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June 3, 2023

Paragraphica: AI-powered camera — without a lens

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Wrote Kottke: "Paragraphica is an AI-powered camera without a lens. It uses your location data and data from various APIs (weather, time of day, nearby places) to construct a text prompt that's used to generate an image."

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Free, the way we like it.

Fair warning: there goes the weekend.

[via Luke]

June 3, 2023 at 04:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

It's remarkable so few packages get lost in transit

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Consider the tracking history of some cables I ordered this past Wednesday (above and below).

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So far my parcel has been in eight UPS locations on its journey from Kalamazoo, Michigan as of 7:06 am today, en route to delivery this coming Monday.

Amazing.

June 3, 2023 at 12:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

POPit Jar Opener

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Rain Noe took a deep dive on this device for an article in Core77; excerpts below.

Compact Jar Opener Doesn't Rely on Grip, Force or Leverage

Here's a good example of outside-of-the-box design thinking from British company Pro4UK.

Conventional jar openers are designed to increase grip and leverage, forcing reluctant lids open with brute strength.

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Pro4UK reckons this is the wrong way to solve the problem.

"The reason why jars are so difficult to open," they write, "is due to the vacuum inside causing a pressure difference between the inside and outside of the jar. This difference in pressure creates a downward force on the lid, making it difficult to remove."

Their invention, POPit, "removes the problem rather than trying to overpower it."

It consists of two pieces of plastic, a top and a bottom.

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Inside is a spring.

A needle is embedded in the center of the top.

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When the top is rotated to the "unlock" position indicated by an icon,

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you press it downwards.

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The needle then extends from the bottom.

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By placing it atop a jar and puncturing the lid,

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pressure inside and outside the jar is equalized as the vacuum is broken.

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Subsequently opening the jar is nearly effortless.

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I don't imagine the diminutive pinhole in the lid would be a problem; it looks too small for bugs to get into, or for fluids to come rushing out of if knocked over.

I suppose one issue might be if you've got a strongly fragrant foodstuff (i.e. kimchi), you'd probably worry about the smell permeating the 'fridge.

But I'm guessing this would work fine for 99% of people.

£11.95.

On the fence?

Watch

the video.

June 3, 2023 at 08:03 AM | Permalink | Comments (5)

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