3D Robotics drone will follow you and keep you at the centre of the action [#Robotics]

New Autonomous 3D Robotics Drone Follows You Wherever You Go
“This third-person view mode will be immediately exciting for anyone doing action sports, since it not only follows you around but also controls the gimbal to keep you in the center of the camera frame while you pull off stunts. The Iris+ can become your own personal aerial cameraman that sticks with you over every jump or down every trail—so long as you’re toting a GPS-enabled Android device and there aren’t too many trees to trip it up. It even boasts a custom app for the Pebble smartwatch so you can tweak the flight during your ride or run.” via Gizmodo

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Collaborative photo sharing app lets anyone remove a photo from a shared album [#Possession]

Seahorse Lets You Collaborate With Friends To Build Lasting Photo And Video Albums, Shared Privately
“For up to a week, anyone can delete photos from a “scene” – no matter who added them. The concept the company is trying to get across is something called “co-ownership” of photos. That is, it’s trying to take away the importance of who shot the photos, and give control over what becomes permanently archived to all those who were a part of a shared album – the people who were likely the subjects of the photos or videos in the first place.” via TechCrunch

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Device brings quantum-based encryption to the masses [#Security]

Super-secure quantum-based data encryption for everyone
“Using technology developed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and incorporating the quantum mechanics of random photon polarization, the new device generates random numbers and creates cryptographic keys so fast and so securely that the technology is said to revolutionize high-speed cryptography and offer a completely new commercial platform for real-time encryption at high data rates.” via Gizmag

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Panasonic’s Augmented Reality mirror tracks faces and recommends make-up [#Fashion]

Panasonic’s AR Make-Up Mirror Turned Me Into a Pussycat Doll
“Combining facial recognition technologies gathered from Panasonic’s Lumix camera line and commercial security products, the mirror is able to track and assess your face, and give cosmetic recommendations based on your look. It’ll then put a real-time overlay of your face onto the mirror, complete with all manner of blush-inducing eye-shadow and lipstick combinations. Paired with bespoke software, the camera can also spot lines and wrinkles on your face, and adjust its application appropriately, and even show you how the make-up will look under different lighting conditions.” via Gizmodo

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Virtual high-fives between strangers in Amsterdam and New York [#Remote]

Perfect Virtual High Five Wins Free Trip to Amsterdam
“For one day only as part of KLM’s World Deal Week campaign, two interactive screens with HD video feed and audio were placed over 3,600 miles apart in New York City and Amsterdam. The screens encouraged spontaneous interactions between people in the two cities as they worked together face-to-face to accomplish a simple-sounding task. Whoever could achieve the “perfect” high five with their counterpart across the Atlantic was rewarded with KLM tickets to the other city (either New York or Amsterdam, depending on their current location).” via PSFK

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V.isit.s maps your trips by place and time with interactive maps [#Travel]

Visits: Mapping the Places you Have Visited – information aesthetics
“The timeline visualization goes beyond the classical pin representation, which tend to overlap and are relatively hard to read. Instead, the data is shown as ‘map-timelines’, a combination of maps with a timeline that convey location histories as sequences of maps: the bigger the map, the longer the stay. This way, the temporal sequence is clear, as the trip starts with the map on the left and continues towards the right.  A place slider allows the adjusting of the map granularity, reaching from street-level to country-level.” via information aesthetics

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Dyson releases robotic vacuum cleaner with tank-treads for navigating small bumps [#Robots]

Dyson Reveals Its All-Seeing Robot Vacuum, The 360 Eye
“The robot vision work for the Dyson 360 Eye is in part a result of its ongoing partnership with Imperial College London, as well as 16 years and $47 million in R&D work for the robot vacuum alone. Dyson says it has also conducted analysis on 1.5 billion images during the device’s testing, as well as running testing on tracks that analyzed the 360 Eye’s suspension and tracks across 342,000 bump strips and 670 miles to test for durability. Its tank-style treads give it an advantage over the competition, Dyson says, in terms of helping it navigate small obstacles.” via TechCrunch

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Adding gestures to a phone using 4 radio antennas [#Gesture]

How Scientists Made This Ordinary Phone a Touchless Interface
“Researchers at the University of Washington look a regular touchscreen phone and attached a circuit board with four small loop antennae. It’s bulkier than a sleek naked phone, for sure, but not much worse than some monstrosities that pass for phone cases. These antennae detect interference in the radio waves that phones uses to communicate with cell towers. “When the user moves their hand around the mobile phone,” write the authors, “their skin, muscle, and bones affect the character of the propagation path by absorbing or reflecting part of the signal.” By analyzing how each of the four antennae receive the signal, the phone can distinguish between taps in eight locations, four hover gestures, and swipes in two directions. ” via Gizmodo

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Amazon releases program for creating self-published kids chapter books [#Books]

Amazon Invites Children’s Book Authors To Kindle Direct Publishing, Rolls Out Kids’ Book Creator Software
“This tool will allow budding children’s book authors to create chapter books and illustrated children’s books that are able to take advantage of Kindle features like text pop-ups, explains Amazon in an announcement about the new services. After the book is finalized, authors can also use the tool to upload the book to KDP while also stipulating the category, age and grade range filters needed to get the book listed correctly.” via TechCrunch

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Interesting new social and technological trends culled from the web by Richard Banks.