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 new glasses help the legally blind see
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In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, Yvonne Felix wears eSight electronic glasses and looks around Union Square during a visit to San Francisco. The glasses enable the legally blind to see. Felix was diagnosed with Stargardt's disease after being hit by a car at the age of seven. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then four years ago, he donned an unwieldy headset made by a Toronto company called eSight.
Suddenly, Regan could read a newspaper while eating breakfast and make out the faces of his co-workers from across the room. He's been able to attend plays and watch what's happening on stage, without having to guess why people around him were laughing."These glasses have made my life so much better

sharp vision: new glasses help the legally blind see

Jeff Regan was born with underdeveloped optic nerves and had spent most of his life in a blur. Then four years ago, he donned an unwieldy headset made by a Toronto company called eSight.

these smart glasses automatically adjust to your eyes

Imagine glasses that could bring everything into focus, shifting prescriptions from near to farsighted and back again in moments. It’s not possible with today’s glass lenses, but a breakthrough in what are called liquid lenses could make smart glasses that do exactly that. They could put an end to bifocals, and you’d only ever need that one pair of adjustable spectacles for the rest of your life.Researchers at the University of Utah produced a prototype pair of these glasses by using flexible lenses and piezoelectric pistons. For users who are both nearsighted and farsighted, the lens’ curvature is gradually shifted between optical powers by the pistons. As the lenses change they can bring into focus any point along the way. This is possible because the lenses aren’t made of rigid material

visa sunglasses prototype uses nfc for mobile payments

There’s no doubt payment at the register is changing, but how ordinary payments will look in the future is still anyone’s guess. Smartphones are currently the most popular method for making mobile payments, but smartwatches and wristbands can also be used. Visa previously showed off an NFC-based payment ring at the Olympics last year, and now it is back with another product, this one in the form of sunglasses.Visa unveiled the sunglasses prototype recently at South by Southwest, showing off a potential form factor that could one day be a common way to pay for items. If you were to pass someone wearing these glasses, it is doubtful you’d notice anything off about them (the glasses, not the person). The prototype is equipped with the tech necessary to pay at the terminal, however.Someone usi

my day on a plate: tim robards

8am Glass of water.10am Skinny cappuccino with half a teaspoon of sugar and two glasses of water.
Tim Robards. Photo: Getty11am Paleo protein shake: brown rice and pea protein powder with some raspberries, blueberry antioxidant powder and water. I also take some supplements: zinc/vitamin C, fish oil, magnesium, tribulus vitamins and a probiotic with two glasses of water.2pm A bowl of brown rice, chicken, avocado and salsa.5pm A paleo bar: cocoa, egg-white powder, date paste and coconut oil.5.30pm Tea with Chinese herbs, plus some raspberry protein pancakes.Advertisement7pm Half a superfoods bar of oats, seeds, goji berries, nuts and raisins.7.30pm Two bottles of water.9.30pm Grilled chicken with steamed broccoli, sweet potato, spinach and carrot. Two glasses of shiraz. Before bed I take

ironing car 'visual pollution' was legally parked

An irate Canberra resident who complained about a car being on the median strip at Kingston for several weeks has been told the vehicle was legally parked.FOI documents reveal the complaint was made on January 10 regarding a car that brandished advertising for Dial an Ironer.
Dial an Ironer is known for its distinctive opportunistic roadside advertising. Photo: Michael GoreyIn a web submission, the resident said the car near the intersection of Telopea Park, Wentworth Avenue and Bowen Drive was "blatant advertising" and similar to parking a billboard at the intersection."However, they are not paying for the privilege of this advertising," the complainant wrote."It's hideous and amounts to visual pollution. Please have the owners move it."Access Canberra replied the car was legally parked

'the voice' recap: season 12's blind auditions enter final week

The final week of season 12’s Blind Auditions kicked off tonight with two more hours of promising performances.CoachesGwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Adam Levineand Alicia Keys have almost completed their teams, each picking up a few new hopefuls tonight.The first artist of the night was Kenny P of Nashville, who sang “Hello It’s Me.” Stefani and Shelton both turned, starting the night out with yet another showdown between the couple. Shelton played the Nashville connections card, but the artist shocked by going in the more unexpected direction and joining Team Gwen. Enid Ortiz was up next, singing “All I Ask” by Adele. At first, it looked like she might not get any turns, but Shelton turned at the very last second. It was a sneaky move on Shelton’s part, and the rest of the coaches missed ou

ina garten's best tip for decorating your dining table

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It's easy to look through Pinterest and label yourself as uninspired, not crafty, or a total failure (no, just me?). Let's take gorgeous dining table settings as an example. How many times have you seen some crafty, chic thing that some blogger created for their Thanksgiving table? How many times have you seen a beautiful place setting that you know must have cost your entire paycheck and then some?
Well, I'm here to tell you it doesn't need to be like that. Ina Garten — our patron saint of all things entertaining and food — has given us her approval for simple, casual dining settings. If I can do this, you can do this.
An easy tip for stylish centerpieces - choose one flower and use lots of them! And one more thing - instead of finding lots of matchin

anthony bell denies dressing like a woman to spy on estranged wife kelly landry

When defining a person's premises, where does it start and end? Is it the multimillion-dollar waterfront home itself, the private swimming pool or the long jetty where one parks their boat?Champion skipper Anthony Bell allegedly got it wrong when he walked up the jetty and to a deck to collect his children from the Watsons Bay property he used to share with his now estranged partner, former television presenter and model Kelly Landry.Blind man attacked in GosfordVideo duration01:43Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:23'Have you ever dressed up as a woman''Have you ever dressed up as a woman'Champion skipper Anthony Bell denies dressing up as a woman to spy on estranged wife and former television presenter Kelly Landry in a court case. Vision courtesy Network 10.Blind man attacked in G

a haptic wristband could help the blind 'see' the world

WearWorks is based out of Urban-X in Brooklyn, a new accelerator focused on startups that make cities more livable. That includes tackling issues like pollution, energy and transportation. Walking is something we all do, and there's already existing infrastructure to help the blind get around, like traffic lights that announce when it's safe to cross and braille plaques on subway platforms. Rather than try and upgrade or expand these existing systems, WearWorks decided to focus on something most individuals carry around with them: a phone.The wristband connects to a handset, and there's even a little haptic feedback to help navigate the purpose-built app. Once set up, there's no need to fuss with the screen. Simply tell it where you need to go, and the wristband will vibrate to guide you t

monkey-bike rider caleb jakobsson pleads guilty to hit-run death of andrea lehan

A young mini-motorbike rider has pleaded guilty over the hit-run death of a mother of two outside a Carrum Downs shopping centre in September 2015.Caleb Jakobsson struck 34-year-old Andrea Lehane as she was walking over a pedestrian crossing in the centre car park.Blind man attacked in GosfordVideo duration01:43Previous slideNext slideVideo duration00:23Monkey-bike rider pleads guilty over ...Monkey-bike rider pleads guilty over hit-run death Caleb Jakobsson, 20, plead guilty to hitting a mother of two with a mini-motorbike outside a Carrum Downs shopping centre in September 2015. Vision courtesy Seven Network.Blind man attacked in GosfordVideo duration01:43Video duration01:43Blind man attacked in GosfordBlind man attacked in GosfordTeenager arrested after an attack on a 62-year-old blind

sweden to modernize law on changing gender

File photo of a gender neutral toilet. Photo: Rich Pedroncelli/AP
Sweden's government wants to do away with the law in the country which says that a medical intervention is required for a person's gender change to be made official in legal terms.
At present Swedish law states that transgender people must go through a medical procedure before they can have their gender change legally recognized, but the government now wants to have the legal and medical aspects of changing gender separated.
It has proposed two new laws: one on how gender is changed in legal terms, and another on the authorization of certain operations on sex organs and reproductive glands. The two laws would replace the current gender identity act.
In practice it would mean a medical diagnosis is no longer necessar

'the voice' recap: coaches go all in on final night of blind auditions

The Voice’s season 12 coaches Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton all completed their teams during the final night of Blind Auditions tonight.The first artist of the night was Vanessa Ferguson, who has been performing since she was 3-years-old and is classically trained in jazz but favors RnB and hip-hop. For her audition, she sang “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers. It was one of the best auditions of the entire season, and Ferguson has already established herself as someone to watch. Keys and Stefani turned first, but they were soon joined by Shelton. “I’d love the chance to work with you,” Shelton said even though he wasn’t the obvious choice. He praised the huge note she hit at the climax of her audition. Ferguson bonded with Keys over being from New York. “Fr

'the voice' recap: tensions heighten between coaches on night four of blind audi

The Blind Auditions continued on The Voice tonight, with season 12 coachesBlake Shelton, Adam Levine, Alicia Keysand Gwen Stefani. Keys and Shelton started the night with five artists each, and Stefani and Levine started with four apiece.Micah Tryba, who has been training to be a veterinarian and sings in an a capella group, got the auditions started with a performance of “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan. Tryba admitted that she isn’t used to working with bands because of her a capella background but that she hoped to work with one of The Voice coaches to get more serious about her music career. Shelton turned first, followed by Stefani, and Tryba ended her performance with emotional tears. “I think you can be standing in the winner’s circle,” Shelton said. Stefani countered his pitch by sa

karnataka to go ahead with mekedatu dam project: siddaramaiah

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today termed Tamil Nadu's objection to the proposed Mekedatu dam project across Cauvery river as politically motivated, and said the state government will go ahead with the project.Stating that there is no technical or legal issue concerning the project, he assured that Tamil Nadu would not face any problem as it would get its stipulated share of 192 tmc ft of water in the years with normal rainfall."Technically or legally there is no problem at all, it is being done in our territory", Siddaramaiah told reporters here.Pointing out that as per the Cauvery tribunal award, 192 thousand million cubic feet of water has be released to Tamil Nadu in a normal year, he said "...what we are doing is build a balancing reservoir for power generation and drinking w

'the voice' recap: coaches become choosier on night five of blind auditions

Night five of the Blind Auditions put the pressure on The Voice's season 12 coaches Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. With half of their teams complete, the coaches had to execute more caution when hitting that big red button.Things got started with Johnny Gates, singing “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart. Gates played in a garage band that’s currently on hiatus, and he interestingly cited Taylor Swift as one of his musical inspirations even though he plays a different genre. Gates has a strong rock voice and vibe, and his audition was a throwback good time. Shelton, Stefani and Alicia all turned. Surprisingly, Levine did not turn, but he does already have other artists who are similar to Gates on his team. Stefani tried to say she was the obvious choice, and Levine backed

i have a mandate to lead, says mugabe at 93 - this is oxfordshire

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has celebrated his 93rd birthday surrounded by thousands of supporters in a defiant show of strength after nearly four decades in power. Wearing dark glasses and a multi-coloured jacket bearing an image of himself in younger days, Mr Mugabe hosted a birthday celebration in Matabeleland attended by government supporters and delegates from ruling parties in Botswana, Namibia, Angola and Zambia.Start the conversation, or Read more at This is Oxfordshire.

'the voice': alicia keys knows how to land artists on second night of blind audi

Night two of the Blind Auditions had season 12 coaches Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys getting serious about their turn strategies. Keys said she’s looking to support young artists, while Stefani and Levine are both looking for singers with strong artistry from a range of genres. Shelton is looking to hold down the strong country sound that has led his team to the finals so often.Figure skating coach Autumn Turner was the first artist to audition, singing “Last Dance” by Donna Summer, saying that The Voice might be her last chance to change her life by taking her passion for music to the next level. Levine turned first, impressed by her early runs. Stefani turned once Turner hit the upbeat chorus, followed by Keys and Shelton. “The grace, and the soul, and everythi

man arrested over blaze that killed three people

 A man has been arrested over a suspicious fire inside a Footscray factory, which killed three people on Wednesday night.The 52-year-old man was arrested on Swanston Street in Melbourne's CBD late Thursday afternoon.Blind man attacked in GosfordVideo duration01:43Previous slideNext slideVideo duration01:43Blind man attacked in GosfordBlind man attacked in GosfordTeenager arrested after an attack on a 62-year-old blind man in NSW. Vision courtesy Network 10.Holly Valance dragged into $211m lawsuitVideo duration01:08Video duration01:08Holly Valance dragged into $211m lawsuitHolly Valance dragged into $211m lawsuitThe former Neighbours star's husband Nick Candy, a billionaire property developer, and his brother Christian are in court over a business deal that went sour.SBS parody government r

man charged with murder after allegedly setting fire to warehouse where three sq

A man has been charged with murder after allegedly starting the fire that killed three squatters in a warehouse in Footscray Wednesday night.The 52-year-old was arrested Thursday  in the CBD and charged with three counts of murder, three counts of arson causing death, and arson.'Have you ever dressed up as a woman'Video duration01:23Previous slideNext slideVideo duration00:27Footscray factory fire: Man charged with ...Footscray factory fire: Man charged with murderA man has been charged with murder after allegedly starting the fire that killed three squatters in a warehouse in Footscray Wednesday night. Courtesy Seven Network.'Have you ever dressed up as a woman'Video duration01:23Video duration01:23'Have you ever dressed up as a woman''Have you ever dressed up as a woman'Champion skipper

snapchat built its own drone

It's not uncommon for tech companies to try to build an outlandish product and then leave it rotting in a drawer. It's entirely possible that Evan Spiegel and chums tried building a drone and found that it wasn't worth the effort.But then again, it also points to a company that is looking to build products to widen a portfolio that began with Spectacles. Snap will also have to work out a way of turning a better profit on its hardware offerings, since the video-recording glasses don't make a lot of cash.There's also the fact that Snap conceded in its IPO documents that it is a young company without a lot of experience in building hardware. But hardware is probably a safer bet than trying to innovate the Snapchat app itself -- especially since Facebook quickly copies its innovations.

visa is testing nfc sunglasses that can pay for stuff

"It ties back to our tagline of everywhere you want to be," said Chris Curtin, Visa's chief brand and innovation marketing officer, told CNBC. "Without it it's hard for us to fulfill our tagline. Our view is we take form factors that you don't expect to be payment-enabled like sunglasses or maybe like a ring and expose to the market that maybe it can be."The glasses aren't available for sale yet. Visa is reportedly testing the marketing waters to gauge demand for them and potentially hook a brand or bank to sponsor the rollout. And what better place to test them for real-world interest than at SXSW, where the lack of Ubers and Lyfts have utterly confounded some of tech's best and brightest influencers?

uber's self-driving cars could be coming back to california

"These cars are legally registered and are being driven manually," an Uber spokesperson told TechCrunch on Thursday. "We are taking steps to complete our application to apply for a DMV testing permit. As we said in December, Uber remains 100 percent committed to California."For now, however, the company's fleet of Volvo XC90s won't be carrying passengers. Instead, they're currently being used to generate maps of the city streets. Uber hasn't even actually applied for the permit yet but is working with the department to get its paperwork together and does plan to move forward, per a Mercury News report.

blind demonstrators protest against austerity in athens | multimedia

TAGS:Protest, Rally, HealthVisually impaired demonstrators march through the streets of the Greek capital during an anti-austerity rally Thursday. Hundreds of people with disabilities took to the streets of Athens to protest ongoing belt-tightening being carried out by the leftist-led government at the behest of the country’s international creditors. Years of cutbacks have slashed state benefits they had traditionally been afforded by the state. Hospital staff and self-employed professionals are among those who have rallied against austerity in Athens this week. [AP]Online

police step up search for missing elderly man

Police have stepped up their appeals for help to find an elderly, missing man.They are concerned for the welfare of Colin Halliday. The 88-year-old has been missing since Thursday.
Police are concerned for the welfare of Colin Halliday, 88, who has been missing since Thursday. Photo: WA PoliceHe was last seen around 4.30pm at St John of God Hospital in Midland where police say he was dropping off some paperwork.He left his Ballajura home around 1.30pm and was driving a 2011 model white Hyundai i30 hatchback with the registration number 1DVW166.Police believe he may have become confused or disorientated.He is fair skinned, around 180cm tall, and has a solid build.He may be wearing glasses and a black coloured t-shirt and blue jeans.Anyone with information about his whereabouts should call

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