Born with Stargardt disease, a degenerative eye condition that slowly makes a person lose vision, Gene Purdie has never seen his wife’s and son’s faces. But thanks to the Rachel Ray Show, he was able to receive a pair of ‘magic’ glasses that allowed him to see his family for the first time.
According to NTD TV, Gene was born with the medical condition but was only diagnosed when he was about 17 years old. While he had normal eyesight at first, he gradually lost his vision although he never lost his zest for life despite his condition.
His wife Joy revealed that when they first met, she noticed him walking many times in front of her as if trying to catch her attention but he didn’t stop to say anything to her. The next day, he did the same thing and she asked him about it but was shocked when he told her he was actually blind.
Despite not really seeing her face at all, Gene would fall in love with Joy and they would get married and have a son named Lincoln.
While Gene had come to terms with his condition after going to many doctors and receiving the same answer that there was nothing that could be done to bring him back his eyesight, he wished that someone would eventually solve the problem.
One day, while watching the Rachel Ray Show, Joy saw a woman with Stargardt disease see her sister for the first time in 5 years, thanks to a pair of ‘magic’ glasses developed by e-sight. Praying for a miracle, she wrote Rachel Ray about it – and the family was soon invited to the show!
Watch what happened next in this heartwarming video:
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‘Hanging’ Skyscraper to be Built above the Earth in the 2020s?
If New York design firm Clouds Architecture Office will have its way (and obtain the necessary permits, of course), then a ‘hanging’ skyscraper could soon be built above the Earth! But they would have to wait for NASA to capture an asteroid to orbit the Earth…
Confused? Well, let’s start with NASA’s plan.
In the “Asteroid Redirect Mission” (ARM), NASA plans to take a chunk from an asteroid sometime in December 2021; then, move this chunk closer to Earth and have it orbit the planet or possibly the moon. While the project costs $1.4 billion, excluding launch costs, it is supposed to have a lot of benefits for the Earth.
ARM’s basic role is to provide scientists with a real asteroid chunk to use in perfecting planetary defense capabilities against potentially hazardous asteroids.
But while scientists are planning to use the asteroid to protect the Earth, Clouds Architecture Office wants to also give it a second purpose: as a unique place for humans to live on!
A concept skyscraper will be built on the ground, possibly in Dubai which is known for its gravity defying skyscrapers; and it would cost much less to build the skyscraper there than in New York! Then, this skyscraper will be moved to the asteroid where it will be hung on cables and would give inhabitants a truly unique and beautiful home in the skies!
The upper part of the skyscraper will offer stunning views above the Earth as well as space while the bottom part will be beneath the clouds but will still have great views. Because the asteroid will be orbiting the Earth, inhabitants of the skyscraper will also be constantly traveling above the Earth’s surface!
Amazing or crazy? Well, we think this is a crazily amazing idea! And we’re not even sure this isn’t an elaborate April Fool’s Day joke…
Watch this video and tell us what you think:
Pinay Programmer Builds Own Company at Age 10!
While most 10-year-old kids are busy using their gadgets to play games or watch videos on YouTube these days, one of them actually learned how to code and now knows how to create websites – and the most interesting part there is that she has launched a company of her own!
Isabel Sieh from Antipolo City, Philippines was just 10 years old when she began to learn coding. It was one of her teachers who suggested she try it as he noticed that she really loves math. This teacher introduced her to Code Academy, a website for people to learn coding.
She loved coding so much that she didn’t just stop learning the language but has opened her own company to teach other girls how to code! ‘Girls Will Code’ aims to teach young girls how to code and to also advocate for schools to teach their students basic programming.
She’s now 13 years old. But even though she remains a student at that age, she has also become a teacher! Last year, she taught basic programming to a group of 10-year-old children at Bagong Nayon 2 Elementary School – and she continues to advocate this by using Scratch Jr., a programming language specifically made for kids to have fun while learning the tech language.
Kids from 5 to 7 years old can use the program to create their own games and interactive stories.
By starting early, Isabel believes the other kids can be just like her.
She said, “It’s the same thing as language. As you learn early, you get really fluent.”
Nokia Launches a Revamped 3310… It’s Colored!
Remember the popular Nokia 3310 of the 2000s? It had a black and white screen, very basic features, and no camera or internet capabilities but it sold for around Php7,000 – yet it was one of the most popular phones any manufacturer has ever made, selling millions of units before production eventually ceased due to higher demand on more advanced smartphones.
But people have always loved the Nokia 3310 because it had awesome batteries that you only need to charge about once a week, not once or twice a day like most smartphones these days. It was also quite sturdy and could handle abuse – even getting thrown out of a moving vehicle or getting slammed on the ground and stepped on by accident.
If you miss the Nokia 3310, then you will love the revamped version! Recently announced at the World Mobile Congress 2017 along with three standard smartphones, the revamped Nokia 3310 does not look exactly like the old 3310 but has candy colored cases, rounded edges, and – lo and behold! – a 2.4QVGA colored and curved screen!
The unit also offers dual SIM slots, has a 2MP camera, has 16MB storage, and has a microSD card slot but still offers the classic Snake game – and we expect that to have been revamped and upgraded as well!
It also deviates from the classic Nokia 3310 phone in that it is already capable of web browsing via Opera Mini; although it does not run on Android software but on Nokia’s proprietary OS.
But the most amazing selling point of this device is its battery life. The new Nokia 3310 boasts of a standby time of a whopping 25 days! Of course, that is standby time and the actual life of your battery would depend on how much you use the phone; but talk time is set at 22 hours.
Still, this would definitely make an excellent back-up phone – and many would actually enjoy having the new Nokia 3310 as a primary phone! Priced at around Php2,600, we bet many would be scrambling to buy this unit once it hits the shelves in March or April.
Would you buy this phone?
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