Totally Necessary Invention of The Day: Domino's Creates an "Easy Order" Button For Your House
Via: Engadget
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Looking to shave a few seconds off your pizza order? Well, you're in luck.

Domino's is testing out a new "Easy Order" button in the UK. And if you're really, really into pizza—this might do the trick for you.

From Engadget:

The Easy Order actually comes in two forms: a physical and a virtual button. The physical option is provided by Flic and is a tiny magnetic button that can be programmed to do a number of different things. We've seen it used to control various phone functions, like snoozing an alarm or taking a photo, in the past, but Domino's will pair it with an app over Bluetooth in order for it to become your pizza delivery companion. Simply save your address and payment details on the Domino's website or app and select your favourite order -- the rest takes care of itself.

We're one useless invention away from Smart House.

Product of The Day: This New Keyboard Puts Emoji Closer Than Ever
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Finally—a dedicated poop key!

Because the workforce is now mostly made of Millennials and our language has devolved into tiny cartoon symbols, Austin-based company EmojiWorks has created an emoji keyboard.

That's right. We've come to this, Internet.

There are three versions of the keyboard, which connects through Bluetooth making it compatible with Mac, iOS and Windows. Here are the specs:

The Emoji Keyboard contains 47 emoji right at your fingertips, including the most common emoji, plus the thinker, taco, unicorn and robot from the recently released iOS 9.1 update. The Emoji Keyboard Plus has double the emoji plus more from iOS 9.1, including the middle finger and hot dog. The Plus also has skin tone modifier keys. The Pro model has everything the Plus has, but with more than 120 emoji.

The keyboard works just like a traditional caps locks key would. You just push the "emoji" button and choose the character for your situation.

Emoji keyboard starts at $89.95 and will start shipping in December.

Tech of The Day: Now You Can Search YouTube Videos Using Emoji
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Now you can have your emoji and YouTube it, too!

Researchers at University of Amsterdam and Qualcomm Research have created an emoji search engine that lets you use the tiny pictures to search through thousands of YouTube videos.

The prototype, called Emoji2Video, has a a curated list of 385 emoji users can select to search through a database of 45,000 YouTube videos

MIT Technology Review explains how the technology works:

The researchers used deep-learning techniques to produce emoji labels for videos that seem to appropriately represent what's in them (a baseball or a dog, for instance) and to determine how likely it is that those things are in a given frame. About one out of every 50 frames was analyzed, Cappallo says, and the emojis chosen to represent those are averaged to get one short emoji list, ordered in decreasing confidence, for that particular video.

Researchers hope this technology could be used for bridging language gaps.

It still obviously needs some work. A quick search using the eggplant emoji gives you this video on how to make an eggplant sandwich.

Because we all know what the eggplant really means.

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Just when you think robots are about to take over the world, they go and do something like this.

The DARPA Robotics Challenge was held this past weekend, with numerous teams “vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters.”

Turns out they had a few disasters of their own as well.

IEEE Spectrum created a compilation of robot falls from the first day of the finals, and while this is pretty funny to watch in itself, one YouTuber took it a step further and mashed it up with some WWE commentary turning it into Internet gold.

“As much as nobody wanted to see a robot fall, everybody wanted to see a robot fall,” wrote IEEE Spectrum on their blog.

The course involved the competing robots trying to open doors, turn valves, drive cars and climb over rubble.

Team KAIST from South Korea took home the top prize with the fastest time, and here’s their robot, DRC-Hubo, stepping up to victory. It was built with wheels on its knees to help protect it from taking a tumble.

“These robots are big and made of lots of metal and you might assume people seeing them would be filled with fear and anxiety,” said DRC organizer Gill Pratt. “But we heard groans of sympathy when those robots fell. And what did people do every time a robot scored a point? They cheered!”

Meanwhile, nothing can stop the beasts from Boston Dynamics, so while these falls are funny, the threat is still very real.

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The future is now.

A Canadian man named Catalin Alexandru Duru has set the new world record for longest distance traveled on a hoverboard.

While this might just seem like fictional story from “Back to the Future 2,” it’s actually very real.

Watch in the clip above as Duru travels 905 feet and 2 inches across Lake Ouareau in Quebec using a prototype device that he built over a period of just one year.

“I will showcase that stable flight can be achieved with a machine one can stand on and control with their feet,” he said.

Unlike with the hoverboard in the movie, he’s lifted off the surface to a height of about 5 meters using his propeller-based board, and it looks a bit more dangerous than Marty McFly’s version.

Although this probably will helps the average rider avoid crashing into large piles of manure.

“This is a truly mesmerising and incredible feat in the world of engineering and transportation,” saida Guinness World Records spokesperson about the news. “It’s always pleasing to see individuals such as Catalin Alexandru Duru achieve a Guinness World Records titles such as this in which personal endeavour continues to amaze us all.”

Via: Lily
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A robotics company has unveiled a new drone that flies by itself and acts as your personal videographer.

“Lily” is described on the company’s website as the “world’s first throw-and-shoot camera.”

You place a tracking device on whatever you want the drone to follow, throw it up into the air when you’re ready to starting filming, and Lily will take it from there.

The camera shoots 1080p HD video, can snap pictures and also uses “computer vision” to monitor you. And unlike other drones, Lily will also record and sync audio through the tracking device.

The promotional video above shows the device in action, which looks pretty cool, although it probably takes a while to build up the courage to throw your expensive new gadget off a bridge.

The drone is waterproof and also floats, however, so if the 20 minute battery time expires while over a body of water, you won’t have to go sprinting after it like these guys did.

Lily was invented back in 2013 by two students at UC Berkeley, Antoine Balaresque and Henry Bradlow, but was officially launched Tuesday.

“It’s not the future of drones,” writes Wired, who got to test out the device. “It’s more like the future of the point-and-shoot.”

It’s currently $499 during the pre-sale, but the price will eventually go up to $999.

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You might need to 3D print yourself a Kleenex after watching this.

Thirty-year-old Tatiana Guerra lost her sight when she was 17, and now she is 20 weeks pregnant.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Huggies Brazil has released a new video called “Meeting Murilo” in which Guerra receives a very special surprise.

In the clip, Guerra is having an ultrasound done, and the doctor asks her how she imagines his face.

“Oh I imagine him, well… his nose like a little potato. A small mouth, a chubby little hand,” she replies. “I can’t wait to smell him.”

While she can’t see the image herself, the doctors secretly 3D-print the image and present it to her so she can feel and “meet” her child for the very first time.

At the top of the sculpture “I am your son” is also printed in braille.

“I’m very happy to meet Murilo before he’s born,” she says in tears of joy. “Thanks, Doctor.”

It’s basically the opposite of how Princess Leia felt when she saw Han Solo trapped in carbonite for the first time.

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