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Neonode's MultiSensing "proximity sensor." Placed anywhere, the surfaces in range become touch HMIs. (via Neonode)   It has become clear over the years that human-machine interfaces are moving from the once highly regarded touch interface to something more along the lines of touch-less. This has given rise to wildly interactive devices such as the Kinect, the Playstation move, and the recent Leap Motion Controller that will be released later this year. Now, Neonode has stepped into the fra ...
(Left) Transmitted Mona Lisa image missing parts due to noise and interference. (Right) Cleaned up image using the "Reed-Solomon" error correction sheme from CDs and DVDs. White stripe was a brief persiod in which the signal was paused. (via NASA Goddard & Xiaoli Sun)   Associating Davinci’s Mona Lisa with communications technology seems a little ‘out there’ but that’s exactly what NASA was thinking when they recently sent the iconic image to their Lunar Reconnai ...
Anonymous emblem. Symbolizing a leaderless organization and anonymity.   Boycotts and sit-ins were instrumental strategies in the civil rights movement mid 20th century. Not only were these actions effective but they were expressions of first amendment rights. Now, the group Anonymous is exercising another first amendment right by creating a digital petition to make distributed denial of service (DDoS) a legitimate form of protest. Unfortunately, neither Anonymous nor DDoS protests have c ...
The concept behind storing trinary data in DNA (via Harvard)   A long DNA strand, weighing a gram and made up of 4 bases, adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine, has the ability to store roughly the same amount of information as 100 billion DVDs. Scientists are already aware of this. Some researchers from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University encoded a 53,400-word book amounting to 5.27 million bits into DNA. They did this by using a binary method that assigned a “0” to the ...
(via University of Cambridge)   Graphene’s popularity has been gaining momentum over the last decade and more and more academic and corporate institutions are studying ways of easily fabricating the wonder material and implementing ways of using it. One prestigious institution is looking to close the gap between engineering and real-world application of the 1-atom thick pure carbon material by coalescing both academics and industry mechanics into one new state of the art facility. The ...
  The Co-Founder of Google, Sergey Brin, has been seen out and about wearing the much-vaunted joshuaGoogle Glass augmented reality spectacles. Brin, who is of course the man responsible for a number of the firm's most innovative creations, was pictured on the New York subway wearing the glasses, which are expected to be the 'next big thing' in the technology market.   The photograph was taken by Noah Zerkin, a Brooklyn-based augmented reality enthusiastic who said he was riding the s ...
TRON inspired el-wire dress. Shown off at the San Diego Comic-Con. (via Scruffyrebel (model and designer) and Ljinto)   Sci-fi movies are eye candy that simply doesn’t exist, but sometimes technology has a way of bringing futuristic movie fantasy into the real world. If technology could transform our modern cities into something that looked like the TRON world, I think that would be a lot of fun. Chances are my wish will never come true. Art has the ability to give a slice of what fa ...
(Left) The $1 million dollar digital library at the Bexar County office, 2505 Pleasanton Road. (Right) Concept of how the library will be set up. (via Kin Man Hui, San Antonio Express, and Courtesy Illustration)   The world is becoming more digital with every day that passes. Everyone knows it, and it is looking like books may be the next thing to become wiped away by the digital tide. Inspired by Steve Jobs and University of Texas at San Antonio, Bexar County Judge, Nelson Wolff, is embar ...
Google's historical grip on the lucrative search market appears to be loosening, if new data is to be believed. Figures from two sources have indicated that Google has lost some ground to its Microsoft-branded alternative, Bing. Indeed, the historic powerhouse of the search industry found that its market share dropped three percent year-on-year, while its Android mobile operating system also appears to be slowing.   Dominic Sunnebo, global consumer insight director at Kantar Worldpanel Com ...
Blutracker, put a tracer on anything you want. (via StickNFind Technologies)   From the makers of Stick-n-Find and MeterPlug, comes another device that could answer important questions that come up often, like, where is the dog?     The invention is called Blutracker. It is similar to Stick-n-Find in that I allows you to use your phone to find whatever you have attached the device to. But the Blutracker can do this at a range of 2,500 ft outdoors and a few hundred feet between ...
Air-display (via Displair)   Water vapor and touch screens normally wouldn’t be thought of as being combined to create an emerging new technology of interactive displays. Those that have had the privilege of inadvertently introducing water, in any form, to a touch screen usually resulted in new and interesting ways of using expletives while wondering why they skipped purchasing the extended warranty. That combination is precisely what one Russian (located in Astrakhan) company, known ...
Flexable battery concept (via Prof. Lee Sang-young)   Lithium-ion batteries have come a long way as a leading form of rechargeable batteries. With one of the highest energy densities, non-existent memory effects, and lightweight, varyingly shaped materials, these batteries are one of the most common energy sources for consumer electronics. Their impact can be seen in the advancement of our smartphones, now equipped with growing LED screen sizes, thinner and lighter bodies, and of course, m ...
IllumiRoom concept. Extending the game beyond the screen portal. Adding ambience to peripheral vision. (via Microsoft demo video)   The next Xbox will probably make you feel 360 degrees of immersion, filling a 180-degree field of vision. Confirmation that the concept behind it will be included in the next game system has not been made official but Microsoft has made it publicly clear that they agree with Sony as to where the future of videogames is leading. Complete virtual immersion into ...
Munitions stockpile at the Hawthorne Army Depot. It has over 7,673,000 square feet of storage of conventional ammunition. In 2009 the facility had a budget of $270,000 and a payroll of $2.88 million. Opened in 1930, production stopped in 1994. The weapons now sit, waiting. (via U.S. ARMY)   Ask anyone who’s ever been to a FOB (Forward Operating Base) and they can tell you that one well-placed mortar round from an enemy combatant can potentially destroy any munitions stockpile that isn ...
As it says (via Raspberry Pi)   Need a more thorough explanation for your Raspberry Pi? You can now get, free from the Raspberry Pi website. Thanks to a team of teachers from Computing at School (CAS) in the U.K. anyone who is looking to get a more formal explanation of programming can easily download and check out the manual. It also serves as a great introduction to computer science as well, so if you do not yet have a Raspberry Pi, it is still a great resource to check out.    ...
  It may have only been on the consumer market for a relatively short period of time, but the innovative Raspberry Pi device has already made an impressive splash. The machine, which is designed to encourage young people to develop basic computer skills, has become a common sight in schools in the UK and elsewhere since it was launched in 2012. And the success of the credit card-sized device has been underlined by the suggestion that a millionth copy has just been sold.   Although th ...
A good old firefly. LED manufacturers strives to imitate the uninhibited light projection of the firefly abdomen. (via wiki)   Scientists and engineers have long been using nature as a guide in developing new technology. Examples of this can be found everywhere including robotics such as DARPA’s LS3 or pack-mule (Legged Squad Support System) or even in bioengineering tech such as the California Institute of Technology’s Medusoid (synthetic jellyfish). This practice isn’t l ...
Smart ice prototype in action (vis Dhairya Dand and MIT)   Hitting the clubs or going to parties is a great way to socialize with friends, family and loved ones. The music starts playing, the drinks start flowing, and before you know it the festivities are in full swing. For some, keeping track of how much alcohol they’ve consumed isn’t a problem and for others they may have had too much without even realizing it (although falling down more so than usual should be a sign). For t ...
Ubuntu phone OS promotional images. (via Ubuntu)   Ubuntu has grown to be one of the most loved operating systems available. Whether because it's free and open-source or because it looks great and is easy to use, Ubuntu has been making a name for itself as of lately. Lenovo, Dell, HP, and Asus are all beginning to support and launch PCs with Ubuntu pre-installed. Additionally, major software platforms are beginning to make their way onto Ubuntu. The latest has been Steam, undoubtedly the l ...
The 50kW laser test platform (via Rheinmetall Defence)   The day we can cruise around the galaxy in a Star Destroyer hunting the Rebel Alliance has become one step closer to reality. Ok, so maybe not reality any time soon. But, we certainly are getting closer to the laser weaponry found on those ships only they’re more Earth bound as German weapons company Rheinmetall Defence has successfully tested their (slightly better) 50kW high-energy laser (HEL) weapons system. The HEL weapons p ...
The Technology First team at element14 is proud to bring you an excerpt from the latest issue XVII. Here's an Op-ed by wireless technologies expert David Niewolny from Freescale as part of our editorial retrospective.   Semiconductor technology is driving next generation medical devices to be smarter, more accurate, and better connected.  What semiconductor technologies are paving the way for the medical devices of tomorrow?   Freescale Semiconductor’s David Niewol ...
Dexim Music Talking Stylus (via Dexim)   How many times do you find yourself biting your pen from boredom at work? Not too much I’d hope. Maybe you’re an aspiring artist who’s tired of spinning that old capacitive stylus around your fingers for enjoyment, while thinking up your next great masterpiece. Well, why take your boredom out on your pen when it can be capable of so much more. CES 2013 had what you need .   Introducing Dexim’s new Music Talking Stylus. ...
  Toyota has become the latest car manufacturer to break into the exciting self-drive market, having offered a glimpse of the future ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. The firm has posted a video clip of a Lexus fitted with safety features that are designed to reduce the likelihood of car crashes.     A spokesperson from Toyota explained that the innovative prototype features on-board radar and video cameras to monitor the road, as well as equipment t ...
YOUM based flexible OLED TV at 55 inches. (via CES Las Vegas)   After a few years of development, Samsung is finally ready to bring their flexible curved OLED display technology to manufactures. We could very well see them incorporated into the next generation of mobile devices in the coming years. In a keynote speech at this year’s CES, CEO Stephen Woo unveiled their new display technology dubbed ‘YOUM’ with several concept devices, including smartphones and tablets (nota ...
Extreme Reality's "Extreme Motion" concept art. Captures 3D motion from a 2D camera. (Via Extremem Reality)   The world of 2D webcams just picked up another dimension. The company responsible, Extreme Reality, is showing off their new software that converts images from any plug-in or built-in webcam into a 3D motion tracker at CES. The company says its software will reproduce the same accuracy or better compared to expensive 3D cameras with depth sensors. Not only can you save cash using i ...
LEGO Mindstorm EV3 creation (via The Scooter Guy/Flickr)   We all knew it was going to happen.     Legos first introduced Mindstorms back in 1998. However, their robotic kits aimed for children has grew from much more than what it once was. At this year's CES, LEGO had on display small robots, made from Legos of course, which can be controlled from smart phones through an app and also include a couple of sensors to make them more interactive. NXT, the most recent Mindstorms kit ...
Liquipel has a send your device in options. Unfortunately, my GS2 model, Pre+, and HP Touchpad are not in the list. (via Liquipel)   At last year's CES, Liquipel introduced the world to a hugely innovative solution to protect our phones and tablets from water, among many others. Their product, Liquipel 1.0, was a treatment process in which the phone would be coated with chemicals that bond to the device and repel water. The remarkable part was they were trying to develop a scratch resistan ...
Wireless power transfer concept PR image. I hope it works just like advertised. (via Fulton)   Wireless charging mobile gadgets have hit its stride since the introduction of the Powermat, Duracell myGrid and the Energizer Inductive Charger (to name a few). But what if you need power on the fly and don’t have any mobile power packs or for that matter a wall outlet? At this year’s CES in Las Vegas Fulton Innovation has unveiled their solution to this problem and lets you siphon po ...
A friend of mine, who is a Chicago Public School teacher, told me that after Christmas break, kids could not stop talking about their gifts. The most popular gift kids get nowadays: Tablets. I completely understand as these devices are much more versatile than regular toys. Qualcomm and Sesame Street are planning to use this fascination to test a new version of Qualcomm’s Vuforia platform, and they hope to help kids improve their literacy skills in the process.     This collabor ...
LG's "smart tv" on a 4K screen. The TV looks like it was photoshopped in, but it is just a thin bezel frame, look closely. (via LG)   In efforts to create a non-proprietary development platform for connected TV apps, LG Electronics, TP Vision, Toshiba created the Smart TV Alliance. The group wants to standardize a developing environment where programmers can do what they do best, innovate without the need to find individual manufacturers’ requirements or compliance processes. Seems l ...
Apen for Windows 8 prototype (via CES2013LasVegas)   Many people were reluctant to get Windows 8 for their desktop OS. "A tablet OS for a desktop, no way," was the cry I heard and read about. I will admit, I didn't get the inexpensive upgrade for the same reason. Unfortunately, software isn’t hardware, and those few who thought they could navigate Microsoft’s newest OS using an un-capable screen we’re seemingly let down. But there is a solution, and it comes in the form of ...
While CES is just beginning to kick things off, NVIDIA has already showcased a couple products that will be released this year that can have a massive impact in the world of video games. So far they have announced they will be releasing the Shield, an Android based portable gaming system, and a cloud computing gaming system they call the GRID.   Project Shield concept. An Android power video game console in the controller for it. What happens if you don't like the controller shape? (via ...
HAPILABS fork concept render and spec list (via HAPILABS)   I love taking my time when I eat. I savor every bite and eat at such a slow pace, my parents used to tell me to eat faster. I am glad I did not listen to them, because according the company HAPILABS, and numerous studies concerning eating speeds, my slow eating habits have enhanced my digestion, optimized the satisfaction from eating adequate portions and kept my weight steady throughout college. These are precisely the goals of a ...
Panasonic "Any BF-BM10 Battery Light" (via Panasonic)   On the wake of an emergency, it becomes obvious that there are few things more useful than a flashlight. Before an emergency, few of us would know exactly what batteries our available lamps use. To avoid the mistakes of our forgetful minds prior to emergency situations, Panasonic designed an emergency flashlight that will take AAA, AA, C and D batteries to light up.     The idea came after the 2011 earthquake that rocked J ...
A research paper published in the latest issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes an experiment to measure heating of brain tissue exposed to 1.9GHz RF energy.  The researchers believe data from this experiment may be useful in the search for possible health risks of cell phones.   The experiment setup the researchers used was for me the coolest thing about it.  They used an MRI to measure temperatures throughout a sample of brain tissue with a 1 degree ...
Generic finFET concept image (via wiki)   Hot on the heels of Intel’s early 2012 release of 22nm FinFET (Fin-based 3D Field-Effect Transistor) transistors, Samsung has announced the tape-out of their own 14nm FinFET test chips in collaboration with ARM, Mentor Graphics, Cadence and Synopsys. FinFET multi-gate transistors were developed as a result of the miniaturization of planar transistors. Over the decades as CPU circuitry decreased in size developers found that they could increasi ...
Pure crystal of herbertsmithite, 7mm, made by MIT physicists (via MIT)   Not being satisfied with only two states of magnetism, researchers from MIT set out to find another and experimentally succeeded with finding a new magnetic state known as quantum spin liquid. In one magnetic state, known as ferromagnetism, a magnetic material (iron, nickel, etc.) exhibit an ‘ordering’ phenomena on the atomic level that causes un-paired electron spins to line up with one another in tiny ar ...
Concept harness (via Digi)   For most of us,  virtual reality consists of traveling the globe from our homes using software such as Google Street View. For others, such as Professor Yasushi Ikei, Aki Tsukioka and Takuya Nakajima from the Ikei Laboratory of Tokyo Metropolitan University Graduate School of System Design, virtual reality consists of a full-body experience that takes advantage of all 5 (touch, sight, smell, taste and hearing) senses. The research team unveiled their creati ...
  A Doctor Who fan based in the US has successfully built a model of the iconic Tardis machine which actually looks bigger on its inside than its outside. To achieve this improbable scenario, Greg Kumparak turned to augmented reality. The interior of his customized Tardis features a zebra-striped fabric, which displays a spacious interior when a smartphone is held in front of it running an AR app. The innovative idea was hatched during the Thanksgiving break, according to Mr Kumparak, ...
(2012 News) IBM's playlist for the 5 in 5   Predictions about computing in the next five years could take you on a wild ride; so who better to make those lofty claims than the pros at IBM. Although I am still waiting to video chat with a 3D holograph of my friend (an IBM prediction made in 2010), IBM has released their 7th annual 5 in 5 list, which includes 5 predictions about technological innovations that will impact our lives in the next 5 years. Bernie Meyerson, IBM fellow and V ...
(2012 News)     Roughly nine months ago ARM, Gemalto and Giesecke & Devrient combined their efforts to develop a mobile security platform that would make the process of online payments and mobile devices easier and safer by taking advantage of the devices hardware. It was through this time period that the trio formed a new conglomerate known as Trustonic where they’ve developed, and recently released, their security platform ‘Trusted Execution Environment’ (TEE) ...
(2012 news)   Zigbee PRO Green concept image (via Zigbee)     The Zigbee Alliance (standard for high-level communication protocols) has just released their Pro Green Power feature (found in most smart metering systems) that not only allows for a wireless connection but harvests its own energy as well negating the need for a battery. The Pro Green feature set allows devices (including dimmers, sensors, switches etc.) without batteries to be securely integrated into Zigbee Pro net ...

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