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December 18, 2013

A Mind-Reading Dog Translator That Just Might Work

A Mind-Reading Dog Translator That Just Might Work

Today on Indiegogo, you can preorder a device called the No More Woof for $65. It promises to read your dog’s mind and speak out what he/she is thinking.

At first glance, it’s the epitome of everything wrong with crowdfunding platforms: It’s vaporware, a concept that has no hope of becoming a reality. And so far, the press has met it with skepticism. But after talking to the Swedish creatives behind the device at Studio Total, I, like most of you, will kick myself for not thinking of it first.


Mazetti isn’t exaggerating. The project started as a bit of a joke between him and his brother, when Tomas suggested an Epoc (an off the shelf EEG) could be used to read the mind of their mother’s dog. Then Mazetti ordered one. His studio began trying the Epoc and other EEGs on dogs. And as you might expect, they could discern very basic mental states, just as these EEGs can do in a human.


Hook that EEG up with two other off the shelf components, a cheap Raspberry Pi processor and a portable speaker, and suddenly, you have the extremely basic, $65 No More Woof being offered on Indiegogo today (which makes you wonder if, at that price, the device is selling for a significant loss).

More: http://www.fastcodesign.com/3023686/why-a-mind-reading-dog-translator-isnt-nearly-as-crazy-as-it-sounds

Why does this make me think of this?

December 15, 2013

Just had a Blue Screen crash on my Win 7 machine

Report gave this info:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 7a
BCP1: C05C4210
BCP2: C000009C
BCP3: 842348C0
BCP4: B884201C
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 768_1

This computer was locally built in July 2009. I don't really need an update, but the blue screen worries me. My last computer was unreliable at the end and I lost data because it wasn't saving stuff to the hard drive even when it said it had.

That computer turned out to have the swollen and leaking capacitor problem both on the motherboard and in the power supply. Now I'm concerned that this computer is developing hardware issues.

I can have my local builder put together a new computer and move my 4 terrabytes of hard drives into it. He'd probably need to upgrade Windows since my version of 7 is 32 bit and I'd like to move to a 64 bit system.

This is NOT in my budget. But I've been wishing for an excuse to upgrade - guess I've got it!

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