springwise:

This ring lets blind people read non-Braille books
One of the problems with Braille is that it’s typically printed in specialist books aside from the copies created for sighted people, meaning that those with sight difficulties can’t borrow their friends’ books and need to seek out the bookstores and libraries that cater for them. In the past, we’ve seen projects such as Thailand’sMr. Light and Mr. Dark — which uses special typography to enable the blind and non-blind to read the same book. Now the FingerReader initiative from MIT provides visually impaired readers with a wearable ring that can scan written text and read it out loud. READ MORE…

springwise:

This ring lets blind people read non-Braille books

One of the problems with Braille is that it’s typically printed in specialist books aside from the copies created for sighted people, meaning that those with sight difficulties can’t borrow their friends’ books and need to seek out the bookstores and libraries that cater for them. In the past, we’ve seen projects such as Thailand’sMr. Light and Mr. Dark — which uses special typography to enable the blind and non-blind to read the same book. Now the FingerReader initiative from MIT provides visually impaired readers with a wearable ring that can scan written text and read it out loud. READ MORE…

smartercities:

China has 8 cities with bigger bike share systems than all of America | Vox
The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000.

smartercities:

China has 8 cities with bigger bike share systems than all of America | Vox

The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000.

IBM Hopes To Lure New Data-Hungry Customers With Freemium Watson Analytics Tool

IBM IBM +0.6% wants more companies to work with their data through Big Blue, and it’s hoping a freemium model will lower the barrier for entry to get them on board.

The company announced a Watson Analytics tool on Tuesday that allows companies to upload data to the IBM cloud for free and then receive what the company claims will be predictive insights for businesspeople to use. If successful, Watson Analytics should work for companies that don’t have a data scientist.

“Watson Analytics is a tool to let every business user harness all the power we can deliver,” says Alistair Rennie, general manager of business analytics. “What deals am I most likely to win? What sector will be busiest in the next month?”

IBM Hopes To Lure New Data-Hungry Customers With Freemium Watson Analytics Tool

IBM IBM +0.6% wants more companies to work with their data through Big Blue, and it’s hoping a freemium model will lower the barrier for entry to get them on board.

The company announced a Watson Analytics tool on Tuesday that allows companies to upload data to the IBM cloud for free and then receive what the company claims will be predictive insights for businesspeople to use. If successful, Watson Analytics should work for companies that don’t have a data scientist.

“Watson Analytics is a tool to let every business user harness all the power we can deliver,” says Alistair Rennie, general manager of business analytics. “What deals am I most likely to win? What sector will be busiest in the next month?”

nycedc:

The Feast is a community of people who support each other to spark creative approaches to complex challenges.

NYCEDC is proud to partner with The Feast, a 2.5 day summit taking place October 9th-11th at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. 

In support of the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative, join participants at the Civic Hardware Hackathon. Innovation teams can take their prototypes to improve disaster preparedness to the next level

WHO: Technologists and entrepreneurs working on disaster resilience projects; government and private sector leaders/mentors fostering and accelerating innovation. Join the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), Intel, Microsoft, IKEA, Sparkfun, 3D Systems, The Red Hook Initiative, Do Good Bus, and more.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10-11th, as part of the annual Feast 2.5 day conference

WHERE: Pioneer Works, Red Hook, Brooklyn – an area still recovering from Hurricane Sandy

WHAT: 
• Spend two intense days with enthusiastic tech/design/ innovation gurus and peers 
• Get one-on-one feedback on prototypes from end-users
• Pitch your vision / hackathon goal and amplify end-of-the-weekend progress with a diverse audience of potential partners, mentors, and sponsors

See you there! Register here. 

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Questions, prepare to meet answers.Indecision could soon be on the endangered list. Watson Analytics is bringing a new breakthrough cognitive service to take on big data. Got a keyboard and a web connection? Just ask your question and out comes the insight for better decision-making. No fancy statistics language required. Get the scoop →

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Questions, prepare to meet answers.
Indecision could soon be on the endangered list. Watson Analytics is bringing a new breakthrough cognitive service to take on big data. Got a keyboard and a web connection? Just ask your question and out comes the insight for better decision-making. No fancy statistics language required. Get the scoop 

IBM Watson Analytics - Overview
Get better data
IBM® Watson™ Analytics helps you find and improve data sets with the touch of a button.
Understand your business
Watson Analytics brings an engaging analytics experience in conversational terms you can understand.
Whether you have a question to answer, an assumption to test or you are not sure what you want, Watson Analytics has you covered.

IBM Watson Analytics - Overview

Get better data

IBM® Watson™ Analytics helps you find and improve data sets with the touch of a button.


Understand your business

Watson Analytics brings an engaging analytics experience in conversational terms you can understand.

Whether you have a question to answer, an assumption to test or you are not sure what you want, Watson Analytics has you covered.