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Business/Technology: Amazon ‘Just Walk Out’ Shopping (Video)

We stay on the trends that matter to us and, in so doing, we watch history being made. Case in point: Check out the in-store mapping (IndoorAtlas) article we posted on here a few years back. And wait for it…

Told you so! WHAT?!! Not only is Amazon coming out with a store that can track you, you likely desires, and product selection decision (indecision) choices… but you don’t even have to wait in line or do the computerized check-out. You ‘Just Walk Out’ maaaan. Amazon knows who you are, what you finally decide to buy; and charges you for the total when you walk out the store!

And this is not still ‘conceptual’ either. AmazonGo store #1 is coming to Seattle (Washington, USA) early 2017.

@ojones1

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How Flat Can A Flat Screen TV Be? (Video)

Apparently, LG is coming with a TV as thin as a credit card. Wowwww, now that’s a neato cool toy! Maybe one we can roll up and stuff in a stocking. Got to imagine they will be hella expensive. But not if you got it playa. Haaa!

I don’t. I’m saying if YOU got it.

I was surprised at the amount of vitriol ($10 word for ‘hateration’ – word value to be determined) being spewed on the comments where I found this clip. Guess we can’t have nice things… without spiteful things being said about them. Aaaanywaayyys, it’s cool leisure tech candy to at least look at (sweet). Plus it is lightweight and magnetically mounted to a wall. So moving days would be a bit easier on the back. I wonder how that next argument over what to watch might go though…

(Look… we ain’t watching ‘Scandalicious’ or ‘House Chickens Of Gotham City’ tonight… Think we are? Oh yeah?? Well, just keeping thinking that. Meanwhile, I’m gonna watch ‘Arrow’ in the other room… AND I’M TAKING THE TV!)

@ojones1

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Technology: Drones Can Provide Disaster Relief (Video)

Weren’t we just talking about how drones can save lives on here? Well, watch how we can go beast mode with that idea in the best way. Great use of drone technology in the search & rescue realm; no longer just ‘search’…now they can bring some form of help.

@ojones1

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Dr. Hadiyah Green Pioneers Groundbreaking Cancer Treatment

Another great segment checked in by Roland Martin. Dr. Hadiyah Green has me SPEECHLESS! BRILLIANCE! BEAUTY! She’s my new true crush. She is everything of the essence of Ernest Everett Just, Daniel Hale Williams, Charles Drew… all the pioneering geniuses of 20th Century medicine… carried into the 21st Century. I hope and pray that she, and folks like her, can continue to push through the b.s. and CURE CANCER NOW!

Watch her interview above. Follow her at @DrHadiyahGreen. Support the effort at Physics2Cancer.org

(Did you see the part where she got her treatment proposal ready, and “they” told her that no one would back her methods without including a drug??? ARE YOU $%&!ing SERIOUS??!! Maannnn… you MUST watch!)

@ojones1

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Paris, France, Will Be The First To Have Flying Taxis In Service (Video)

These taxis ought to blast that ‘George Jetson futuristic funk…’ (ha! shout to Craig Mack) when they take off. I said ‘take off’ instead of ‘leave’ or embark because them shizz be FLYING!

Paris will be the first city with flying taxis.
– Discovery News

Seems like they are just hydrofoiling in this clip though. Still, cool tech.

@ojones1

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Tesla Powered An Entire Island With Solar Energy (Video)

An island of residents dependent on things like generators for power are now solar-powered… the entire island. And NowThis

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New GoPro Throwable Camera Lets You Capture High-Quality Aerial Footage (Video)

Wow. When the director calls out “throw” to camera 3… well, now the cameraperson will need some further clarification… Because GoPro, that’s why! Watch the clip above: You can aim, throw and shoot this GoPro (as many times as needed) to get the perfect aerial shot. Whyyyyy are we not filming touchdown receptions with a ‘football cam’ yet? Get on that GoPro. ASAP. And get Cam Newton to speak on it (Cam’s Aerial Cam, Air Cam Cam, ThrowPro…something more catchy).

Hey! What about a dodgeball cam?? Imagine commentating someone getting BLASTED in the face, huevos, guts, glutes or somewhere sensitive (yet hilarious) from the ‘incoming!’ point of view. Could be some fun tech! And you can invest in it via the link below.

KICKSTARTER: WITH AER, YOU CAN THROW YOUR GOPRO!

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BMW’s Motorrad Looks Like Batman’s Motorcycle (Video)

Sort of like the cycle in the Batman movies. Although that self-balancing function probably cannot ‘guarantee’ no crashes. There are some crazy riders out there that might put that feature to the ultimate test if & when this cycle comes out. Pretty sweet looking toy though.

BMW has released their next concept vehicle in the Vision 100 series, and it’s a motorcycle. The Motorrad is sleek, self-balances and comes with augmented reality goggles.

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NASA: Futuristic Aircraft Design (Video)

Airlines are going so far nowadays as to ask passengers to go ‘potty’ before takeoff to make the plane lighter overall. Every little bit counts. Ha!

Seriously. Lighter… as well as more powerful & efficient, more resilient, less pollutant-producing… all goals for airlines. Such are also hallmarks of futuristic air transportation tech. So you gotta know NASA is all over it. Matter of fact, it is likely that research-heavy NASA is leading in many ways. Watch this documentary on how.

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Technology: Google Maps ‘Timeline’ Setting Tracks Your Every Move (Video)

“When turned on” huh… and you can just ‘turn it off’ huh? Yeah, right. THIS is why I am not cracking when y’all crack on my ‘dumb phone’ though. Mind your biz, Google, not mine! No ‘Timeline’ on me. Thiz shiz right here…

There’s a setting in your Google account, which — when turned on — creates a record of everywhere you go and when you went there. It’s intended to make your Google Maps experience more useful, like providing a faster commute to work or home. In 2015, the company also started rolling out another feature called “Timeline,” which lets you easily view this information on a private, customizable map of your every move. Here’s how to access it and turn it off in case it creeps you out.
– Tech Insider

Ha! ‘Private’ or not (read: not), Google can (read: is) generating a “customizable map of your every move.” Yeeeeaaah, um, I know where I’ve been. I’m cool, Google. But thanks for offering. File this under ‘just because you can do a thing does not mean you should.’

@ojones1

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Life Flight: Videographer Using Camera Drone Helps FEMA Save Hurricane Matthew Victim From The Flood (Video)

Man, hell yeah! This is what we are supposed to be doing with tech. Helping people, even saving lives. We can be the heroes we have been waiting for. Come to think of it…neither Batman, Superman, nor the X-Men had drone cams back in the day. But now we do.

What’s really ‘super’ though is that @ImSoFIRST (yeah, follow dude NOW) did not have to help. But he did. And what if Craig Williams was one of those grumpy dudes cursing Twiter and social media like demons. No need to even imagine the alternative because his brother Chris is safe!

You see a lot of negative things and you hear a lot of awful stuff, but the reality is there are a lot of good people in this world and if you just ask, they will do the right thing. This is one of those moments when humanity came together.
Chris Williams

Watch and be amazed at what we can do for (not to) each other when we try. Start this Fall weekend with warmth in your heart.

@ojones1

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New York Public Library’s “Book Train” Conveyor System (Video)

Okay. Full disclosure. Kindle can bring you more books faster than you could check them out of the library. Truth. But damn if this is not much, much more geek-chic cool. I mean… It’s a book train! LOOK!

The New York Public Library announced they have completed its conveyor system for requested media. The $2.6 million system uses 24 carts to truck books through the library’s 11 levels to the Rose Reading Room. Here’s how it works, and what it’s like to ride inside one.
– Tech Insider

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It’s A Bird. It’s A Drone. Wait, It’s A Drone That Looks Just Like A Bird! (Video)

Now this looks like some action movie spy, James Bond, futuristic stuff! The Bionic Bird looks as much like a living bird that you would not give a second look. Watch this video of it flying above the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Seems easy to launch, easy to use. Check it out.

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Nissan BladeGlider (Video)

Don’t tell me that tech is wimpy or that futurism is ‘nerdy.’ Well, you can but eff what you say… I will be too busy riding out in my sick futuristic whip, the BladeGlider!

Nissan has introduced its idea of the future of sports cars. The Nissan BladeGlider is impossibly thin, because only the driver’s seat is in front. The new design is much more aerodynamic, and the electric engine gives off zero emissions.
– Tech Insider

Dope AND great for the environment. Science!

@ojones1

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Science: Why Don’t Ants Get Stuck In Traffic? (Video)

More smart programming produced by PBS Digital Studios. Brilliant insights in this vid on what ants have to teach us about building efficient traffic networks. Such simple solutions, but many seem impossible. Because they are? NO.

Because…us!

Just watch, and maybe remember this the next time you’re stuck in that road jam downtown.

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A Real-Life ‘Autobot’ (Video)

Yeah, yeah. Call us nerds or geeks or whatever, but this sh!t is cool as… as… Transformers in REAL LIFE! Nothing cooler than that. This is sci-fi tech gone wild in the best way.

Turkish company Letvision recently unveiled “LETRONS,” a BMW that can turn into a giant robot. The company said it took a team of 12 engineers and four technicians at least eight months to create the transforming BMW.
– Huffington Post

Now, not saying this beats our battle robot stories BUT it’s dope nonetheless. A long way from those ‘pop up’ transforming funny cars at the tractor pulls at the Georgia Dome way, way back in the day. No shots. Just saying…

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A Party Yacht With Its Own Private Beach… On Board! (Video)

This shizz iz craZy! Know how they say don’t bring sand to the beach – like not bringing a date because it will ruin your hump-around chances? Well, imagine bringing this monster baller boat around… where you are not bringing sand to the beach… you are bringing a yacht near shore… and the yacht has its own damn beach! WHAT!

(All good until Jaws comes through to ‘belly up to the beach’ for some human hors d’oeuvres. Hahaaaa! Just listen for the horror scene music and you’ll be a’ight… you tough, right?)

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Technology: Prodrone Co. Presents Its PD6B-AW-ARM Flying Drone (Video)

Ahh… got it! The PD6B-AW-ARM is an “armed” drone… a flying drone with arms that can pick up and carry 10 kilograms of payload and fly 30 minutes for stable air transport. Pretty cool.

Prodrone Co., Ltd. is pleased to announce it has developed the PD6B-AW-ARM, a large-format drone equipped with two internally-developed robotic arms, enabling it to directly accomplish a variety of tasks.

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Stanford University’s Experiment Shows Writing Via Speech Recognition Is Now Up To Three Times Faster And More Accurate Than Typing (Video)

You’ve watched the Star Trek shows, or any number of sci-fi programs or movies where people talk to computers in natural language… and the computer UNDERSTANDS and responds QUICKLY? Well, in the real world, we are getting there fast! Stanford ran an experiment that compared the speed and accuracy of computers producing the printed word from voice sources (e.g. people speaking) vs. typing.

In a recent experiment, Stanford researchers found that Baidu’s speech recognition software composes text messages three times faster and is more accurate than human typists.

Incredible!

MORE: SPEECH RECOGNITION FASTER THAN TYPING (STANFORD)

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Eagle-360: Goodyear’s Spherical Futuristic Concept Tire (Video)

You’ve heard, “There’s no need to reinvent the wheel,” before, right? Well, maybe we don’t NEED to; but Goodyear is damn sure doing it. Full disclosure: This ‘reinvention’ is actually a reimagination of the vehicle tire concept. Introducing Goodyear’s Eagle-360. Think ‘wide tread’… the widest ever… spherical! Amazing – a tire of the future! Watch.

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