I remember at my baby showers ( now years ago!) how the older moms would talk and marvel at the newer inventions that are suppose to make raising baby easier and better.
Some definately are!
THIS idea tho....well....see what you think!
Do you want to the exact moment when your baby pees in his or her diaper? Well, cross your diaper-testing fingers that Brazil Huggies make this new TweetPee sensor in the U.S. (Those Brazilians get all the cool toys.) It attaches to baby's diapers and tweets an alert the moment it detects humidity, presumably so parents can get off Twitter and tend to their baby. It will even tell you how many diapers are left before you need to make a store run. The video is in Portuguese, but it's pretty self-explanatory (and mildly amusing). No word on an upcoming TweetPoop, but maybe that's what noses are for?
Nope, this isn't about my kids! They are good, but...not the point of this story!
I saw this online and honestly - loved it! I know that there is a big high school robotics competition around here each year and its fun for the kids to get involved and share info and a huge learning experience for them too....but these kids took it to the next step.
They used robotic parts and a goal and helped another student. They built a robotic locker opener for a disabled student.
Cool huh?? Told ya!
Check out the whole story here!
No rockets or egg drops for these students. A pair of seniors at a Michigan high school used their school's resources to build something more useful: a device that allows a disabled classmate to open his locker with a simple gesture.
Muscular dystrophy prevents Nick Torrance, a junior at Pinckney Community High, from accomplishing many everyday tasks, such as walking and opening his locker.
Nick has an assistant to help with such things, but Amy Uphouse, the school's occupational therapist, thought that being able to do something like open his locker on his own would be empowering.
"The students I work with needed something like a garage door opener with a garage door opener switch, just for lockers instead," she told NBC News in an email. But searching online turned up nothing that would meet their needs — everything needed a keycode or some other physical action, things her disabled students couldn't do.
Thinking about other projects in the works in the school's robotics class, Uphouse asked the robotics teacher, Sean Hickman, if he could help.
Hickman, in turn, suggested that two of his most capable students take on the project come the new school year: Micah Stuhldreher and Wyatt Smrcka, who took first place in a national robotics competition last year. They wasted no time tearing the locker door off its hinges and getting to work.
Their teacher told NBC News in an email that building the device was far from elementary: "The students learned that a high degree of precision was required when fabricating the moving parts and mounting the electrical controls in order to produce a mechanism that was reliable." But after tinkering with it throughout the school year, it has improved substantially.Micah and Wyatt worked diligently on personalizing the automated locker so Nick could get to the inside of his locker independently," Uphouse pointed out. A small computer replaced bulky relays inside the locker, and a key fob that was difficult for Nick to use became a sensor integrated with his wheelchair.
Now Nick can open and close his locker with ease — it may be a small thing, but his mother, Jean Torrance, told the Livingston Daily that it gives him a sense of independence.
As for Stuhldreher and Smrcka, they have received a small grant from the Society of American Military Engineers to improve the device and make more. But don't expect a robotic-locker kit to be put together by your kids any time soon; not every school has the resources or expertise to make it happen.
Gov of New Jersey Christie....I've liked him for a while now. Just something about his no bs kind of attitude I really like. He seems real...not plastic, flashy political type. Cool guy I am guessing!
And his size has come up before too, with him just playing it down....its not a political issue, so he shouldn't have to talk about it right?? Well...he is now. But in a very cool way.
He had the lap band surgery done earlier this year. To slim down to look better for a political future? Nope. For his family! Because he still has young kids and wants to be there for them and his wife in the next 50 years.
Pretty cool reason to do it! And then...he kept quiet about it. No huge press on it...no big reveal of weight loss...just quietly it came out and now people are making it a big deal. Which it really is. Its a major life style change....a life change.
He says he is just taking it day by day tho. Not counting his pounds or days or anything like that. He said people will be able to just see the change in him. And even he is still getting used to the changes. He says he isn't hungry all the time anymore. Which is a big change for him....but a good one.
I have a friend who had the full on gastric surgery done years ago. And it worked. She still looks amazing to this day....but she says its not easy...and she wished she could have done it without the surgery.
I admit, it did make me think for a moment tho...about having it done. For now, I think I will just continue to beat myself working out ( tapout xt!!! ) and trying to eat healthy ( some days are better then others!)...but I do admire Christies style in handling all of this. He didn't you tube it...didn't make a big press splash on it....he did it for himself and his family.
I am liking him more and more.