Smart Glasses for the Blind

Better than an angel on your shoulder,  Aira.io (pr. EYE-rah)  puts a human assistant in your ear! Their glasses are equipped with earphone, mic, and wide-angle camera to  livestream imagery of what the wearer sees back to Aira. There, a human monitor observing the footage can offer real-time verbal instructions or information to the subscriber. For a vision-impaired individual this could offer a new level of freedom and mobility, with Aira agents offering everything from location guidance,  to pointing out where the building elevator panel or doorknob is located.

Visit their website to learn more.

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quincy

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Uber Self-driving Car Causes Pedestrian Fatality

excerpted from: CNN-Money

Uber has removed its self-driving cars from the roads following what is believed to be the first fatality involving a fully autonomous car.

A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she walked her bicycle across a street in Tempe, Arizona, Sunday night, according to the Tempe police. The department is investigating the crash.

 

“The vehicle involved is one of Uber’s self-driving vehicles,” the Tempe police said in a statement. “It was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision, with a vehicle operator behind the wheel.”

Uber said it is “fully cooperating” with local officials. “Our hearts go out to the victim’s family,” Uber said in a statement.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is launching an investigation.

 

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Google Lens does Text Capture and More!

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Google Lens, is making its presence known, as a stand-alone app, and as an upgraded feature of Photos (for select Android phones*). With Lens’ OCR (object-character-recognition) capabilities, you can easily:
*16-Mar update:  Google Lens now also avail on iOS on devices.

  • Create a Contact from a printed business card
  • Initiate a a web-search the Web using an image
  • Translate the menu at a restaurant

…and more!

To Activate Lens 

  1. Take a picture and view it using Photos
  2. Tap the Lens  icon 220px-Google_Lens_logo.

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quincy

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Comments and questions are always welcome!

 

Mar 10 is Mario Time on Google Maps!

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Google is having a little fun with the date March 10 (a cheeky way to spell Mario) by adding this colorful character to Google Maps. Android and iOS users with the updated app can request directions and have the plucky plumber/racer show them how to get there.

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To Activate Mario Time 

  1. Launch Google Maps
  2. Click GO, and enter starting point and destination
  3. Click question markmario-clipart-mystery-box-3, then click LET’S-A GO!

Optionally, you can share Mario’s trip to @GoogleMaps on Twitter and/or tag it #MarioMaps in Instagram (but be careful of posting personal location info).

Cheers!

quincy

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Rise of Rubik’s Robots

Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo‘s, robot can solve Rubik’s Cube in under a second.

But then, speed isn’t everything..

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quincy

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LiveWire 2019: Do Androids Dream of Electric Harleys?

You’ve seen Black Widow on one in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and next year you’ll be able to ride one yourself.

The iconic Biker company, Harley-Davidson, has partnered with e-motorcycle company Alta Motors, to produce an electric motorcycle. Titled Project LiveWire, these two wheeled beauties hit the streets sometime next year (Avenger, not included).

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