Ditch the training wheels with the auto-balancing Jyrobike, Ep. 162
Hey, my name is Stephen Beacham and here's what's happening this week, on CNET's crave blog.
The U.S. Secret Service is looking for sarcasm Detecting software.
Anybody out there have any?
The agency posted on fedbizopps.gov, a job for a computer based annual social media analytics subscription.
The request for proposal specifically states.
The ability to detect, sarcasm and false positives.
So if you happen to have created the software that can detect whether or not someone is being sarcastic online, there's a job waiting for you at the Secret Service, and I'm not being sarcastic.
Detroit's unveiling of a 10 ft bronze RoboCop statue was canceled on Tuesday due to unforseen circumstances.
The RoboCop statue was crafted by a group called Imagination Station Detroit, who launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring the statue to life.
The statue was inspired by a tweet from @MT, to the mayor of Detroit calling on a RoboCop statue, that would kick Philadelphia's Rocky statue's ****.
Despite the cancellation, RoboCop threw out the first pitch at a major league baseball game that same day.
With the help of Vincent van Gogh's brother Theo's great-great-grandson, Lieuwe van Gogh, artist Diemut Strebe, was able to grow an ear with living tissues from cells related to the late artist Vincent van Gogh.
This sounds like science fiction but it's not.
Strebe worked with scientists to grow genetically similar cells, at a Boston hospital, and shape them into the form of an ear using a 3D printer.
Van Gogh's ear is currently on display at the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, through July 6. The SensoGlove is a golf glove with built in pressure sensors that measure how tight your grip is, on the golf club.
The glove has a removable digital interface, that beeps at you when you grip the club too hard during a swing.
And shows you exactly which finger set off the alarm.
Practicing with the SensoGlove is supposed to teach you the correct grip pressure for a smooth and consistent swing.
Resulting in longer shots, and lower scores, according to the SensoGlove website.
Now, I tried out the SensoGlove for myself.
And, at first, I couldn't get it to register.
After a few minutes of fooling around with it, I found that I could adjust the sensitivity.
And it began beeping at me.
I played a few holes with the SensoGlove and found that my index finger was setting off the alarm.
So I loosened up the grip on my index finger and started hitting the ball a little straighter.
I cannot confirm or deny that this adjustment to my index finger was the reason I played better, but it is possible that I was more aware of my grip.
And that allowed me to calm down a bit during my swing.
My only complaint is that the digital interface looks a little dated, but overall it was a fun device to try out.
SensoGlove is having a promotion for father's day just in time for the US Open, so check it out at sensoglove.com.
MIT recently demoed Doc Ock like robotic arms, that mirror a human's movement.
The arms are part of a project at MIT's Brit and Alex d'Arbeloff Laboratory for Information Systems and Technology, where researchers have also been working on extra robot arms, that sit around waist height.
I'm sure people will come up with many uses for these things.
Bypass the bicycle training wheels with the auto balancing Jyrobike.
The Jyrobike is a children's bike that uses gyroscopes to keep the bike upright at all times.
The front wheel contains control hub, with a spinning fly wheel that generates a gyroscope effect.
That stabilizes the bike.
The bike stays upright even if the kid is wobbling around.
The bike is aimed at three to eight year olds and gives children the confidence to learn how to ride a bike in no time at all.
The bike allows for gradual reduction in balance settings, so it rides more like a conventional bike, as your child gets more comfortable.
The Jyrobike is currently raising funds on Kickstarter.
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