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MelZoo.com Enters Search-Engine Market

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a personal trainer system, stat tracking, progress charts, and positive and nega-
tive feedback. Pocket Workout is available in the iTunes App Store for $2.99.
   Source: Saltlick Labs, LLC (www.saltlicklabs.com)


PicsMatch to Simplify Facebook Photo Uploads
                                                                                          Disney:
    PicsMatch is targeting Facebook users with new software that automates the process
of tagging photographs upload-
ed to the site.The program uses
                                                                                          Science Made Easy
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military technology to scan a                                                                   nfo pros, take note: Walt Disney has taken learning to an all-new level of
user’s digital photos, identify                                                                 fun. Leave it to Disney to package content in context with purpose. The
them, sort them by date/time                                                                    latest spin from Disney Educational Productions (“Building thinkers every
stamp, and compile them by                                                                day”) is to blend entertainment with science in a DVD format.
key dates and holidays. Then                                                                 This interactive teaching tool can “engage, inform, and inspire” in a variety
using PicsMatch’s facial-recog-                                                           of new ways. The Science of Disney Imagineering features three titles in the
nition technology, the Facebook                                                                                                                     series: “Gravity,” “Tra-
Loader automatically tags pho-                                                                                                                      jectory,” and “Levers
tographs to be uploaded.                                                                                                                            and Pulleys.” Each of
    Source: Initial Point, LLC                                                                                                                      the titles focuses on sci-
(www.picsmatch.com)                                                                                                                                 ence from the stand-
                                                                                                                                                    point of the Walt Dis-
                                                                                                                                                    ney Imagineers (who
                                                        Atiz Innovation                                                                             design and create the
                                                                                                                                                    Disney theme park at-
                                                        Launches                                                                                    tractions) as they de-
                                                        BookDrive Pro                                                                               monstrate how the for-
                                                                                                                                                    ces of nature influence
                                                     Content digitization com-                                                                      the design of amuse-
                                                  pany Atiz Innovation, Inc. is                                                                     ment rides. “Gravity,”
                                                  helping schools and libraries                                                                     for example, unravels
                                                  bring their book collections                                                                      the mystery of G-forces
                                                  online with BookDrive Pro.                                                                        on The Twilight Zone
                                                  The program uses digital SLR            Tower of Terror or weightlessness on the Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster with inter-
                                                  cameras and a V-shaped cra-             views with the engineers who design the rides. The interviews are interwoven
                                                  dle to reduce wear on books,            with simple line sketches to illustrate the concepts and, moving typography
                                                  eliminate curvature issues,             turns complex laws of motion into accessible principles for all ages. “Try It
and scan at a maximum rate of 700 pages per hour in high resolution.                      Yourself ” experiments and additional activities and resources are all a part
  Source: Atiz Innovation, Inc. (www.atiz.com)                                            of the package.
                                                                                             Likewise, Walt Disney Pictures has elevated movie viewing to all-new lev-
                                                                                          els, including Wall-E and The Chronicles of Narnia, with add-ons that keep
MelZoo.com Enters Search-Engine Market                                                    imaginations active long after the end of the credits. Even Bill Nye the Science
   MelZoo, LLC launched a new search engine (www.melzoo.com) that displays                Guy strolls onto the Wall-E set with his commentary and explanations on space
results on the left side of a window and the actual websites on the right. Sites are      travel, robotics, and more to get young minds thinking, giving new meaning to
shown when users hover their mouse pointers over search results, which are 
								
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