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The recently opened Olympic Park looks very nice indeed
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Cool idea. Wondering how useful it is if you normally just keep your phone in your pocket though.
We are excited to announce a new project from ATAP, something that we have been working quietly on over the past year.

As we walk through our daily lives, we use visual cues to navigate and understand the world around us. We use our eyes to observe the size and shape of objects and rooms, and we learn their position and layout over time almost effortlessly . This awareness of space and motion is fundamental to the way we interact with our environment and each other.  We are physical beings that live in a 3D world. Yet, our mobile devices assume that physical world ends at the boundaries of the screen.

The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.

Our team has been working with universities, research labs, and industrial partners spanning nine countries around the world to harvest research from the last decade of work in robotics and computer vision, concentrating that technology into a unique mobile phone.  Now, we’re ready to put early prototypes into the hands of developers that can imagine the possibilities and help pull those ideas into reality. 

What if you never found yourself lost in a new building again?  What if directions to a new location didn’t stop at the street address? Imagine playing hide-and-seek in your house with your favorite game character. Imagine competing against a friend for control over physical space with your own miniature army.

We hope you will take this journey with us. We believe it will be one worth traveling.  To find out more, and apply for a development kit visit  http://g.co/ProjectTango.

The future is awesome. Let’s build it together.

-- Johnny Lee, and the ATAP Project Tango team

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A painting by my uncle Brian Maguire
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I love Google+'s auto-awesome gifs. Here me with some very tasty homemade mint choc chip gelato, made with out new machine thingy.
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Praise can be counterproductive. Here's how to do it right...

Maria's article is well worth a full read, but here's the three point summary of how to praise children:
1) Don't overdo praise - in excess it demotivates;
2) Praise the action not the person. "You did a terrific job" rather than "you are terrific".
3) Praise effort rather than genius. "You must have worked hard" rather than "you must be very smart".

I wonder whether this applies to adults too.
My own tuppence worth: I think it's helpful to be specific in feedback - point out what worked and what didn't.

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Possibly stronger than his first Undercover Economist book, Tim Harford addresses macroeconomics this time. Macroeconomics can seem dull (to some anyway), but Tim works in his question and answer style from his columns in a way that keeps the book vibrant, and left me wanting more when the book. Very accessible, and some very memorable explanations.

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Really stimulating read on the opportunities and current failures of (some) aid. Particularly interesting in what can be done about it, and how to better address complexity in aid delivery, and stop thinking about systems as simple cause and effect.

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In Trondheim for Christmas. There are compensations apart from the good company. I love a fjord and snow-capped mountains.
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Interesting piece on a universal basic income

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Really great landing page for this great campaign from +ActionAid UK  #cleanupbarclays
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