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Droidles on Kickstarter @LittleDroidles

Written by , Posted in New York

Sometimes the craziest sounding ideas are actually genius. That’s what you get from Droidles a new little colony of robots that can be easily programmed to do a large number of things. Then, they can share those things with other Droidles in robot to robot interactions and across the Droidles own social network. Really, this is for real and it’s actually amazing.

At first glance Droidles are just little pancake sized robots. They move about the floor, carry a tune and do whatever they are programmed to do by their owner utilizing an Android or iOS app.

The “owner” learns the steps to programming without needing to know any real programming. Sure the Droidles are an interactive robotic toy but they’re also an opportunity to explore the creativity of a person of any age.

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What makes these cute little robots even more exciting is the fact that there are three ways they learn; from programming from their mobile app, from each other and from the Droidles website which is a social network of sorts.

Droidles project manage and lead developer Jay Hurley says that each and every Droidle gets their own web page just like we have our own Facebook page. Programs that you teach your Droidle can be shared with the community of Droidles. Have you taught your Droidle a new action, it can be posted to the web page and other Droidles will be able to do that action as well. The same goes for songs, movements and anything the Droidles are programmed to do.

Every Droidle’s web page is identified by their serial number, and obviously the earlier you secure a Droidle the shorter the url for your own Droidle will be. You can get in on the action here at Kickstarter!

With a big push for STEM and STEAM in schools these days we’ve covered a lot of robots and robotic kits but so far haven’t found any as compact, yet as robust a platform as Droidles.

You can see everything the Droidles team hopes to accomplish here. and pre-order your numbered Droidles here.

Sure Robots are a lot of fun and robotics kits from a variety of sources are making their way into classrooms across the globe. Naturally when teachers, parents and even students think about robots they think STEM and that’s great but now there are new robots in town that go beyond STEM.

Meet Droidles, Little robots that are fun to put together, program and then socialize. 

Droidles are cute little robots with personalities, and more:

Pocket sized little Droidles that can wander around, make friends, and learn on their own.

Free mobile apps to program and remote control Droidles wirelessly using your Bluetooth 4.0 smart phone or tablet.

Each Droidle has their own web page at droidles.com, just like people use Facebook!

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Reebok Classic x Melody Ehsani: Constellation Pack

Written by , Posted in Los Angeles

Reebok Classic continues its exclusive partnership and design collaboration with Los Angeles based designer Melody Ehsani with the introduction of the “Constellation Pack” for FW14.

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The collection features two models that speak to the Reebok Classic heritage: the Freestyle and the Classic Leather, which are reworked with Melody’s signature daring and directional designs.

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Inspired by the beautiful and unique patterns of the 12 zodiac constellations and star groups, Melody took influence from the navigational use of the night sky and the idea of finding your own path; despite having your feet on the ground, looking up into the endless, unknown universe will guide your every step. The neon lime full grain leather upper features the constellations printed in reflective 3M graphic for a standout detail that dazzles at night. Debossed logos on the tongue add a subtle Classic detail, while Melody added her own personal touch to the pack with eye-catching jewelry inspired lacelock hardware and a handwritten message hidden on the inside collar.

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Reebok’s iconic Classic Leather and Freestyle silhouettes are re-interpreted by Melody and updated with a platform midsole and hidden wedge respectively, for two fresh and contemporary designs that are unapologetic, special and multi-dimensional, just like the women who will wear them. Strictly limited edition, the Constellation Pack will be sold for $149.99 and will launch exclusively at the Melody Ehsani flagship store (424 1/2 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA 90036) from September 19th, and then retail through global fashion retailers from September 26th.

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The Ultimate Flat Iron Guide: Achieve Salon Perfect Hair Every Day

Written by , Posted in New York

Dull, lifeless hair? Forget about it. If you want to make sure that your crowning glory remains just that, you need an amazing straightener in your beauty arsenal. There is more to life than fabulous hair, but it is a good place to start. No woman in the world wants to have a bad hair day. When you have an awesome straightener at your disposal, bad hair days are a thing of the past.

The most common complaints from women, the world over, is having dull hair. Older styles of hair straighteners have seen women with limp, lifeless hair. What is more, our hair has been prone to frizz and flyaway hairs. This is the beauty bane of our life.

So, with this in mind, how would you like to possess a flat iron that does not give you these bad hair days? Let’s take a look at what is currently on the market.

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Hair Textures

We women have different kinds of hair. Curly, wavy or relatively straight, we are all different. But for those with wild curly locks, the thought of straightening your hair can leave you cold. Curly is notoriously difficult to straighten and keep in a healthy condition. One of the remarkable things about ionic and ceramic straighteners is that they can help curly haired women. The hair remains hydrated, and the natural oils that our hair needs are locked in. This is a great advantage for many people.

 

What Hair Straighteners Are Best For Me?

For those with reasonably straight hair, you should use a glass or titanium plated flat iron. This will not damage the hair follicles and ensure that you have glorious locks. These heat up quickly and efficiently. The titanium technology will glide through your hair causing minimum damage to the ends.

Women that have wavy, thick hair should opt for ceramic style straighteners. The ceramic nature will make sure that your hair is not pulled or snagged. If your hair is thick, other straighteners may pull your hair from the root. Ceramic coated straighteners will slide through your hair. This will reduce any damage to your locks.

Frizzy hair is usually at the behest of flat irons. An ionic flat iron will keep your hair healthy and strong, even with hot temperatures. This is downright revolutionary when it comes to hair care. Many of us try to give our hair a day off from heated products. Ionic technology is revolutionising hair care. Due to the innovative technology of the straightener, the hair follicles are treated with ions. This treats your hair to a smoothing technique that is usually only found in salons. Take a look at the Paul Mitchell flat iron for more information on this technology.

 

What Other Products Can Help My Hair?

Aside from wonderful flat irons, there are a wealth of products that are dedicated to fabulous hair. This means that you can purchase brushes, combs and spray solution. Use a heat solution spray prior to straightening. This will minimise damage to your crowning glory. A sea-salt spray is good for hair that needs texture. Utilise a serum to keep your smooth and sleek. All of these products will help keep your hair in premium condition. You don’t want to have split, broken hair. You can achieve salon perfect hair at home. Little wonder your hair stylist has kept this a secret from you. Achieving salon sleek locks need not cost you a fortune.

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Breast Cancer Awareness – Apparel That Gives Back @Ford

Written by , Posted in WorldWide

According to a recent survey*, 61% of women reported that seeing someone wearing breast cancer merchandise makes them more proactive about their breast health.

Warriors in Pink produces its annual apparel line in which it donates 100% of the net proceeds to breast cancer research and education. Consumers can select their charity of choice at check-out (including The Pink Fund, Susan G. Komen, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and Young Survival Coalition).

 

Highlights from the collection include:

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  •  Kaleidoscope of Hope Scarf, rich with blue, green, gold, and pink jewel tones in various Warrior symbol patterns that complement any outfit

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  • The bright pink Tote-Ally Courageous Tote includes an ever useful 8”x9.5” outside pocket as well as a 8.5” x 11” zippered interior pocket

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  • There’s also the Stripes of Strength silk necktie and Power of Pink polo, which are modeled by two male breast cancer survivors being honored as Warriors in Pink Models of Courage, a cohort of survivors and supporters who’ve demonstrated strength and courage in the battle against the disease.

*The Warriors in Pink Breast Health Awareness Survey

http://www.warriorsinpink.ford.com

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10 Days of San Gennaro with Verizon Droid Mini

Written by , Posted in New York

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(taken with the Verizon Droid Mini Front Face Camera)

One of the season’s most anticipated festivals in New York City is the San Gennaro! It was for 10 days for fun, food and more food! Thousands of people from all over the world will pack Little Italy for food, fun and an amazing celebration of Italian culture. I was happy to go and see all the festivities. It is just in my neighborhood so I could walk there and enjoy all the awesome events.

With over 20,000 Instagram photos over the past 10 days, I had a few to add to the pile as well. The Droid Mini is small, fast and mighty. The battery life was great and the camera was outstanding. I was able to access the camera in a quick swipe and with just one hand.  I am an Android user and found that the Droid Mini was packed with a lot of features like a really loud speaker, great coverage and numerous apps available.  I look forward to visiting again next year!

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Taken with the Droid Mini Camera with IG Filter

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Taken with the Droid Mini Back Camera no Filter

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Taken with Droid Mini Back Camera with VSCO filter

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Big thanks to Verizon to letting me experience the Droid Mini for the San Gennaro Festival!

ABOUT:

Presented annually since 1996 by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping alive the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants, this year’s Feast is expected once again to attract more than one-million people from the four corners of the globe to the streets of Little Italy to participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples.

Although this is an annual celebration of faith, the Feast of San Gennaro is known the world over for its festive atmosphere, an 11-day event featuring religious processions and colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition! The central focus of the celebration takes place every September 19th, the official Saint Day when a celebratory Mass is held in Most Precious Blood Church, followed immediately by a religious procession in which the Statue of San Gennaro is carried from its permanent home in the church through the streets that comprise Little Italy.

“This Feast of San Gennaro holds a special place in the place of Italian people everywhere,” says Joseph Mattone, President of Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. “It is a festive period of faith and redemption, a time for remembrance and reconciliation, and a time for celebration. The delicious food, the free musical entertainment that reflects Italian-American culture and heritage are all there. The Feast brings the world to Little Italy and Little Italy to the world.”

 

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MIRACLE DOGS: Rescue Stories by Liz Stavrinides @miracledogs

Written by , Posted in My Dog Jacob

Approximately 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters each year, and unfortunately roughly a third of these pets are euthanized due to lack of space. In MIRACLE DOGS: Rescue Stories (St. Martin’s Press; on sale 10/7) author and professional pet photographer Liz Stavrinides celebrates and honors the rescuers and the dogs whose lives they’ve saved through her impeccable photography and heartwarming stories, while raising awareness to animal rescue and pet adoption in America.

On sale during Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month, MIRACLE DOGS features celebrity rescue pet owners, including Hoda Kotb, Lance Bass, Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Chevy Chase, rescue organizations and everyday families, showcasing both the canines’ and their owners’ incredible bravery and compassion. A poignant tribute to man’s best friend, each story offers a compelling narrative detailing the dog’s journey to its new home, some to look forward to include:

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  • The story of Wyatt, an assistance dog who helped a young boy with autism communicate with the outside world
  • Uplifting stories from organizations like The Gentle Barn, which is home to 130 rescue animals who once they are rehabilitated help to heal abused children
  • Stories similar to that of Fiona’s who was found blind and starving before finding her loving family

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Liz Stavrinides has combined two of her greatest passions, animals and photography, into a successful career. After stints in the culinary arts and real estate, Liz has been a professional photographer since 2011, focusing most of her work on animal rescue.

She also volunteers her services to nonprofit rescue organizations. She resides in La Quinta, California with her rescued pups. Visit her website: http://miracledogsphoto.com/ for more information.

 

ADVANCE PRAISE

“[A] heartwarming collection of stories and portraits of 50 amazing dogs and their loving owners…sure to inspire a trip to the local shelter.”Publishers Weekly

“[An] uplifting and inspirational book…essential for dog lovers and those who are active in rescue as well as animal photography fans.” — Library Journal

 

Miracle Dogs demonstrates a truth that lies at the heart of all rescue stories: That sharing a home with an animal—especially one that’s been forgotten and left to the fates—can enrich even the most glamorous and well-lived lives.”

—Jim Gorant, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Dogs

 

“Each touching vignette captures and radiates the simple, profound and enduring joy of sharing our lives with dogs.”

— Nick Trout, bestselling author of Tell Me Where It Hurts and Dog Gone, Back Soon

 

Miracle Dogs is an uplifting, inspirational collection that will make you want to rescue a dog (or forty).

If you have never experienced the undying gratitude and unconditional love of a shelter dog for his new family, take one look at these photos and read these stories. The wagging tails, goofy smiles and furry hugs say it all.”

—David Rosenfelt, author of Dogtripping

 

“After finishing Miracle Dogs, I’m still struggling to decide who was rescued by whom. Through masterfully warm photography that accompanies each perfectly pitched rescue story,

Liz Stavrinides superbly conveys the dichotomy of the world of canine rescue — is it the dog or the human custodian who ends up on the rescued end of the leash?”

Steven Wolf, author of Comet’s Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life

 

“There has probably been as much written about dogs as any subject on earth, and yet no book has managed to really capture it, until Miracle Dogs. Dogs are beyond words. It’s more than the loyalty, unquestioned love, companionship, devotion, innocence, purity of spirit, and boundless joy when you come through the door. It’s more than making you feel special when you don’t, or curling up next to you when you need to be curled up next to. Miracle Dogs perfectly encapsulates what dogs mean to us, and how we connect to them.”

—Bill Persky, Emmy Award-winning director, screenwriter, producer, and actor

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