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Meet TIME’s First-Ever Kid of The Year

For the past 92 years, TIME has named a Person of the Year. In 2019, then-16-year-old Greta Thunberg became the youngest ever Person of the Year, and the first individual under age 25 to receive the title. Her movement to stop climate change, among other world-shifting youth movements of recent years, make clear that young people carry tremendous influence today, and that they are using that influence to shape a world that matches their vision.

This year, in partnership with Nickelodeon, TIME is recognizing in the U.S. its first ever Kid of the Year, a barometer for the rising leaders of America’s youngest generation. To choose the most influential kids of 2020, we looked across social media and school districts, at actions big and small. “Small steps can lead to big change,” says TIME for Kids editor Andrea Delbanco. “These are everyday kids making change in their communities in a fun and accessible—but very impactful—way.”

Panelists including representatives from the Special Olympics and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA formed an advisory committee to help judge the more than 5,000 U.S.-based nominees on the positive impact they’ve had this year and signs that they’ll continue to lead in the future. A committee of kids, including Nickelodeon stars Young Dylan and Chinguun Sergelen, Disney star Sky Katz, Little Chef Ivy, and Time For Kids kid reporters Tiana Sirmans and Raunak Singh, then worked with comedian Trevor Noah to narrow down the finalists and select the ultimate Kid of the Year.

The five finalists have grown food for those in crisis, designed better toys for kids with disabilities, and started new conversations about racial justice. They include Tyler Gordon, 14, from San Jose, Calif.; Jordan Reeves, 14, from Columbia, Mo.; Bellen Woodard, 10, from Leesburg, Va.; and Ian McKenna, 16, from Austin.

Exceptional leadership is what made the ultimate Kid of the Year, 15-year-old scientist and inventor Gitanjali Rao, stand out. Rao not only researches scientific tools such as artificial intelligence and carbon nanotube sensor technology and applies them to problems she sees in everyday life, like cyberbullying and water contamination. She also shows other kids how to tap into their curiosity, aspiring to create a generation of innovators.

Each of this year’s five finalists will be designated a TIME for Kids Kid Reporter, given opportunities to contribute to TIME, and will receive a cash prize from ViacomCBS, Nickelodeon’s owner.

“I really hope the work that all of these kids are doing identifies innovation as a necessity and not something that’s a choice anymore,” Rao tells Angelina Jolie in an interview for TIME. “I hope I can be a small part of that.”

Read more HERE.

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Looking Glass Portrait – Your First Personal Holographic Display

Looking Glass Portrait, the new personal holographic display, is already funded and primed for release in the first half of 2021.

The new device from Looking Glass Factory, billed as a personal holographic display for your desk, will enable users to share 3D content and is a step toward holographic video calls.

US holographic display developer Looking Glass Factory only announced plans to release the device today, launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund its development. But an initial special price of $199 for the display, which will ultimately retail at $349, saw Looking Glass achieve its target in 45 minutes.

This 7.9” holographic light field display significantly scales down existing technology, while offering improved ambient anti-reflective properties that enhance the visual quality of images.  Looking Glass Portrait generates up to 100 perspectives of a 3D image and projects them simultaneously, requiring no 3D glasses, eye tracking or headsets. The real selling point of Looking Glass Portrait is its standalone mode. The device’s in-built computer and software stack can run high-fidelity recorded holographic media at 60fps. It also works in tethered mode with PCs and Macs. Users will be able to upload, edit and load up to a 1,000 pieces of holographic media

Looking Glass Portrait will ship with the new HoloPlay Studio software, which enables users to upload, edit and load up to a 1,000 pieces of holographic media. The device supports Azure Kinect, Intel RealSense and iPhone cameras with Portrait mode capabilities for holographic video capture and sharing. Looking Glass Factory is excited about the potential of Looking Glass Portrait for advanced users. The device supports a range of software, including Unreal Engine, Unity, Autodesk Maya, and Blender, enabling developers and artists to create and share a range of interactive applications and 3D art.

The Kickstarter for Looking Glass Portrait is still live and the special price of $199 is in effect until tomorrow.

More info HERE.

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TIME Magazine 100 Best Inventions of 2020

Every year, TIME highlights inventions that are making the world better, smarter and even a bit more fun. 

To assemble our 2020 list, TIME solicited nominations both from their editors and correspondents around the world, and through an online application process. They then evaluated each contender on key factors, including originality, creativity, effectiveness, ambition and impact.

The result: 100 groundbreaking inventions—including a smarter beehive, a greener tube of toothpaste, and technology that could catalyze a COVID-19 vaccine—that are changing the way we live, work, play and think about what’s possible.

See the full list HERE.

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First Passengers Travel Safely On A Hyperloop

Virgin Hyperloop made history last week as the first people successfully traveled in a hyperloop pod.

The testing campaign, from the beginning stages all the way through to the successful demonstration, was overseen by the industry-recognized Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) Certifer. Having undergone a rigorous and exhaustive safety process, the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle demonstrates many of the safety-critical systems that will be found on a commercial hyperloop system and is equipped with a state-of-the-art control system that can detect off-nominal states and rapidly trigger appropriate emergency responses.

Josh Giegel, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience, were the first people in the world to ride on this new form of transportation. The test took place at Virgin Hyperloop’s 500 meter DevLoop test site in Las Vegas, Nevada where the company has previously run over 400 un-occupied tests.

The occupants made their maiden voyage on the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, which was custom-built with occupant safety and comfort in mind. While the production vehicle will be larger and seat up to 28 passengers, this 2-seater XP-2 vehicle was built to demonstrate that passengers can in fact safely travel in a hyperloop vehicle.

“Hyperloop is about so much more than the technology. It’s about what it enables – the trips you’d be able to take from Paris to Berlin, Lisbon to Madrid, or Warsaw to Prague,” said Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience for Virgin Hyperloop. “To me, the passenger experience ties it all together. And what better way to design the future than to actually experience it first-hand?”

By combining an ultra-efficient electric motor, magnetic levitation, and a low-drag environment, hyperloop systems can carry more people than a subway, at airline speeds, and with zero direct emissions. With the goal to be safety certified by 2025 and begin commercial operations by 2030, the 100% electric Virgin Hyperloop system could play a key role in helping achieve the European Green Deal’s climate-neutrality objective.

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Reese’s Brings The Treats With Robotic Halloween Door

Say “trick or treat” this Halloween, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups could appear. That’s right, the Reese’s brand is bringing trick or treating to fans with the Reese’s Trick- or-Treat Door, a hands-free way to get treats this season.

Rain or shine, protective masks or monster masks, the Reese’s Trick-or-Treat Door provides a robotic, social-distancing option that brings Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups right to your doorstep this Halloween. Your only job? Say “trick or treat” after the Trick-or-Treat Door arrives at your doorstep and enjoy your Reese’s treats!

“This Halloween is unlike any other, so we’ve upped the ante on creativity as a result,” said Allen Dark, Reese’s senior brand manager. “A robotic Reese’s dispensing door is just what the world needs right now!”

This one-of-a-kind robotic door is designed to traverse through neighborhoods via remote control and bring candy to your doorstep. You’ll know it’s coming before it even arrives thanks to the smoke, lights and epic Halloween soundtrack that comes along with it. What can we say? We like to make an entrance.

When it rolls up to your door, simply say “trick or treat” and the Reese’s Trick-or-Treat Door dispenses king size (yes, king size, because why not?) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Here’s how the one-and-only Reese’s Trick-or-Treat Door works:

– Three motors power the door, directed by a remote control from up to 5,000 feet away – no humans nearby required!

– The 9′ door features a built-in Bluetooth-enabled speaker that activates once “trick or treat” is said.

– A king size Reese’s candy bar will appear through the mail slot from a retractable shelf.

Want the Reese’s Trick-or-Treat Door to come to your town? Go to @Reeses on Instagram and tell us where, using #ReesesDoor.

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Neptune Space Balloon 

Travel startup Space Perspective plans to send passengers to the stratosphere on their space balloon Neptune. 

Before sun rise, eight Explorers and a Pilot climb aboard the Neptune Capsule, recline in the plush seats and lift off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center into the predawn sky. Neptune ascends for two hours to over three times higher than a commercial airliner flies while the sky is still dark, and stars are visible like you’ve never before seen them. As Neptune glides along the edge of space, the sun slowly rises over the curved limb of Earth, scattering rainbow colors of light across the planet and illuminating the thin, bright blue line of our atmosphere. And the sky remains black, completely inky black. 

This view of Earth in the void of space has transfixed astronauts since the dawn of the space age. Reluctantly, the Explorers and Pilot prepare to leave space to return to Earth. Neptune gently descends under the balloon, and two hours later splashes down, where a ship retrieves the capsule, balloon and Explorers.

Rides are expected to begin in 2021 and according to Business Insider the cost will be roughly $125,000 per ticket.

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SpaceX Spacesuits

Commander Douglas Hurley and astronaut Robert Behnken were the first Americans to launch into space from their home soil in nearly nine years. 

SpaceX designed its spacesuit for astronauts to wear inside the Crew Dragon spacecraft as they fly to and from the International Space Station and to ensure their safety as they operate in low-Earth orbit. 

The suit is custom-made for each passenger aboard Crew Dragon and is designed to be functional, lightweight, and to offer protection from potential depressurization. A single connection point on the suit’s thigh attaches life support systems, including air and power connections. 

The helmet is custom manufactured using 3D printing technology and includes integrated valves, mechanisms for visor retraction and locking, and microphones within the helmet’s structure. 

In a two-minute clip released by the company — which you can view below SpaceX spacesuits and crew equipment manager Chris Trigg explains that the priority of the suit was to create something “easy to use” which can “take care of itself” once you’re seated in the capsule and plugged into the chair. “The suit is really one part of the bigger dragon system. It’s really part of the vehicle, so we think of it as a suit seat system. The seat that the crew is in and the suit are in a lot of ways working together.”

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Rotary Cellphone Concept

Space engineer Justine Haupt took a rotary mechanism from an old Trimline telephone and combined it with a microcontroller and a cellular transceiver.  She housed it all in a 3D-printed casing and created a one-of-a-kind cell phone. Curved ePaper was later added on the back for relevant messages like the most recent missed call. 

Haupt says the point isn’t to be anachronistic, but rather to show it’s possible to have a usable, functional phone without anything even closely resembling a touch screen.

Read more HERE.

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Different Ways of Using A Phone Locator

In case you are walking somewhere and your phone gets stolen or snatched, the first thing you think about is all the data that you have saved in it. You start worrying and your mind goes blank. In order to make such moments a little bearable for you, there are a lot of apps nowadays which can help you to locate your phone and get it back. 

Not only this but a phone locator application can enable you to screen your friends and family with only a basic snap of the screen. Although these are some simple applications but do you know how these applications actually work? Or about the numerous ways they can enable you to discover all the data you’re searching for? If not, this article will let you know precisely how mobile phone following applications work, and the most ideal approaches to utilize it. 

Mobile snatching has become really common since a long time ago. Although cell phones are now more advanced and include all the necessary features still there are expensive phones in which mobile tracker doesn’t work properly. 

Only a portion of these highlights incorporates GPS following capacities, content checking, photograph/video extraction, and internet-based life cautions. While a considerable lot of these highlights are significant, the client should initially know how their cell phone following application functions so as to take advantage of the product. 

How Cell Phone Tracker Apps Work:

Wireless tracker applications work by enacting a GPS following framework, which pinpoints the accurate area of the person on the gadget. Phone locator or Global Positioning System, is a route framework that interfaces numerous systems of satellites. These satellites then give exact area information on the numerous gadgets situated the world over. 

These GPS satellites work by sending a sign of the cell phone with the help of a mobile locator app. The GPS recipient will at that point interface with this sign, looking at the time it was sent and from which place. The outcome being the separation between the satellite and the physical signals. All of this information will at that point brief the GPS recipient’s framework to ascertain the location where his phone is present with precise accuracy and proficiency. 

Phone Locator Devices:

For an Android telephone, the requirement to spy a gadget can be utilized by the device manager of android. While for iPhones, the equivalent should be possible utilizing the “Discover My iPhone” work. 

If you think the strategies about phone locator  there are not enough you can easily look for few outsider applications that can do this activity as well. These sorts of applications have worked in capacities which can follow the telephone’s area, yet other information found in the focused on gadget also. This sort of programming is, for the most part, alluded to as a  spy application for mobile, and there is a wide range of one’s available today. The app from each brand greatly differs from one another as far as quality and highlights are concerned. Perhaps the best alternative out there for phone locators are the ones that are already present in your device. 

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Technology And The Internet Drive Modern Gaming

The entertainment business has accompanied humanity for a long time, and in many forms too. Perhaps since the moment people were able to fulfill their basic needs and started thinking about their free time and what more there is to life. A variety of amusing games, especially in modern times, surely is a crucial part of it all. 

Interesting games have been faithful servants for bored individuals on numerous occasions in history. The most unsophisticated ones involved simple solutions and ordinary materials: rocks, wooden pawns, then cards and basic boards. But they were enjoyed all the same. Unsurprisingly, the development of technology changed the big picture in a spectacular way. Above all with the introduction of video and computer games, and then by the invention of the world wide web. 

The gaming industry, being particularly susceptive to new technological concepts and driven by the fresh approach, is changing a great deal. Even before our very eyes. It is also an ever-growing business generating colossal revenues, which incites companies and developers to do everything they can to take a leading position above the competition. Lucky for the gamers out there, everybody should be able to find what they like. 

While playing the game on its own is a great way for many of us to relax and kill a few hours, you can always take it to the next level. Provided you are good enough, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make some extra cash on your hobby. The opportunities to face some serious opposition and compete for real money are here. Various e-sport competitions gather many talented players to prestigious tournaments and millions of viewers online. Cash prize pools increase according to the level of interest as well. 

A different, but equally exciting, concept of making a profit and having fun at the same time lies in the form of playing cards, poker especially. The online poker community is strong and significant, so there is no shortage of quality places to go to and check out the game and its various types. The most commonly recognized has to be Texas Hold’em; it gives plenty of room to shine for professionals and amateurs alike. Potential earnings on the biggest live events are also encouraging, to say the least. 

The most appreciated gaming positions are surely the ones that can engage crowds and give the possibility for a quality and healthy rivalry among the players. No wonder that online games are always in fashion, and all the new titles aiming for commercial success have to consider a multiplayer feature. Some genres are more popular than others; there are different trends floating around, making an impact on the community from time to time. Just like the big craze for battle royale type games, which are a mix of exploration and survival mode, represented by Fortnite and Apex Legends. One thing is for sure, the new ideas and ground-breaking solutions will keep on coming alongside the increasing technological progress, as well as players’ thirst for more. 

Just like the gaming industry is a big part of the whole entertainment business, the internet and technology are crucial for games. This relationship will likely grow in the future. We, as dedicated gamers, can only expect exciting things to come out as a result.

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