Send Your Ashes Into the Stratosphere
Next time you feel a little raindrop bounce off your forehead as you’re walking down the street, just remember… wipe it away with respect. Because it might just be someone’s ashes. After Felix Baumgartner’s jump from the stratosphere, the world has become obsessed with the beautiful view from above. And someone… somewhere… decided it would be the perfect place to scatter the ashes of a loved one who’d passed. And now, a company called Mesoloft exists just to provide that service. For $2800 – 7500, they’ll take your ashes up 17 miles in the sky in a weather balloon and attach a GoPro to give you video of the event. The GoPro will return to Earth and the ashes will float around in the atmosphere for a while traveling the outer edges of the world. It’s a beautiful thought. The only thing that MIGHT freak you out… is that they’ll eventually become part of the rain that falls down. But don’t worry. It’s not like we’re going to wind up with ash colored rain. I’m pretty sure at least….
Ebola-Treating Robots to the Rescue
Though I don’t think if you die of Ebola they’ll let your ashes be scattered about like that. But on the good news front, ROBOTS TO THE RESCUE!!! The White House is getting together with a few scientists and educational institutions to FIGHT Ebola using robots. They want to take existing robots and retrofit them so they’re able to take over the jobs of human workers who are constantly getting in harm’s way. The bots could deliver medicine and supplies, and clean up messes. Telepresence robots (like our CEABots) could replace human visits. Family members. Even doctors, could visit and monitor the patients without the need for safety suits… I’m sure that’d them feel a little less like an outcast.
Now, they’re waiting like 3 weeks to even HAVE the meeting. And implementation of the idea could take another… oh 6 months? I have no idea how long it would be until it actually happens, but it’s good that they’re thinking about it!
Explore the Geek House in Depth with 3DPalooza!
Don’t forget to join us for the big 3DPALOOZA event on Wednesday! We’ll be doing a livestream from 1-4 PM Texas time… talking to several companies who are coming in to create a 3D model of The Geek House! Thanks to Autodesk, you’ll be able to visit the Geek House from anywhere in the world online and see every detail up close and personal! So we’ll be talking to the various companies who are a part of the process… like FARO who has a big laser scanner. And DotProduct with a HANDHELD laser scanner for close details, Kubit USA who does the 3D modelling, 3DRobotics… with the awesome Iris+ robotic drone that has Follow Me technology. And Stratasys’ 3D Printers. It’s going to be an incredible day!
Now, the livestream will continue at 6 PM Texas time for the 3DPALOOZA party! If you can join us for the party IN PERSON in Dallas, you can actually get your hands on these cool toys! RSVP at geekbeat.tv/3DPALOOZA We have something special we’ll be showing off during the event….
Get Your Custom Geek Beat UpDesks NOW!
Oooh, but a LOT of you have asked how you can get one of the Custom Geek Beat UpDesks that we all use here at the Geek House! And now you can!!! You can get the Black or UpWrite (you know… the whiteboard desk) in 5 or 6-foot sizes. This version has a couple things that you can’t get with the regular UpDesks. Like… two grommet holes. Optional Power Grommets that have additional power for all your gadgets. An optional UPS battery tray for under the desk so the power cords move WITH the desk and you don’t have to worry about stretching the cables ‘cause the UPS is on the floor. OH! And best of all… cup holders! If you want your very own Geek Beat UpDesk, they’re at geekbeat.tv/updesk.
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Andy, one of the founders of Harry’s, had a wretched experience buying razors one day. Enough so, that he decided to start a company and do things differently. So they decided to go convenient and super easy… allow people to order online! And at the same time, make quality blades with a clean design. For half the price of other blades! Give it a try and get $5 off your first order! Harrys.com, use promo code geekbeat.