Useful Drones

Lately I’ve been spending a fair amount of time with drones and remote controlled helicopters. I was even able to register chaperonedrone.com for some future project. Today I came across this concept from Frog Design and I love it. Other then the problem of drones having an average flight time of 15 minutes and my rides usually lasting between 1:30 to 2:30 minutes, in a few years I can easily see this cycling drone concept in use.

“One, dubbed the Cyclodrone, was inspired by one designer’s frequent rides in the hills of Oakland, Calif. The concept calls for a drone that would fly in front of and behind cyclists to alert drivers of their approach.”

frog Frog Design

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/frog-drones-could-save-your-life-2014-1#ixzz2roii9fs4

 

Useful Drones

Shenu: Hodrolemic System

I stumbled across this video on the web a few days ago – Wired.com. Stock in my mind, not sure why. With climate change putting more preasure on our planets fresh water supply – I could see this becoming a reality in the next fifty years. With these five new ‘organs’ you can reduce your daily water intake from 2,500ML to 165ML per day. Put another way, with this device you would need less than 10% of your daily water intake. Very cool idea.

Shenu: Hydrolemic System from takram on Vimeo.

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Shenu: Hodrolemic System

No more Facebook

As a general rule, I really don’t have any kind of beef with Facebook.com. It’s a business like any other, nothing wrong with that. But I have to admit the site really gives me the creeps. Maybe because I am a tech guy, wannabe…with my own linux server hosted in a data-center cage as part of a larger project (x2crm.com). So it is easy for me to spin up a WordPress site and have complete control over my blog.

Not that I would recommend anyone buy a rack server, build it up, connect it to the cloud, etc…not worth the effort I agree. But in return for this expense and effort, I have a least one small reward. Big Brother is not watching everything I do, or the interactions I have with my friends. I like it this way. This is why there are no ads on this site at all. Kind of a rare thing these day to see a website without an ad on it somewhere. I like this approach but it also has a big drawback in that I can not be ‘friend-ed’ on my site. This site is more of a semi-anonomous one-sided journal. Ok fine.

Today it seems it is becoming harder and harder to be open and be private at the same time. I do have a Facebook account. I never user it. I get the creeps every time I log into it and try my best not too, ever……except when I get a ‘Friend Invite’ from a Facebook user. So, how do I respectfully accept a friend request, login and out of Facebook as fast as I can and let the friend know that ‘I don’t do Facebook.’ I am only listed there so folks can find me, same for Linked-in.

So, please do not be offended when I do not accept your Facebook Friend invites. I am still your Friend. I just do not believe our interactions should serve as the profit engine for big media companies. I dont want target ads (very creepy) intruding upon my personal interactions. BTW, I also thought FB was a bad idea in 2005, how wrong I was.

Amazing, I just broke my glasses last week. How did Facebook know that?

No more Facebook

Our New, Everything is Recorded World

Though I have yet to don a pair, I am very excited about Google’s new Glasses soon to be available for purchase. In addition to the obvious benefits of providing real-time, virtual reality based information experience, one feature that I think will be used the most is the simple Record Video feature. With wireless coverage continuing to strengthen, the idea of being connected with your glasses, and recording everything and uploading your video files to a cloud server in realtime will also become a cheap reality within the next few years.

Great, but I am curious what social impacts these new glasses are going to have on our daily interactions with other people. Think about it, if you are talking with someone wearing these glasses, you may or may not know if they are recording your conversation – so you may as well assume so. And no, I do not think we (the government) will be able to stop people from recording, just like we can not stop people from taking pictures from a sidewalk.

Kathy and I from time to time have challenging conversations that we are unable to discuss in calm voices. About 10 years ago for kicks, I picked up my portable tape recorder and said, “lets discuss this on tape.” What we found very quickly was that our conversation slowed, our words become more precise, and the tone of our voices more relaxed. Its funny now, but that tape recorder was good for us.

I suspect, that within five years, it will be very common, and within 10 years a standard of life, that everyone is recording everyone. Its the perfect storyboard timeline for the big social sites like Facebook. But I think in return for saying goodbye to the last bits of our privacy, we will as a society perhaps interact in more positive ways.

Google Glasses

 

 

 

 

 

Our New, Everything is Recorded World