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Wacky Tech

THREE picks from the world of tech.

Expanded voice guidance

My go-to map app and navigation app is, without a doubt, Google Maps. And it’s a good thing that Google is making headway in expanding voice guidance for those who are blind or partially blind. According to an article posted by Digital Trends,

The new feature began rolling out in Maps this week, starting on Android and iOS. It is currently only available in English in the U.S. and in Japanese in Japan, although Google says it plans to add support for more languages and more countries in the future.

Here’s a promo video of that feature.

Tech to save lives of lifesavers

In IBM’s recent Call for Code 2019, a team from Spain developed tech that, potentially, can save the lives of firefighters. Promoteo, the team from Spain,

developed an A.I.-based platform that’s able to monitor firefighter health and safety in real time. It does this using a wearable device, about the size of an iPhone, which gathers environmental data about the conditions firefighters are experiencing. This can then be used to create individualized strategies or provide notifications about firefighters’ cumulative exposure to smoke and toxic substances as they work.

If you’ve seen those movies or shoot-em-up video games where you can see and monitor each soldier’s health status and what-not, this could that tech in real life with real life applications. I sure hope this gets developed in mass numbers so we can have it used by more people.

Made by Google on October 15

Google’s coming out with the Pixel 4 in just a couple of days. And aside from that much-anticipated device, there are a few others up in Google’s sleeves that are also going to be announced. So far, reports say that there’s the refreshed Pixelbook and possibly a new Nest Mini. Aside from that, there’s possibly more on the software side that will be announced.

The event will be streamed live on YouTube, of course. If you can’t find it on the site, check back here and just hit play on the video box below.


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