The ever 3D-Printed bust of President Obama was created by a team of specialists. Today we get to see the behind the scene info on Smithsonian-led team of 3D-digital-imaging specialists, Autodesk and 3D Systems, in collaboration with the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies took to created the Presidents 3D Portrait. It took two different technologically sophisticated 3D documentation processes to generate the data needed to create this portrait.
The experts surrounded President Obama with 50 LED lights, 14 cameras and handheld 3D scanners to capture the details. Then they used high-resolution 3D printers to recreate the hyper-detailed model.It might become the norm to create 3-D portraits of the President in the future but no info was released in that regard.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Monday, November 24, 2014
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids has been working hard to reduce teen substance abuse. The initiative is also aiding families impacted by addiction. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a family-focused nonprofit that help families prevent and cope with teen drug and alcohol abuse by providing resources and direct support.
Sometimes it is hard for families to manage these as the environment has changed much since the parents were teens, both positively and negatively. So reaching out via web and mobile devices takes major part in the project.
Google joined hands with Drug-Free Kids and providing much needed help in the form of online content and tools. By having information at hand, people will be able to prevent the problems ever from happening and in the unfortunate side, once in the mire of drugs, to get out of it.
So far Google has funded search advertising campaigns, helped develop a mobile app with substance abuse-related information. Also improved Drug-Free Kids website, and revamping of its YouTube channel is in the works.
On the other hand, Google is helping the process by other means, like efforts of fighting rogue online pharmacies, one of the sources for prescription drugs. This year Google has removed more than 7 million these types of ads.
The Medicine Abuse Project, is bringing together people from all works of the path, parents, educators, health care providers, communities, and law enforcement to help prevent teens from abusing substances like prescription drugs and even the over-the-counter cough medicine.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids via Google
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
For kids all over the world risk their lives, some everyday, to go to school and get educated. It just is very hard to understand, value of education when it is provided to us so easily. I love this photo because, I could see the determination, in those eyes, I do not know what is in her heart. There are many more, heart breaking images, just like this at Lifehack. Happy schooling.
Friday, November 14, 2014
|Benedict Cumberbatch (right) as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.|
"Alan Turing was a gay person, and in 1952 the government had convicted him for violating the existing laws against expressing homosexuality. It stripped him of his security clearance and even demanded his castration. The prosecution led Turing to kill himself in 1954. He was 41 years old."
“You deserved so much better.”
I did not know. I knew about Alan Turing and ever since has been intrigued by the Turing machine. Knew about his great feats in solving the German Cyphers, Enigma Code, during the World War II.
But to read the above sentence, made me ashamed in first place for not knowing about the heinous treatment one my hero's has received from his own government, supposedly a country of gentlemen and ladies. Sometimes we spend years reading learning about a persons work, without paying much attention to the person himself. I even wrote about Mr. Turing on this blog.Secondly I am ashamed that we live in a society that chemically castrates people because they are gay (This happened in 1954 or there about, not very far from today.)
But I am very happy that there are people, like Graham-Cumming, who seek justice and obtaining the apology from the British government.
I am relieved that I learned about this before, I saw the movie, The Imitation Game.
Read how Graham-Cumming, silently, calmly and intelligently achieved the task, an apology fron British government, on BackChannel.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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Sunday, November 09, 2014
Alberto Jimenez, director of mobile payments at IBM has written an article on TechCrunch, that explains the implications of electronic payments. Ability to generate money related requirements in the society today, like banking, Credit or simple recognition can change lives. But it will have a far wider implications than just opening a bank account. It can open up doors to larger markets for people in both developed and emerging markets.
Jimenez summerizes his thoughts with;
In summary, electronic payments can both accelerate traditional financial inclusion but also open access to relevant services that meet real needs and, more importantly in low-income segments, create new opportunities to generate income.Jimenez, Alberto @ TechCrunch