Monday, October 22

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Engineers At MIT Have Made A Huge Breakthrough For The Blind. This Machine Is Incredible.

Engineers At MIT Have Made A Huge Breakthrough For The Blind. This Machine Is Incredible.

Science
Braille has been an effective tool to help those who are blind read; however, it's understandably difficult when they're tasked with reading something that isn't converted to that format. Fortunately for those with impaired vision, engineers have developed this wonderful machine that will hopefully change the way they experience the world around them. Introducing The FingerReader: MIT Media Lab's FingerReader is an impressive machine. MIT Media Lab It's a 3D-printed device that uses the attached camera to recognize and read text for the user. MIT Media Lab The device accomplishes this through complicated image processing. ...
I Was Using Google Earth When I Noticed Something Awesome… In Fact, 29 Awesome Things.

I Was Using Google Earth When I Noticed Something Awesome… In Fact, 29 Awesome Things.

Science
Google Earth allows us to explore the world around us in a way that used to be impossible. With the help of satellite imagery and aerial photographs taken by aircraft, Google created a gigantic and interactive map for us to play with. Exploring cities you've never visited is fun, but you can also use it to explore where you currently live ("Bob has a swimming pool?") The most entertaining part of all? Finding hidden secrets, all over the world. 1.) This airplane boneyard (32 08’59.96″ N, 110 50’09.03″W) Tucson, Arizona Google Earth 2.) A mysterious pattern in the desert (27°22’50.10″N, 33°37’54.62″E) Red Sea Governorate, Egypt ...
This Simple Spoon Has The Power To Give Thousands Of People The Lives They Deserve

This Simple Spoon Has The Power To Give Thousands Of People The Lives They Deserve

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If you threw a dart at a world map right now, you'd undoubtedly hit a place where food is the great equalizer. Deals are made, relationships are forged, and accomplishments are celebrated over food in every hemisphere. For millions of people worldwide who suffer from conditions like Parkinson's disease and essential tremor, however, eating is a complicated and often embarrassing experience, especially when done in public. That's where the designers behind Liftware come in. These tech industry innovators created a self-stabilizing utensil that has the power to help those dealing with hand tremors enjoy this simple pleasure again. Whether users' respective tremors are mild or severe, Liftware is designed to give people the sense of agenc...
Vantablack Is The Darkest Material Known To Man, And It’s Pretty Trippy

Vantablack Is The Darkest Material Known To Man, And It’s Pretty Trippy

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What some people don't realize is just how amazing the breakthroughs of modern technology really are. This could have something to do with the fact that many groundbreaking inventions and discoveries seem too far-fetched to be real.An excellent example of this phenomenon is known as Vantablack, and it's listed by The Guinness Book of World Records as being the world's darkest substance. This is Vantablack in all its glory. When it was introduced, the company that manufactured it from tiny carbon nanotubes reported that Vantablack can absorb up to 99.96 percent of the light that contacts the material. Wikipedia I know that sounds fantastical, but after seeing a few videos of Vantablack in action, I definitely believe those claims. The ma...
What They’re Doing With 3-D Printers Will Change The Way Blind People Experience Art

What They’re Doing With 3-D Printers Will Change The Way Blind People Experience Art

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Millions of people from around the world flock to the finest art museums every year to experience the most incredible pieces that have ever been created. It's hard to stand unmoved in front of the works of Michelangelo, Dürer, Da Vinci, and Cassatt. It's hard to deny how seeing a piece like the Mona Lisa in person makes you feel.But people with visual impairments rarely get to partake in these experiences. They never get to analyze Monet's signature brush strokes, stare into the vast beauty of the Sistine Chapel's renowned ceiling, or count the swirling stars in Van Gogh's most famous nighttime scene. It's a reality that's as heartbreaking as it is ignored. But one team of artists and digital designers aims to solve that problem with a project called Unseen Art. ...
This New Wheelchair Technology Is Going To Be A Game Changer For The Disabled

This New Wheelchair Technology Is Going To Be A Game Changer For The Disabled

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Being wheelchair-bound is a huge burden for people who have physical limitations and disabilities. The sad truth is that not many places accommodate people in wheelchairs, and being bound to a chair keeps people from living their lives to the fullest. Traditional wheelchairs are cumbersome, and they can put a huge strain on people who have to use them every day.But this new invention -- called the Ogo Wheelchair -- combines the technology and the easy-to-use nature of Segways with traditional wheelchair design. It provides users with hands-free operation and two all-terrain wheels, which will allow them to experience everything that life has to offer. Finally, someone has come up with an invention that will give disabled people the sense of freedom and independence that they deserve. For ...
When I Finally Realized What I Was Seeing, This Was The Coolest Thing Ever. Look Closer.

When I Finally Realized What I Was Seeing, This Was The Coolest Thing Ever. Look Closer.

CULTURE
Meet Michael Paul Smith. For over 25 years, he has been creating an imaginary world called "Elgin Park," filled with scaled models of old cars. They're 1/24th the size to be exact. He chooses appropriate surroundings for these models, and then uses his camera to capture the most realistic shot possible. The kind of shot that you have no idea is within a tiny world. Here's the best part: he does it all with a $200 point and shoot camera. Dive into his world below. Michael admires a couple of his creations. With the right perspective, this miniature town looks completely real. But this is what it actually is. Another shot that looks realistic...