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Aaron Mead
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Not sure what if anything will come of this but seems like it could lead to some interesting places
Many of you are reading this post while living in a city. And you can probably think of a ton of ways you’d like your city to be better—more affordable housing, better public transport, less pollution, more parks and green spaces, safer biking paths, a shorter commute... the list goes on!

Many cities around the world have already made a lot of progress in some of these areas—for instance, developing dashboards to measure and visualize traffic patterns, and building tools that let residents instantly evaluate and provide feedback on city services. But a lot of urban challenges are interrelated—for example, availability of transportation affects where people choose to live, which affects housing prices, which affects quality of life. So it helps to start from first principles and get a big-picture view of the many factors that affect city life. Then, you can develop the technologies and partnerships you need to make a difference.

So I’m very excited about +Sidewalk Labs​, a new company we’ve announced today. (The press release is at www.sidewalkinc.com if you want to read more).  Sidewalk will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage. The company will be led by Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York. Every time I talk with Dan I feel an amazing sense of opportunity because of all the ways technology can help transform cities to be more livable, flexible and vibrant.  I want to thank +Adrian who helped to bring Dan on board.

While this is a relatively modest investment and very different from Google's core business, it’s an area where I hope we can really improve people’s lives, similar to Google[x] and Calico. Making long-term, 10X bets like this is hard for most companies to do, but Sergey and I have always believed that it’s important. And as more and more people around the world live, work and settle in cities, the opportunities for improving our urban environments are endless. Now it’s time to hit the streets and get to work!
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Today we’re unwrapping the best holiday gift we could’ve imagined: the first real build of our self-driving vehicle prototype.  

The vehicle we unveiled in May (goo.gl/qDUtgq) was an early mockup—it didn’t even have real headlights! Since then, we’ve been working on different prototypes-of-prototypes, each designed to test different systems of a self-driving car—for example, the typical “car” parts like steering and braking, as well as the “self-driving” parts like the computer and sensors. We’ve now put all those systems together in this fully functional vehicle—our first complete prototype for fully autonomous driving.

We’re going to be spending the holidays zipping around our test track, and we hope to see you on the streets of Northern California in the new year.  Our safety drivers will continue to oversee the vehicle for a while longer, using temporary manual controls as needed while we continue to test and learn.  Happy holidays!
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maybe a decade or so late, but I'm starting a newsletter of curated links with some commentary about Raleigh/Tech/other interesting stuff. here's a sample: http://bit.ly/1mPqOuI 
if you're interested, sign up on this form http://bit.ly/WUrsC6 I won't spam you too hard, maybe 1 or 2 mailings a month.
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+Scot Wingo is very gracious to have answered a question I had on Exit Event about coming up with ideas that have actual value, awesome!
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I love this stuff
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+Triangle Maker Startup Weekend was in Raleigh this past weekend.  By far my favorite one yet.  Making physical products was a welcome change, I had a fun group, and we got a full working prototype by the end of it.  

My group was http://twitter.com/paparazzifeeder.  We made a birdhouse out of foam paper and used a motion sensor with a raspberry pi to tell a webcam when to take a photo and then post it on Twitter.  It was the right level of challenging, not too hard to where I'd just get frustrated and nothing accomplished, but not too easy either where I didn't learn anything.

Below I've posted a compilation of all my tweets from each of the pitches.  1st place & audience favorite went to Roam, 2nd went to the water bottle group, and 3rd went to Smoke Signal.  We basically blew off the business side of things as we just wanted to make something cool and have fun without worrying about any of the technicalities.  We also only had 3 people actively working on the project as opposed to around 8 a lot of the other groups had. 

We were surprised by DXLabs Design & +Betaversity with a last minute reward for a free "Design Sprint" because those guys wanted to work with us and make the birdfeeder thing real!  We were crazy pumped as we weren't expecting to get anything.  I'll have to post some updates as that happens.

1.  First pitch at #tswmaker : floating beer koozie. Nice looking prototype and some good graphic design on the power point. Nice presentation 2
2.  "Where's my coupon" changing how people find coupons, started with funny animated video up describe idea,maybe AngularJS prototype?#tswmaker
3.  3rd is a water bottle that'll tell a story, is a symbol of the issues with water in developing countries #tswmaker. Passionate speaker!
4.  4th was us, easily the best idea.@paparazzifeeder revolutionizing the world one bird feeder at a time #tswmaker #birds
5.  Tangicode at #tswmaker presenting their MVP of physical objects that can be used to learn programming, I'm going to be jealous of my kids!
6.  LyfeLoop at #tswmaker created an app called Blink for Google Glass to record important moments in life when your certain biometrics r raised
7.  Buildz-a-bot at #TSWMaker wants to allow kids to customize robots to behave however they can imagine using arduinos, sensors, and the like
8.  "Gather" at #TSWMaker wants to put local products in people's hands using a subscription service. I like the idea if price point was right
9.  #TSWMaker Right Wrap is trying to rid America of The Enemy: wrapping PAPER by using fabric, had over 4000 people to answer their survey!!
10.  PedSights wants to help kids with epilepsy and their parents track what's happening during their daily lives with real data #TSWMAKER
11.  Callouses aren't attractive and can impede workouts.  Enter Vice Grips. Spawned from using old socks for kettle bell workouts ew #TSWMAKER
12.  No more key bulge with KeyLeaf! Combine your wallet/clip and your keys in a slim form factor to be unnoticeable in your pants #TSWMAKER
13.  Roam with a great presentation and a working demo of their wireless version of a child leash by using a wristband and smartphone #TSWMAKER
14.  Smoke Signal #TSWMAKER with the dramatic entrance of their DRONEEE!! Can deliver emergency supplies where and when EMS currently cannot
15.  #TSWMAKER See-U introduces the "Healfie" to help us track health over time by taking images of body parts as well as creating personal data
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Just now watched this video on the integration of +Firebase  (which I had tried to start understanding a few months ago) and +AngularJS  (which I'm learning now), and a lot of stuff is starting to click.  I may need to run through the http://www.thinkster.io/ tutorial for building a fantasy football application again, but using the Firebase version this time

+Anant Narayanan , you did a really awesome job with the presentation.  I don't know how many talks you've done but you seem to be a great public speaker!
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