Limerick student Rob engineers a winner with ‘Tippy Talk’

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin WhatsApp Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Printcenter_img LIT student Rob Laffan Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandLIT student Rob Laffan Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandLIMERICK Institute of Technology student Rob Laffan has won the 2015 Engineers Ireland Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Award for his project ‘Tippy Talk’ that he designed to help his daughter communicate.‘Tippy Talk’ allows Rob’s daughter Sadie (4), who has autism, to communicate her desires, feelings and needs to him and his wife Emily through the transfer of pictures to text messages.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ‘Tippy Talk’ allows for the child to send messages to her parents no matter where they are in the world and can also be adapted to cover other areas of non-verbal disabilities.Rob (38) from Old Cork Road, who recently completed his studies in Industrial Automation and Robotics at LIT said: ““Those with autism view the world differently to you and I. Communication is difficult and is usually visual through the use of simple laminated pictures.“I have designed a touch screen communication system for those with autism who cannot communicate verbally. This system allows for the person’s personal pictures of their desires, feelings and needs to be communicated directly to another person via text message.”Rob is currently in talks with Enterprise Ireland to develop and market the device, and filed a patent application for his idea in March.The ‘Tippy Talk’ system can be personalised to accommodate the preferences of each user, and includes a language reinforcing tool to help develop verbal skills.While apps with this functionality exist there is currently no dedicated device on the market. Email Facebook Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleSnooker legends coming to Limerick for rematch of 1985 epicNext article€100 million investment for Vistakon in Plassey John Keogh TAGSAutismEngineers IrelandEnterprise IrelandlimerickLimerick Institute of Technology (LIT)Rob LaffanTippy Talk NewsLimerick student Rob engineers a winner with ‘Tippy Talk’By John Keogh – June 17, 2015 1534 last_img read more

Kristin Chenoweth Lends Voice to My Little Pony Movie

first_img View Comments Kristin Chenoweth is going from playing the Mistress of All Evil to voicing a day-glo horse. The Broadway favorite will voice an all new My Little Pony character for the upcoming film based on the Hasbro franchise, reports Deadline. The Lionsgate film is scheduled to premiere in 2017.The self-proclaimed “pocket diva” most recently appeared on Broadway in On the Twentieth Century, for which she received three Audience Choice Awards and a Tony nomination (she also hosted the ceremony). She took home a Tony in 1999 for You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and was also nominated for Wicked. Her additional credits include Promises, Promises and The Apple Tree on stage and Pushing Daisies and The Boy Next Door on screen.The My Little Pony brand began as a toy line in the ‘80s and has since become a global phenomenon, including several animated features, games and live shows. Incidentally, this isn’t the first time Chenoweth’s voice has been attached to the multicolored equine antics; take a look at the video below (around the 4:05 mark). Kristin Chenowethcenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Not Your Grandpa’s Bluegrass: String Bands Messing with Tradition

first_imgIf you’re an open-minded acoustic music fan, check out these new releases from top pickers taking unconventional routes.Love Canon: Cover Story (featured)Cover bands are easy to initially dismiss, but Love Canon is definitely an outfit that deserves your ears. The Virginia-based quintet consists of first-class pickers that play inventive acoustic takes on popular (mostly) 80s tunes. Resonator guitar player Jay Starling is the son of the Seldom Scene’s John Starling, and a couple of the other members, including soulful lead vocalist Jesse Harper, were part of unfortunately defunct Old School Freight Train, a band that temporarily backed and recorded with David Grisman.The group’s latest album, Cover Story, is a guest-filled ride through familiar old favorites, interpreted not as party reboots but as thoughtful reimaginations. Songs from an era known for indulgent electric sheen get broken down and rebuilt with serious bluegrass chops. There are obscure, once-popular FM radio gems that are instantly recognizable: Howard Jones’ “Things Can Only Get Better” and Mr. Mister’s “Kyrie Eleison.” In Love Canon’s hands, the latter, once a synth-heavy anthem, becomes a pastoral country cruiser, enhanced by an appearance from Grammy-winning dobro master Jerry Douglas. The greater transformations are even more interesting. A take on Billy Joel’s “Prelude (Angry Young Man)” turns a frantic piano jam into a jazz-grass workout, and Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence” becomes a gentle chamber ballad with dramatically arranged classical strings.Throughout the record, the band dips into its deep rolodex of musical friends, tapping quirky troubadour Keller Williams to sing lead on R.E.M.’s “Driver 8,” which features blazing solos and an extended reggae breakdown. Ace fiddler Michael Cleveland and singer Aoife O’Donovan also show up for one of the album’s best tracks, a mountain-hop version of Paul Simon’s “Graceland.” Bluegrass has always been about passing songs down the line and sharing them with friends; Love Canon is toying with that tradition in a good way.Performing at Soulshine Farm Music Festival in Green Mountain, N.C. (August 10), the Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington, Va. (September 22), and Devils Backbone Hoopla in Roseland, Va. (September 30).Trampled by Turtles: Life is Good on the Open RoadComing out of its shell after a recent extended hiatus, Trampled by Turtles is back with its first studio album in four years. While armed with acoustic instruments, the six members of this crew are more about string pounding than picking, eschewing flashy solos for a hard-charging collectiveness that blends a front-porch aesthetic with punk fury. This rowdy edge, a favored element of the sextet’s energetic live shows, is alive and well on Life is Good on the Open Road.“Blood in the Water,” a backwoods head-banger, finds the cross section between Bill Monroe and Black Flag. Another chugging foot-stomper, the lively, fiddle-led “Kelly’s Bar,” offers cautionary advice about blurry youthful nights.The full-force fist-pumpers are fun, but the band also has a reflective folk side. When navigating more gentle country terrain, primary singer and songwriter Dave Simonett exhibits a knack for crafting catchy hooks and sings with an earnest ache about solitude (“We All Get Lonely”) and taking disappointment in stride (“I Went to Hollywood”). On the title track he shares, “The light inside you comes and goes, but it never really goes out.” After 15 years on the highway together, this band has more miles to cover.Performing at UnionBank Pavilion in Portsmouth, Va. (August 17), the Hot August Music Festival in Cockeysville, Md. (August 18), and the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta (September 20).Town Mountain: New Freedom BluesA new set of songs is also on the horizon from Town Mountain, the International Bluegrass Music Association Award-winning band from Asheville, N.C. In years past the band has been a steadfast practitioner of the high lonesome sound, and purists shouldn’t fret, because on New Freedom Blues, which will be released on October 5, much of that reverence is still intact. The band confidently delivers hard-driving straightforward bluegrass tunes, like “Tar Heal,” a fleet-fingered instrumental, and “Underdog,” which would sound right at home in a Del McCoury set. But the group has also decided to extend its roots-music reach. A swinging drum beat paces the honky-tonk shuffle “One Drop in the Bottle,” and on album closer “Down Low” special guest Tyler Childers shows up to trade verses with banjo player Jesse Langlais on a dark outlaw anthem about overindulgence that includes dirty electric guitar runs to set the mood.Performing at Soulshine Farm Music Festival in Green Mountain, N.C. (August 11), Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, Ky. (August 16-17), Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley, N.C. (August 19), and the Capital Ale House in Richmond, Va. (August 31).last_img read more

3 innovative apps that will better your life

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details When you have free time on your hands, do you immediately jump on social media? It seems that the minute we have even the smallest bit of down time, we can’t wait to check our social accounts. But, is this really the best use of your time or the best way to better our lives? If you’re phone is handy and you’ve got spare time, instead of exploring social networks, check out these three interesting (and free!) apps that will actually better your personal and professional life.BlinkistYour full-time job is demanding and you’re always on the go. So, how in the world are you supposed to find time to boost your knowledge and explore new ideas and trends? With over one million users, Blinkist provides access to over 2,000 bestselling non-fiction titles in 15-minute summaries for reading and listening. Offering “big ideas in small packages,” Blinkist lets users explore over 19 categories from management and leadership to money and investments.BrightNestThis free home maintenance app offers users a variety of creative cleaning tricks, interior design advice, and general tips for keeping homeowners happy. BrightNest will send subscribers free customized tips for meeting maintenance goals and provides a scheduling tool for tasks and projects, complete with On-the-Go Reminders.Habit ListAre you working to better yourself but have difficulty staying motivated? Whether your goal is to develop new and better habits or drop bad ones, Habit List helps you “build a better you” by keeping you focused and on track with your goals. Just as the Fitbit motivates users to stay healthy by taking a certain number of steps each day, Habit List lets you decide what to work for and challenges you to stay committed and beat personal bests. The app tracks your daily “habits” and shows your progress and provides weekly and monthly reports on completion percentages.last_img read more