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Twine, A Tiny Gizmo That Holds The Internet's Future

Twine, A Tiny Gizmo That Holds The Internet's Future
"In the future, your house will send you a text message to warn you that your basement is flooding." Sounds like the kind of hooey you only hear in those fantastical "future of…" videos, doesn’t it? Not anymore. Two MIT Media Lab graduates have created a "2.5-inch chunk of the future" called Twine that does exactly that, and more, and is available right now. Well, not quite: It will be available in early 2012, thanks to its wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. And the best part about it, the part that surely made that fundraising surge to over $170,000? Here’s the basic idea behind Twine: Software and physical stuff should be friends. Twine is a small slab of gray plastic that hides that PhD’s worth of engineering magic--a bunch of internal and external sensors and a Wi-Fi hub--"the simplest possible way to get the objects in your life texting, tweeting or emailing," in Carr and Kestner’s words.

What Is The Singularity And Will You Live To See It? 1. I'm generally skeptical of the singularity and of post-scarcity economics in general. 2. I think it's interesting to ponder why the singularity might not occur. 3. I have a sneaking suspicion that the Fermi Paradox is somehow connected with a singularity, but I really have no compelling reason why I think that. 4. 5. 6.

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Tiny Twine Box Makes Hardware Hacking as Easy as Web Browsing | Gadget Lab Tiny and cute: You'll be allowed to leave your Twine anywhere in the house Twine is a box that lets you create smart “playlists” for real life. The 2.5-inch square slab contains various sensors along with Wi-Fi, runs for months on a pair of AA batteries, and can also be powered by USB. The Twine ships with two on-board sensors: an accelerometer and a temperature sensor. Also available will be a moisture sensor and a magnetic switch. So what do you do with it? Configuring the Twine is as easy as making a smart playlist in iTunes A breakout board will also be made available that will let you hook up any other sensors you like, without soldering (or in the U.S, soddering). It’s a tweaker’s dream, letting you pepper the house with sensors to let you know what’s going on, or — in theory — automate everything. Twine is a Kickstarter project, and it has already been funded (blowing past its original $35,000 goal with over $550,000 in pledges). Twine product page [Supermechanical]

Cons. Rep: When HELOCs freeze/shrink What to do if your home-equity line of credit is iced In May 2008, Steve Ahern got ready to renovate his home. "I refinanced my mortgage and kept my original home-equity line of credit," says Ahern, president of Wealth Management Advisors in Tewksbury, Mass. "A few weeks later, Bank of America reduced the amount available on my home-equity line by $25,100." Ahern is by no means alone. Over the past year or so, hundreds of thousands of home-equity lines of credit (HELOCs) have been trimmed, or frozen altogether, by lenders. Limited access The pullback is a response to falling home values. Bank of America declined to discuss its reasons for trimming Ahern's credit line, but a spokesman did say that the bank was limiting customer access to HELOC accounts "in areas of the country with significant home-value declines." Appealing a freeze But if you'd like to restore your credit line, call your lender and ask how to do it. This approach doesn't always work, as Ahern learned.

PhotoSketch Sketch2Photo: Internet Image Montage Tao Chen1 Ming-Ming Cheng1 Ping Tan2 Ariel Shamir3 Shi-Min Hu1 1TNList, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University 2National University of Singapore 3The Interdisciplinary Center Abstract We present a system that composes a realistic picture from a simple freehand sketch annotated with text labels. Paper Sketch2Photo: Internet Image Montage ACM SIGGRAPH ASIA 2009, ACM Transactions on Graphics, to appear Tao Chen, Ming-Ming Cheng, Ping Tan, Ariel Shamir, Shi-Min Hu System Pipeline Retrieval Results Composition Results Video Supplementary Materials 1. General supplementary materials, including intermediate results and comparisons. 2. High resolution compositions and detailed statistics of the user studies. Sktech2Photo Team Tao Chen, Kun Xu, Fang-Lve Zhang, Meng Ding and Ming-Ming Cheng Update: A web-based Sketch2Photo application: click here (Chinese), collaborated with Tencent. Acknowledgments Note Original Name: PhotoSketch.

La viorne de Bodnant Arbres et arbustes | 29/12/2010 Les rameaux nus de cette viorne portent des bouquets de fleurs odorantes qui s’épanouissent tout au long de l’hiver. Viburnum x bodnantense - F. Marre - Bagatelle (75) - Rustica Cet arbuste au port érigé se développe en buisson touffu haut de 2 à 3 m à l’âge adulte. Lent à démarrer, il commence à fleurir au bout de 3 ou 4 ans. Culture de la viorne de Bodnant - J. Nom latin : Viburnum x bodnantenseVariétés : ‘Charles Lamont’ aux fleurs rose foncé ‘Dawn’, rose tendre ‘Deben’ à longue floraison blanc rosé, mais moins rustique.Situation : rustique jusqu’à – 25 °C en terre filtrant l’eau en hiver.Exposition : ensoleillée ou à demi ombragée, protégée des vents.Sol : fertile, frais et bien drainé.

Twine : Listen to your world, talk to the Internet by Supermechanical The Kickstarter is over, but if you missed out on backing us, not to worry. You can still join the thousands of other awesome Twine owners by pre-ordering on Supermechanical. It's the next best thing to being an original backer! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Want to hook up things to the Web? Twine is the simplest possible way to get the objects in your life texting, tweeting or emailing. Twine lets you create Internet-connected systems and objects anywhere you have WiFi. Twine is a wireless module tightly integrated with a cloud-based service. The Spool web app makes it simple to set up and monitor your Twines from a browser anywhere. Because the hardware and software are made for each other, setup is easy. Right out of the box, Twine has an internal temperature sensor and accelerometer. When you plug these into the multipurpose jack, they pop up on the web app ready for you to add to your rules. Using our simple web app you can configure Twine to speak in a variety of ways.

When Homeowners Insurance Won't Protect You Shortly after Aditi Haridat's parents bought the home of their dreams, a lamp overheated while they were out of the house. Not only did they lose their pet cockatiel in the resulting fire, but the inside of their home was partially destroyed. That was only the beginning of their nightmare. Haridat's parents, who live in New Jersey, were frustrated when the insurance company offered less than the estimated cost to repair the home. Since homeowners insurance is something many people buy but few are forced to actually use, the average consumer is far from being an expert in comparing policies in advance or navigating the claims process when the unexpected does happen. "It's very difficult for consumers to read a policy and understand it," says J. "Agents walk people through that," Barry says, adding that consumers can ask questions if they don't understand part of their policy. Here are six more tips to consider when shopping for homeowners insurance: Check out buyer's guides.