Sign Language Rings Convert Gestures To Speech
"Here’s how the rings work, in a nutshell. There are three detatchable rings that are worn on the the thumb and first two fingers of each hand, as well as a bracelet. As the user signs out whatever they want to say, the translation is then spoken through a digitized voice that comes from the bracelet. I’m not sure if it works real time or not, but that’s still some pretty amazing stuff. And that’s not all…
"The gesture-to-speak aspect works fine when the hearing-impaired person wants to talk to someone else, but what about vice versa? The bracelet carries the double duty of turning sound into text that runs across an LED display. It seems like the only thing these guys have left to do is actually make people hear again…"
Coolest thing ever.
TYPHOON HAIYAN RIPS THROUGH CENTRAL PHILIPPINES
Typhoon Haiyan is a Category 5 storm, the strongest typhoon of 2013 and said to be the “most powerful ever” to make landfall (with winds near 195-200 mph). Perspective: Superstorm Sandy was at 95mph when it hit New Jersey; Hurricane Katrina at 129mph when it hit land.
- Pre-emptive evacuations affect more than 161,000 families or more than 790,000 people in 37 provinces
- Typhoon Haiyan as seen from space
- Haiyan makes 6 landfalls - it affected an island chain in the central Philippines, making landfall in six islands. It gained wind power as it traversed through waters in between.
- Haiyan traverses areas affected by magnitude 7.1 earthquake - The earthquake left more than 200 dead dead on October 16; 1000 injured; 350,000 displaced. The survivors have been living in tents and evacuation areas. It passed through Leyte, Samar, Cebu (2.5 million residents), among others—some of which are the poorest provinces in the country.
- 100 people killed in Tacloban — first estimate of casualties in the city reported today, November 9. Because the communication lines are down, the news centers have yet to take stock of the full extent of the damage. But the numbers are still expected to rise. The devastation was described as if a tsunami had wracked through it.
- 2:03PM 11/9: An estimated 4 million people have been affected by the typhoon
- 4:20PM 11/9: 90% of Baco Town in Oriental Mindoro flooded
- 4:55 PM 11/9: Bodies still scattered in Leyte as Visayas in shock
- 5:19PM 11/9: Negros Occidental under a state of calamity
- 7:34PM 11/9: Local officials expect the number of bodies found in Tacloban to reach 500
- eta: 7:45PM 11/9: Iloilo and Palawan declare state of calamity
- eta: 8:04PM 11/9: Update: 134 reported dead
- eta: 8:30PM 11/9: Thousands homeless in Ormoc, Leyte
The victims need all the help they can get. Cities have been leveled, buildings made of concrete were destroyed by strong winds and storm surges. Communications have yet to be reestablished in most of the areas affected by the typhoon. The full picture left behind by Haiyan has yet to be established yet the devastation reported on television is already extensive. The government is bracing for large-scale relief operations. Virtually 1/3 of the country has been ravaged by this natural disaster. And we need help.
HOW THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CAN HELP
FOR THOSE IN THE PHILIPPINES
HOW TO FILE FOR MISSING PERSONS
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(Source: stannisbaratheon, via krunchie)
I wonder what it would feel like to be anger,
or sadness or even regret inside you? I would love to be any of your emotions.
Without knowing why you do or even being able to help the fact that it’s habit now,
keep bottled up deep inside you. I want to know what it feels like to shake you from
your skeleton and rattle those bones and make every freckle dance with how hard your
skin shakes. Then I want to be the calm that washes over you and the realization
that you are exactly where you are supposed to be and that no one, not any one,
can ever take that away as long as you believe in it.
I want to be your dreams, be they nighttime dreams that take you to places
that you have never been, or put air between your feet and the earth that you’re chained to does not exist, or just simply let you sit around a table that you and I built out of old
wood we found on slow walks through rainy fields. Or your daydreams, for they are dreams too even
though they always get passed over for the silly fact that they lack the
qualifier of sleep to fuel them. The daydreams where you stop, mid-bite or
mid-sentence or mid-morning and just stare into nothing to fill it with so
much of something else. I want to be that something else and the way your pupils
dilate when you start leaving this place to spend a breath there.
"I don’t want to just be complacent. I want to wake up knowing that I’m striving to be better, not just breathing everyone’s air and taking up the earth’s resources without giving back in some way to the world."