Updated: 8:45 AM KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Surfboard shop damaged in fire in Morena-area April 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A two-alarm blaze near a surfboard shop in the Morena area Friday morning and sent a firefighter to the hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion, authorities said.Dispatchers received a call shortly before 2:20 a.m. from a person who reported seeing smoke near the 5100 block of Pacific Highway, San Diego Fire-Rescue dispatch supervisor Brent Peterson said.Firefighters responded to the scene and found smoke and flames near a surfboard repair shop, Peterson said.The owner of Lord of the Dings Surfboard Repair, Mauricio DeSuza, said that his building did not sustain any fire damage and it was a building next to his that was burned.Crews doused the blaze and had the flames knocked down within 40 minutes, the dispatch supervisor said.A firefighter was taken to a hospital for treatment of heat exhaustion, SDFRD spokesman Jose Ysea said. An update on the firefighter’s condition was not immediately available.The cause of the fire was under investigation. Posted: April 12, 2019
(Phys.org) — Daniel Novy and V. Michael Bove of MIT’s Media Lab have developed a new way to create a more immersive viewing experience for movie watching or even game playing. Called “Infinity-By-Nine” the system consists of a computer, wall and ceiling panels and a ceiling projector. Together they enrich the viewing experience by adding an enhanced form of ambient lighting, using sampled content, to the viewer’s peripheral vision, causing the viewer to feel more drawn into whatever is happening onscreen. More information: labcast.media.mit.edu/?p=262 The system takes advantage of the fact that peripheral vision in people is blurry; it’s only when the eyes move to focus to the sides that the things that exist there come into focus. Thus, any video displayed to the left or right of a television or computer screen need not be clear or sharp and in fact, as the two have shown, it doesn’t even have to contain any new information. What they have done is sample pixels hovering at the edges of the actual straight ahead video, and stretch it to the sides using a ceiling mounted projector, creating a wall of blurred images that mimic what the viewer interprets as more information going on at the edges of their vision. The sampling is done in real time, which means the blurred colored images on the left and right panes are constantly changing, always synchronized with whatever is going on with the real video on the screen the user is watching. The overall effect, the researchers report is a far more immersive experience than when watching the same content on just a simple screen. What’s more the entire system has been put together using consumer accessible hardware and open source software toolkits suggesting that others, if they so wish, could build a similar system on their own.So immersive is the experience, that some of those enlisted as volunteers to test the system have reported synesthetic effects, which is where other senses become involved in the viewing experience, e.g. feeling the heat from the fire after an explosion on screen.Unfortunately the researchers have no plans at this time to market their project, which means it will likely take someone else with more financial ambitions to replicate their efforts and turn it into something people at home can buy and enjoy. Explore further The Ultimate Home Cinematic 21:9 Viewing Experience
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supporters put up road blockades and agitated on Tuesday, protesting the attack on councillor Mithun Tikadar. He was shot inside his party office at Chitligunj in Budge Budge by two miscreants, identified as Md Kayesh and Kamal Khan, on Monday night.Tikadar had identified the duo and informed the police about them. He went through a major abdominal surgery on Monday night at a private hospital in Ekbalpore. Later, he was shifted to the Advanced Intensive Care Unit (AICU). According to the spokesperson from the hospital, Tikadar is recovering but his condition is still critical. He has been kept under observation. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to sources, police claimed that Tikadar was injured by splinters from the bombs which were hurled by the accused duo. Locals informed that Tikadar had reached his party office a few moments after from the foundation stone laying ceremony of Charial Bridge by Abhishek Banerjee. After that he went inside the party office and was talking to the party workers when Kayesh and Khan shot him from outside through an open window. Later they hurled two bombs to create panic among the locals, making a safe passage to flee. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSleuths suspect that the duo had attacked Tikadar in a planned manner and had kept a strong vigil on his movements. Local Trinamool leaders alleged that BJP is behind the attack on Tikadar, as he had worked well to develop ward 20 from where he was elected as a councillor for the first time. Sleuths had conducted multiple raids on Monday night to nab the duo but were not able to trace either of them. Police have circulated their pictures with other police units across the state.
Robots are about to get a lot more personal.Whether in the home or the workplace, social robots are going to become a lot more commonplace in the next few years. Or at least that is what the companies bringing these personalized machines to market are hoping.What are social robots?Social robots are about bringing technology to the everyday world in a more humanized way, said Cynthia Breazeal, the director of the personal robotics group at the MIT Media Lab and the chief scientist at the robot company Jibo. While household robots today, such as the Roomba, perform mundane chores, social robots will be much more like companions than mere tools, Breazeal said.For example, these robots will be capable of understanding social cues and will be able to distinguish when someone is happy or sad. This allows them to respond more appropriately to the user, she said.”Social robots humanize our interaction with technology,” she said. “It doesn’t feel like a device, it doesn’t feel like this flat thing that you have to go pick up and use. It feels like one of the group, it feels more animated.”The Jibo, which is slated to ship later this year, is designed to be a personalized assistant of sorts. You can talk to the robot, ask it questions, and make requests for it to perform different tasks. The robot doesn’t just deliver generic answers to questions, it responds based on what it learns about each individual in the household, the company said.It can do things such as remind an elderly family member to take their medicine or snap candid family photos.Jibo aims to make its robot as common as the household tablet computer, Breazeal said. But unlike a tablet, the Jibo robot is a platform that is much more interactive and works in a way that is more natural to humans, she said.”There is all of this amazing content trapped behind flat glass, and with these robotics with technology like Jibo, that content can finally be brought to life in a way that is much more humanized.”Working with robotsImage credit: Fellow RobotsBut social robots aren’t just finding their way into the home. They have potential applications in everything from education to health care and are already finding their way into some of these spaces, Breazeal said.Fellow Robots is one company bringing social robots to retail. The company’s “Oshbot” robot is built to assist customers in a store.Last year, Fellow Robots partnered with Lowe’s to develop Oshbot, which basically acts like a sales assistant that can help the customers find items and help guide them to the product’s location in the store. It can also speak different languages and make recommendations for different items based on what the customer is shopping for.The more interaction the robot has with humans, the more it learns, said Marco Mascorro, Fellow Robot’s founder and chief technology officer.But Oshbot, like other social robots, is not intended to replace workers, but to work alongside other employees, Mascorro said.”There is this idea that robots do things for people, but this is a different paradigm,” Breazeal said. “There is a shift in social robotics of training technologies that don’t do things for us, but do things with us.” This story originally appeared on CNBC 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 27, 2015 Register Now »
Travelweek Group Share Wednesday, December 19, 2018 LAKE BUENA VISTA — In a few weeks clients heading to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in 2019 will be able to purchase a new ticket option: a four-day, 4-Park Magic Ticket.Priced at US$85 per day (plus tax) for a total price of $340 (plus tax), the 4-Park Magic Tickets include one day of admission to Magic Kingdom Park, one day of admission to Epcot, one day of admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and one day of admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, for a total of four admissions over four separate days. The 4-Park Magic Tickets will be available for purchase starting Jan. 18, 2019, at Disneyworld.com/parkmagic, through the Disney Reservation Center or authorized travel professionals and ticket sellers. The tickets are seasonally priced for varied usage between Jan. 18 and Sept. 30, 2019, as follows: 4-PARK MAGIC VALUE TICKET Valid for admission Jan. 18-March 1, 2019; must be used within seven days from first use, or by March 1, 2019, whichever comes first Adult: $85 per day, plus tax ($340 total, plus tax) Child: $80 per day, plus tax ($320 total, plus tax)4-PARK MAGIC SELECT TICKETValid for admission March 2-March 14; March 27-April 9; April 27-May 27; and Aug. 19-Sept. 30, 2019; must be used within seven days from first use, or by Sept. 30, 2019, whichever comes first Adult: $89 per day, plus tax ($356 total, plus tax) Child: $84 per day, plus tax ($336 total, plus tax) 4-PARK MAGIC SUMMER TICKETValid for admission May 28-Aug. 18, 2019; must be used within seven days from first use or by Sept. 30, 2019, whichever comes first Adult: $95 per day, plus tax ($380 total, plus tax) Child: $90 per day, plus tax ($360 total, plus tax) Disney says the new 4-Park Magic Tickets are valid for one theme park per day and tickets can be used to enter each theme park only once. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable and exclude activities/events separately priced. Higher-priced tickets are valid for use on dates with a lower price. For more information about the 4-Park Magic Tickets, visit Disneyworld.com/parkmagic. 4 park admissions over 4 days with WDW’s newest ticket option Tags: Disney World Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>