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Do we really need smart glasses?

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Not too long ago Facebook has presented a new model of smart glasses called Stories. The design was prepared in collaboration with Ray-Ban, a company known for selling sunglasses. Partnering with a designer that’s in a fashion industry rather than going pure-tech proved to be very beneficial for Facebook as the new Ray-Ban Stories actually look like a stylish accessory rather than an electronic gadget.
Unfortunately, that is it when it comes to the big news. Other than looking good the $299 glasses take pictures and videos, play music, and answer phone calls – nothing special. So why do different tech companies keep on producing smart glasses that can barely do more than wireless earphones? Personally, I think it makes no sense, at least not right now. Smart glasses have the potential to become a big hit but they must do more. Nobody’s going to wear glasses they don’t actually need to see well, all day long unless they reach the point of being comparable with a smartphone. That means things like access to the internet and apps like google maps or showing text messages and notifications. Facebook did a good job managing to put all the necessary technology in a frame just millimeters thicker and 5 grams heavier than a regular pair of Ray-Bans
In general, I do believe that smart glasses as a concept seem promising. But smart glasses today, with their current features just don’t make sense. You still have to carry around your phone for the glasses to work so why bother.

The Guardian


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Manta was designed by Yvan Bourgnon and the researchers and engineers from the SeaCleaners organization. Yvan is a professional sailor and experienced first-hand the state world’s oceans are in.  “During my racing career, I’ve missed out on records and broken my boat 12 times from hitting ocean debris. I’ve circumnavigated the world twice in my life, once at the age of 12 with my parents, and another 30 years later. The difference in the amount of plastic pollution was alarming. I knew something had to be done.” he said in one of his interviews.

The area in most desperate need of help is Southeast Asia. Citarum, Ganges, Buringanga, Yamuna, and the Yellow River are all in the top 10 most polluted rivers in the world with Yangtze and Indus not far behind. The Manta and its crew’s main focus will be collecting, segregating, and properly utilizing up to 3 tons of trash present around the mouths of those rivers each hour, and all the plastic will be turned into energy by the WECU [waste-to-electricity conversion unit] and used to power the boat. Aside from WECU, the boat is equipped with solar panels, hydro generators, and wind turbines making it run almost entirely on green energy.

According to plans, the Manta should be ready to start its mission in 2024.

The goal of the SeaCleaners organization is to be collecting 10,000 tons of trash each year, fight ocean pollution and protect marine life and biodiversity.