Evernote Peek makes flashcards obsolete

Posted in Technology,Video by Scott Meisner on June 11th, 2011

It’s mid-June which means it’s finals time for students in middle and high school. It’s proven that making flashcards is a great way to study for a test. If you use this method and happen to own an iPad, you’ll want to learn more about Evernote Peek. The folks at Evernote have designed a new app around the iPad 2’s smart cover accessory. So you know how the smart cover works, right? When you attach the accessory to the iPad, it automatically aligns to the screen (magnets). The cover instantly wakes up and puts to sleep the iPad when it’s applied and removed thanks to the built-in ambient light sensor. Evernote figured out a way to take advantage of this simple yet intriguing behavior.

You have a vocabulary test coming up. Goodbye flashcards, hello iPad. Lift up the smart cover flap to peek at a definition. Close it and think about what the word might be. Lift the cover again and you’ll be presented with the correct answer. The app will track which definitions you remember; the ones you get wrong will be saved so you can study them again later. Designing your own study guides using Evernote Peek is easy. All you have to do is create a free Evernote account and connect it to the app. Text and visual clues can be used to help you study. See it in action in the video above.

All in all Peek gives students yet another way to study for tests, albeit one that brings them one tap closer to accessing distractions like Facebook and Angry Birds. But it’s not like flashcard studying doesn’t take place in front of the computer screen. Download Evernote Peek for free in the App Store today.

[Via Gizmodo]

The Big Bang, the ten dimensions explained

Posted in science,Technology,Video by Scott Meisner on August 21st, 2009

!INTERESTING ALERT!  WATCH THESE VIDEOS AND YOUR BRAIN WILL GROW AND EXPAND EXPONENTIALLY.

Well, maybe it won’t, but still.  These two videos are highly interesting and worth watching.  The first one features astrophysicist Janne Levin explaining her model of the Big Bang theory and the potential ways it may have occured.  The second video discusses the ten dimensions in great detail, integrating the notions of space and time.  Although it is explained in layman’s terms with situational examples, the concepts can be difficult to entirely grasp.  I’m telling you, though, it is worth the 11 minute trip.  Sit back, relax, and get learn’d.

[Via Gizmodo]

“The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D”

Posted in Technology,Video by Scott Meisner on August 12th, 2009

User tdarnell: I’ve recently discovered an animation that was rendered using the measured redshift of all 10,000 galaxies in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field image.

A very interesting watch.  Enjoy.

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