How could Google Glass detect people’s emotions?

We humans mask our intentions with lies, misdirection and misinformation. But one of the most telling aspects of interpersonal communication isn’t words. It’s body language. Some researchers say that more than half of our communication happens through body language; tone of voice and spoken words were a distant second and third, respectively [source: Thompson].

These days, it’s not just people reading body language. Machines are picking up on those nonverbal cues, too, to the point where some can even read our emotions.

Take the SHORE Human Emotion Detector, which is an app (or “glassware”) for Google Glass, a wearable computer from Google. A German organization called the Fraunhofer Institute initially created SHORE for object recognition. SHORE stands for Sophisticated High-Speed Object Recognition Engine.

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My New iPad

So I had gone to Small Dog Electronics for the purpose of repairing my computer, which had stopped recognizing any and all power supplies.  (I know what it looks like when a power supply is the culprit and this is not it.   Apple agreees with me, and it’s under warranty so I don’t have to pay anything.

Then I showed them the shattered glass on my iPad (I had very stupidly taken off and left off the cover for awhile and then dropped it because I’m a klutz.  They told me that nobody really repairs glass on iPads anymore, except some people who do it sort of not illlegally but certainly without Apple’s approval.  (Apple creeps me out sometimes.  I need their products because they are the most cognitively accessible ones out there for my brain, but the way they try to control everything seriously bothers me.)

They told me I’d be better off buying an iPad Mini than paying to have my screen repaired.  I told them it was moot because I don’t have that kind of money, ever.

Then the next day, I got a check in the mail from the Burlington Housing Authority.  It seems that not only did I get my full security deposit back despite the wreck I made of the place.  They must have very low standards.  It also seems I had been overpaying my rent for months on end.  The upshot was i had just enough money to buy an iPad Mini 3, wifi, 64 GB (!!!!!).  The case was free because it was the house brand and they were having a sale.  And a screen protector, and an extra power cable sturdier than the one it came with. 

The salesman was great. He answered all questions honestly and didn’t try to sell me anything more than I needed. In fact I was the one who made my order bigger than expected with the extra power cable, not him.  He was obviously unaware of the dangers of relying on only one cable to charge your primary communication device. 

And that’s why I spent the money on this. I had had two main communication devices, computer and iPad, break in two different ways. That is bad news. 

Also, now that I am ambulatory, a computer or even a full size iPad becomes quite bulky. A mini iPad is exactly the right size for aug comm, not too big or too small. Plus it is more affordable to get more storage space in one than a full sized one. I’ve had it for hours and am in love already.  It’s such a perfect little thing.  And this time I got it a case that fits around it and seems fairly protective, and was actually free because Small Dog made it themselves.  And the case can have it stand upright or sideways.

By the way never leave an annoying feeding tube alarm blaring when you’re on the toilet.  Your cat might get annoyed and knock over a glass of water onto a bunch of important papers and stuff.  And this is a glass of water that we had cat-proofed fairly well, so doing this took some effort on her part (knocking over the obstacles in its way, then knocking over the glass of water).  When Fey is pissed, she doesn’t just get mad, she gets even.

But seriously if you’re an ambulatory person considering an iPad versus an iPad Mini for a communication device, I’d strongly suggest going with the Mini, or at least trying out both in person before you decide.  There are drawbacks to the Mini, but I find them well worth the benefits.  Including the fact that even with the case on, holding it feels like holding a small book.  The iPad Air may be light as well, but it’s bulky, and bulky becomes trickier to deal with the more walking you do.  It’s not that I expect to literally walk and type at the same time, but I could walk and hit a number of important picture symbols at the same time, and that’s important too.

Unexpected money twice, followed by unexpected but amazing purchase twice:  rocking chair and iPad Mini.  I’m rocking in the rocking chair as I write this, and it’s really nice to be able to rock without putting out a lot of physical effort to do so.  That’s why my rocking stopped a few years ago except in extremely stressful situations: The adrenal insufficiency and myasthenia gravis just made it too exhausting, and my body stopped doing it.  I had no choice or say in the matter.  The rocking chair gives me some say again.  (Gone are the days when they got me a rocking chair so I would have a “socially acceptable” way to rock. This actually happened at a residential facility.

And the iPad Mini is just wonderful for everything from a communication device to a way to work on my novel.  The two main apps I’ve used so far, are Proloquo2Go and Evernote.  Also Tumblr.

Super Helpful Apps You'd Find on an NYU Student's Phone

We can’t be tamed when it comes to our phones. Whether we’re Snapchatting ugly selfies or killing time before class on Facebook, we’re all about that app life. Most apps can be total productivity killers (shoutout to everyone who is still active on Candy Crush), but some can actually make life easier — especially as a student!

NYU Events. Developed by a student at an NYU hackathon, this app helps you navigate the millions of events that happen at this school every week. Ok, maybe not millions, but there are hundreds of clubs and organizations at NYU alone. With NYU Events, you can search and RSVP for events, and add them to your calendar with one click. Also, real talk: it’s sooooo pretty.


NYU Bus Tracker. If you call dorms like Gram or Laf home, chances are you basically live on the NYU bus. Thankfully, this student-designed app uses real time bus locations and scheduled bus times to track every line for you. Not to mention, it’s designed to work with weak Internet signal or no service at all. So when you’re rushing down to the lobby, stuck in an elevator, you can confirm that you are still going to make that F bus! 


Venmo. It kinda seems like everyone is into Venmo right now, and for a good reason! Gone are the days of asking your waiter to split the dinner check between three cards and $20 cash. Venmo is probably the most convenient way to transfer money between friends and, above all, is the perfect excuse to go crazy with emojis.


Uber"How much do I Venmo you for this Uber?" is a question that would have made absolutely no sense a few years ago, but is pretty frequently asked by NYU students these days. Uber takes away the stress of not being able to hail a cab (we’ve all been there). It’s safe, reliable, and you get to feel like a baller when a personal driver picks you up at your dorm. Just beware surge pricing! 


Tapingo. If you’re not already obsessed with Tapingo, consider this a formal invitation to get on it. Tapingo lets you order from your fave NYU dining spots within the app, so when you go to pick up your food, you can completely skip the line and grab it right away. Yeah, you heard us: you can skip that Starbucks line!


HopStop. If you’re new to NYC, this app is going to be your BFF. HopStop is like an MTA-specific Google Maps, except a million times more detailed. Just enter your starting point and destination, and HopStop gives you the clearest, easiest subway or bus directions. It also always tells you how much your journey would cost if you decide to cab it instead… if you’re fancy like that.


Mint. This is going to sound weird, but bear with us: Mint makes personal finance cool. We all know that NYC livin’ ain’t cheap, and as a result, most of us need to stay on our budget grind. Mint keeps tabs on all of your transactions, categorizes them, and even creates colorful graphs and charts for your convenience.


Quizlet. You may already be familiar with, a free site where you can make and share virtual flash cards, but did you know there’s an app, too? It’s fully functional offline, so you can study anywhere on the go — even on the subway. Commuters rejoice!


Evernote. Now that we’re over halfway through the semester, you know the struggle to stay on top of your work is real. Lists can help, but sometimes the standard old notebook app on your phone doesn’t cut it. Enter Evernote. This app lets you create virtual notebooks and even has a checklist feature so you can step up your to-do list game.


NYU Mobile. Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without NYU Mobile! If you want to get in the know, NYU articles are published daily on its homepage. If you’re Bobsting at 3AM, you can use it to order Safe Ride. If you feel like being employed, there’s a CareerNet portal. As Stefon would say, it has everything. 



Jaguar Land Rover has Announced the Launch of justDrive 

An Industry Leading Smartphone App And Platform For In-Car Connectivity.

Jaguar Land Rover has announced the launch of justDrive, an industry-leading app technology that integrates multiple smartphone apps into a single, voice-activated in-car experience.

Developed by Silicon Valley-based CloudCar, Jaguar Land Rover has optimized justDrive for its InControl platform for both Apple iOS 8 and Android phones. ‘justDrive for Jaguar Land Rover’ integrates popular apps and services, such as Spotify, Twitter, Yelp and others, to give Jaguar and Land Rover drivers an unprecedented level of connectivity for navigation, media, social interaction & information services while minimizing driver distraction.

InstaPrompter App: Secret Live Messaging & Prompting

InstaPrompter is an incredible app that will change your life! This innocent looking “note app” can live-send to any other device as you type! It covertly prompts facts, cues, or pics in real-time from one device to another. It’s called InstaPrompter and it just launched on the Apple App Store with the Android version to be released this December! 


InstaPrompter is such an amazing, useful, easy to use and fun app! It is a must for students, business professionals, politicians, performers, lawyers, or anyone that wants to chat without texting fees or the need for WiFi or BlueTooth. Just type into one screen and it appears live on the other. Whether you are across the room or in another continent!  

InstaPrompter Secret Live Messaging Sender and Receiver allows communication between phones and tablets from up to 10,000 Miles away and also displays large passages of text in all languages!

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The Life and Death of the Web

The Wall Street Journal recently had a piece announcing the web was dead and replaced by apps (if you hit the paywall, you can get access by going through Google News—the irony is not lost on me…).

I was sort of bummed by the piece because we seem to be learning there’s a limit to the number of apps people will use. So what happens when you want to know something that’s not represented by an app? Is the Journal’s assumption that if there’s not an icon, people will do without information? And isn’t a web browser considered an app? And also, contrary to popular belief, not all Internet work takes place on mobile devices.

Luckily, Quartz stepped in and ran a great piece on how the web is doing just fine—often because apps bring users to the web. Gina Trapani had a very brief review of Firefox OS on The Flame and her takeaway was that it’s great because it’s entirely webapp-based, meaning all you need to render apps is a browser.

Pushing content into apps limits access. Not everyone has a phone. Not everyone has the same phone. I use the Twitter app all the time but if I didn’t have the app, I could still use the mobile site. Why create artificial silos when there’s already a fine structure—the browser—for rendering content across devices? Luckily, it looks like the Journal got this call wrong.



Its currently waiting to be reviewed by Apple before being published! But the second I know its available I will let you guys know!

Its called ‘Hue - Tap the Colour’ and the aim of the game is to get as many points as possible by tapping the tile thats a slightly different colour than the rest. If you get it wrong, you lose a point, and as your score gets higher, the game gets more difficult!

I hope you like the concept and the design, and please download the app when its available and tap the ads! (Its free for you, and I get some money!) Also, if you could, I’d appreciate you liking my facebook page


There’s an AWESOME app for cosplayers called cosplanner!
It helps you keep track of what you need to buy and make for a cosplay, how much your materials will be, how far along in your cosplay you are and reference images! It’s by far the most useful app I’ve ever seen for us cosplayers!

Project of the Day—Protestify is an app that hopes to help streamline the link between citizen journalism and established news outlets. Take a picture of what you say, put a #protestify hashtag on it, and then the app will send you a copyright notice to sign, so your work is recognized as yours, and if it gets picked up, you’ll be properly compensated. In addition, the app will offer data visualization based on the photos taken to help get information into the world.


HBO GO is Now Available on Xbox One.