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Paper notebook does a hot trick involving the microwave, Ep. 195This week on Crave, we have front seats to the Large Hadron Collider Opera, read books with the help of a finger-mounted camera for the sight-impaired and go back to the days of pen and paper with Rocketbook, an old-school notebook with a very modern...
Hey guys, my name is Stephen Beacham and here's what's happening this week on CNET's Crave Block. The researchers at MIT's Media Lab are developing a reading device for the blind. The finger reader is a small device that is mounted on the users finger and contains a small camera and sensors to read text off a page converting the words to audio for the reader. Many researchers seem to lose. Interest. As the reader moves his or her finger across the page of printed text, the text to speech feature will simply read the text in simple time. The device is able to detect the beginning and end of a line in a sentence of printed text and uses algorithms to predict the next word in the sentence to help maintain a fluid stream of speech from the text to speech software. The device must be tethered to a laptop which parses all the speech to text calculations, although they are developing a mobile android versions for smart phones. The finger reader has the potential to help thousands who need assistance reading, including children with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. As well as parents who just wanna teach their kids how to read. NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio recently released a video animation of 19 satellites currently orbiting Earth, used by the agency to monitor weather and atmospheric conditions here on our home planet. The animation includes the International Space Station, as well as the A-Train satellites, Aqua, Aura, CloudSat and Calipso. So, which all follow the same exact orbit crossing the equator at 1:30 p.m. The A in A-train stands for afternoon, so that makes sense. The animation looks a little busy with so many satellites circling the planet, but there are in fact about 1,235 satellites from many different countries orbiting our. Planets everyday. The team at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, has produced a drone-guided tour of ALICE, a.k.a. A Large Ion Collider Experiment, located in France, as they gear up to resume experiments at the controversial facility. In the video, they show off the ALICE control room, as well as their worldwide. Grid called Alien, used for data analysis by over 1500 collaborators. Then we fly down beneath the surface to see Alice, which they say is like a telescope aimed at the first instance of the big bang. Check out the full video on the Crave blog to take a drone tour of the large ion collider. The rocket book looks like a regular spiral notebook with paper, but it's actually a cloud based computing device that's able to back up your written text and magically erases the text written on its pages. When you put it in the microwave. Now you must use a special pen called the Pilot FriXion Pen in the Rocketbook to use the microwave 30 second erase feature. But you can use a regular pen to write in the Rocketbook as well. At the bottom of the page there are icons that coincide to different apps like Dropbox for instance. Once you have finished some notes. Is there a drawing you want to backup? You simple scribble over the icon at the bottom of the page, you then launch the Rocketbook app on your smart phone, and then hold the camera over the pages, the app will automatically create images of your work and upload them to the correct destination as you simply turn the pages. The Rocketbook has already passed it's funding goal on Indiegogo. Will be available in June for about $25. Alright guys, that's the show. Thank you very much for watching. As always you can find all these news stories at cnet's crave blog on crave.cnet.com. Be sure you follow Crave on Twitter @Crave and check out this week's Crave giveaway. This week's Crave giveaway is the Sphero 2.0 app-controlled robotic ball. Like the idea of a glowing robotic toy ball that controls apps and games? Then go to the blog and enter to win. [MUSIC] [MUSIC]