Technology of the Day: Google Can Now Auto Caption Photos

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Technology of the Day: Google Can Now Auto Caption Photos
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Google's not just building a robot army to take over the world, its also designing artificial intelligence to help people out (or so it says).

Researchers have announced that they have developed new technology that can automatically caption a photo with greater accuracy than ever before. The program is intended to assist the visually impaired in addition to making image searches easier.

"A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes it's the words that are most useful -- so it's important we figure out ways to translate from images to words automatically and accurately," they wrote on their blog.

Google provided a few examples including this photo with the caption "Two pizzas sitting on top of a stove top oven."



Sounds great in theory, but it will be interesting to see how it shapes up against some of the other stuff the Internet has to offer, besides a couple pizzas.

Exhibit A:

Creepy Tech Product You Didn’t Realize You Needed of the Day: Amazon Echo

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Alexa is listening. She knows everything about you. And she is getting smarter by the second.

Amazon unveiled a new product Thursday, called Amazon Echo, a 9-inch tall, cylindrical, voice-controlled device that will answer any of your questions, play music, and most importantly - for Amazon - create shopping lists. Just in time for the holidays.

Oh, and it responds to the name "Alexa" by default.

It is basically a virtual assistant like Siri and Cortana, but for your home, and ultimately another way for Amazon to completely own you.

Echo is $199, but if you are a Prime member you can grab one for $99. It's also invitation-only for the time being, so you'll have to wait a bit before you can get to know Alexa.

The waiting will be tough, but Billy Joel knows how you feel.

Kickstarter of the Day: The Back to the Future Hoverboard is Now a Reality

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Hendo is introducing the world's first real working hoverboard.

So where does the HENDO hoverboard stand today? Well, about 1 inch off the ground. As you can see from the video above, the prototype is real and it works! But to see it hover in person, and better yet, to defy gravity by riding it, is something you need to experience as well.

With the support of the Kickstarter community, we all can. We need your help to put the finishing touches on the Hendo Hoverboard, to help us produce them, and to create places to ride them.

Hendo is looking for $250,000 in funding to refine the working technology from the prototype and start production. Pledges start at $5, but if you want your childhood dream to come true $10,000 will get you a real working Hendo Hoverboard.

The Apple Watch is Here! Or Maybe it Was Here the Whole time?

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The Apple Watch is Here! Or Maybe it Was Here the Whole time?
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Apple's press conference today announced the iPhone 6 (spoilers: It has a curved bezel and more powerful technology and a better camera), the iPhone 6 Plus (spoilers: It's the same as what we just said but with the formfactor of a larger Android phone) and the Apple Watch. Details about the watch are relatively slim. We know it will interact with other Apple devices, have apps, use vibration to alert you of notifications and do nifty things like "tug" you in the direction of a pre-planned route you've mapped out.

But really, we know the killer app is just taping your existing phone to your arm.