Wednesday, May 29, 2013

National Paper Clip Day, Mr. Roboto, and Ghostbusters

National Paper Clip Day - National Paperclip Day is celebrated each year on May 29. Yes, even the paperclip has its own day of honor. Today is about that well-known piece of curved wire that keeps our papers together and helps keep us organized.
According to the Early Office Museum, the first patent for a "bent wire paper clip" was presented to Samuel B. Fay in the United States in 1867. The original intention of Fay's clip was to attach tickets to fabric, however the patent recognized that it could also be used to attach papers. There were nearly 50 others that received patents for similar designs prior to 1899—including Erlman J. Wright of the United States in 1877. His clip was advertised for use in fastening newspapers.
The Gem paper clip—which was produced in Britain in the early 1870′s by "The Gem Manufacturing Company," was never patented. It is the most common type of wire paper clip and is still in use today. It was introduced to the United States around 1892 and in 1904, Cushman & Denison registered a trademark for the "Gem" name in connection with paper clips. Paper clips are still sometimes called "Gem clips."
Today, paper clips come in various sizes, shapes and colors and can make your paperwork look more fun and lively. Paper clips are not just for holding papers together; there are many other things that can be done with them!

Mr. Roboto - Researchers at Cornell University have programmed a robot that can predict what you're about to do and offer up a helping hand. Using a Microsoft Kinect sensor, the robot watches your body movements. Then, it accesses a video database of about 120 household activities — ranging from putting food in the microwave, eating, brushing teeth, making cereal, etc. — to predict what your actions will be a few seconds into the future. The robot can then make a decision about what you're likely to do next and what it can do to assist you in that task.

Ghostbusters - Man who set up camera to catch a ghost instead catches girlfriend's affair with his 16-year-old son. An Australian father who rigged up a video camera in his kitchen to capture paranormal activity instead caught his girlfriend canoodling with his 16-year-old son.