Ruk Digest 2/5

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"The crosswalk button is a relic of the age before computer-controlled traffic signals. In New York City for instance, “the city deactivated most of the pedestrian buttons long ago."

Then there is the close door button on elevators. "According to a 2008 article in the New Yorker, the close door buttons included in most elevators since the 1990's do not actually work the way passengers think. The buttons are installed for emergency personnel, not for the general public. Firefighters use the buttons to open and close doors between flights, but they can do so only with a key or other special instructions."

Office thermostats are another example. "If you work in an office building, there is a good chance your attempts to regulate the temperature in your office are just as futile as pushing a crosswalk button. With the advent of building-wide control systems, individual office thermostats often do little more than decorate the walls."

Read the article in the link for more details on the buttons. 

And next time you encounter them, realize that you are probably not actually doing anything.

This Remote Controlled Buoy Can Change The Way Lifeguards Save People

 
With this device if a person is drowning in the ocean lifeguards will no longer need to swim in the water to rescue someone. Instead, lifeguards can drop this buoy in and guide it towards the person in need. 

The buoy has two handles for the individual drowning to grab onto and from there can be guided back to safety. 

Unfortunately this is still in product development and not yet available to the public, but one day, this could be a game changer. 

Deal of the Week

Song of the Week

 3 Songs From The Movie Hidden Figures

Gospel / Uplifting / Soundtrack / Feel-Good / Powerful / Groovin Vibes

I watched Hidden Figures this weekend, the documentary about black woman mathematicians who worked at NASA during the time of the Civil Rights Movement and served a pivotal role in getting John Glenn to space. 

It was the first movie in a while that I watched and actually really liked. 

And I loved the songs played: 

Pharrell Williams - Able
Pharrell Williams - Runnin'
Kim Burrell, Pharrell Williams - I See a Victory

Health and Science

This Wearable Device Measures Your Hydration Levels
 

It can let you know if you are dehydrated or not. 

Large commercial systems for checking this cost around $8,000 however, this patch/strap could cost as little as a Fitbit. 
 Pics of the Week
Stunning Ice Sculptures

The photos are links so if you want more info click away
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in China
World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska
Music Festival in Norway where the instruments are made out of ice!!!
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Thought of the Week

BE PRESENT

We are ALL guilty of staring down at our phones when we're hanging out with other people. Make it a point to engage more with others this year. Break the bad habit by reminding yourself  that people > pixels (it works!)

(Taken from the great Sev Cities blog).
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