Round up #303: Bezos sells half a bill, Braille SmartWatch

Round up #303:  Bezos sells half a bill, Braille SmartWatch

The ILMK Round ups are short pieces which may or may not be expanded later.

Braille SmartWatch to read e-books

What an astonishing advancement!

While text-to-speech is certainly very valuable for the print disabled, and a relatively small percentage of that group read Braille, I’m really amazed by the

dot Braille SmartWatch

It will reportedly cost under $300…and allow Braille readers to read e-books silently on their wrists!

I’ve asked them if it will reach text format e-books…it does read texts, so that’s possible. Even if it requires Braille prepared books, I still think this is great.🙂

Thanks to Engadget for the heads up on this story!

Boooooooks  change braaaaaaaains!

We all intuitively feel that books change brains for the positive. I think most of think that it is especially true of children getting early exposure to books.

Well, it’s nice when science backs up those intuitions.🙂

In this

THINKPROGRESS post by Sam P.K. Collins

they reference a study from Cincinnati’s Children Hospital showing, through the use of fMRIs (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, that children with more literature friendly homes actually have higher brain function. The article talks about some efforts in the area of trying to increase early childhood exposure to reading.

First Amazon Echo/Alexis round up in The Measured Circle

I recently decided to move the bulk of my coverage of the

Amazon Echo (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

to another blog of mine, but I said I would link to the stories here for ILMK readers who want to follow that information.

So, here you go:🙂

Amazon Echo/Alexis Round up #1: the new news, ParAlexanoia

Jeff Bezos sells about a half a billion dollars of Amazon shares…but no biggie

According to this

Bloomerg Business article by Spencer Soper

Jeff Bezos, CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of Amazon has sold about $500 million in shares of the e-tailer.

Don’t worry, though…Jeff Bezos does that from time to time.🙂

100 Kindle Romances for $1.99 each

Through August 14th (in the USA) you can get:

100 Kindle Romances for $1.99 each (at AmazonSmile*)

Interestingly, they appear to also all be available though

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Enjoy!

Join thousands of readers and try the free ILMK magazine at Flipboard!

* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

4 Responses to “Round up #303: Bezos sells half a bill, Braille SmartWatch”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I still vote to keep discussion about the Echo going here. I think of Alexa as Kindle’s sister, so it’s all in the family.🙂

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      They are in the same family, but they might be more like Patty and Cathy Lane…although not that identical.😉

      I really appreciate you expressing your opinion, and it does give me pause…but I’m liking this so far. I’ll probably go a couple of months, and then poll…but I might poll before that.

      It just seems to me that the function of the Echo/Alexa and a Kindle are so different! Far more different than a Fire tablet and a Kindle EBR (E-Book Reader)…or even a Kindle and a Fire Phone. Those both read e-books. At this point, the Echo does do audiobooks, but I doubt that’s 1 percent of its overall use in the market.

      There is also so much to write about the Echo that it would threaten to overwhelm ILMK. If I did write an extensive piece about the Echo in ILMK even once a week, that would cut back on the coverage of Kindles, Fire tablets, and e-publishing.

      • Lady Galaxy Says:

        I see your problem, but on the other hand, is the Echo a good fit for The Measured Circle? It seems to be geared more towards pop culture for lack of a better word/ People who are already familiar with ILMK will know to go there to look for articles about the Echo, but will folks new to the Echo be able to find it?

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Lady!

        Oh, yes, the Echo is a perfect fit for The Measured Circle!

        While TMC is deliberately intended to be pretty much without boundaries (the name comes from Charles Fort’s most famous quotation: “One measures a circle beginning anywhere,” suggesting that if one starts writing about paper clips, you’ll eventually get to quantum physics…and if you keep writing about quantum physics, you’ll eventually get back to paper clips), one of the main topics has been robots and human interaction with them.

        This is how I introduce a recurring feature there, “On the Robot Beat”:

        “A robot is something created by humans (directly or indirectly) that performs tasks (autonomously or not) done by humans (or, more broadly, by other animals…a robot dog, for example, would perform work done by living dogs, including providing companionship).

        The word may conjure up an image of a mechanical man, perhaps clunky and made of metal. The way we use the term at The Measured Circle, it would include software performing human tasks, and non-anthropomorphic devices like an answering machine or a calculator.

        On the Robot Beat presents news about our creations that are, even in small ways, replacing us.”

        Alexa is clearly a robot under that definition…and one with which human interaction is very important (and fascinating).

        As to people finding the articles: anybody coming to ILMK looking for Echo coverage should, pretty easily, be directed to TMC coverage…as was the case with the post on which you commented. I may need to go back to earlier Echo posts at ILMK to put in the redirect, though.

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