First there was the Drones Club, then Drone Racing and now: making some money with drones. Our friend Lee gets his family a tech present every year. Last year it was drones. Lee’s 20-something daughter, a civil engineer, started using hers to offer aerial photography and video to construction sites. Then she started her own drone business, offering these services as a certified remote pilot in Wisconsin. If you Google the phrase “how to be a drone entrepreneur,” several sites come up. The first, from Virgin.com, describes several possibilities. One is farming. Drones have been crop-dusting in Japan for 15 years, and U.S. farmers are getting started. American farms are much larger and farmers here are looking for drones that […]
A reader asked us to find her a blood pressure app for the iPhone. There are several of these for both iPhone and Android. Unlike the kind you see at the doctor’s office, the apps do not use a compression band that temporarily cuts off your circulation. They measure the slight pulsing from placing your finger on the phone. We tried “Finger Blood Pressure! Free” on our Android phone, and compared it with the reading we got on the $35 Omron 3 Series Blood Pressure monitor with a pressure cuff. The Omron is battery operated, so you’re not tethered to the wall plug. Omron said Joy’s systolic pressure was 118, her diastolic reading was 74 and her pulse was 46. […]
Google Maps is adding Uber taxi info to its maps for Android phones. You should be able to see it in the next few weeks. You’ll be able to see how many Uber cabs are nearby and what their fares are. We were hoping that the much vaunted app, “TextBer,” would let you hail an Uber cab with just a text message instead of an app, but it never got off the ground, even after reams of free publicity.
“The Many Roads That Lead to Rome, Visualized” has a Smithsonian Magazine article about “all roads lead to Rome.” (Bob had an Italian friend who complained that the Empire was destroyed by barbarians because all they had to do to get there was follow the roads. On the other hand, where else would you put them?)
Google Maps, a free app for smart phones, is now a tour guide as well as a path finder. Tap the “Explore around you” link. Along the top of the screen you’ll see “breakfast,” “lunch,” “dinner,” “coffee,” and “drinks.” Under each meal category, you’ll see “best,” “make it fast,” and “make it cheap.” We didn’t agree with their “best” choices for lunch nearby but it also gave us alternatives.
SmithsonianMag.com has an interactive map that lets you compare the New York City of 1836 to New York today. As you move an on-screen magnifying glass over the map, you can see the difference 179 years make. For instance, there’s no Central Park, everything past 14th Street is wild countryside, Manhattan has lots of hills, and there used to be docks where there are now buildings.
The Obsessively Detailed Report of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips. Click on the link or visit AtlasObscura.com to retrace on the map, the journeys taken in “Wild,” “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” “Roughing It,” “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” and many others.