How you can spend less your petrol and save the environment
You too can join the ‘cool environmentally conscious’ club with all the Prius owners by attaching a new Aussie invention – GoFar to your current (well-loved) vehicle. Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, the device aims to “cut your fuel costs, reduce your carbon emissions and help you drive safer” by collecting different metrics about how you are driving your car and display them to you in real time, via a glow of a light (because texting and driving is dangerous). The hue of blue light will indicate when you are driving in the “sweet spot” – “an optimum throttle position that maximises your power and minimises your fuel consumption” while red indicates that your road rage is currently hurting your car and the environment. Think FitBit for cars!
Google’s News Lab will help you tell stories backed by data
Google has introduced a new digital journalism toolbox called News Lab, which aims to provide useful reporting tools to help journalists and story writers to use data to create and share stories across four steps: research, reporting, distribution and optimisation.
Contently reports that “until recently, data journalism had been so specialised because it was difficult for journalists who didn’t have mathematical backgrounds to break in. But as more tools become available to the public, it will be easier for everyone to create meaningful data visualizations that either tell stories on their own or complement traditional text articles.”
With media editors such as Vox’s Editor-in-Chief perfectly summarising how this will help with strengthening storytelling and journalism: “We will know we’ve done a good job on this when people stop using this term. When data journalism is just journalism, as it always has been and always should be.”
Bionic lenses will give you more than perfect vision for life
Keep your eyes peeled for this because Ocumetics, a Canadian company whose vision is perfect vision, have spent an estimated $3 million over eight years developing their Bionic Lenses that will give you better than 20/20 vision!
The talk about anything robot-like inserted into your body – let alone your eye – could make you a little squeamish, but it’s apparently a painless 8 minute process – similar as having the cataract surgery. It sounds extremely promising because upon completion – patients would immediately have perfect eyesight for the rest of their life “no matter how crummy your eyes are”.
Ocumetrics is estimating Bionic Lenses could be on the market within two years, pending successful trials on animals and blind patients for anyone over the age of 25 – generally the age at which people’s eyes have fully developed.