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It’s safe to say that US citizens live in a time of extreme political dissatisfaction, but in order to change that they need to know who to take to task. A new web tool called Map Your Representatives does just that. Users type in their address or zip code, and the site pulls up a list of their elected officials in a sleek, polished interface — starting with local representatives and running all the way up to the residents of the White House.
Built by UK design firm Bow & Arrow, it’s a demonstration of the power of Google’s Civic Information API (the company counts the search giant as a client). The API originally launched back in 2012, when it was geared towards providing information on polling places in anticipation of the…
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The United States National Laboratory Of Water Drinking And Health (not a real laboratory) recommends that all humans drink lots of water all the time. That’s why H2O-Pal exists – it’s a water bottle that tells you how much you’ve drunk and, more important, when you’ve reached the daily goal of two to five gallons (Warning: you could probably drink less) needed to stay alive.
The system uses a scale and accelerometer to see how much water you drink during the day. You fill the bottle, snap on the electronics, and hit the town. You can pull the puck-like device off of the bottle for washing. It then connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth to report your drinking habits.
They are asking for $ 95,000 on Kickstarter with devices starting at $ 59. They will sell for $ 69 when H2O-Pal launches in February. The Ljubljana-based company showed me prototypes of the system last summer and I was duly impressed. Anything that can ensure that we liquid-based lifeforms maintain our juiciness is A-OK in my book.
Yes, it shares the same codename as NVIDIA’s portable Android console, but Google’s Project Shield has nothing to do with gaming — it’s all about helping the little guy. Created in response to a Google Ideas request — a think tank that provides tech solutions for social issues — made by Middle …
Activity trackers like FuelBand are great if you just want to exercise, but Zepp Labs’ new 3D motion sensor might be more useful if you’re seriously training in a sport — especially if it’s tennis, baseball or golf. A 1-inch square of negligible weight, the sensor captures data from each swing you …
A new spoon claims to help those suffering from Parkinson’s disease to eat. Affecting the nervous system, Parkinson’s can cause limbs to tremor, making simple tasks like eating laborious. Liftware is an electronic spoon that uses a microchip and sensors to detect the direction and force of a user’s tremor, before motoring the spoon in the opposite direction to cancel out the movement as best it can.
If you’ve ever gone on a long vacation (or hidden from someone at least once in your life) there’s a chance you’ll find high-tech doorbells useful. A new device called iDoorCam, in particular, claims to be able to notify you via iPhone or iPad whenever there’s someone at your door — even if you’re not at home. Sound familiar? That’s because we’ve seen a similar technology called DoorBot in 2012. Like DoorBot, iDoorCam’s camera-equipped device connects to your home internet through WiFi and attaches to your existing doorbell power wires. It beams a video of your visitors to all connected iOS gadgets, and you can even talk with them, assuming it’s not a crazy ex or a pushy solicitor. iDoorCam’s website has yet accept preorders for the $ 165 system, but those first in line could get their devices as soon as October.
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If you’re a photographer who has gotten at all into the hobby, you probably know that it’s a very expensive one which starts accumulating gear costs quickly. All those costs can be hard to keep track of, and make it imperative that you get your stuff insured and/or protected against theft somehow, and new site Lenstag wants to help with that.
The website already has users in over 80 countries, and is completely free to use. Photographers can get in on it by signing up with a simple email and password combo, and then you just start adding gear. Enter a make and model, and suggestions will appear allowing you to be exactly specific. You also enter in your serial code, which the site requires photographic evidence of to verify. An actual person does the final verification, which is why Lenstag isn’t your average possession database.
Lenstag having this information means you can give eBay buyers more peace-of-mind, and then actually transfer ownership to other Lenstag members. You can also report stolen gear, which allows people to look it up when they recover or find stolen gear, including police departments and private buyers shopping on Craigslist, for instance. Additionally, every piece of gear gets an auto-generate page designed to float up in search results, so that if someone is checking out a perspective search on a particular model of lens or camera with your serial number, they’ll see a notice that it’s stolen and get a form to submit a report.
The site introduced a new feature that lets you make a temporary verification link for their online sales of used camera goods, which is handy since you don’t want the listing hanging around once the gear is already sold. In general, it’s an amazing service and one that requires nothing more than a small amount of extra effort, for a lot of extra peace of mind.
Lenstag founder Trevor Sehrer, whose day job is in mobile engineering with Google, told me that he plans on doing outreach to form official partnerships with police services soon, after first focusing on building out additional user-facing features. The Finnish Police have already endorsed Lenstag without any prompting, he notes, so it should make sense to start with them. When asked about revenue, however Sehrer demurred.
“I’m much more interested in solving the problem of camera & lens theft with Lenstag than making money,” he said. “The site doesn’t cost a lot of time or money to operate since users only need it when their set of gear changes & the verification system can scale quickly to as many verifiers as I need to get through any backlog.”
He is eventually looking at partnering up with insurance providers, but the aim would be to pass on discounts to members of up to 20 percent, no necessarily to make revenue for the site itself.
As a photographer, I find this a very welcome resource, especially given its design and human-powered verification. I can imagine a time when asking for a Lenstag verification will be standard practice when buying and selling used gear, and I’m sure other photographers would appreciate the peace of mind that could come along with that.
Call forwarding when you’re abroad isn’t the most exciting of tech topics, but it is one that’s likely to save you a bundle on the road. Roamer is a new iOS and Android app that forwards your regular number onto a local SIM card, ensuring that you’ll pay native rates even when calling your loved ones. The app itself is free from the Android and iOS stores, with roaming credits available to buy in packages of $ 13, $ 16, $ 39 and $ 65 — and if you’d like to see it in action before you reach for your phone, there’s a video tucked in after the break. Oh, and any Windows Phone and BlackBerry users who are feeling left out, fear not, the company has promised versions for those platforms are coming in the near future.
Look at the people with smiling faces in the above illustration. It’s not too difficult to figure out what’s going on: it’s their birthday, and they’re all happy because they’re about to get presents. What if they knew that you had totally spaced on the fact that they were celebrating the anniversary of their birth? Fortunately, there are plenty of services that will remind you of friends’ and family members’ DOBs, and Amazon is now joining their ranks with a Facebook-integrated program called Birthday Gift. The idea is simple: you can order an Amazon gift card for a Facebook friend ahead of time, and the company will make sure it gets delivered on their momentous day. What’s more, you can also send invites to mutual friends to see if they want to pitch in a few bucks. This way, nobody feels terribly cheap for plunking down a couple dollars, and you won’t settle for the standard Wall post birthday wish. Check out the video below to see how it all works.