Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Project Glass

Google X announced one of their latest pets, Project Glass. They began with:

"We think technology should work for you—to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t.

A group of us from Google[x] started Project Glass to build this kind of technology, one that helps you explore and share your world, putting you back in the moment. We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input. So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do."

Reportedly the glasses, which would eventually sell for around $500, are far from finished. Google is coming out about them now, looking for feedback.

It is unknown how Google plans to allow you to control the glasses. The video shows some things being voice activated, but is unclear on other things.

Concerns also revolve around what problems images flashing before your eyes could do. The distraction factor would go well beyond that of which phones are already causing. Health concerns have also been brought up, as people are unsure of whether the screen and images being so close to the eye would cause damage to it.

Whatever the answers to those and other questions. Project Glass is clearly a step towards the future of technology.

Robber Thwarted By Closed Bank

Chalk this one up to another stupid criminal, or two of them actually.

Just before five pm on Thursday a woman came into the Albany Bank and Trust on the Northwest Side of Chicago. She handed the teller a note which said, "Give me all of your money, no cops, no dye pack."

The teller told the woman that, "the bank was closed and that she should come back tomorrow." Without comment the woman left.

The bank informed the police, who payed extra attention to the bank, as it had been robbed just a week ago, on March 23.

On Monday, the woman and an apparent male accomplice were spotted outside the bank and police moved in. She surrendered without issue, but the man took off. After a short chase he too was caught. Later he was recognized as the same man who had robbed the bank in March.

Guess they do really return to the scene of the crime.

The teller who bravely stated the bank was closed, is being hailed as a hero for not only foiling one robbery attempt, but leading to the arrest of the previous robber.

Uganga Bans Action for Change

Uganda's Attorney General has authorized the banning of Action for Change. The government states that the group has been staging protests, refusing to consult with police before hand. They further state that the group's protests have become increasingly violent.

Action For Change, led by Kizza Besigye, had been planning to hold a march on Thursday in Kampala, to coincide with a meeting this week of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Their protests against corruption and the cost of living have become a regular event since elections in February 2011. They say the elections were rigged. Besigye lost that election to President Yoweri Museveni, for the third time.

Now that the group has been made illegal it is unclear what this will mean for Uganda. Will the leaders of the group, try to go around the ruling by simply renaming the group? Or will they just simply continue on? Tis unlikely that this will back the opposition down completely, though they may skip this march.

Tornadoes Strike Dallas

As many as a dozen tornadoes struck parts of the Dallas area on Tuesday. Around two dozen people are reportedly injured, but amazingly no deaths.

Red Cross estimates list over 650 homes as being destroyed. Twisters threw some semi trucks around as if they were nothing, yet left others perfectly alone.

The storm also brought hail, which buffeted many areas, including that of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the eighth busiest airport in the world. Extra mechanics have been flown in to help speed the checking of all the airplanes. With hundreds of planes to check, as well as ensuring all other facilities are entirely operable, the airport will be working at a reduced capacity for the next while.

Remembering: Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4, 1968 Martin Luther King Jr. is shot and killed by an assassin, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was there in support of a strike by maintenance workers.

Perhaps the greatest and most well known civil rights leader in world history.

King made people pay attention to his message. Not through threats, violence, or throwing money around; but through peaceful protests, mass marches, and the power and eloquence of his speeches.

Because of King's efforts equality between races was greatly helped along, though the road has been far from bumpy.

The day before King said in a speech, "We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop...And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the promised land."

Remembering: Abraham Lincoln's Dream

The night of April 4, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln dreams of the cries and "sobs of mourners" in the East Room of the White House. There he saw a corpse lying on a catafalque.

He asked a guard, "Who is dead in the White House". The soldier replied, "The President. He was killed by an assassin." At which point Lincoln woke.

A week later, on the 11th, Lincoln told his friend, Ward Hill Lamon, about the dream. Stating how it was keeping his mood "strangely annoyed".

Three days later, on the 14th, Lincoln was shot and killed by an assassin.