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Sometime in 2014, New York City’s agreement with its payphone supplier will expire. Whilst the death of the payphone will be welcomed by many, it has taken up a place on the busy streets of New York for many generations. A design competition has been set up to find a worthy replacement, one that will help make the life of New Yorkers easier. ‘Reinvent Payphones’ is helping the city generate ideas about how to replace these 11,000+ archaic payphones.
One of the our favourite selections is shown above, winning the “visual design and user experience” category is Beacon. What makes Beacon special you may ask? Beacon’s interface is completely gestural which means everything is controlled either with voice or motion control. Using recognition technology and algorithms the sensors pick up even the eye movement or facial expression of the user. Designed to be in a busy, loud environment the microphones have noise cancelling technology built in to block out car horns and passing pedestrians.
7500 light years away from Earth, The Heart Nebula is located in the Perseus Arm of the Galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. The nebula is formed by plasma of ionized hydrogen and free electrons, and this open cluster of stars contains a few bright stars nearly 50 times the mass of our Sun, and many more dim stars that are only a fraction of our Sun’s mass. The cluster used to contain a microquasar that was expelled millions of years ago.
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Ready to level up your Necktie game? Agree or Die has guided video instructionals on how to tie a fancier necktie, guaranteed to blow minds as it defies standard necktie physics. Check out the videos at the links below:
First set of brain mapping data released by the HCP.
The Human Connectome Project (HCP) is a five year project launched in 2009 to build a “network map” of the human brain. Data from 1,200 healthy adults is being gathered using two different methods, using two different MRI approaches.
This week the first set of data has been released to the scientific community, with a whopping 2 terabytes in the initial release. Regular updates will be available every three months.
By providing what is hopes is an “unparalleled compilation of neural data, with an interface to graphically navigate this data”, the HCP hopes to achieve never before realized conclusions about the brain, in a similar way to the human genome project.
Check out the data here.