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Google has invented a new smart contact lens with an integrated camera.

The camera would be very small and sit near the edge of the contact lens so that it doesn’t obscure your vision. By virtue of being part of the contact lens, the camera would naturally follow your gaze, allowing for a huge range of awesome applications, from the basis of a bionic eye system for blind and visually impaired people, through to early warning systems (the camera spots a hazard before your brain does), facial recognition, and superhuman powers (telescopic and infrared/night vision). In related news, Google Glass is publicly available today in the US for one day only (still priced at $1500).

This new smart contact lens would have a tiny CMOS camera sensor just below your pupil, control circuit, and some method of receiving power wirelessly (more on that later). Because an imaging sensor, by definition, has to absorb light, it wouldn’t be transparent — but it could probably be color matched to your iris, so that your eyes don’t look too freaky.

A dronie is a video selfie taken with a drone. I featured Amit Gupta’s beautiful dronie yesterday:

Other people have since taken dronies of their own and the idea seems like it’s on the cusp of becoming a thing. Here’s one taken by Joshua Works of him and his family on…

Amazing - Pizza Palace - Ordering Pizza in 2015 (as speculated 20 years ago)

I just saw Roger Burrows give a lecture on what it is now like to live with algorithms, metrics and data governing our lives and he started the talk by illustrating the point with this pizza video. This was made in the mid-nineties and speculated that so much data about ourselves would be made available for commercial exploit. The female voice is clearly a human over a phone-line but it could easily be imagined that this would be the voice of recommendation algorithms at an algo-driven pizza service, perhaps a subsidiary business of Amazon or Google Shopping that has access to all that data. 

Dumpster Divers: DumpsterMap

Grassroots crowdsourced tech service lets users mark dumpsters with smartphone app and GPS to locate finds. Video embedded below shows the app in action:

An online resource for freegans and dumpster divers to locate other divers and post dumpster locations for others to find.

The app was very much designed for the Reddit DumpsterDiving community.

You can visit the map here

The code for the DumpsterMap smartphone app can be found at GitHub here

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1968 Wearable Tech: The Sword of Damocles

Early pioneering tech from 1968 is a stereoscopic headmounted display created by Ivan Sutherland, the first Virtual Reality technology:

Computer graphics pioneer Ivan Sutherland models a stereoscopic display he created at Harvard using miniature TV tubes. An early application showed a three-dimensional wire-frame virtual room that users could explore by moving their heads.

I couldn’t locate a demonstration of the wireframe rooms (but if anyone knows … let me know!)

Images above are from the Computer History Museum here and here

Papers written by Ivan Sutherland from 1965 on the subject can be found here and here

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Bruce Sterling SXSWi Wrap-up

Bruce Sterling’s annual closing rant at SXSW Interactive is always unexpected, invented on the fly, a hash of trends, trepidations, and creative prognostication. In 2013, Sterling focused on “disruption” (one of the big buzz words of the tech world), arguing that disruption is merely a nicer word than death and destruction. What will he cover in 2014?

Blake Jamieson is trying to digitally play his way into women’s hearts, and it might actually be working. The aspiring content marketer applied a little branding to his profile on Tinder, the hot-or-not-style dating app, and said he’s now matched with more than 2,000 women.

Feel old, feel pity #walkmans

Project Ara: building the module smartphone (by The Verge

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Drones on demand using Gofor

Gofor provides drones on demand. Using our mobile app, you can task a drone to complete a variety of helpful tasks. “Uber for drones”. http://gofordrones.com

San Francisco, Cali — April 6th 2014 - Gofor, a Bay Area startup, announces the launch its new mobile app of the same name, created to provide drones on demand. “Like Uber for Drones”, Gofor enables users to task drones to help them with a variety of tasks.

The consumer drone market has exploded over the last couple years. Unfortunately, the most exciting technologies are typically reserved for the military; consumer drones meanwhile mostly resemble child’s toys and RC helicopters, capable of nothing more than novelty aerial imaging.

No longer.

Gofor is poised to take the consumer drone market to the next level. With a new fleet of drones on demand, Gofor will make this technology useful to the consumer — capable of providing users with a multitude of services.

Using the Gofor app, drones can be requested to perform one of five preset task assignments. From location scouting to home security, Gofor’s tasks are basic, but undeniably helpful. Users of apps like Uber or Lyft will be familiar with the map-based dispatch interface. Drones in the vicinity appear over the map, and an approximate ETA is shown depending on the requested task. Depending on the task, drones either operate autonomously or are flown by skilled operators.

Gofor adds an entirely new layer of service to the consumer drone market. The app will be available for all iOS devices, with Android to come early 2015. The initial release is limited to five cities in the US (SF being the only public test market).

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