Author Archives: gemmell

Better Text To Speech For Word

The inbuilt Word TTS is ter­ri­ble. At least on Mac. It should be sim­ple to con­nect a Word Add-In to AWS Pol­ly and have it do the reading. 

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I hate the med­ical sys­tem. It’s trans­ac­tion­al. For $70 some­one will lis­ten and try and diag­nose your prob­lem in 15 min­utes. I have nev­er been to a doc­tor and come away with a response beyond “let’s get some basic blood … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Krilling It

Land based krill aqua­cul­ture as a food base for a civ­i­liza­tion that is destroy­ing itself via over con­sump­tion. The log­ic is: Grow some sim­ple, fast life cycle organ­isms that eat algae but con­tain enough nutri­ents to feed the biggest mam­mal … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Face Masks for Facial Recognition

Phone does­n’t unlock because you’re wear­ing a mask? You need one of my masks that have your face print­ed on the out­side. Or a see through one. 

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Home Factories

These are garage/carport sized machines where you down­load a “pat­tern”, buy the raw mate­ri­als required and place QR stick­ers on them, and then the machine does the rest. Can build every­thing from fur­ni­ture to rock­et ships. This works in 3 parts. … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Bottoms Up Honeycomb Blinds

If you get tilt & turn dou­ble glaz­ing your in-frame hon­ey­comb blinds no longer work because the head of the blinds get in the way of the tilt. So instead you have blinds which open top down, and close bot­tom … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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My Kindergarten Teacher VR

This is a VR sim­u­la­tion of you as a five year old. You look up and a love­ly warm moth­er­ly char­ac­ter says “Ooh poor thing, let’s get a bandaid on that. Here, have a hug,” and is gen­er­al­ly just a … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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This is like a stepome­ter but for chil­dren, and lis­tens to how many times they say “Mum” in a day. “Muum, muu­um, where’s mum?”. They get a quote of 100 mum’s and it buzzes when they hit 50, 75, 80, … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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This is a plat­form for law firms to have pre-agreed on for­mats and posi­tions for con­tracts. So you might have an Ashurst and Allen-Overy rep hash out a base­line con­tract for some­thing, includ­ing var­i­ous approved plays and adjust­ments, so that … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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Instead of spend­ing bajil­ions cre­at­ing fake meat, why not take a meat that’s con­sid­ered not very paletable e.g. kan­ga­roo, and use some food sci­ence to trans­form the taste to some­thing more like beef?  This is based on a lit­tle arti­cle about … Con­tin­ue read­ing

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