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D'où vient le drapeau gay qui déferle sur les réseaux
Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 10.18.30.png En 1970 Gilbert Baker du Kansas, âgé de 27 ans, s?installe à San Francisco. Graphiste et militant politique, il commence à travailler sur un drapeau. Il teint les tissus lui-même et avec l'aide de bénévoles, ils cousent ensemble huit bandes aux couleurs symboliques dans une immense banderole.

La légende voudrait, selon le magazine Slate que Judy Garland, une énorme star au sein de la communauté gay, ait contribué à la résonance de l’arc-en-ciel auprès des militants, par sa chanson emblématique «Somewhere over the rainbow», tirée de la comédie musicale Le Magicien d'Oz.

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Matti Makkonen: Finnish pioneer of texting tech dies
_83940126_mattimakkonen_1.jpg Matti Makkonen, who helped to launch the worldwide sensation of texting, has died at the age of 63 after an illness. The BBC reports.

quotemarksright.jpgMakkonen became known as the father of SMS after developing the idea of sending messages via mobile networks.

Despite the nickname, he was often quick to point out that he did not invent the technology single-handedly.

In 2012, he told BBC News - in an SMS interview - that he believed texting in some form would be around "forever".

Speaking on the 20th anniversary of the first text message, Makkonen said that he considered the development of SMS a joint effort and that it was Nokia who helped to popularise the service.

"The real launch of the service, as I see it, was when Nokia introduced the first phone that enabled easy writing of messages (Nokia 2010 in 1994)," he said.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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Amsterdam's new 3D-printed steel bridge is revolutionizing the building industry
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Heijmans, the innovative Dutch construction company behind the smart highway and glowing Van Gogh-inspired bicycle paths, has unveiled their latest avant-garde project: a 3D-printed steel bridge in the heart of Amsterdam. [via Inhabitat]

quotemarksright.jpgCreated in collaboration with Dutch startup MX3D and designed by Dutch designer Joris Laarman, the 3D-printed pedestrian bridge is part of Heijmans’ aspirations of building the “spatial contours of tomorrow.” Multi-axis industrial robots will construct the pedestrian bridge using cost-effective and scalable technologies.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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There’s a hidden battle for indoor drone dominance – and this startup is at the forefront

After serving as an officer in the Singapore Navy for seven years, Junyang Woon founded Infinium Robotics, a company specializing in indoor drone technology. Tech in Asia reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe startup introduced itself with a bang: partnering with local restaurant and bar chain Timbre to pilot a robotic waitering system called Infinium-Serve. It will become fully operational at five eateries by the end of the year.

While Infinium’s tech has outdoor applications, it’s developing an expertise to operate drones within the confines of the four walls. Take its drone waiter system as an example. It brings food from the kitchen to a nearby station. Waiters then pick up the food and serve it to customers. The drones can of course serve food directly to customers, but restaurants told Infinium they want to retain the human touch.

The drone system has several features that make it usable in confined spaces. The blades are shielded by a wire mesh, preventing them from hurting people. Woon adds that the drones are stable enough to self-correct if it gets tilted – though the quadcopter design is useless without an electronic stabilizer. The system also includes collision avoidance sensors of the sonar, infrared, and stereo vision variety.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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