» Think this has anything to do with rumors that Johansson will be starring in a Black Widow spin-off and/or S.H.I.E.L.D. movie? Or the massive payday that Robert Downey Jr. saw as a result of the first ‘Avengers' flick? Then again, maybe Disney and Marvel realize that — after you release the third-highest grossing film of all time — you’re going to have to pay your all-star cast a bit more money to get them all back for the sequel.
A team of Ukrainian students, collectivelyknown as QuadSquad, used 15 touch sensors, gyroscopes, flex sensors, accelerometers, and a text-to-speech engine to develop EnableTalk. The gloves utilize solar cells to extend battery life, can connect to a mobile phone via Bluetooth, and charge via USB. But quite possibly the most remarkable information about the new gloves are the cost of development. Devices similar to — but lacking in sensors/features when compared to the Ukrainian team’s — the Imagine Cup entry typically cost $1200 or more, but QuadSquad’s invention only cost about $75 in parts. That’s a 93.75 percent reduction in the cost of production. (Video via EnableTalk) source
» And at least one congressman is angry: “We cannot allow privacy protections to be swept aside with the sweeping nature of these information requests, especially for innocent consumers,” said Rep. Edward Markey, who released the data Monday.
» The spike in donations has put the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on track for a historically-high month, only a few weeks removed from a record-breaking $5.6 million in donations during May. The donation numbers also add legitimacy to Democratic claims that the ruling galvanized the left every bit as much as it galvanized the right. Though, even when combined with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s similarly high $2.3 million in donations, the numbers seem small compared to the more than $5.5 million raised by Mitt Romney in the first 24-hours after the decision.