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First #SolveforXAfrica kicks off in Nairobi with +Sara Menker, +Matt Keller, +Puneet Ahira, +Andrea Dunlap and +Tracy Frey
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Do you want to see the earth from space?

+World View Experience has been working on a balloon-driven space flight system that would let riders fly high enough to see the curvature of our planet for 90 minutes.

It won’t be so high that people will be able to experience weightlessness, but it will still be high enough present significant research and education opportunities by providing access to near #space environment.

Would you like to ride one of those balloons?
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I like weightlessness and if that could somehow be implemented then I'm game to do this every-time I feel I haven't puked in a while and I'm past due for a good puke. This will be right up my alley!
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A couple of days ago, we launched +Google Glass in the UK! If you're in London this weekend, you are welcome to join us to try them out.

From next Monday, you can visit our Glass BaseCamp in King's Cross to try and buy them:

There is high demand for Glass, especially from businesses where workers need hands-free access to information. Many companies, including Tesco, are working on apps for Google Glass.

What about you? What are the apps you'd like to see and use on Glass?

Smartglasses finally go on general sale for anyone in the UK over 18 with a credit card
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If I had a many processor node interconnect network that needed data to learn,. then all the google glasses could be my eyes into the physical world .......
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Imagine... Your movements are being tracked by a #wireless technology so powerful that it can work through walls and closed doors.

It could monitor your heart rate and breathing without you having to touch anything, and it would even be able to differentiate you from other people.

The +CSAIL MIT have demonstrated that they can now detect gestures as subtle as the rise and fall of a person’s chest.

Experts have already predicted that such technology could transform law enforcement, disaster relief, gaming and much more.

How would YOU use such a technology?
CSAIL wireless technology that measures heart rate and breathing through walls has applications for personal health, baby monitors, and law enforcement.
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Eating food is apparently cooking us far more than the very weak electromagnetic fields around us. Calorie restriction can increase rat life to the equivalent of a human 180 years old, and for worms double it. The schrapnel from combusting food does the damage to our cell mitochondria (which, after the damage, do worse and worse photocopies to replace our cells, resulting in aging.)
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+NASA just authorized the first 3D printer for use on the International Space Station!

Astronauts will soon be 3D printing parts they might need up on the International Space Station, after NASA cleared a custom-built machine as being fit for purpose.

It's a big step forward in making space exploration and travel easier and cheaper.

You were several to point out the cost of travelling with the +SpaceX Dragon V2 last week. What other technologies do you think coud be used to make space travel more affordable?
The 3D printer will be heading up to the ISS in August.
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Looking forward to August...
Does magnetism still work in space?
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+Engadget calls it "a fitness tracker for your grey matter."

The +Muse headband is able to track your brain activity to train yourself to focus better. It can pick up four channels from seven sensors, five across the forehead and two conductive rubber ear sensors, which, together, can detect the five basic types of brain waves.

Using the Muse SDK, developers could create apps to let wheelchair users steer using Muse, select music based on the user’s brain activity, or even create a virtual reality game that could sync its play scenes to the user’s mood.

How would you use such a device? What applications can you imagine?
FitBit, Jawbone, Aero: Wearable devices to track physical activity are everywhere. But technology advocates insist that’s not all the devices can
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+Joshua Talley Those steps have already been taken. 
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This was absolutely the best way to rot a mind when implemented with that game. 
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What if your umbrella could help protect the world from air #pollution while it protected you from rain?

The Sensing Umbrella is a platform to gather, display, and share hyperlocal air pollution data. Each #umbrella serves as a node for measuring CO and NO2 pollution levels and can provide exceptionally granular data to pollution databases and for scientific analysis.

Simultaneously, the light visualizations inside the umbrella respond to pollution levels in real time and spread awareness of #air quality in the city for its inhabitants. The umbrella uses open hardware and software to gather and interpret #data through a built-in sensor array, displays CO and NO2 pollution locally in two modes, and logs the timestamped and geolocated data to the cloud for analysis.

What do you think of those smart and connected objects? What other objects can you imagine that would make the world a better place?

Hopefully, we will continue to see more of these crowdsourced scientific projects, which might be able to come up with ways to combat #climate change and other pressing #environmental issues.
This Arduino- and LED-equipped umbrella gathers data about local air pollution levels. Designers want it to trigger a worldwide movement.
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To kick start your week, a really great video from Google I/O with +Sara Menker on "Making Food Globally Cheap and Abundant".
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absolutely brilliant idea!
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Don't miss those great sessions tomorrow and on Thursday at +Google I/O, our annual conference for +Google Developers!

You can watch them live at:

SESSION 1:  Wednesday - 3-5pm
Dan Kaufman - DARPA + Chris White - DARPA on ending human trafficking 
Sarah Bergbrieter - Uni. of Maryland - on microrobotic systems is crisis management
Sara Menker - Gro Ventures - on making food globally cheap and abundant
Liu Chunlei - Greenovation - on micro-monitoring environmental damage in China

SESSION 2: Thursday - 9-11am
Kathleen Fisher - DARPA - on enhancing security in a networked world
Michael Girma - GliHub - on hyperlocal software and hardware learning solutions
Scott Klemer - UCSD - on using virtual classrooms to test learning approaches

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+Google Glass are now part of the operating room! 

A growing number of surgeons are using Google Glass to stream their operations online, float medical images in their field of view, and hold video consultations with colleagues as they operate.

Software developers, too, have created programs that transform the Glass projector into a medical dashboard that displays patient vital signs, urgent lab results and surgical checklists.

How else do you think Google Glass could have an impact on #healthcare?
Surgeons and other doctors are experimenting with the devices, recording and streaming procedures and looking up data.
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I could see +Google Glass being used in something like this rather than for mass public like the smartphone and the upcoming smartwatch.  Google Glass will have its greatest impact in these types of specialized areas.
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Augmented reality everywhere?

London artist and designer Keiichi Matsuda envisions a future where #AugmentedReality becomes a normal part of the world and is seen everywhere and in everything. The artist has created a series of films that explore how augmented reality can be used to create a personalized navigation system for people in the city.

"The type of future that I’m imagining is a future where augmented reality is everywhere, it’s part of everything. A lot of the things we take for granted when we’re navigating the streets – the road markings, the signage – all of that can be applied in the digital layer. If we consider that, the way traffic systems work could become much more dynamic and much more free-flowing."

What do you think of this idea? How do you think this would integrate with the +Google Self-Driving Car Project? 
London designer Keiichi Matsuda explains how augmented reality could transform the way we navigate the city.
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+SpaceX has just unveiled last week the Dragon V2, an update to the original spacecraft that has been ferrying supplies to the International Space Station since 2012.

This next generation of the spacecraft is designed to seat up to seven passengers, and to land on solid ground with the accuracy of a helicopter, without any parachutes.

The first Dragon V2 launch with humans is expected to be made by the end of 2016, and the firm's new space shuttle is believed by many to be able to lead to intergalactic tourism.

What implications do you think this new spacecraft will have on space exploration? Do you think space tourism will soon become common place?
SpaceX's Dragon capsule has been taking cargo to the International Space Station since 2012, but it's done so lacking the chops to shuttle humans into
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+Tracy Frey and +Solve for X Thanks for sharing! SpaceX is doing extraordinary work and is starting (together with a number of other amazing companies) a renaissance of space exploration. 

Reusable access to low Earth orbit (LEO) is a critical milestone. Launch into LEO dominates the cost and complexity of more distant missions. Lowering the cost through reusability will unlock amazing potential for much more ambitions endeavors. Commercial orbital stations for tourism, research and business activities become a reality as the cost of launch into LEO goes down.

Once the cost of LEO launch is decreased, Moon-bound trips will become much easier to implement, +Moon Express and several other companies (+Google Lunar X PRIZE)  are doing breakthrough work in this direction right now. 

Single stage to orbit (SSTO) launch and airplane-like operation of space-bound systems are possible, but require significant increase in efficiency compared to what chemical rockets can do. There are concepts that go beyond chemical combustion and that will lead to much more efficient and affordable space access in the coming decade. For example, +Escape Dynamics is working on a reusable SSTO system ( that will increase space launch efficiency far beyond reusable, multi-stage chemical rockets and further increase opportunities for large scale exploration of space. 

Onwards and Upwards! 
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