People with impaired vision may soon be able to immediately read books, magazines, menus, and computer screens, thanks to an audio reading device being created by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
— CBC News (@CBCNews) July 8, 2014
The FingerReader prototype was made with a 3D printer, and is worn like a ring on the index finger. A tiny camera inside the FingerReader scans text, and a synthesized voice reads the words. Software tracks the finger movements, and the FingerReader will vibrate if a person goes off the page. "It's like reading with the tip of your finger and it's a lot more flexible, a lot more immediate than any solution that they have right now," Pattie Maes, an MIT professor who founded the research group working on the device, told The Associated Press.
Scientists have spent three years on software coding and trying out different designs, but the FingerReader still needs to be able to work on touch screens. There's a potential market of 11.2 million people in the United States with vision impairment, including 62-year-old Jerry Berrier. Born blind, Berrier says he would like to use the FingerReader to scan medical papers and other important documents. "Everywhere we go, for folks who are sighted, there are things that inform us about the products that we are about to interact with," he said to The Associated Press. "I wanna be able to interact with those same products, regardless of how I have to do it." Catherine Garcia
Jeb Bush's campaign was quick to put the kibosh on John Kasich's chances after the Ohio governor came in second in the New Hampshire Republican primary Tuesday night. "Kasich ran a one-state campaign," Bush spokesman Tim Miller said Tuesday. "He does not have a viable path to the nomination at all, and he certainly does not have a viable path to success in South Carolina, a state where support of the military is critical."
Bush's campaign also took a shot at Donald Trump, questioning just how successful the first-place finisher in New Hampshire will be moving forward. "[Trump] obviously did very well tonight with independents but... in states where it's a Republican primary, Trump's going to struggle," Miller said.
With 89 percent of precincts reporting, Bush is projected to come in fourth place in New Hampshire, 0.5 percentage points behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Becca Stanek
There was Fox's Megyn Kelly: "Fox News has projected that Donald Trump has won the New Hampshire primary on the Republican side. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sandals."
Her mistake may be a good campaign tactic when the weather gets warmer:
"Sanders, Sandals — it could catch on in the summer months — he has bested Hillary Clinton," Kelly said, laughing.
MSNBC's Chris Hayes topped her with an even more creative Sanders flub.
"You see that in both Trump's particularly closing message and railing against pharmaceutical companies and the like, and Bernie Sandwiches' — Sanders' — message from the beginning," he said.
We'll accept this excuse. Julie Kliegman
In my defense I was literally watching people being served dinner when I said #BernieSandwiches
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 10, 2016
'Dawn of the Brain Dead': New York Daily News rips New Hampshire's 'mindless zombies' for backing Trump
The New York Daily News paid homage to horror movie classic Dawn of the Dead Wednesday. Their rendition, however, entitled "Dawn of the Brain Dead," depicts New Hampshire primary winner Donald Trump as the cult leader of a "mindless" mass:
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 10, 2016
After declaring Trump a "dead clown walking" earlier this month after his second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, the Daily News' latest cover surmises that this win has brought the "clown" "back to life."
HBO talk show host Bill Maher has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president. He likes Hillary Clinton, but "we've never had a leftist in my lifetime, a true leftist," he told Jimmy Kimmel on Tuesday's Kimmel Live. Sanders is "putting things on the table no one ever put on the table before." That doesn't mean Maher thinks Sanders will win, but he argued that the Vermont senator has earned the benefit of the doubt. "Now, is he probably going to win in the South? Probably not — he's a socialist Jew who's 100," he said. "But you know what? People have never seen this product before. People didn't know they wanted an iPhone until they put it in the window, and everybody bought it."
If Sanders doesn't win, "if we go back to the old rules, fine," Maher said. He's told his audience that he's for Bernie, "but Hillary's good, too. It's like if you're on a plane — if you don't get your first choice, eat the chicken." That may not seem like a rousing plug for No. 2, but when Kimmel asked, Maher made it clear he doesn't like any of the Republicans. You can watch him name and mock his least-favorite Republican candidate, and make his case for Sanders, below. Peter Weber
Seth Meyers checks in on 'pharma bro' Martin Shkreli, finds he's just the tip of a price-gouging iceberg
Martin Shkreli, the widely despised former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, infamous for raising the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent, was called to testify before Congress last week. But instead of answering questions, Seth Meyers said on Tuesday's Late Night, "he spent the time doing what he does best: looking like a real slappable prick." Meyers illustrated his point with some footage of Shkreli invoking his Fifth Amendment right instead of answering even the most mundane questions.
As fun as it is to make fun of Shkreli, though, he's "not alone," Meyers said. "He's just doing what a lot of pharmaceutical companies already do, except he's being loud and conniving about it while they're being secretive and conniving about it." In fact, Shkreli is "just a convenient, deserving scapegoat" for the price-gouging of Americans by the drug industry, Meyers said, aided by Congress' decision to prevent the U.S. government from negotiating the price of drugs, like almost every other country does. Case in point, a company called Valeant bought two heart drugs just last year and immediately raised the price 525 percent and 212 percent, Meyers said, but "Valeant didn't cause nearly as much outrage as Shkreli did because they don't have a smug, irritating face; they have a soothing logo." Watch Meyers' "closer look" at Shkreli and the unsavory behavior he exposed below. Peter Weber
It was just his second time outside, but Bei Bei was ready for an adventure. On Monday, the panda cub born last summer at the Smithsonian's National Zoo climbed a tree for the first time, but was hesitant when it came time to climb back down. Luckily, his doting mother, Mei Xiang, was there to gently give him some assistance. Watch the sweet video below. Catherine Garcia
Jim Gilmore has a theory as to why he's virtually unknown among the Republican presidential candidates.
"I entered the race having been out of office for a considerable amount of time," he told USA Today. "I wasn't a sitting governor, my father wasn't president, and my brother wasn't president." Gilmore, the former governor of Virginia, was upbeat at his primary party in New Hampshire on Tuesday, attended by less than a dozen people. "I don't think we'll win this thing," he told one supporter, "but let's see if we can get some recognition."
With 88 percent of precincts reporting, Gilmore received 125 votes, or 0.0 percent. It was, however, a major victory compared to how he did in Iowa, where he was backed by just 12 caucusgoers, and Gilmore said he's looking forward to campaigning in South Carolina on Wednesday. New Hampshire state senator Sam Cataldo told USA Today Gilmore has a "hell of a background," but is practically invsible because "the media keeps playing Trump, Trump, and Trump. There's more to life than just Trump." Catherine Garcia