Former Rideshare Driver Now Offering Other Drivers Chance To Earn Up To $20 Per Delivery Through Drinkos!

Drinkos, the on-demand beverage and more delivery company, is offering Uber, lyft and other rideshare drivers the chance to increase their income through a new delivery program

Drinkos announces that it is offering rideshare drivers, including Uber and lyft drivers, up to $20 per delivery under a new program it recently unveiled.

Drinkos (drinkos.com) is an innovative on-demand liquor and more delivery service that launched in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 13, 2014 – a launch that proved so popular the company had to repeatedly shut down its website due to the amount of orders it was receiving.

Several media groups including Reuters, Crain’s, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and local Cincinnati TV news stations covered the company’s auspicious beginning.

Now Drinkos founder Ephrem Lijalem, himself a former part-time rideshare driver, has come up with a unique delivery plan that will help his company meet demand while also providing rideshare drivers with extra income.

“Frankly, we believe our service couldn’t be coming along at a better time,” Lijalem said of the program, which will allow rideshare drivers to make deliveries. “Uber and other rideshare companies have been aggressively cutting down fares to the point where rideshare drivers are now averaging only .90 cents per mile in many major cities. Those types of low fares have made it very tough on drivers and many are desperate to make extra cash, which is what our service allows them to do.”

Over 400 rideshare drivers have already signed up with Drinkos, which is still growing rapidly by word of mouth and hasn’t had to run any advertising campaigns for itself.

Drinkos is also asking for the support of the rideshare community in addition to signing up for the delivery program, Lijalem indicated.

“We are looking to raise capital through crowd-funding,” Lijalem said. “The capital will be used to maximize our infrastructure and add more products to our current offerings so drivers can earn more money per hour and improve delivery times to our customers.”

To sign up for Drinkos, drivers should visit drinkos.com/become-a-driver/. While Drinkos new program is primarily designed for ridesharing drivers, those who drive taxis, limos and pizza delivery vehicles are also welcome to sign up.

Please visit crowdfunding.drinkos.com/ to contribute to the crowd-funding campaign.

“Together, we can make this business a success,” Lijalem said.

ABOUT DRINKOS

Founded in Chicago, Illinois, Drinkos is an on-demand premium beer, wine and more shop that promises customers delivery from the store to their door in less than 60 minutes! The business happily runs essential party errands for its clientele.

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Soft Mozart 2.0 Receives Support From Music Industry Titan John Barnes, Former Producer For King Of Pop Michael Jackson

Legendary music producer John Barnes has joined the campaign to support the development of Soft Mozart 2.0. He joins musicologist Hellene Hiner, who spearheaded the original Soft Mozart software. Soft Mozart, an innovative – yet traditional – system for learning the piano first launched in 2002 and continues to be used today in 60 different countries. Although he’s a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, Barnes brings a pop sensibility to the project. Hiner envisions version 2.0 as bridging gaps between genres, uniting people under the common banner of music literacy. Learn more at indiegogo.com/projects/music-education-2-0-soft-mozart-way#/.

“I believe music education and music literacy are more important today than ever,” says Barnes. “Music prepares young people to do well in life, no matter what they do in terms of a career. Understanding the intricacies of music through practice and discipline can instill confidence. Learning music also develops creativity, patience and, when playing with others, an appreciation for teamwork. The versatility of Soft Mozart is what really got my attention. The software is great for schools of course, but people of any age and skill level can quickly become more proficient at the piano.”

Today, Barnes is CEO at Innersound Studios, where he and his team produce music for the entertainment industry, from movies and TV shows to studio recordings. His professional credits including working closely with artists like Marvin Gaye, The Miracles, Kenny Loggins, Julio Iglesias, Lionel Richie, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Snoop Dogg, Ciara and of course Michael Jackson. In 1985, he lent his talents to the USA for Africa campaign, the collaboration of leading popular musicians that resulted in the famous “We Are the World” song and video.

“Music has been such a vital part of my own life,” adds Barnes, “and I want to say ‘thanks’ by giving back to the community. Supporting the campaign for Soft Mozart 2.0 allows me to do that. My hope is that Hellene Hiner’s remarkable software product begins a new era in music education for the masses.”

Funding for music education in public schools has sadly been on a steady decline, particularly since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act. According to Department of Education data shared by the NAMM Foundation, 40 percent of U.S. high schools in 2010 did not have an arts requirement for graduation. The situation is especially unfortunate because research shows enormous value in music education.

Learning to read music and play an instrument well confers advantages that extend into every other academic disciple, while also teaching important personal and social skills. A New York Times feature story on high achieving individuals revealed music as common tread. Listening, focusing and collaborating were singled out as important skills that music strengthens.

The connection between music and math has been noted for some time – learning piano, for instance, can strengthen the kind of cognitive functions that are equally important in understanding mathematics. Put another way, both music and math are a type of abstract language – learning one smooths the path to learning another.

The Indiegogo campaign for Soft Mozart 2.0 launched on December 3 and will run for two months. The goal is to raise $500,000, which will go toward updating the software, creating mobile apps, generating awareness and hiring technical support, among other tasks.

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Ringwill Releases The World’s First Flowchart Programming Electronic Development Platform

Targeting electronic developers with a non-technical background, Ringwill Inc. has released its first product Wikit – the world’s first flowchart programming electronic development platform based on visual IDE. It is intended to allow students, inventors, hobbyists and artists to make interactive projects without technical barriers.

“The debut of Wikit will transform the traditional electronic programming method. The key feature of Wikit is that it applies flowcharts to programming, which enables people who don’t have technical background the ability to engage in creative thinking,” said Jie Fu, co-founder of Ringwill.

Wikit is a tiny computer that users can program to process inputs and outputs going to and from the chip. A Wikit toolkit includes a USB powered Wikit board, consisting of a Lattice FPGA, flash, a crystal or oscillator and a linear voltage regulator as well as the Wikit IDE (Integrated Development Environment), a free software and app.

The Wikit IDE provides an interactive interface for users to program in flowchart form language that the Wikit understands as easy as drag and drop. Instructions can be downloaded to the Wikit board through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, then the Wikit board will carry out these instructions and interact with the outside world.

“The innovative flowchart programming provided by Wikit allows makers from various fields to participate in electronic design, liberate their creativity and experience the joy of inventing,” commented David Li, founder and CEO of Ardublock and Shanghai XINCHEJIAN fab-lab, as one of the first users of Wikit.

The Wikit board offers great expandability by exposing its FPGA’s I/O pins to enable users to connect those pins to other circuits or to sensors. A short list of supported circuits and sensors includes but is not limited to wireless buttons, wireless light sensors, touch buttons, moisture sensors, PIR motion sensors, RBG LEDs and noise sensors. Other functionalities of the Wikit board include 16 digital GPIOs, four 12 bit ADC channels running under a 200 KHz clock, 10+ GND and VCC pins, 5V-3.3V compatible IOS, built-in Bluetooth and WiFi, wireless programming and debugging, and 200 MHz execution speed.

The Wikit IDE supports a drag and drop programming style that help users avoid the burden of learning various programming languages. It also provides more than 20 examples to help users from beginner to expert level and offers built-in IO drivers to support I2C, CAN, SPI, UART, GPIO, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

With the help of detailed hardware connection guidance and self-testing function, users can get rid of any hardware trouble before programming, which greatly shortens development time and reduces debugging difficulty. The first version of Wikit IDE for iPad will be available on the App Store in near future.

The flowchart programming methodology lowers technical requirement for developers, therefore users without programming knowledge can be able to build a quick prototype on Wikit.

“Wikit is easy-to-use, modular and allows even non-technical people to understand and build hardware prototypes. It is also a vital tool for hardware startups that want to build and test quickly as speed is essential in the dynamic and competitive space of consumer electronics,” explained Ran Ma, founder and CEO of SIREN CARE.

Students in Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab and startups from Shanghai lab fab are incorporating Wikit as prototyping tool to create innovative solutions and test ideas. Wikit will launch user survey on Thunderclap as well as crowdfunding in near future.

About Ringwill

Established in 2015, Ringwill is a design house for start-ups and offers rapid prototyping solutions as well as mass production service. The company is currently based in Shanghai.

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High-Tech Tinsel Brings Good Tidings

Inventor’s Epiphany Inspires Internet-Connected Christmas Tree Ornament

Legend has it that the tradition of the Christmas tree began in Latvia in the year 1510. Today about 40 million Christmas trees are purchased in the U.S., and double that amount worldwide.

But the humble tree has not changed much in the past 500 years; that is, until now, with the introduction of Jolly, the world’s first smart connected Christmas tree ornament.

Barton Listick, Jolly’s inventor, explains that, “A few months ago while working on a different gadget project, my thoughts drifted to Christmas, and I realized in a flash that a Christmas tree ornament, using today’s tiny technology and an Internet connection, could bring new fun and interactivity to the age-old Christmas tree. I immediately dropped my other project and set out to build that ornament.”

The resulting product is called Jolly, and is currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo (igg.me/at/jolly).

Jolly automatically brings a variety of holiday-themed entertainment into the home throughout the season, including a Christmas calendar countdown, Santa tracker, Bible verses, personalized animations, and photos of family and friends from photo sites, phones and social networks. All features are easily configured using the Jolly app on an iPhone or Android.

“Imagine receiving holiday greetings from friends and family displayed right on your tree,”
says Listick. “We’ve dubbed that feature ‘tree mail,’ and it’s just one of the crazy but fun possibilities that this new ornament makes possible.”

For more information, please visit getjollynow.com.

ABOUT BARTON LISTICK:

Over the past 25 years, Barton and his team at Trylonix Corp. have developed and launched many top-selling and award-winning products for families and children, including JumpStart (the educational game series with many millions of copies sold), Stride Academy (an online adaptive K12 learning system currently serving hundreds of thousands of students), and the My Reward Board children’s motivational program.

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BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund launch Crowdfunding Campaign For NEW Burn Fund Centre

The BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund and SEE The Change Productions have launched an Indiegogo campaign to support the Burn Fund Centre Legacy Project in its goal to fully fund the facility before its opening in March, 2016. Campaign main website is: burnfundcentre.org

An extraordinary opportunity to build a new & permanent home comes but once in a lifetime for a charity. This is our time! The Burn Fund Centre will meet a critical shortfall in accommodations for burn & trauma patients and their family caregivers. The new Burn Fund Centre will solve this crisis.

Each year over 800 children and adults from around B.C. and the Yukon are admitted to the Burn, Trauma & High Acuity Unit at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital suffering serious trauma. Patients generally stay at least a month in the hospital (but it can be up to several months) during both acute and reconstructive phases of care.

During this time, caregivers need affordable, close accommodation so that they can spend long hours at the hospital with their loved ones and be able to reach them quickly if necessary.

Once a patient leaves the hospital, they often require complex outpatient care. As an outpatient they may need dressing changes at the clinic as often as once every three days for the first six months. About half of burn and trauma patients are transferred to G.F. Strong for rehabilitation. They may require outpatient care for up to two years. Children require yearly follow-ups through their growing years.

When receiving out-patient care, the patient and their caregiver need close affordable accommodation that is conducive to healing for somebody highly vulnerable to infections.

There is currently a critical shortfall in appropriate patient accommodation for burn and trauma survivors that may potentially have resulted in compromised health outcomes.

The new Burn Fund Centre will solve this crisis!

Conveniently located at E. 23rd Avenue and Main Street between the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn, Trauma & High Acuity Unit at Vancouver General Hospital & BC Children’s Hospital, the Centre will include:

8 short-term-stay, FREE of charge, furnished accommodation suites for patients and families while undergoing treatment at VGH or Children’s Hospital, on discharge transition or returning for follow up appointments

Common spaces for all guests; a family friendly great room, children’s play area, large family kitchen, laundry facilities, computer stations, resource and games library, secure outdoor spaces, and a healing garden with plants chosen for their burn injury-friendly qualities

Information, Referrals & Subsidies for Child, Youth & Adult Burn Survivors

“Future Is Mine”—Adult Burn Survivor Program

Young Burn Survivor – Summer Burn Camp

Burn & Safety Awareness Educational Resources & Programs

BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Association & Burn Fund Administration Offices

Ground Floor includes 3,200 square feet of prime retail space—a social venture to support the building’s operations

Burn Fund Centre key highlights and donor generosity:

City of Vancouver provides land for Centre

$4M investment from BC Housing & BC Ministry of Health

$2.5M donation from the Jack & Darlene Poole Foundation

$1.3M pledged from Fire Fighter Locals

$825,000 in in-kind project management services plus a cash donation to sponsor the meeting and workshop room by Concert Properties

Ground Breaking – September 17, 2014

Construction Started – November, 2014

Burn Fund Office relocates to Burn Fund Centre – December, 2015

Grand Opening – March 18, 2016!

The generosity of individuals, companies, and foundations is crucial to the continued development and delivery of the more than thirty essential programs; including equipment purchases and support that is so desperately needed by burn survivors, their families, caregivers, and hospitals. The Burn Fund Centre will bring all of this work together under one roof.

“I was nine years old… I was a patient for almost two months… my family could not always be there with me, which is why the new Burn Centre that is being planned is so important for families like mine.”

~ Rhea Dyck, Burn Survivor

HOW can you help with the Burn Fund Centre?

Support for this project has been overwhelming and we are in the home stretch of our fundraising with only $440,000 of $13.1M remaining! We need to raise the last 4% to fully fund the Centre – we are 96% there!

This will be the first facility of its kind in the WORLD for Burn Survivors and their families, a truly historic opening!

1 – MAKE A DONATION TO THIS CAMPAIGN!
We are grateful for every donation we receive; together we will reach this goal!

2- GET INVOLVED – JOIN and SHARE this CAMPAIGN!
Let’s get this campaign out there and let’s cross the finish line together!

burnfundcentre.org (direct link to campaign)
facebook.com/burnfundcentre
twitter.com/burnfundcentre (official hashtag #WeAreAllTheBurnFund )

Anyone can help The Burn Fund cross the finish line by joining their campaign at burnfundcentre.org and following them on Twitter (@burnfundcentre), Facebook and other social media outlets.

Thank You for helping us get the word out on this campaign and spreading the links above.

PS – Also enjoy our latest video from our Bright Nights opening event. The donations that night were $130K and our young reporter does a great job showcasing an amazing evening:

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Exvision Kickstarts ZKOO, The World’s Most Responsive Hand Gesture Tracking Camera

ZKOO bridges mobile devices to the living room TV

Exvision, the spin-out venture of Ishikawa-Watanabe Laboratory at University of Tokyo, today launched a Kickstarter campaign for ZKOO, the world’s most responsive and accurate hand gesture tracking camera. ZKOO offers users of Windows PCs (7, 8, and 10), mobile devices, and tablets a completely different UI experience of their favorite software and applications, with endless possibilities.

Meet ZKOO

ZKOO is the first motion gesture tracking camera that supports a wide range of host devices including Windows PCs, Android-based tablets, smartphones, set-top boxes and Smart TVs. When combined with supported devices, ZKOO’s easy set-up turns living room TVs into smart, gesture- controlled TVs that deliver a deeper, interactive, engaging, and entertaining experience.

How ZKOO Works

ZKOO elevates traditional UI functions by replacing the touchscreen, mouse, or keyboard with natural hand gestures. It then utilizes cutting-edge gesture detection based on Hi-Speed Vision, Exvision’s proprietary technology. Hi-Speed Vision detects, tracks, and analyzes fast moving objects with extremely low latency, high accuracy, and robustness with a single CMOS imager and proprietary software algorithm. Bypassing noticeable latency, ZKOO allows PC, tablet, set top boxes and mobile device cursors to be moved with unparalleled smoothness and fidelity.

“The Kickstarter community is the perfect place to begin reaching out to our future users. Exvision believes the Kickstarter community to be visionaries who are genuine, curious and influential, and we want to give this community an opportunity to be the first to experience ZKOO and Hi-Speed Vision,” said Sakuya Morimoto, COO of Exvision.

The Tokyo-based company has set the funding goal for ZKOO at $15,000. For a contribution of $60 or more, backers get the ZKOO camera at a much lower price than the $120 retail price. The funds raised from the campaign will be used to further develop Hi-Speed Vision, the technology behind the ZKOO camera.

ZKOO’s Applications

Entertainment: Spend less time navigating and more time engaging with apps.

Games: Experience popular games like never before, using hand gesture controls to swipe, jump and move through a game.,

Education: Learning together takes on new meaning as parents and children explore software and apps through gesture interaction.

Business: Deliver presentations in a new way, using hand gestures to flip through slides.

Discover: Explore new ways to interact with mind-expanding software such as Google Earth, 3D Anatomy and more!

“ZKOO bridges the individual mobile/tablet experience with the more social living room TV, inviting everyone to be involved and spurring group interaction and activity,” added Morimoto.

ZKOO Features

Fast & Accurate Hand Tracking: Uses an algorithm with low latency and high fidelity for images running at 120 frames per second.

Single Sensor Camera: ZKOO’s camera consists of a single, off-the-shelf sensor, off-the-shelf processor, and proprietary software algorithm.

Elevated UI Functions: Traditional UI functions (mouse and keyboard) such as hover, click and drag are elevated to natural hand gestures.

Scalable Solution: ZKOO perfectly reproduces multi-touch UI, enabling users to gesture-play existing games and apps without modification.

Distance: Motion control is captured from a distance of up to 10 feet.

Easy Set Up: Seamless integration with Windows 7, 8 & 10 PCs and Android devices.

The Kickstarter campaign, launched [recently], can be found at
kickstarter.com/projects/555174357/1817702103?token=b4f7573d

The campaign runs for 40 days, through January 17, 2016 with a goal of $15,000.

About Exvision

Exvision was established in Jan. 2009 as a spin-out venture of Ishikawa-Watanabe Lab at University of Tokyo, the world leader of high-speed computer vision technologies. Exvision brings state-of-the-art core technologies developed and accumulated at Ishikawa-Watanabe Lab into the commercial level products. The company’s first commercial product is ZKOO, the world’s most responsive hand gesture tracking camera.

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Doppler Labs And National Sawdust Partner For The First-Ever Here Active Listening™ “Sound Experience”

Doppler Labs Head of Music Michael Thurber and National Sawdust Artistic and Executive Director Paola Prestini Curate a One-Of-A-Kind Musical Journey using Doppler Labs’ Here Active Listening System

Doppler Labs and National Sawdust today announced the partnership that brought Here Active Listening, the first in-ear audio system that gives you control over real-world sound, to Brooklyn for the first ever “Here Sound Experience.” Curated by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Bassist and Doppler Labs Head of Music, Michael Thurber, and National Sawdust Artistic and Executive Director, Paola Prestini, the invite-only event took place at National Sawdust on Dec. 5, 2015. It was the first time Here Active Listening was used to curate a live musical experience. The evening featured live performances by Mr. Thurber, celebrated violinists Tessa Lark and Charles Yang, renowned jazz pianist Kris Bowers, award-winning composer and percussionist Andy Akiho, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and producer Louis Cato, as well as special guests from the National Sawdust family.

“What Doppler Labs has created with Here is a leap forward in how we experience live music and also how we experience the world around us,” said Paola Prestini. “National Sawdust is a place for dreamers to dream and explorers to forge new ground. We love how Doppler Labs is reimagining listening and pushing the boundaries of what it means to experience live music. We spend a lot of time curating our schedule and selecting our partners, and we could not be more excited to work with an artist like Michael Thurber and the Doppler Labs team to create an unprecedented and forward-looking musical experience.”

Doppler Labs is an immersive wearable tech company dedicated to creating technology that makes computing more engaging and more human. In June Doppler Labs announced the Here Active Listening System, the first in-ear system that uses two wireless buds and a smartphone app to let you instantly control and personalize your live audio environment. Through volume sliders, EQ and effects that act as “a studio in your ears,” the Here Active Listening System empowers you to transform real world audio and curate live music experiences to your liking.

“Our technology is grounded in our belief that audio can be transformative,” explained Noah Kraft, CEO and Co-Founder of Doppler Labs. “The ears are powerful tools, and we hope our tech will be used as an instrument to bring out the true potential of human hearing; we want to give every listener personalized control. Here Active Listening was designed to help enhance life’s greatest moments, and live music experiences are just the beginning of our long term vision. We could not be happier to showcase Here in the incredible room at National Sawdust and create a magical acoustical experience that brings our technology to life.”

Celebrated by tech and entertainment critics around the world, Here Active Listening is the flagship product from Doppler Labs, which closed a $17M Series B earlier this year with entertainment industry leaders including the Chernin Group, WME, and UMG. Here launched on Kickstarter and surpassed its original 30-day goal of $250,000 in less than 48 hours.

In its initial production run, Doppler Labs is only making 10,000 pairs of Here Active Listening. These units will be distributed to Kickstarter backers and a select group of musicians and industry leaders for product feedback and to help further develop Here before it’s available for mass retail. Due to overwhelming demand, Doppler Labs has opened a waitlist for a small selection of remaining units so other passionate early adopters can get involved.

Learn more about the Here Active Listening System and join the waitlist at hereplus.me.

About National Sawdust

Located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the non-profit National Sawdust is a dynamic home for artists and new music of all kinds. It is a place for exploration and discovery—where emerging and established artists can share their music with serious music fans and casual listeners alike. In a city teeming with venues, National Sawdust is a singular space founded with an expansive vision: to provide composers and musicians across genres with a setting in which they can flourish, and a place where they are given unprecedented support and critical resources essential to create, and then share, their work. A diversity of world-class artists, arts organizations, and institutions are collaborating with National Sawdust’s Creative and Executive Director, the composer Paola Prestini, as curators.

In addition to hosting rehearsals, performances, recordings and broadcasts in state-of-the art facilities, National Sawdust commissions new works and arranges workshops and residencies. It aims to be a resource not only for the community of musicians, but also for audiences in search of remarkable musical experiences at accessible ticket prices. For the local community, National Sawdust creates progressive public programs and educational initiatives. Other offerings include talks, publications and mentorship programs for composers and musicians, and for related fields.

Designed by Brooklyn’s Bureau V, National Sawdust is constructed within the existing shell of a century-old sawdust factory, preserving the authenticity of Williamsburg’s industrial past while providing a refined and intimate setting for the exploration of new music. At the venue’s core is a flexible chamber hall, acoustically designed by renowned engineering firm Arup to provide the highest-quality experience of both unamplified and amplified music.

About Doppler Labs

Founded in 2013 by industry leaders in the creative, tech and business worlds, Doppler Labs is on a mission to create wearable technology that makes computing more immersive and human. In the near-term Doppler Labs is focused on “hearables,” wearable technology for the ears. The company launched the Here Active Listening System in June 2015 as the first step in sharing its long-term vision with the world.

Prior to launching the Here Active Listening System, Doppler Labs created DUBS Acoustic Filters and forged partnerships with entertainment powerhouses like Coachella, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Tao Group, Soul Cycle and AM Only, and artists including Mark Ronson, Tiesto, Quincy Jones and Hans Zimmer. The company has sold over a quarter million DUBS units to date.

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