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Swat team assaults counterfeiting MakerBot (Composed by Cabe Atwell via MakerBot images and stock photography)     On January 19, the FBI released a document announcing they want to hire companies to program and design a system to access and monitor “public” information from social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc. They claim this will help with “security” as information is archived and used along with maps to keep watch over important areas and even ...
  What can one do when it is snowing outside, and one wants to fly a helicoptor? No worries you can now do it on your desk. If you have a Windows Phone and Kinect beta SDK, you are all set to fly! Not only do you not have to worry about crashing into anything, there are many other different applications that are pseudo-holographic. The Kinect creates a pseudo-holographic by using a simple engine. This is not like a holographic card that needs to be physically move back and forth to get t ...
Many people have heard of power budgets where an engineer sums up the power consumed by each part in a design under the different modes of operation to determine if there are any problems with power supplies or battery life (it is also a great double-check on an individual part's power consumption for thermal reasons).  The same type of operation can be carried out on analog circuits to see if the sum of all part errors is too much for a design to reliably work.   Like the power budget ...
IBM carbon nanotube transistor concept drawing and performance (via IBM & NANO Letters)   "We are reaching the physical limits [of silicon]" - Aaron Franklin, researcher, at IBM Watson Research Center. What Franklin is predicting as an inevitable end, is 10 nanometers. At that point and below it becomes difficult to control a transistor. Intel's Ivy Bridge 3D transistor is about to reach that limit, but what happens then? Franklin continued, "We've made nanotube transistors at aggress ...
Laser test setup. (via Oxford University & Sam Vinko)   The suns core is a furnace, which through fusion, directly and indirectly responsible for all the earth's energy. Recreating the fusion reactions of it’s core would solve all of our energy problems if we could only recreate it in a controlled manner on earth. Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Stanford Linear Accelerator Center have made a break through in this quest, with the help of the most powerful X-ray la ...
Vertical Turbine (via Eastern Wind Power)   All routes and avenues within renewable energies must be explored, if stopping climate change is the goal. It is no secret that urban areas will be crucial in our conversion. Eastern Wind Power (EWP) is focusing precisely on this gluttonous concentration of energy drains with their new urban wind turbines. A wife and husband duo with a background in public and construction services put together a team of structural engineers and architects to ad ...
My first exposure to the electronic privacy was when Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986.  At that time cellular and cordless telephone calls were all sent on unencrypted FM signals, similar to FM broadcast radio stations but with a narrower bandwidth.  My understanding of the act came from Popular Communications magazine, which was critical of the ECPA and urged readers to lobby against it.  Their view was that mobile phone providers wanted to ...
New research has revealed that US technology giant Apple became the biggest buyer of semiconductors last year, spending more money than rival firms Samsung Electronics and Hewlett-Packard. Research firm Gartner observed that Apple's increased semiconductor spending is the result of a number of factors, including strong demand for iPhone and iPad devices as well as the success of the MacBook Air. Gartner estimated that Apple spent a total of US$17.3 billion on semiconductors during 2011, compar ...
Test of the prototype scanner (via NYPD)   Every police officer uses their street smarts and observational methods when approaching all different types of individuals. They are always cautious when approaching everyone, you never know who you are dealing with, or if they have a weapon.   Now new technology is here to help our protectors by analyzing the subjects from a distance. New York City Police Foundation, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said they were working to develop a ...
Concept drawing of the recovery PV element under a screen (via Arokia Nathan)   A team or researchers from the University of Cambridge are setting out to develop cell phones that require less charging by integrating photovoltaic (PV) cells and other energy harvesting mechanisms inside. They believe that eventually cell phones will not have to be plugged in at all. However, they are just beginning to take on that challenge. Recovering every arrant bit of energy is the key. IEEE member Arok ...
Scientists at Copenhagen University's Niels Bohr Institute claim to, have developed a technique that allows them to use a laser to cool a semiconductor membrane to -269°C. Published in Nature Physics, the research saw the team at the Institute apply laser technology to the macro world, a feat that has never been achieved before. Professor Eugene Polzik explained that this would mean "entirely new possibilities for what is called optomechanics, the interaction between optical radiation ...
Anti-ACTA riots in Poland (via REUTERS/Dominik Werner/Agencja Gazeta)   If SOPA and PIPA were not enough, European countries are signing up for ACTA, Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, causing many to riot before the treaty is even placed into effect. ACTA, like its counterpart SOPA, is an attempt to establish international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement guidelines The same mega-corporations behind SOPA are also involved. Google, Sony, Verizon, and Intel just to nam ...
Brain Router (via Kendall Research)   The budding field of optogenetics consists of controlling cells, especially neurons, by use of light. Different parts of the brain control certain behaviors, and manipulating a trait is as simple as turning these regions on and off. This is an alternative to taking months of genetically engineering a specimen, which would only have a single gene on or off. Optogenetics hopes to give a real-time switching of particular genes.   With this tech, the ...
  Like so many other scientists, Dr Chris Forman looks to nature to find answers for existing engineering and technological problems. Forman is researching manufacturing with biological materials at the University of Cambridge.  The goal of his work is best stated in his own words, “Nature has found remarkable ways of using small amounts of energy to combine common elements such as carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen into fascinating and complex assemblies…” With t ...
More than half (53 percent) of online US adults enjoy some form of streaming or downloaded video content in the home. That is according to a new study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which found there to be a distinct preference for streaming video versus downloading content. Some 51 percent view streaming content and spend an average of two hours per week watching, according to CEA, which found that just 15 percent download content and spend an average of one hour watching. T ...
(Left) Koji Usami in Quantop laboratories at the Niels Bohr Institute. (via Ola J. Joensen) (Right) Vibration velocity at certain temperatures   The world of quantum mechanics is full of paradoxes and anomalies that really put to question our concept of reality. In an experiment done at the Niels Bohr Institute, quantum mechanics is again rearing its paradoxical head in a new process that cools semiconductor material by shining a laser on it, inadvertently cooling it by heating it.   ...
Picture concept from Intel's patent US 2011/0277023   Intel has patented an idea that would allow Wi-Fi devices to connect to their router simply by sounds. Televisions and other devices have lengthy codes which must be added to the router’s list to ensure a secure connection. However, entering this code can be time consuming and a challenge for people that are visually or physically impaired, so instead, the Intel team has proposed a future change to the Wi-Fi Protected Setup.  ...
Apple has revealed ambitious plans to revolutionise the education sector by announcing plans to sell digital textbooks. The idea of technology playing a more prominent role in education has been mooted for the past few years, with former Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs expressing his desire to see technology revolutionise classroom teaching. Until now, Apple has struggled to make the sort of impact in classrooms it has seen in the more traditional consumer market, where its iPad and iPhone de ...
Chinese youth at an internet cafe (via BCG report)   Not surprisingly the most populated country in the world also has the most Internet users. The Chinese Internet community has now grown to over half a billion due to a sky rocketing popularity of a micro blog called 'weibos.'   The role of weibos in sharing information has allowed the community to spread the news and communicate about corruption, injustice and even organizing protests challenging the government’s extreme aut ...
(2011)   The frontiers for Arduino developers have been widened since Google announced the release of their Android Open Accessory Development Kit. This new USB micro-controller is based on the Arduino Mega2560 and Circuits@Home USB Host Shield designs. This micro-controller board can be controlled as an Android USB accessory by supporting devices. (The Android 3.1 platform (also back ported to Android 2.3.4))   (screen capture, via Google IO session videos)   “Shields&# ...
2012 will be a landmark year for contactless payment, according to a senior technologist at Visa, who said that the London Olympics will double as a showcase for the technology. Colin Grannell, Executive Vice-President of Partnership Marketing at Visa, recently provided information on how and why he expected the technology's usage will expand over the next few months. In particular, he said that the increasingly common technology will be deployed around the Olympic venues to enable contactless ...
Broadcom, the California-based semiconductor firm, has announced that it has developed its first family of chips based on the still-unratified high-speed  802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The impressive growth of digital media and wirelessly connected devices requires more reliable ways to connect to the internet, according to Broadcom Mobile & Wireless boss Michael Hurlston, who claimed that its '5G' Wi-Fi solves "this media explosion challenge". In a statement, the semiconductor firm obse ...
X PRIZE Tricorder promotional image. (via X PRIZE)   This year, 2012, marks the start of a new "X PRIZE," creating Star Trek's famous medical tricorders out of current technology. The X PRIZE foundation, along with Qualcomm, are putting up the $10 million USD for the "Tricorder X PRIZE." The foundation explained the goal of the contest, "The idea is to take advantage of the increasing power of mobile devices to make health care more accessible and easier to understand. With the equivalent o ...
e-AR system and how it is worn (via Sensixa)   Actively monitoring patients at all times, no matter where they are, is the goal of healthcare. Being alerted to problems, accidents, or other issues without involvement of other human beings creates a safety net we all could use. The e-AR system from Sensixa shows a glimpse of the future, today. The current "ear-worn" e-AR sensor tracks the position of the human body through orientation of the head. The user's posture, gait, and general acti ...
Over the next few years, growth in the global semiconductor industry will be driven by demand for consumer electronics. That is according to Global Industry Analysts (GIA), which said that it expects to see the value of the semiconductor market reach $372.2 billion by 2015. This growth, GIA said, will largely come through the continued success of devices such as smartphones and personal computers, especially notebooks and tablets. The semiconductor industry is, of course, at the centre of the ...
Another batch of articles about “cloaking” research has appeared following the publication of a letter in the January 5th journal of Nature entitled “Demonstration of Temporal Cloaking”.  It seems that every few months something is published related to invisibility and we get a batch of questionable articles likening the research to science fiction. The Nature article describes a DARPA-funded experiment at Cornell involving transmitting laser light through a fibero ...
The robot subjects of the exhibit (via INRIA Flowers)   All the complexities of the human mind will take decades, if not centuries, to reproduce in robotics. (That is, barring some technological singularity.) Still, step by tiny step we are learning about what it would take to achieve artificial intelligence in robots. Pierre-Yves Oudeyer and his team from the INRIA ENSTA ParisTech are beginning to explore an artificial representation of one of the most intriguing and useful human traits: c ...
Concept diagram (via IBM)   We all know it is crucial to move from fossil fuel to electrically fueled transportation over the next decade. Unfortunately, a persistent problem with electrical vehicles is how their batteries can effectively and efficiently store electrical energy. IBM has found a solution to this problem by innovating on an existing type of battery with a twist; enter the Lithium-Air (Li-Air) battery. Currently, electrical cars use rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries that ...
US-based car manufacturer Ford Motor Company has announced that it intends to open a research lab in Silicon Valley, California, where it hopes to develop new trends for the motor industry. Ford revealed that it is to open the lab near Stanford University in Palo Alto, where it will employ around 15 people. Some of the new employees, Ford said, will include those recruited locally and others who will rotate in from Ford's headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. Explaining the move, Paul Mascarenas ...
  If you see someone wearing gloves indoors do not assume their hands are just cold; they might be using the AcceleGlove. It is not just a regular glove; it contains sensors that allow you to control any computer application or device by simply moving your hand. Jose Hernandez (inventor) is a part of the Disabilities Research and Training (IDRT) and who funded it all was the National Science Foundation.   The AcceleGlove is a combination of camera and PC into one. It can be used for s ...
  You do not have to be a rocket scientist to work alongside NASA scientists anymore. NASA has launched a new website, code.nasa.gov, geared towards involving the community in all sorts of projects being developed at the agency. Their efforts hope to make a platform to streamline the open-source development process and take advantage of the community’s proven highly effective contribution. According to NASA, this project will see three phases. The first provides an online directory ...
Worldwide IT spending will reach $3.8 trillion this year, a 3.7 percent increase from 2011. That is according to Gartner, the internationally-renowned research firm, which said that IT spending struck $3.7 trillion in 2011, up 6.9 percent from 2010 levels. It has, however, revised downward its outlook for 2012 global IT spending from its previous forecast of 4.6 percent growth. Gartner said that the four major technology sectors - computing hardware, enterprise software, IT services and telec ...
Worldwide demand for electrical energy is increasing all the time and indications suggest that it will continue to increase for the foreseeable future. Oil giant Exxon Mobil has, in fact, predicted that by 2030, global electricity demand will hit 30,000TWh, twice the amount required in 2012. But given the rising cost of oil and gas, the present scenario is considered by many to be unsustainable. One of the people casting doubt on the current model is Robert Krysiak, the executive vice-presiden ...
  Memory storing devices will surely continue their trend of shrinking, keeping with Moore's law as always. However, scientists at IBM have found a method for storing information inside of just a handful of atoms, I wonder if the law could still apply even at this scale.     Andreas Heinrich, an IBM researcher, has found that 12 atoms are sufficient to hold the information for one bit (a 0 or a 1), the smallest unit of memory storage needed by computer systems. Since 8 bits are ...
(Left) Wikipedia protest page. (Right) Google's censored logo.   In case you have not heard, Wikipedia and Google are taking an anti-SOPA stance today. Wiki displays a black page saying "Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge," and they shut down their site. Google has censored their logo on the search page.   SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, seeks to help copyright holders and U.S. law enforcement to taking action against those who steal intellectual property, and those who counterf ...
  Not much more than showing face, it seemed companies setup at CES 2012 to say ‘they are still here and relevant.‘ Take Kodak for example. Despite facing financial ruin, their sizable booth showed nothing more than what they sell at the moment. RIM followed suit with a large collection of what they sell now. Microsoft had more conceptual “things to come” exhibits than actual new innovations.   Although the major companies had nothing to truly wow anyone, it wa ...
(2011) (Warning: strong language in this video.   Are you ready for the bass to drop? The El Wire Kanye Glasses are ready to capture that electrify bass even if you are not. (Kanye West started to bring back the fashionable craze of the 80s, somehow cliche in a matter of months. He did that by wearing sunglasses that are described as “shutter shades” or “slatted sunglasses.”)   The El Wire Kanye Glasses have six multicolor tracks of El Wire mounted on the ...
CRACK! That sound is your favorite record being crushed. Shed no tears thanks to a new optical scanning technique can pull the audio off the fragments with ease.   Carl Haber and Earl Cornell, the restoration specialist, used a hardware/software system called IRENE/3D to captures sound direct from any disc in any condition. What IRENE/3D does is take high resolution images of the broken disc while spinning and  removes the errors of the damaged disc or cylinders. They then mimic the ...
Imagination press image   Imagination dazels people when it is applied to technology (this is why there is a CES). A company of the same name, Imagination, has amazed many with their new PoweVR line of GPU’s. Currently, mobile devices' raw graphics power being dominated by giants such as AMD, Intel and NVIDIA. However, they may have to shave of a percent or two of dominance with Imagination’s G6200 and G6400 GPU IP cores. The company says that these cores are scalable for both t ...
  There have been some crazy and incredible gadgets on display at this year’s CES in Las Vegas like Lanchiya’s Alladin speaker system for the iPod and Tosy’s lackluster mRobo robot. None more outlandish than Victorinox’s Swiss army knife/SSD combo. The knife features a knife, nail file and scissors and a 1TB SSD USB 3.0 drive with LCD display. The tiny read-out gives you information of what’s on the drive and how much room is left on it. Which is pretty nice an ...
  While walking through CES 2012, I stumbled across several innovative technology that is sure to penetrate all our lives. This is one of them.     As applications of NFC technologies expand from purchasing to business card transactions, people need NFC readers to integrate into their computer systems. The company Cirque is leading the field by integrating their Cirque Glidepoint NFC reader directly into a computers track pad. For those who are not looking to buy a new computer, ...
(Left) Jeremy  Blum from his website bio.   "New Face of Engineering" is an IEEE program that seeks to recognize and showcase engineers for their careers, contributions, talents, and works. Started in 2003, the program works through nominations. A IEEE member must nominate another IEEE member, 30 years old or younger. The candidates must have a degree from an accredited college or university. (Degrees in engineering technology, science, computer science, and similar disciplines do not ...
Google has announced that it has acquired a further 187 patents and 36 applications from IBM as it continues to compete against fellow technology giants Microsoft and Apple. It has been confirmed that the latest patents include a system for "using semantic networks to develop a social network". The announcement follows Google's purchasing of 100,000 patents from IBM in the summer. The search giant has, in fact, spent billions bolstering its rights portfolio over the last few months. Motorola M ...
The news of the Church of Kopimism, an organization in favor of file sharing without regard to copyright and IP laws, becoming an officially recognized religion in Sweden was surprising to me.  It is not surprising that a group critical of the laws regulating a large part of the global economy should choose to organize itself a religion.  I am surprised that in an age where so much material is provided free that people feel the need to organize against copyright laws.  My first ...
Photo of MakeIt Labs from the inside caught the local government's eye (via Focusure Studios)   The first Hackerspace government shutdown too place in Nashua, New Hampshire in December 2010. Although, the exact reason for the shut down has not been described past the use of beaurocracy, some vague justifications have surfaced.   “We don’t shut places down unless we’re really concerned about the safety of people,” director of community development Katherine Hers ...
It was just a few days after New Years 2012 that we heard the unlimited wireless service provider, Metro PCS, and a group of 12 major broadcast groups that make up the Mobile Content Venture (MCV) had partnered up to plan the release of some product in 2012. At CES, this product came in the form of Dyle Mobil TV service.     The Dyle Mobil TV app will be included on an up and coming Samsung phone, and will provide access to live local television broadcast streaming right to the porta ...
Gobandit LIVE press image via CES 2012   What is better than taking live-action pictures and then posting them on your social website of choice? How about live HD video that can be posted even quicker. That’s exactly what gobandit’s LIVE is capable of, along with a whole lot more. LIVE isn’t your typical HD video camera however, it boasts some interesting features geared toward people who love extreme sports like skydiving or alligator wrestling. The camera uses a GPS sens ...
SpareOne press image via CES 2012   We’ve all been here before; you’re casually driving your van down a rural Texas road and all of a sudden the van breaks down. What then seems like a family of nice locals coming to your aid turns out to be chainsaw-wielding cannibals looking to turn you into their next meal. If we only had an emergency cellphone that could hold a charge for more than a decade we could have avoided being dinner and called AAA instead.   However unlikely t ...
Audi-Nvidia powered dashboard @ CES 2012   The new trend at this year’s CES seems to be partnerships between companies to bring us the latest and greatest technology to streamline our lives. In that fashion, NVIDIA has announced their partnership with Audi to power the auto-makers “infotainment” system and dashboard gauges. The systems will be powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 mobile processor that will employ Visual Computing Modules (VCM’s) that feature the process ...
Panel concepts by Atmel @ CES 2012   All-in-one micro-chips are the unseen heroes in today’s electronics, and the announcement of Atmel’s new maXTouch S Series Touchscreen controllers are sure to go unsung into widespread adoption. The first, of three, is designated as mXT224S and has a 224-node controller that can handle cameras, smartphones and other devices that incorporates a touchscreen size of up to 4.3 inches. The next in line is the mXT336S which features 336-node contro ...
Applications for Near-Field Communication (NFC) devices and readers are becoming integrated with new services like Google Wallet. NFC allow you to access useful but private information from your phone of some other electronic portable device. The problem with these systems is that many are easy to extract the data if a device is ever stolen.     NXP Semiconductors is working on the solution to this problem in the form of a sensing card that can be integrated into existing NFC systems ...
Via press kit from ZAGG @ CES 2012   When we think of protection for electronics we tend to think ‘cases’ or ‘skins’. Those types of products tend to only protect our devices from impacts or scratches, and not the electronic components that make up our gadgets.   Zagg, however, has thought ‘inside the box’ and provides protection for our gizmo’s guts with the help of nano tech. HzO’s WaterBlock (shown at CES 2012) makes our gadgets water ...
  With all the companies showcasing their new displays at this year’s CES (countless televisions), there are equal amounts of products that can take advantage of them. Take the Samsung’s new line of Blu-ray players. The BD-ES6000 model is what Samsung say’s is ‘slightly larger-than-a-disc’ (meaning very compact) and is capable of 3D playback. The player also has the new ‘Disc to Digital’ feature which lets you store your DVD’s on the cloud-bas ...
  This year’s CES has been a place for making and celebrating partnerships between various tech companies. The announcement of Elektrobit (automotive/wireless tech) and IRNIX (traffic services) solidifies this trend. The companies are collaborating to produce a new generation of navigation software that will have some interesting innovations over current nav-technology.   Called ‘EB Street Director Technology,’ the system features the typical traffic updates (jams/ac ...
Unofficial figures have revealed that Google+, the technology giant's own social networking service, has attracted more than 62 million registered users, as it seeks to become a credible rival to the industry's most dominant site, Facebook. As it bids to close the gap on Facebook, Google has been heavily promoting its social networking facility on TV in the US, with adverts featuring sports stars and The Muppets. Furthermore, it has been integrating Google+ more closely with other better-estab ...
Press image from CES 2012 (via Tamaggo)   Don’t eat this egg, unless you want a panoramic view of your insides. Canadian company Tamaggo (consumer technology) has demonstrated their new 360-degree imager that is capable of, you guessed it, capturing a complete horizontal and vertical 360 panoramic image. The imager uses a ‘Immervision Enables’ panomorph 14 megapixel lens and software to achieve the 360-degree pictures and video. Housed alongside the lenses is an intuitive ...
The Poloroid SC1630 via Poloroid at CES 2012   Fresh from the showroom at CES 2012, we are getting a sneak peek at the new addition to the Polaroid camera family. The new SC1630 Smart Camera looks as sleek as most touch phones and while it does not have calling capabilities, though it does have a lot in common with Android phones. At its core is the Android OS giving full access to the over 400,000 apps in the Market.   The SC1630 uses a 16-megapixel CCD sensor to make sure all shot ...
iPad running the Viper SmartStart app (via my pictures at CES 2012)   The technology shown at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show has a tremendous amount of security innovations alongside the typical gadget heap, and Viper (car alarm systems) is not to be dismissed with their remote system, SmartStart. Viper’s system uses an app for Android, iPhone or Blackberry allowing users to remotely take control of some of your vehicles features.   The simple UI app lets you remote ...
Press kit image via CES 2012   Showing off new technology at CES is one thing, but it’s another to cover it as a reporter. Mobile cameras, phones and tablets can eat through batteries like Cookie Monster at an all-you-can-eat Chips Ahoy banquet. I have several spare batteries, but still wind up scrambling for a re-charge.   RFA Brands ‘myCharge’ wants to help ease this problem and get us recharged and running again with their announced line of chargers. The company o ...
WeMo via CES 2012   At this year’s CES, Kwikset (home security devices) and Belkin (wireless tech) announced a partnership between the two companies over incorporation of Belkin’s WeMo system. For those of you who aren’t sure what WeMo is; it allows you to control just about anything electronic that’s plugged into the WeMo hub from anywhere using either a tablet or phone within Belkin’s WeMo app.   The system also utilizes a motion sensor to automate devi ...
Androind app running on PC via CES 2012   I have the same app on my webOS phone, Android phone, with a PC equivalent installed. With the explosion of mobile devices, a new platform brings another set of apps one must download. The main problem I have is syncing all of these gadgets together. The going trend is to bring users into an eco system that requires one to stay in that area.   However an app designed by BlueStacks reverses that trend enabling you to use Android-based apps on y ...
Sometimes I think end user license agreements have the same effect on our perception of contracts as false fire alarms have on emergencies: total indifference.  Yet there are probably more people burned by not taking contracts seriously than those who ignore real fire alarms, albeit with lesser consequences.  People are forgetting a key lesson from our parents and grandparents: “If you didn't read and understand it, don't sign it.” Most people consider contracts one last ...
The US Army has confirmed that it is currently developing new helicopter-style drones with 1.8 gigapixel colour cameras. And according to the military, the technology promised "an unprecedented capability to track and monitor activity on the ground".   In a statement announcing the development, it said that three of the sensor-equipped drones were due to go into service in Afghanistan in either May or June 2012. Although Boeing built the first drones, other firms are welcome to bid to manuf ...
XLR8 via LucidLogix @ CES 2012   LucidLogix showed off the company’s new GPU virtualization technology (code named XLR8) that boasts performance increases in embedded chips such as AMD’s Fusion, NVIDIA’s Tegra line and Intel’s Ivy Bridge among others. Lucid’s XLR8 (taken from their Virtu MVP software) and ups the CPU-rendering frame rates in games and other apps without bogging down the GPU. Think of it like overclocking the CPU in pre-rendering tasks while lea ...
CES (Consumer Electronic Show) 2012 started off a little bit different to say the least. It was done in a sort of late night talk show setting with Ryan Seacrest interviewing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and they even brought guests on stage for product demos. So what does the software giant Microsoft have in store for 2012? First and foremost was Derek Snyder’s (Microsoft product manager) introduction of this year’s Windows phones which failed miserably when trying the voice-to-t ...
"Play," via Native Union @ CES 2012   Some of the new technology displayed at this year’s CES is in the form of almost-useless gadgets. Admit it; we all love them no matter what they do. Native Union has one of these in the form of a magnetic message player (to anything ferrous) that you can place almost anywhere, dubbed “Play.”.   From the mind of Fabien Nauroy, this gadget lets you record a 3 minute video message that other people can view on the device’s 2.4 ...
Via SONY @ CES 2012   This year’s CES in downtown Las Vegas has, so far, been a showcase for screens of all kinds. From tablet and phone displays to massive multi-TV screens, the companies vying for king of the hill are endless. One company though says that the future of viewing displays is Crystal, and after seeing it I might have to agree.   The screen in question is Sony’s Crystal LED Display which is a massive 55 inch behemoth that houses an astounding six million (2mi ...
Via Roku @ CES 2012   As Internet speeds increase so to the cost of cable and satellite television services, many are opting for only subscribing to Internet service, since television programming is widely becoming available online.     Roku Inc., a relatively small emerging company, is trying to feed into this market by creating devices that allow you to stream Internet video directly to your high definition television. Their latest product is called the Roku Streaming Stick an ...
  The fight among companies releasing AR head mounted displays is heating up. Sensics is releasing a new set of liberally sized SmartGoggles they hope will out sell existing similar devices. The device, dubbed Natalia, is being pushed as a stand-alone device, unlike its externally driven contemporaries.   Equipping it with a 1.2 GHZ dual-core CPU, Wi-Fi, 1 gig memory and room for an SD card allows you to enjoy this headset without connection to any other device. A battery pack is also ...
"Cool" glasses from Vuzix hides a 3D display and device connectivity. (via Vuzix)   For decades, the dream of many nerds and geeks is to one day be able to go through their daily activities while wearing their most capable piece of technology on their face: their computer. But this dream has always led to unflattering glasses that would get them beat up instead of admired. MIT wearable computer, circa 1997 (Sorry Steve Mann, for using you as an example)     Nokia is teaming up ...
The processing steps. (Via Gevo)   Plans to mass-produce biofuels from corn have seen many draw backs with some fearing significant greenhouse gas emission and worries of tapping into food supplies. Ethanol is an example of these fears surfacing, barring the widespread adoption of the alternative fuel. A new biofuel company, Gevo, wants to apply the same fuel making process to non-food (wood, grass), "cellulosic materials."   Gevo has received millions from the U.S. government to fo ...
Wearing AGNES (via MIT & AgeLab)   Does the ravages of old age feel like big rubber bands on our limbs? So thinks the engineers at MIT’s “AgeLab,” a multi-discipline group part of the Engineering Systems Division.    AgeLab’s “Age Gain Now Empathy System” (AGNES) was designed to give the wearer the physical feel of being around 75 years old with arthritis and diabetes after a lifetime of little exercise and poor diet.   Director of A ...
Promotional image (via ViaSat)   This is for those who live in areas where cable internet is non-existent. Internet service provider, ViaSat, is teaming up with the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) to provided rural or new developing areas with much needed high speed internet. This is all possible due to last year's launch of the ViaSat-1 satellite, which now orbits over North America, providing more capacity than all other U.S. communication satellites combined. ViaSat- ...
Add Ford to the map. (via siliconvalleymap.com) "Ford has an incredible heritage of driving innovation in the transportation and manufacturing sectors during the past 107 years. Now it's time to prepare for the next 100 years, ushering in a new era of collaboration and finding new partners to help us transform what it means to be an automaker." - Paul Mascarenas (Ford chief technical officer and vice president of Research and Innovation.)   Within the next few months, Ford Motor Company ...
  Through software, two designers show how a contact microphone can detect particular sounds and trigger certain events. Bruno Zamborlin and Norbert Schnell designed the system around two ideas: convert vibration in direct sound, and certain sets of sounds triggering pre-determined audio tracks.   The project, dubbed Mogees, is developed in the Max/MSP environment with MuBu, a "multi-track container for sound description and motion capture data." Mogees has acted like an experiment de ...
Global shipments of smart meters are set to triple from 2011 to 2016. That is according to the IHS iSuppli Industrial Electronics Service, which has claimed that this trend will also spur the doubling of the associated semiconductor market during the same period.   By 2016, worldwide smart meter shipments will rise to 62 million units, up from 20.5 million in 2011. Global sales of semiconductors used in these smart meters, meanwhile, are forecast to rise to $1.1 billion in 2016, up from $50 ...
Despite Apple's failure to release the eagerly-anticipated iPhone 5, new data has suggested that the momentum of the smartphone market shows no immediate signs of slowing. Even though Europe and North America continued to make painstakingly slow progress economically in 2011, Flurry Analytics from Google has suggested that this did not influence consumers in a major way over the festive period.   That's because more than 3.7 million Android devices were activated over the Christmas weekend, ...
Hacktivists linked to the Anonymous collective managed to steal credit card information from a security firm in the US on Christmas Eve, using it to make donations to charities. The attack against Stratfor, a Texas-based firm which produces analysis on international security issues for international clients, has prompted thousands of private and government organisations to examine their accounts.   Some $500,000 was donated to charities online using the stolen data, according to the hackers ...
(Dec 2011) The White House statement for an open government (via whitehouse.gov)   Data.gov is breaking out of the box by creating "Data.gov-in-a-box" open-source code for creating an accessible data achieve for any government domestic or foreign. This comes off of the heels of President Obama's Open Government Initiative, letting the public in on government activities. By allowing any government to create a Data.gov, it lets them fill in the blanks specific to their specific country vs. b ...
(via Broadcom)   The "4G" (4th generation)name has been used haphazardly to define bigger bandwidth wireless technology. As many know, it does not always mean the same thing. It appears the 5th generation (5G) may follow suit. The first claim to the 5G name comes in the form of Broadcom's 5G WiFi, also known as 802.11ac.   5G WiFi was developed to keep pace with the demand for HD streaming and high data demands. 5G WiFi can bring data speeds between 433 Mbit/s to 6.93 Gbit/s, dependin ...
  Electronics have changed the human experience with reality. Historically, this change comes from a tangible electronic apparatus or innovation (ie:iPhone). However, with the latest in augmented reality,  computers are changing ink and paper into a functional part of the system. This objective in augmented reality is the focus of an introductory paper appearing in the Occam’s Razor 6th issue.   A simple project called the "Ex-nihilo Tangible Interface" was created by The p ...
(Documentary via MIT) A robot designed to be sugary cute wanders about meeting people, recording their stories, and enters the documentary film making business with ease. Boxie, the bot, was designed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT's) Media Lab.  Canned, prerecorded, questions and statements engage those on its journey. Alexander Reben, researcher and documentary maker at MIT, explained, "The idea was to create a robot that was interesting enough for people to engage with it ...
Trackable objects in Low Earth Orbit. One of these may be for communication freedom someday. (via European Space Agency)   At the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, an "unsensorable internet" via private satellite was proposed. The concept stems from telecom limitations and government sanctions, such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). (SOPA is currently being reviewed by the House Judiciary Committee.) By using a satellite, no government or privatly controlled wires are need. Sidest ...
  The technical answer is that the replicators on Star Trek are based on transporter technology. This is would be the science of teleportation which we haven't managed to develop just yet. The best we have managed to do is teleport some photons across a river. This is amazing, mind-bending science, but I still can't push a button and have anything I want just appear on my desk. Or can I? Technology has finally advanced to the point that I can actually place a 3D printer on my desk and t ...
(Dec 2011)   Gasoline is burning holes in all our pockets. Close your eyes and imagine never having to pull up to that dreadful pump anymore, just parking the car refuels it. That imagery is heaven for that split second, then reality comes crashing back.   Starting in 2013 that fantasy may be a reality. Japanese automaker, Nissan, introduced the new Nissan Leaf and Leaf Powered Smart Home at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2011. This house uses the Nissan Leaf as a secondary power source to u ...
GRAIL probes render. (via NASA)   According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, there are over 9800+ man-made objects orbiting the Earth. As many now know, this is becoming an issue. Our reach does not stop at our geosynchronous orbits, the Earth's moon now has two satellites.   NASA launched two satellites that, as of December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2012, have taken their positions around the moon. The "GRAIL probes" launched back in September of 2011 for the dubious so ...
(Dec 2011)   (Right) SLV lauch stages (Left) Switchblade UAV In a project started in 2007, AreoVironment developed a submarine launching UAV for the U.S. Navy via Raytheon. (A typical circuitous project development path.) A submerged launch vehicle (SLV) is jettisoned from the waste port of a sub. From there, it descends to a safe distance where it sheds weight and inflates a "float collar."   The float collar is "pulsed" to control its travel to the surface. As it reaches the top ...
(From 2011)     It's a BIRD?.. It's a PLANE? It is the latest in war technology. The U.S. Military released new details about their most recent test flight of a prototype aircraft named, Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2). During the August 11th demo flight, officials announced the HTV-2 separated smoothly from the Minotaur IV launch vehicle. It flew on to break records.   HTV-2 is a part of the Conventional Prompt Global Strike which is an advance weapon progr ...

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