WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – January 07, 2019 – Smart Pepper Spray calls for help while the perp's eyes burn
(Worldkings.org) Anyone releasing pepper spray could likely do with some urgent assistance, and the Plegium Smart Pepper Spray is built to bring them the help they need as fast as possible. By automatically alerting emergency contacts via a companion smartphone app as its fired, the connected pepper spray informs close ones when a victim is in danger, while also triggering a siren and flashing lights that may help deter an attacker.
(Worldkings.org) The pineapple, long a symbol of Hawaii, did not originate there. Even though Polynesians lived on Hawaii for a great many years, the pineapple is not native to the Hawaiian Islands. In fact, pineapples did not appear there until 1813. Don Francisco de Paula y Marin, a Spanish advisor to King Kamehameha, brought the famous fruits back with him.
(Worldkings.org) On this day in 1901, a drilling derrick at Spindletop Hill near Beaumont, Texas, produces an enormous gusher of crude oil, coating the landscape for hundreds of feet and signaling the advent of the American oil industry. The geyser was discovered at a depth of over 1,000 feet, flowed at an initial rate of approximately 100,000 barrels a day and took nine days to cap. Following the discovery, petroleum, which until that time had been used in the U.S. primarily as a lubricant and in kerosene for lamps, would become the main fuel source for new inventions such as cars and airplanes; coal-powered forms of transportation including ships and trains would also convert to the liquid fuel.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – January 09, 2019 - Sphero Specdrums App-Enabled Music Creation Rings
(Worldkings.org) Experience a new dimension to sound with the Sphero Specdrums App-Enabled Music Creation Rings.
(Worldkings.org) Statistician and inventor Herman Hollerith became known as the father of modern automatic computation for his electric tabulating system, which revolutionized the US census.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – January 06, 2019 – 'The right trousers': Wallace and Gromit inspire artificial muscle clothing
(Worldkings.org) Smart trousers with artificial muscles have the potential to improve the lives of people with mobility problems, say researchers.
(Worldkings.org) China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has unveiled its first "future hotel", also known as "Flyzoo Hotel", in Hangzhou city, Zhejiang province, according to a local media reports on Tuesday.
(Worldkings.org) On this day in 1838, Samuel Morse's telegraph system is demonstrated for the first time at the Speedwell Iron Works in Morristown, New Jersey. The telegraph, a device which used electric impulses to transmit encoded messages over a wire, would eventually revolutionise long-distance communication, reaching the height of its popularity in the 1920s and 1930s. Samuel Finley Breese Morse was born 27 April 1791, in Charlestown, Massachusetts.
(Worldkings.org) Breathe healthier air while on the go with the Banale Reusable Active Mask.
WORLDKINGS - Daily Highlights – January 04, 2019 - Huawei app lets blind users hear other people's emotions
(Worldkings.org) Most people will agree that phone conversations are more awkward than face-to-face chats, since you can't gauge the other person's mood by seeing their facial expressions. This is a constant challenge for the blind, which is why Huawei has developed the "face-reading" Facing Emotions app.