle, life-sized and capable of habitation. the walls of the small fortress, as well as three tops of the towers, have been fabricated separately and finally assembled and amassed into the single, free-standing structure. ‘with this new technology‘ rudenko describes ‘it is possible to print limitless amounts of classical décor as well as brand new elements and shapes, whereas previous technology made innovative constructions difficult and expensive.’” via DesignBoom

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New light detector uses a tiny grating built into the pixels [#Photography]

Nature inspires color-sensitive, CMOS-compatible photodetector
“Researchers at Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP) have developed a new image sensor that mimics the way we see color by integrating light amplifiers and color filters directly onto the pixels. The new design enables smaller, less complex, and more organic designs for CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) sensors and other photodetectors used in cameras” via Gizmag

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Teams of robots that could work on distant planets [#Robots]

NASA’s “swarmies” robots would team up to explore alien worlds
“A collection of autonomous robots designed to scuttle around on distant planets looking for resources and materials in much the same way that members of insect colonies do on Earth are currently being tested by NASA engineers. The robots, dubbed “swarmies,” are designed to individually survey an area, signal the others when they have found something of value, and then divide up the task of collecting the material and returning it back to base.” via Gizmag

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