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(Above) Deadpool cover art by Mark Brooks. [image via]
Valve engineer Ben Krasnow has developed a unique way of controlling your computer. According to Krasnow, it doesn’t work perfectly but has “fine motor control”. He developed the mouse through mapping the ”X/Y coordinates in a Windows-style UI with tongue movements constrained to a plane.”
He thinks “there is possible applications for swipe interfaces, carousel menus, yes/no input, etc.”
According to Polygon:
Krasnow describes the practical use of the device as being an alternative to traditional keyboard and mouse set-ups, for users away from these typical control devices or for applications such as augmented reality or Google Glass systems where users will not want to burden their hands to interact with the computer….Tongue mouse designs have also previously been developed for use with paralyzed PC owners.
Wha’dya think? I’m not sure how comfortable or distracting it would be.
Just in time for the Holidays!! Just kidding… Probably not until 2015. Amazon just released video of a recent test flight with their Amazon Prime Air Drones. According to Amazon:
The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles. Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations.
Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s Founder & CEO, announced on 60 Minutes that the octocopters can carry up to five pounds, which according to Bezos is 86% of the orders Amazon receives. Prime Air will only be able to deliver within 10 mile radius of a fulfillment center, but that’s pretty significant in urban areas. The drones are completely autonomous and operate on battery power. Check out the interview, it’s pretty interesting:
The key to this design is lithium batteries. When combined with water, they create a chemical reaction with enough heat to explode a bottle of Axe body spray.
The point of all this is to demonstrate that the TSA’s security measures are more of a spectacle than real protection. In an interview with Fast Company, Booth explains that he started working on the project shortly after the TSA began using full-body scanners to screen passengers. “It just seemed so invasive, and really expensive,” he says. “And if you’re going to go through all that trouble getting into the terminal, why is all this stuff available in the terminal?”
“I think people have kind of been suspecting that the type of things I’ve built are possible,” added Booth. “I just don’t think anyone’s ever taken the time to do it.”
Check out the rest of Booth’s homemade arsenal here. Really this proves the one thing we’ve always know… “Given enough time”… “If there’s will”… “Life uh… finds a way.” I dunno, one or all of those quotes.
Well folks… Good Luck. Now you have an easier and less obvious way of tucking away those NSFW files you’ve been keeping from your Significant Other or Mother or Boss… I don’t know your life.
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(Above) The many faces of The Doctor, by /u/RealWorldJunkie [image via]