Ever wondered what fireworks look like from the air? So did Joe Stinghling, an ameteur drone operator. So last week, he and a few friends launched his DJI Phantom 2 drone with a GoPro Hero 3 camera, and the results are beautiful.
SCiO is the world's first affordable molecular sensor (priced at $249) that fits in the palm of your hand. Developed by Consumer Physics, SCiO is a tiny spectrometer that can tell you the chemical makeup of everything around you. Advanced algorithms rely on an updatable database to analyze the spectrum within milliseconds and deliver instant, specfic information about your sample directly to your smartphone.
SCiO can tell you the chemical makeup of food, plants, medications, oils, fuels, plastics, wood and much more. It can tell you:
- Nutritional facts about different kinds of food, including salad dressings, sauces, fruits, cheeses and more
- How ripe an avocado is, through the peel
- The quality of your cooking oil
- The well being of your plants
- About your soil or hydroponic solutions
- About medications or supplements
The developers are working on expanding the reaches of SCiO. In the future, it may be able to tell you the properties of cosmetics, clothes, flora, jewels and precious stones, leather, rubber, plastics, and even your pet!
While the FAA recently grounded Amazon's plans to make deliveries by drones, Dodo Pizza in Syktyvkar, Russia, has done it.
On June 21, 2014, Dodo Pizza delivered six pizzas in 1.5 hours -- the first commercial pizza delivery by drone.
Here's how it works: A Dodo Pizza salesperson takes orders on a tablet in a park -- cash and credit accepted. The tablet transmits orders to a tablet in the restaurant's kitchen. A few minutes later, the pizza box is loaded onto a CopterExpress drone and flown to the park, where it lowers the pizza to the customer with a cable. The customer gets his or her pizza and everyone gets a show.
Currently, the delivery location is limited because the routes and flights must be pre-approved by authorities.
According to a recent NPR story, a computer program has passed the Turing Test, a test that determines whether people can tell if they're communicating with a person or machine.
The program, called Eugene developed by Vladimir Veselov and Eugene Demchenko, fooled roughly 100 out of 300 people into believing they were text chatting with a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy named Eugene Goostman.
Eugene's creators spent a lot of time developing a believable personality and programming the "dialog controller," which makes conversations seem human.