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Driving While Black goes High Tech

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The phrase “Driving While Black” has been used in both the public and private discourse relating to the Racial Profiling of Black motorists.The term rose to prominence in public discourse during the 1990s, in the wake of the War on Drugs, when it was brought to public knowledge that police stations across the country were intentionally targeting racial minorities to curb the trafficking and sale of drugs in the United States.For example, New Jersey released state documents in 2000 which showed police training memos instructing officers to make racial judgments in order to identify “Occupant Identifiers for a possible Drug Courier” on the highway.

The phrase was further magnified after the ruling of Whren v. United States (1996), when the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously ruled that police officers may stop any motor vehicle operator if any traffic violation has been observed.The case has been criticized by scholars for allowing too much subjectivity on the part of police officers to use racial bias as a justification for the stop.

Subsequent media coverage of the phrase “Driving While Black” since the 1990s has been expansive and more common.The phrase is often used in anecdotal accounts of racial profiling of motor vehicle operators as well as statistical and legal analyses of racial profiling, a notable example being the case of Tolan v. Cotton.

In 2014 Portland lawyers Melvin Oden-Orr and Marianne Hyland created an app named “Driving While Black” in which users can record police and alert people when they are stopped by police on the road. It also supplies users with information on how to handle a traffic stop, including their legal rights and “best practices” for “how to be safe.”The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a similar app called “Mobile Justice” in which users can record and upload videos to the ACLU office.

The phrase DWB was amplified in the scope of American public discourse through social media mediums in which African Americans can record police encounters and disseminate it to a large audience.’Driving While Black’ was invoked in the media following the recent deaths of Sandra Bland (d. 2015) and Philando Castile (d. 2016), both of whom were African Americans who were pulled over by police while driving.


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OJO Electric Scooter

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The OJO Electric Scooter will be introducing a new model for CES 2019, and we are truly excited for it!  This newly designed personal light electric vehicle serves as a great urban solution to inner city commuting.  The creators of the OJO Electric Scooter wanted to build an equivalent to Tesla and Apple in relation to inner city mobility, and although this sounds like a far-reaching ideal, Black Video News can assure you this has been accomplished.  With its aesthetically and functionally pleasing design coupled with its zero-carbon emission framework, OJO has met its goal in capturing the hearts of the urban millennial who wants to save the world and make it to work in the most timely and fashionable manner possible.

The OJO Electric has a range of 25 miles per charge, which is leading among this industry.  This is done through its patented lithium ion battery that has built in built into the ferrying, so you’ll always be able to charge it wherever as an outlet accessible!  Along with this, the OJO electric scooter’s patented aluminum frame has the listed capacity of 300 pounds, but some suggest it has the capacity to hold up to 400 pounds.  A key feature of this vehicle is its patented design, inspired by the surfboard!  The curvature of the OJO Electric Scooter, allows it to be easily stood on, riding the wave of innovative technology, or you can sit in comfort and cruise around the city. Other notable features of the OJO Electric scooter include its dual Bluetooth speakers, LED lighting, and the fact that you do not need a license to operate this vehicle.

 

Black Video News is excited for the new model of the OJO electric scooter set to be displayed at CES in 2019.  These immerging transportation technologies are transformative now and will be pivotal in times to come.

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ATARI Pong Table 2019

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Think back to the first time you experienced a video game.  What comes to mind?  Is it the joy of competing with your best friends at the arcade on the weekend?  Is it the minimalistic sounds that we eerily never forget, or the janky block movements that leave all participants frustrated yet equally joyous?  How would you reimagine these games today?  Would you be able to maintain the feel of the old, yet at the same time reintroduce the same game you loved in a way that leaves the new in awe?

 

PONG will be making its revolutionary return to CES in 2019, in attempt to reintroduce all these memories we hold dear to us, in the form of a coffee table!  Powered by its creator, Atari, the Atari PONG table possesses an aesthetically pleasing design, coupling functionality with one of the most iconic games of the 20th century in a way that audiences from all demographics will appreciate.

Furthermore, the game itself has transitioned from being simply digital, but having a real-life PONG utilizing moving pixelated balls and paddles.

Atari has done a wonderful job modernizing the PONG, enabling it to match the desires of the digital age while maintaining the nostalgic qualities that we all love.  The Atari PONG coffee table possesses the same retro sounds, bouncing movements familiar to the old, while also enabling connect your phone via Bluetooth to play whatever you would like aloud.  This is a feature that newer audiences who might get bored with the two, and I mean two sounds in the entire game, will genuinely appreciate.  Furthermore, the game itself has transitioned from being simply digital, but having a real-life PONG utilizing moving pixelated balls and paddles.  The real-life pong ball (square) utilizes a magnet to stay attached to the table, but keeps the same mechanics of the original game, utilizing the pixelated paddles.

 

Ultimately, this a timeless product that uniquely captivates the hearts of older and younger audiences alike. We cannot wait to see PONG at CES in 2019.

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PlantHive Smart Gardening

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The Plant Hive, developed by Vasileios Vallas, provides users the opportunity to explore urban farming in the comfort of their own home.  Any of your favorite plants can be grown and harvested with this smart device! This is achievable because the Plant Hive is equipped with climate control actuators and state of the art PAR optimized LED grow-lights that promote the ideal plant growth conditions. Furthermore, you are able to monitor the growth of your plants through Plant Hive’s interactive app, and you will learn how to take better care of them through their engaging tutorials!

 

If you are wondering how all of this is accomplished, in detail, we will gladly tell you!  Plant Hive utilizes Google’s TensorFlow, an open source machine learning framework, in conjunction with Plant Hive’s cameras, to track the health of the crop and adjust the light and water levels accordingly.  Along with this, the device’s base allows for hydroponics and/or, natural soil usage to efficiently grow your plants.  Being influenced by MIT’s Personal Food Computer Design, the Plant Hive truly puts the “smart” in “Smart Gardening Devices”.  With its adjustable height, and truly aesthetically pleasing design, the Plant Hive is a must have for your home in 2019!

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