MIT develops a vibrating wearable to help people with visual impairments navigate | TechCrunch #disabilities #tech #wearables #navigation


For such a simple tool, the white cane has been incredibly enduring. With all of the technological advances that have been made over the past century, we haven’t come up with much better than a stick with a metal tip for helping the visually impaired get around. Though researchers at MIT have been working on a wearable solution designed to augment and, hopefully, one day replace the cane. The system features a 3D camera with an on-board computer hung around the neck at chest level. The camera senses the location of objects, converting the signals into pulsing haptic vibrations that alert the wearer to the location of an object. The on-board motors vibrate with a variety of patterns and frequencies to signify different things, like the distance of an object. READ MORE: MIT develops a vibrating wearable to help people with visual impairments navigate | TechCrunch

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BBC Experiment Lets You Control iPlayer With Your Mind | Engadget #gadgets #disabilities #tech


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Instead of grabbing the remote or poking at your smartphone, the BBC thinks the future of TV navigation could lie in mind control. For its latest experiment, the broadcaster is testing a brainwave reading headset developed by This Place that lets you launch iPlayer and choose programmes with your thoughts. READ MORE: BBC experiment lets you control iPlayer with your mind | Engadget

Canada’s parks and historic sites now on Google Street View | CBC News


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The Google Maps team visited Banff National Park and about 70 other Parks Canada sites this past spring and summer, collecting imagery using its Street View cars and on foot using its Trekker backpack technology. (Google/Parks Canada)

Hikes through spectacular national parks such as Banff and tours of historic sites such as the Viking settlement at L’anse au Meadows in Newfoundland are now available on Google Street View.

Google and Parks Canada announced today that more than 70 Parks Canada locations across the country can now be explored online.

“From planning a summer vacation to augmenting classroom lesson plans, the partnership between Parks Canada and Google will better connect Canadians to the amazing places and geography that defines this country,” wrote Parks Canada’s Michael White on the Google Canada blog.

Read: Canada’s parks and historic sites now on Google Street View | Technology & Science | CBC News.

Google Maps becoming more context-aware and ’emotional’ | CNET


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SAN FRANCISCO — For Google, the map of the future is taking everything it knows about you and the world and plotting it in real-time as you move through your life.

“We can build a whole new map for every context and every person,” said Bernhard Seefeld, product management director for Google Maps, speaking at the GigaOm Roadmap 2013 conference. “It’s a specific map nobody has seen before, and it’s just there for that moment to visualize the data.”

Like the early days of map making that told stories of discovery and created more of an emotional connection with the unfolding world, Google wants to build what Seefeld called “emotional maps that reflect our real life connections and peek into the future and possibly travel there.”

Google’s context-aware maps will require refining and extending the underlying map data, and combining it with the kind of personal data from applications that powers Google Now, the company’s personal digital assistant technology.

Read more: Google Maps becoming more context-aware and ’emotional’ | Internet & Media – CNET News.

Tile: Meet This New, Neat Little Device That Tracks Your Stuff | Information Space


For months now, I have seen the advertisement below on my Facebook news feed.

The subject of the ad–Tile–is about to sweep the nation when it finally will be released to users who pre-ordered this very helpful device last winter. Currently, preordered Titles total more than $2 million. 

What is Tile?

Tile is a little device (image right) that can go anywhere or attach to any of your belongings in order to keep track of them. 

Read: Tile: Meet This New, Neat Little Device That Tracks Your Stuff | Information Space

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You Can Now Explore the Large Hadron Collider on Street View | Gizmodo


Google Street View is a great way to explore parts of the world you’ve never visited. And thanks to Google’s European team, it’s now one of the easiest ways to explore a facility you’re not exactly allowed to just stroll through whenever you want. Google’s panoramic cameras were given access to CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, letting anyone poke around the gigantic machinery and the facility’s endless network of tunnels.

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Read: You Can Now Explore the Large Hadron Collider on Street View | Gizmodo.

You Can Now Explore the Galapagos Islands With Google Street View | Gizmodo


The Galapagos is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, and it was key in Charles Darwin’s findings in forming the the scientific argument of evolution. You may never get to travel to the volcanic archipelago in person, but now thanks to Google, you can explore it through 360-degree imagery on Street View.

The full story: You Can Now Explore the Galapagos Islands With Google Street View | Gizmodo.

You may also like: Darwin for a Day lets you play scientist, explore the Galapagos in Street View | Engadget

Meet the Drone That’s “Guiding” New Students Around MIT This Fall | Gizmodo


Navigating a new campus is all part of the nostalgic movie montage that is freshman year of college. The changing leaves! The quaint Gothic architecture! The… drone tour guide? That’s the concept behind Skycall, a playful prototype that’s designed to help visiting Harvard students find their way around MIT’s notoriously confusing campus—which has been called “one of mankind’s most difficult and disorienting labyrinths.”

The full story: Meet the Drone That’s “Guiding” New Students Around MIT This Fall | Gizmodo

Google Takes Street View Trekker And Underwater Cameras To The Galapagos Islands | Tech Crunch


Google today announced that it has been taking its Street View Trekker – the compact backpack version of its Street View cars – and its underwater Street View cameras to the Galapagos Islands and that it plans to make these images available on Google Maps later this year. The company worked together with the Charles Darwin Foundation, the Galapagos National Parks Directorate and, for the underwater survey, the Catlin Seaview Survey.

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