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Blind Drivers? Virginia Tech Vehicle For Blind Gets 2010 National Instruments Award

Some people literally see beyond the limitations of others to invent and develop assistive innovations that open doors to disabled persons.  In this case, Dr. Dennis Hong,  from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), made some in'roads' for blind persons with his invention of the world's first blind driver vehicle.

 


The Twit Network & Twittamentary Movies Go Tweet-to-Tweet with Facebook

The twitterati are not happy with Facebook getting all the attention and subsequent lampooning. With the soon-to-be-released movie about the world's largest online social site, titled The Social Network - producers like Indy Mogul and Siok Siok Tan are striking back with Twitter film projects to show that users can be just as self-deprecating as Facebookers.

Hot Potato Could Become Facebook's Location-Based Social Network Differentiator

"If you can't acquire them, squash them" - might be Facebook's new mantra in trying to create a foothold in the location-based social networking space. Since Foursquare spurned Facebook's advances for acquisition in favor of seeking more funding - the mighty social network of half a billion has put Plan B into motion...

MIT Students Win U.S. Dyson Award For Hybrid Bike Wheel

...Though created with the topography of the city of Copenhagen, Denmark in mind, The Copenhagen (Smart) Wheel has the 'wheels' to become a very hot bike item, no matter where in the world you live.  I mean doesn't every biker need a boost now and then to get up those 45 degree hills?

Social Media Songs Are As Mad As Hell As An Ex-Flight Attendant

At last count there were over 4000 blogs and articles posted online detailing the now infamous tale of Steven Slater, the flight attendant who "went Postal" while flying the infriendly skies. Carrying too much baggage took on multiple meanings when working-class rage reached new heights.

Mobile Phone 'Dryer Box' Revives Soaked Phones, Saves Precious Data

Dropping your mobile phone in the pool, the bathtub, a puddle, even the toilet used to be a recipe for data disaster. Not any more, thanks to the 'Dryer Box' - a cool cube that revives your phone and restores your data.

Twitter's Official Retweet Button To Replace Tweetmeme Button?

It's still very "buttoned" up (pun intended), but its been announced that Twitter is taking control of the retweeting functionality for its microblogging platform. Ever since Twitter has moved into a monetization mode, its either acquired or competed head-on with apps designed by third-party developers.

Fried Axolotl Looks Like Dragon, Tastes Like Chicken

A Japanese restaurant is advertising a rather unique dish: Fried Axolotl, served on a bed of noodles with green and red pepper garnishes. The wee beastie is fried whole, so squeamish folks should prepare themselves before clicking through!

Substantial Number Of Girls 7 And 8 Already In Puberty

For most of us, it's hard to imagine a girl entering puberty when she's in third or fourth grade - before she's even started Algebra. But the newest data from a study that began in 2003 was just published in Pediatrics and the findings are startling.

Sharpie Liquid Pencil To Save The Day For School Kids & Engineers

The first Sharpie Liquid Pencil is being introduced to the market as I write.  Made by Newell Rubbermaid, it is being touted as the reinvention of the mechanical pencil, a pencil that writes like a pen, but erases like a pencil.

 

Social Media Casting Call For Facebook Graphic Novel

"Win a Free Walk-On Part In A Graphic Novel" is a social media first for a graphic novel.  With the soon-to-be-published graphic novel, "Facebucks & Dumb F*cks," the authors are conducting an open casting call for anyone that knows how to tweet, update their Facebook status or produce a YouTube video - to be considered for a walk-on part.

Anamorphic Typography: DIY 3D Design With A Message

Wall stickers have been very hot decorative items in home and office interiors. The trompe l'oeil (trick of the eye) effect creates many fabulous and fun 3D effects, including wall stickers of furniture, plants, even exterior scenes.  But graduate students at the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London have unleashed a new purpose for such optical design.  Their Anamorphic Typography makes a statement.

 

Social Media Dilemma - Brainsourcing vs Crowdsourcing

Is the power of the unconscious more powerful than the power of the people? Is brainsourcing a better barometer in determining preferences than the wisdom of crowds, and if so, is there a new paradigm shift on the social media horizon?

Scientists Discover Why Some Sleep Well & Others Don't

Don't we all love our sleep?  It's so utterly cleansing... if we are lucky.  But some of us don't sleep well or not long enough for sleep to "knit up the ravell'd sleeve of care."  Sleep researchers at five institutions looked to brain activity in this study of the secrets of a good night's sleep.

Don't Look Now But... There Are Ghosts Floating In The Creek

Among the loyal attendees to the Albacete, Spain film festival last month were guerilla designers from Luzinterruptus, a Madrid-based design house known for its spontaneous public lighting designs. Wanting to pay homage to the cult film Dawn and its author/director, Luzinterruptus left a shocker in this town....