Breakthroughs in technology and communication are moving faster than ever, and we’re currently in an exciting time of change. This week’s episode of Full Frame takes a look at how unique innovators of today are changing the world.
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Chris Kluwe: Augmented Reality, Experiencing Life As Never Before
Chris Kluwe is a retired NFL punter who believes augmented reality, a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, is on the verge of becoming everyday reality. He believes that the use of augmented reality in sports brings fans closer to the game then ever.
An avid video gamer, Kluwe has also made a name for himself by appearances and playing games online. Expanding his reach into literature, Kluwe has also written a science-fiction book Prime: A Genesis Series Event, and a collection of short stories, titled Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies.
Kluwe is confident that the applications of augmented reality can span far outside of sports. He believes that this tool can eventually be used to make societal changes, specifically building empathy for people around the world.
The former professional football player is no stranger to controversy, and has been very outspoken about LGBT rights. His stance sullied his relationship with his team and with the league, eventually landing him outside the NFL. Kluwe enjoyed his time in the NFL but is excited about his endeavors after football, and his opportunity to help others. He believes that there is more to life than his career.
This week on Full Frame, Mike Walter sits down with Kluwe to discuss the potential of augmented reality, and his decision to risk his career to make a stand for civil rights.
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Shubham Banerjee: Braigo Labs
The World Health Organization reports that there are roughly 285 million visually impaired people around the globe, and 90 percent of them live in developing countries. Shubham Banerjee is a 14-year old entrepreneur whose ingenuity can help change the lives of visually impaired people.
In 2014, Banerjee invented the world’s first low cost portable braille printer using LEGO bricks. His invention was named the 2014 Technology Innovation of the Year by the UK’s Trusted Reviews. Since then he has founded his own company Braigo Labs, and now has financial backing from a global tech giant.
One afternoon, after checking the family mail, Banerjee noticed a flyer calling for donations to the visually impaired. He researched braille and the production of braille printers and discovered just how expensive these printers could be. Like many children, Banerjee grew up playing with LEGO bricks. After his research, he thought that LEGOS could be the perfect tool to help solve this problem of cost.
Banarjee’s invention is open sourced and his goal is to allow anyone to make the printer themselves. Braigo Labs is funded by Intel, making Banarjee the youngest entrepreneur ever to receive venture capital investment for a start-up. However, the success of his invention has not prevented him from being a normal teenager.
Shubham Banerjee sits down with Mike Walter to discuss his invention and gives a demo of the capabilities of the Braigo printer.
Panel: Game-Changing Tech for the Developing World
According to the World Health Organization, 1.8 billion people drink water from a contaminated source and, as a result, more than 500,000 people die annually from diarrhea. The majority of these deaths are completely preventable.
Joining us are two guests working to eradicate these illnesses by creating innovative and inexpensive tools that will help save lives around the globe.
Ken Surritte is the founder of WaterisLife, a nonprofit that distributes filtration straws and “The drinkable book.” The books pages cost only a few pennies each, act as a portable water purifier, while also educating people about hygiene and water-related health risks.
Physician Aydogan Ozcan serves as the Chancellor’s Professor at UCLA and also teaches at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He’s the inventor of the world’s smallest microscope, one that attaches to a cellphone. This microscope is making accurate and life-saving medical diagnoses possible in even the remotest locations in the world. In addition, Ozcan is the Founder of Holomic LLC, a technology company dedicated to improving patient healthcare with the use of smartphones and bio photonics.
Surritte and Ozcan join Mike Walter to speak about their life changing devices.
The Museum of Bad Art
What happens when creativity and innovation go wrong? A museum filled with art that would otherwise be thrown away!
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, The Museum of Bad Art started in 1994 with a painting found on the side of the road.
Since then, over 600 collections of “bad art” have been collected by the museum curators and put on display in the museum’s two Boston locations as well as in a virtual museum online.
The museum’s collection has also been the subject of a series of coffee table books.
After a visit to the Museum of Bad Art, you may never look at art the same way again.
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