Finding Nemo, the underwater Drone

Having surpassed it’s Kickstarter goal, NEMO, the underwater drone, may be coming to a watering hole near you.

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This underwater drone (and competitors like it) seems to be marketed towards two groups: the first are the wannabee Scuba enthusiasts, who don’t want to get wet. The second are those weekend anglers who find fishing too taxing and unpredictable (because sitting in a boat and waiting is already arduous enough).

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quincy

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Honest Test – 200 Wallets

Would you return a lost wallet?

Mark Rober‘s lost a wallet was never returned to him (it’s happened to us all, at sometime). This event sent him on a mission to query the nature of people; are people more likely to return a wallet if they’re

  • wealthy/poor
  • male/female
  • rural/urban
  • etc.

So he enlisted some strangers across the country to conduct a pseudo-scientific experiment, dropping 200 wallets and measuring the return rate.

His results surprised him so I won’t add any spoilers. The video is well shot, short and his delivery is quick, and lively*.

 

 

 

 

*I thought about posting this on my personal page, but I really liked his fun-and-scientific explanation (make science fun,people!) so here it is.

Google Sheets Macros

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Google Sheets users can now record and execute macros. As every Excel user can attest to, this can be a invaluable when it comes to:

  • automate repetitive tasks
  • standardize data entry and data validation
  • execute a complex series of steps

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quincy

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April Fools, Where’s Waldo

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It’s that time again!

April 1st usually marks the day when the Internet collectively let’s it’s hair down and has some fun by creating prank sites and products, to honor April Fool’s Day.

Google, wich has a reputation for not letting this day pass quietly (e.g Express Parachute Delivery), has brought the eponymous, lost hero of “Where’s Waldo”  to Google Maps.

To Find Waldo in Google Maps:

  1. Launch Maps, you’ll see Waldo waving at you.
  2. Tap Waldo then tap Play.

Enjoy,  be on the lookout for too good funny to be true offering from the likes of AirBNB, Amazon, and Subway.

Cheers!

quincy

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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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