Archive for 2015

Lexus Hoverboard

Posted in Science by Olivia Olson on August 5th, 2015

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Lexus just unveiled its new Lexus Hoverboard. Yes, Lexus, the car company, just unveiled a hoverboard inspired by the 1989 film, Back to the Future II. We’re one step closer to experiencing the 2015 Marty McFly did. Unlike Marty’s hoverboard, this one can only be ridden in a specially designed skate park in Barcelona so far.
The board works by using magnets that are surrounded by liquid nitrogen and kept at -197 degrees Fahrenheit. “The magnetic field from the track is effectively ‘frozen’ into the superconductors in the board, maintaining the distance between the board and the track—essentially keeping the board hovering,” Oliver de Haas, CEO of GmbH, told the press during a press release “This force is strong enough to allow the rider to stand and even jump on the board.”

You may be thinking “Great Scott! Where can I …

New Google Glass

Posted in Google by Olivia Olson on August 5th, 2015

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Google just secretly released a new version of Google Glass. The new edition will be targeted primarily towards businesses in the healthcare, manufacturing, and energy industries.

The main new feature of this product is that it is a clip on rather than a whole set of glasses, this allows it to be attached to any set of goggles or glasses. It also is reported to have a battery life that lasts 2 hours longer then the previous edition. The new version is expected to be water resistant as well as more durable in general. It is estimated to be released in mid 2016.

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Amazon Dash Available for Purchase

Posted in Amazon by Olivia Olson on August 5th, 2015

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Amazon Dash was recently made available to purchase for all Amazon Prime members. Since it was announced on March 31st, earlier this year, many people assumed it was an April Fool’s joke. It has become recently apparent that it is not. You can now choose from 255 Dash Buttons for different household items from Gatorade to diapers or an Amazon Dash which works through voice control or scanning the bar code on the item.

Amazon Dash connects to your home WiFi and your Amazon account and automatically puts the item in your shopping cart. You then view the purchase on your computer or mobile device and schedule delivery. Dash Buttons are available for $5.

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Advancements in Multispectral Imaging Reveal New Texts

Posted in Science by Olivia Olson on August 5th, 2015

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NBC News released an article about recent developments in multispectral imaging. Many scientists are working frantically to use this technology to reveal hidden texts, that within a few years could have easily been lost forever. It has already been used to uncover poems written by William Faulkner and maps potentially used by Columbus. This method has the potential to uncover many other pieces of music, Biblical gospels, and so many other writings that haven’t been read for centuries.

Multispectral images are used to capture images and data at different frequencies across a spectrum. It uses different frequencies to reveal different forms of ink and materials. So when images are processed using this method, it reveals the writing that was previously thought to have been destroyed or damaged beyond legibility.
The NBC article states “The problem is that so few people are skilled …

Walmart and Evanflo Safe Car Seat: Evenflo Advanced SensorSafe Embrace

Posted in children by Olivia Olson on July 29th, 2015

cropped carseatIt is estimated that approximately 40 babies die each year from heat stroke after being left in cars. This is usually attributed to the fact that car seats for infants face away from the front of the car, allowing parents to forget about their sleeping children in the backseat. Now Walmart and Evenflo have teamed up to create the Evenflo Advanced SensorSafe Embrace.
The car seat uses a wireless receiver that is hooked up to the car’s On Board Diagnostics. It is then synced with the car seat which will play a “jingle” if the car is off and the car seat is still buckled. The difference between this car seat and other smart car seats is that it doesn’t work through the bluetooth in your cellphone, so the car seat will still …