Amazon Dash lets you scan barcodes at home to build an online shopping list [#Shopping]

Amazon Tests Dash Barcode Scanner For Ordering AmazonFresh Groceries
“Apparently it’s a Wi-Fi-connected device that allows users to build a shopping list by scanning bar codes and saying product names out loud. It connects directly with AmazonFresh, the company’s grocery delivery service, so once your list is complete, it should be easy to make the purchase from your smartphone or laptop. Among the benefits highlighted on the Dash site are the ability to build your list throughout the day, and to “never forget an item again.”” via TechCrunch

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“Tiles” lets you make and print 3D models using blocks [#3DPrinting]

Tiles Is An Easy-To-Use 3D Design Program That Lets You Print Your Own Objects
“To create objects you simply place LEGO-style bricks in virtual space. Once you’ve built your model you can export to an STL file for printing on a Makerbot or similar printer. Aimed at the very young, Tiles offers a number of building styles including additive building by dropping blocks and “chip-way” that lets you remove material from a larger block. Unlike tools like Printcraft, which translate game worlds into STL files, this is a true CAD tool, albeit one with considerably reduced complexity.” via TechCrunch

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Circuits you can stick directly onto your skin [#Circuits]

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change
“So what’s that mean? It means that you could create a wearable electronic that’s one-part special sticky circuit board, every other part whatever-the-hell-you-manufactured-in-China. This flexible circuit could accommodate a stock battery, an accelerometer, a Wi-Fi chip, and a Bluetooth circuitry, for instance, all living on your skin rather than inside your iPhone. And as an added bonus, it would be relatively cheap.” via Co.Design

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Man walks backwards through Tokyo to create drem-like movie [#Film]

There’s A 9-Hour Movie Of A Guy Walking Through Tokyo, And You’ll Want To Watch The Whole Thing
“In Tokyo Reverse, it is Zulli who appears to be going forward, the sole exception to a citywide time inversion. In reality, though, the nine-hour French movie was made by filming Zulli as he slowly walked backward through Tokyo, then played backward to achieve its dreamy, otherworldly effect. In fact, the 28-year-old ended up taking dance class just to make sure that his movements looked natural when the film was rewound.” via Co.Design

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Deafalarm runs on the background on your phone, listening for fire alarms [#Security]

An Always-Listening App That Alerts the Hearing Impaired To Alarms
“Like Shazam’s song-recognizing app that can now be set to listen 24/7, Deafalarm runs in the background on your iPhone, constantly listening for repetitive sounds that indicate an audible alarm is going off. When one is recognized, the app provides a vibrating alert in addition to an on-screen notification that something might be amiss.” via Gizmodo

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Using Google Glass to let remote doctors assess patients [#Healthcare]

Google Glass Gives Remote Doctors A First-Hand View Of Patients’ Cases
“Noor explained to Co.Exist that Beam is more useful than a Google Hangout connection because it is secure and easier to access. She gives the example of a burn victim visiting a clinic. Instead of calling the doctor, the doctor’s assistant can simply take images using Beam, which assigns the patient a case number. When the doctor logs in on his or her Beam “expert interface,” he or she will be able to see the cases under him or her along with all the images or videos attached. In urgent scenarios, the assistant can also consult directly in real-time by live streaming first-person video. The doctor will be able to see the patient through the assistant’s eyes.” via PSFK

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System estimates calorie count of meals from photos [#Health]

Siri Creator Builds Platform That Guesses Calorie Counts From Photos
“According to SRI Ventures executive director Dror Oren, it’s difficult to get an accurate count of calories in food because of hidden fats such as oils and butter, but he explained to Gigaom that providing a close range of the calorie count is already useful for many people. The main technology used is image recognition, but the project also plans to use other information as context clues to get a more accurate calorie count. Information such as where the user is having the meal or information taken from other food apps can be used so Ceres can ask the right questions and arrive at an accurate count. The image processing and recognition will all be done in the cloud.” via PSFK

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Racing data from real track imported into Gran Turismo game [#DigitalPhysical]

Toyota Sports Car Owners Can Rewatch Real Driving In Gran Turismo
“Driving can be simply watched and analyzed within the game from the multitude of camera angles. Drivers will also have the ability to race against themselves or their friends’ real world data in any of Gran Turismo’s virtual cars. Drivers will also be able to compare their own driving data against laps from professional drivers within the game to improve their acceleration, braking and cornering technique.” via PSFK

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Swarm of pixel robots can make pictures [#Robots]

Dancing Robot Swarm Tells The Story Of The Universe
“Now called Pixelbots, these tiny robots have two magnetic wheels that can be programmed to represent one pixel of light and color at a time. They are capable of making quick transitions and changes in shape without getting confused or running into each other, and will even reposition themselves if you try to mix them up. Pixelbots can make images on tabletops or whiteboards. The software that controls them allows for quick recovery of disrupted displays, without the Pixelbots being put back in their starting place. You can sketch on an iPad and watch as the Pixelbots move into the position created in the sketch., or direct them with a gesture of your hand.” via PSFK

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