Save long-form web content and print it out as a real newspaper [#DigitalPhysical]

PaperLater lets you create your own internet-based newspaper
“The idea is that when web-surfing users come across an article that looks like it will interest them (presumably a fairly lengthy article, otherwise what’s the point?), they use their device’s PaperLater function to tag it. Those articles should be of the text-heavy print-media-like variety, as opposed to things like photo galleries. Once users have set aside enough content to fill at least eight pages (or a maximum of 24), they instruct PaperLater to make them a physical newspaper. That paper will be printed up at Newspaper Club’s facility on newsprint that’s said to “look and feel like a proper newspaper,” although it’s a little thicker” via Gizmag

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Glance is a wearable that slips under your phone strap [#Wearables]

Glance turns any watch into a smartwatch
“Glance offers users the option of having a device with smartwatch functionality, without having to do away with an existing watch. It is a curved accessory with a raised screen on one side and a raised lip on the other. A channel runs between the screen and the lip into which the user’s watch strap is slotted. Users just slip Glance underneath their watch strap and it is held in place.” via Gizmag

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Mapping lightening strikes across the US [#Weather]

A Mesmerizing Site That Tracks and Displays Real-Time Lightning Strikes
“The site relies on volunteers stationed around the world who have purchased a detection kit that’s capable of sensing those aforementioned radio waves, determining where the lightning strike occurred, and then passing on information about its time and location to Blitzortung’s servers. That info is then displayed on the site as a lightning strike on a map, with connecting lines showing where it was actually detected. As a result there is some delay, but it’s still a good representation of just how perpetually active storms are across the country.” via Gizmodo

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XTouch uses iPhone mic to detect touches on a table around the phone [#Input]

Virtual buttons for the iPhone created from any surrounding surface
“To begin, users must lay their phone flat on the surface they wish to use as a controller. They are then asked to tap an area which they wish to use as button one, and then do the same for buttons two and three. These areas will then function as virtual buttons for controlling actions within an app. “XTouch extends the tactile environment beyond the surface of that mobile device”, explains co-founder Amin Heidari. Unlike Fuffr, Xtouch requires no additional hardware. Rather, it uses the phone’s built in microphone to detect acoustic signatures. It then processes these signatures to pinpoint the location they originated from.” via Springwise

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3D sensing tablet aimed for use by architectural surveyors [#3DSensing]

3D Sensing Tablet, EyesMap, Aims To Replace Multiple Surveyor Tools
“Spanish startup E-Capture R&D is building a tablet with 3D sensing capabilities that’s aiming to target the enterprise space — for example as a portable tool for surveyors, civil engineers, architects and the like — which is due to go on sale at the beginning of 2015. The tablet, called EyesMap, will have two rear 13 megapixel cameras, along with a depth sensor and GPS to enable it to measure co-ordinates, surface and volumes of objects up to a distance of 70 to 80 meters in real-time.” via TechCrunch

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SnapChat “Our Story” creates a channel for sharing at big events [#Events]

Snapchat’s “Our Story” Is A Genius, Collaborative Reinvention Of The Livestream
“What does it feel like to be a massive music festival? Nothing like a glossy livestream of the mainstage. Much more like Snapchat’s new Our Story feature, a curated channel of user submitted photos of videos from all around a big event. I was there last night at Vegas’ Electric Daisy Carnival, an 140,000-person dance music festival where Snapchat piloted Our Story. I can vouch that the decentralized perspective was remarkably accurate. Our Story has huge potential, and you can follow along tonight by adding “EDC Live” on Snapchat.” via TechCrunch

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iPhone case with built in motion sensor can detect fingers around the phone [#PhoneGesture]

iPhone case turns any surrounding surface into a trackpad
“The team claim the case doesn’t use any of the phone’s existing technology or sensors to function. Rather it makes use of its own motion sensor, which feeds back to the phone via Bluetooth LE. Many of the trial videos demonstrate the case’s potential usefulness for gaming — by keeping fingers out of the way of the on-screen action — but it’s not difficult to imagine a wealth of other applications. Perhaps for scrolling through an on-screen recipe by touching a work surface when cooking with messy hands, for example.” via Springwise

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Iris for phone cameras made of concentric rings of electrochromic glass [#Cameras]

“Smart glass” iris could bring greater quality and flexibility to smartphone cameras
“The researchers, from Germany’s University of Kaiserslautern, created their non-mechanical iris using an electrochromic material like that used in the View Dynamic Glass windows. In this case, the material consists of various polymer layers that turn opaque when a small electrical voltage is applied. Each of these layers is configured as concentric rings to provide varying degrees of aperture to simulate the behavior of a mechanical iris, with each of the two segments able to be controlled to produce four possible switching states. In effect, this provides a range of f-stops similar to that found in a mechanical iris lens.” via Gizmag

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Robots that work together to 3D Print a building [#Robots]

These Tiny Robots Are Designed To 3D Print Whole Buildings
“The innovative thinkers at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia recently showed off a new kind of construction robot called Minibuilders. The idea behind these autonomous bots is that they divide up tasks to make the construction process cheaper and greener. The research team says that they’ll make it possible to build bigger buildings without support structures—which are another requirement for traditionally 3D-printed buildings.” via Gizmodo

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