This insane device promises perfect vision for the rest of your life

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eye eyeball blueAn optometrist from British Columbia believes he’s invented the holy grail of corrective lenses: A device that lets you see “three times better than 20/20 vision” without wearing any contacts or glasses at all — for an entire lifetime.

Dr. Garth Webb is the founder and CEO of Ocumetics Technology Corp, a company dedicated to eliminating glasses and contact lenses forever. Webb and his team of visual scientists have invented the “Ocumetics Bionic Lens,” which is the product of eight years of research and $3 million in funding, plus a load of internationally-filed patents, according to the Canadian Press.

The Ocumetics Bionic Lens looks like a small button, but Webb believes it has the power to revolutionize eye care as we know it. 

“Perfect eyesight should be a human right,” Webb told CBC News.

garth webbAccording to Ocumetics’ website, the Bionic Lens is implanted in your eye during an 8-minute “painless procedure” that’s similar to cataract surgery, where the lens inside your eye is removed and replaced with an artificial lens. It’s an outpatient procedure that doesn’t require any anesthesia or an overnight stay.

The bionic lens is actually folded like a taco and placed in the eye using a syringe filled with a saline solution. Then, in about 10 seconds, the bionic lens unravels over your eye by itself and your sight is “immediately corrected.” 

“If you can just barely see the clock at 10 feet, when you get the Bionic Lens, you can see the clock at 30 feet away,” Webb said.

Webb says his bionic lenses give you vision that’s three times better than 20/20 vision, as measured by the Snellen chart for visual acuity. We’ve reached out to Webb to learn more about the visual improvements with regards to accuracy and range. 

It’s still unclear how the technology actually works, but Webb says the Bionic Lens is perfectly safe, and it won’t cause any biophysical changes within the eye. 

This has other benefits, too. Anyone who gets this bionic lens surgically implanted would never get cataracts, since the eye’s natural lenses, which are prone to decay, would have been replaced with these artificial ones. And this is much safer than laser surgery, which involves burning away healthy corneal tissue and also results in other complications, like problems with glare and trouble driving at night. Webb’s solution has none of these issues; the quality of your vision will always be perfect, and it will not deteriorate over time.

Webb showed off his bionic lens to 14 top ophthalmologists in mid-April during an annual conference dedicated to cataracts and refractive surgery. He said the surgeons were impressed, and some will assist in future clinical trials.

The bionic lens will first be tested on animals and then blind human eyes before Webb seeks regulatory approval in Canada and other various countries. 

The first Ocumetics Bionic Lens could be available as soon as 2017, but it will only be an option for people over 25 since eye structures aren’t fully formed until that age. We’ve reached out to Webb for more information.

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This 23-year-old gave up a corporate job to make $5,000 a month reselling thrift store clothes through an app

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Back in 2012, when she was a student at the University of Arkansas, Alexandra Marquez downloaded the Poshmark app on a whim.

She’d seen it mentioned on social media and was immediately intrigued by the concept.

While it looks similar to Instagram, Poshmark allows you to sell clothing just like you would on eBay.

"I was super addicted from the start," the 23-year-old says. "It was a great way to make money."

Although many of Poshmark’s 700,000 sellers use the app as a way to clean out their closets, Marquez had always been interested in running her own business.

She began searching thrift stores for gently used items from department store brands and buying them to resell on the app.

"I’m not going to lie, it was pretty challenging at first," she says. On average, she made $500 a month when she started out — not an insignificant amount, but not enough to live on, either. 

Initially, she didn’t know which brands and styles would sell on the app, and which wouldn’t, so she spent time studying what was popular. Then, she’d go out and buy those items. 

To get her listings noticed, she also focused on perfecting her photography skills. 

After a year and half, she became a suggested user on the app, meaning that all new users were invited to follow her. That exposure led to more sales, and she began making around $5,000 a month. 

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By then, she’d graduated from the University of Arkansas and taken a full-time job at a marketing company earning a $50,000 salary. But after a year, she left to focus on her clothing sales full time. "It was a great job, but I decided the corporate world wasn’t for me," she explains.

Now, she devotes three or four days of her week to shopping, with the goal of posting several new items every day. Local boutiques in Bentonville, Arkansas, where she lives, often sell their overstock to her at a discount. In addition to making regular visits to thrift stores, she also buys gently used clothing and accessories directly from women in her area. 

Most of the clothing and accessories she sells are priced from $40 to $250, and she determines her prices by seeing what similar items have sold for on the app.

Besides buying clothing that she’ll later resell at a profit, Marquez doesn’t have many costs that go into her business.

She doesn’t have the overhead of a bricks and mortar store, and doesn’t even need to have her own website.

Poshmark covers the shipping costs and credit card fees for each transaction, so she just pays a commission on each sale: $2.95 for anything under $15, and 20% on anything over $15. After that, she’s left with a take-home pay of around $5,000 per month.

Though being self-employed gives her the flexibility to work from anywhere and choose her hours, she admits that she’s constantly on the app, no matter where she goes or what time of day it is. "I look at my phone from the time that I wake up until the time that I go to bed … and sometimes also when I get up in the middle of the night." Typically, she lists around 75 new items each month, and ships out anywhere from 15 to 40 sold items each week. 

After her bills are paid, Marquez puts most of her extra money back into her business by buying more inventory to sell on the app.

She doesn’t live extravagantly, since her income isn’t as predictable as it was in her corporate job, and she can’t count on making the same amount of money each month. "The only downside is the unpredictability of sales," she says. Like any retail business, hers has seasonal fluctuations, and a slow month could mean she takes home $3,000 instead of $5,000.

But for now, she’s happy to trade some stability for the chance to be her own boss.

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‘Need for Speed’ returns with fast cars and slick visuals in new trailer

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Do you feel the Need for Speed? Electronic Arts is certainly hoping so, as the publisher announced plans for a series "reboot" (what does that mean for a racing game?) with a freshly released trailer.

There’s a distinctly Need for Speed: Undercover (2008) vibe in this all-too-brief trailer, which, it’s worth pointing out, is culled entirely from in-game footage. The short chase sequence ends with a note that points to a bigger reveal on June 15, the same day as EA’s E3 press conference.

The Need for Speed series took some time off last year after 2013’s Need for Speed: Rivals launched alongside the then-new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. The game was well-received, but the hiatus in 2014 gave developer Ghost Games some extra time to get the hang of building for the new hardware. Read more…

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Build This Brass Stirling Engine To Keep You Hypnotized At Work

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Build This Brass Stirling Engine To Keep You Hypnotized At Work

Not every building set has to be made from colorful plastic bricks. If you’re looking for something a little more challenging—and rewarding—than Lego, Hermann Böhm has created this gorgeous stainless steel and brass stirling engine kit that will take you about three satisfying hours to build. And of course it’s fully functional once assembled.

The final product has a lovely retro-futuristic feel to it, and it sounds amazing when running. Since all a stirling engine needs to run is a source of heat, the pair of included burners will keep it humming along for up to 20 minutes at a time. You could even use the engine to power an over-the-top pencil sharpener if you wanted to try and write-off the $310 kit as a business expense. Just don’t tell the IRS where you got that suggestion. [Böhm Präzision via Werd]


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Can You Solve This Vietnamese Math Puzzle for 8-Year-Olds?

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Can You Solve This Vietnamese Math Puzzle for 8-Year-Olds?

If you thought the Singaporean logic puzzle was tough, brace yourself for this math problem that was originally set for eight-year-old students in the Vietnamese town of Bao Loc. It’s apparently even stumped someone with a doctorate in economics with mathematics.

As Alex Bellos points out on The Guardian , it’s not a theoretically difficult problem. You just need to add in each of the digits from 1 to 9 so that the grid makes sense. (Update: those who are asking, the ‘:’ symbols signify division.) But in practice it turns out to be prrrrrretty tough. Good luck—and how about posting your solutions below? [VN Express via Guardian]

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