Augmented Reality App Shows What Important Women in History Would Look Like on Our Currency

Once upon a time, a woman nearly became the face of a U.S. bank note for the first time in history. In 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department announced plans to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill (with President Andrew Jackson relegated to the back). Those plans now appear to be on hold, but future prospects for Tubman tender aren't entirely off the table.

Until then, we have technology to help us imagine what some of history’s most accomplished women may look like on our currency. As The Kid Should See This explains, Google and former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios teamed up to create an Augmented Reality (AR) app for iOS and Android called Notable Women. The goal?: “Swapping out the faces we all know for the faces we all should.”

Here’s how it works: Simply hold your phone or device over any U.S. bill, and the face on the bank note will be replaced with that of a notable woman in history. A brief description of her accomplishments appears on the screen, making it a great visual tool for history students. Lesson plans for teachers (grades 3 through 12) are also available on the Notable Women website.

In 2015, Rios worked with the Treasury Department to create a list of hundreds of women who would be well-deserving of a spot on our currency. Tubman was ultimately chosen, but Rios didn’t let it end there. “I couldn’t help but think, why do we have to choose just one? Couldn’t there be some way to celebrate all of these women on our currency?” she says in a video promoting the app.

Ready to digitally revamp your dollar bill? Tubman and 99 other women are available for you to choose from. A few of them include Eleanor Roosevelt, Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, Susan B. Anthony, and Sally Ride.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

Kodak’s New Cameras Don't Just Take Photos—They Also Print Them

Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.
Your Instagram account wishes it had this clout.

Snapping a photo and immediately sharing it on social media is definitely convenient, but there’s still something so satisfying about having the printed photo—like you’re actually holding the memory in your hands. Kodak’s new STEP cameras now offer the best of both worlds.

As its name implies, the Kodak STEP Instant Print Digital Camera, available for $70 on Amazon, lets you take a picture and print it out on that very same device. Not only do you get to skip the irksome process of uploading photos to your computer and printing them on your bulky, non-portable printer (or worse yet, having to wait for your local pharmacy to print them for you), but you never need to bother with ink cartridges or toner, either. The Kodak STEP comes with special 2-inch-by-3-inch printing paper inlaid with color crystals that bring your image to life. There’s also an adhesive layer on the back, so you can easily stick your photos to laptop covers, scrapbooks, or whatever else could use a little adornment.

There's a 10-second self-timer, so you don't have to ask strangers to take your group photos.Kodak

For those of you who want to give your photos some added flair, you might like the Kodak STEP Touch, available for $130 from Amazon. It’s similar to the regular Kodak STEP, but the LCD touch screen allows you to edit your photos before you print them; you can also shoot short videos and even share your content straight to social media.

If you want to print photos from your smartphone gallery, there's the Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer. This portable $80 printer connects to any iOS or Android device with Bluetooth capabilities and can print whatever photos you send to it.

The Kodak STEP Instant Mobile Photo Printer connects to an app that allows you to add filters and other effects to your photos. Kodak

All three Kodak STEP devices come with some of that magical printer paper, but you can order additional refills, too—a 20-sheet set costs $8 on Amazon.

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13 Inventors Killed By Their Own Inventions

Would you fly in this?
Would you fly in this?

As it turns out, being destroyed by the very thing you create is not only applicable to the sentient machines and laboratory monsters of science fiction.

In this episode of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy takes us on a sometimes tragic, always fascinating journey through the history of invention, highlighting 13 unfortunate innovators whose brilliant schemes brought about their own demise. Along the way, you’ll meet Henry Winstanley, who constructed a lighthouse in the English Channel that was swept out to sea during a storm … with its maker inside. You’ll also hear about stuntman Karel Soucek, who was pushed from the roof of the Houston Astrodome in a custom-designed barrel that landed off-target, fatally injuring its occupant.

And by the end of the episode, you just might be second-guessing your secret plan to quit your day job and become the world’s most daredevilish inventor.

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