Google Goggles

If you have an Android based phone (like the new Droid) then Google just propelled you straight into the future! They have released the first version of Google Goggles into the Android Marketplace. Goggles lets users search for objects using images rather than words. Simply take a picture with your phone’s camera, and if Google recognize the item, Goggles returns relevant search results. Right now Goggles identifies landmarks, works of art, and products but they expect to add much more soon. Here is an information page that explains what the app can do and here is Google’s VP of Engineering Vic Gundotra explaining the genesis of this app and a number of other things Google is doing in the mobile area.I am getting a Droid from my wife for Christmas (can’t wait!) and this will be one of the first apps I install. We’ve blogged about Augmented Reality here before but this time it is much more integrated into the way we live. Leave it to Google to come up with something this cool!

January 16, 2017

20 Nature-Inspired Embroidery to Melt Away the Winter Blues

As the holly jolly holidays have long past and we find ourselves in the middle of January, it’s natural to long for an escape from the dreary conditions winter brings—freezing temperatures, barren trees, and gloomy skies. While it may feel like March is a million months away, art is always a savior you can turn to for emotion refuge. In this case, you can spring forward with a cheerful collection of nature-inspired embroidery to melt away the winter blues.

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January 15, 2017

Literature-Loving Writers Can Now Work in Mark Twain’s Library

To seek intellectual inspiration, budding writers often turn to the works of the world’s most celebrated authors. While flipping through their most beloved books is a good start, the Mark Twain House & Museum has a better idea: why not share their workspace? Recently, the museum has announced plans to open Mark Twain’s library to the public, inviting literature-loving writers to quite literally follow in Twain’s footsteps.

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