October 16, 2012 |
Millennials are a tech-savvy, mobile generation. But are election officials keeping up? In Illinois, many consider voter registration a time-consuming, antiquated and multi-step process. The good news is Chicago's election board is trying to bring the process into the 21 s t century. Earlier this year, the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners allowed eligible voters to launch the registration process online. The board offered to print out completed forms and send them to voters for their signatures.
June 3, 2013 |
Bang Bang Pie Shop in Logan Square is one of 13 businesses country-wide that have been chosen to pilot Square Stand, a new hardware by Square Inc. that turns an iPad into a complete payment system, replacing traditional cash registers. Since receiving the product May 15, Bang Bang co-owner Dave Miller said the old-fashioned shop has made a seamless transition to using the device. “Small businesses that integrate technology well, I think, stay around longer and are able to give more time to customers and quality,” Miller...
November 16, 2011 |
Need to know how crowded John Barleycorn is right now? Or whether there are more women than men at Vertigo Sky Lounge? How about the average age of patrons at Schoolyard Tavern? If you're in Chicago, there's an app for that. SceneTap, a mobile and web application that launched in Chicago in July, uses cameras to gather information for its facial detection software, which provides real-time stats on the age, sex and number of patrons in more than 50 bars in Chicago. While the app does not reveal any identifying information about patrons (no...
September 20, 2013 |
So you have an idea for an app that uses city data, but you don't know where to go with it. Head to one of these data-driven events. > > Social Media Week, through Friday socialmediaweek.org/chicago Using data and social media to deliver better city services is one of the themes of Social Media Week, an annual series of workshops and panels about trends in social and mobile media. > > Urban Sustainability Apps Competition, Oct. 18-20 cnt.org/events/reinventing-chicago-2013-urban-sustainability-apps-competition Competitors form teams and use...
December 19, 2011
Chicago folk-rockers the The Wall & the Window answered our Chi-Tunes questionnaire . Do the same and your band could appear in RedEye! What makes your live show great? It's very intimate, and what you hear is what you get. Sometimes we pull out the circus and use all the instruments we know how to play. And sometimes we strip it down to just the essentials: two voices and a guitar. Describe your sound in five words or less. Handcrafted folk-pop tunes.
May 9, 2013 |
A plastic gun made almost entirely with a 3D printer was fired last week, marking the first time ever a functioning firearm has been created with the technology. Well, sort of. The 3D printed gun, called “The Liberator,” was created in Austin, Texas, by an organization called Defense Distributed, which claims its goal is to “produce and publish information related to the 3D printing of firearms.” The weapon was created with a 3D printer purchased on eBay for $8,000 and assembled using 15 printed components made from ABS plastic.