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Tech Tuesday – Google Glass as a Tour Guide

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The real potential of Google Glass involves making it possible to receive contextually relevant information on the go, without having to pull a phone out of a pocket or do much else to gather it. A new Kickstarter project from South African tourism software startup Tourism Radio makes perfect sense in that context, as it aims to liberate pocket guides from the pocket entirely with the help of Glass. -TechCrunch

Tourism Radio, a startup from South Africa, is already making splashes in Google Glass applications before Glass is even available worldwide.  Their plan is to make Google Glass a virtual tour guide.  The idea is for Glass to pull up relevant information as you travel through, in this case, Cape Town, South Africa. This idea brings exploring the world to a whole new level.  Gone are the days of pocket maps and hard to understand tour guides.  You want to get somewhere? Tell Glass. What building is that in front of you? Ask Glass. Hungry? Eat Glass…no, don’t eat Glass, please. Anyway, you get my point, no need for anything to get in the way of you and your experience of a new place. Not to mention Glass is now your camera to take stills as well as videos (with geo tagging), that way when you get home you can show family and friends what you did and where you did it.

I have been reading a lot about Google Glass over the past year and I have recently come to one conclusion.  Google, you need to make an action version of Glass.  I’m talking waterproof, shockproof, the whole shebang . That would be awesome.

If you would like to help this Kickstarter Project click here. 

-MattyV

PS- Tourism Radio, If you need help programming the “Tour of North Providence” Google Glass app I can lend a hand. I figure once your done with the Cape Town app you would be working on the Rhode Island one next, right? I mean why not. Remember, we have T Swift now!

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Clooney Quietly Spying on The Asshole Leader Of Sudan

“Jennifer Aniston, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Connery, Meg Ryan, Dennis Hopper, George Clooney — and of course, John Travolta with this recent gem — these are just a few A-List celebrities who have pocketed big dollars starring in foreign commercials. I’m trying to make movies in my life … that last longer than opening weekend,” Clooney told Newsweek in 2012, explaining why he does these ads. “That’s it, that’s my whole goal. I don’t have to make money; I do films for scale and then, you know, I go do coffee commercials overseas, and I make a lot of money so I get to live in a nice house. … And I don’t give a sh-t. And people will go, ‘Oh that’s a sellout.’ And you know what? F–k you.” While Stacy Keibler’s ex may have made light of being called a “sellout,” he’s putting his money where his mouth is when it comes to spending what he earns. Many stars pocket their ridiculously large paychecks, but George — who appears in commercials for Nespresso — said he’s spending the cash on a satellite aimed at Sudan. “Most of the money I make on the [Nespresso] commercials I spend keeping a satellite over the border of North and South Sudan to keep an eye on Omar al-Bashir [the Sudanese dictator charged with war crimes at The Hague],” the Oscar winner said in Paris on Tuesday. “Then [Omar al-Bashir] puts out a statement saying that I’m spying on him and how would I like it if a camera was following me everywhere I went and I go ‘Well, welcome to my life Mr. War Criminal.’ I want the war criminal to have the same amount of attention that I get. I think that’s fair.” But don’t let the Clooney’s humor and charm take away from what he’s really doing. The Satellite Sentinel Project, Clooney’s spy program, aims to use advanced satellite imagery to monitor potential human rights abuses in Sudan. The SSP tracks movements of Omar al-Bashir’s army and attempts to warn civilians in advance of attacks. Clooney’s passion for Sudanese satellites is hardly random. In March 2012, he and his father Nick Clooney were arrested during a protest outside of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington DC. The protesters accused Omar al-Bashir of provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the county’s border region with South Sudan. Clooney told The Associated Press that through his actions he hoped to draw attention to the crisis in Sudan.” – Yahoo

You don’t violate a nation’s human rights. Not on Clooney’s watch. He’ll do a million coffee commercials and build a spy satellite that monitor’s your abusive ass 24/7. Oh you don’t like that Mr. Dictator? Clooney says fuck you. First he spies on you. Then you complain about him. And then he wins. He’s a modern day Ghandi, except much handsomer. All jokes aside the guy really is amazing. He could easily pocket his fortune and live on some island with models feeding him grapes. Instead he’s building spy satellites to call out human rights violator’s. You go George Clooney.

– Ryan

P.S. Here’s a photo of Clooney being arrested outside the Sudanese embassy in 2012. Intensity. Integrity. Intelligence.

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