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Jez Braff coming down the final stretch of his incredible run across the New Zealand islands (via Jez Braff)   For many, technology goes hand in hand with keeping track of their routine physical activity and overall health progress. For example, ANT+ equipped Garmin devices allow runners to keep track of their heart rate, number of steps taken, and speed to monitor and store the results of their indoor and outdoor fitness activities. In the case of Jez Bragg, an ultra-runner, technology (a ...
Interacting virtually with telepresence counterparts (via Bauhaus University)   Sure, we already have VR systems that allow us to interact with our surroundings. Vuzix’s Wrap 1200VR, Google Glass and the Oculus Rift are just a few examples that have hit the market in recent months but those only allow you to garner information or interact with objects using overlays. While they are incredibly fun to use they don’t really immerse the user physically in those environments, howeve ...
I found interesting the following article of Iain Davidson who addressed few weeks ago the next step for the so called "M2M" - Internet of Things. Here it is:   In October 2012, we hosted an M2M industry event at Freescale in the UK (see a video here) The second time we have done this and for the second time a great success with more than 100 external attendees and around 20 external participants speaking and/or exhibiting. I will describe some personal highlights of the day in my next blo ...
How the room was organized (via Vienna University)   It is finally upon us. A time when space is a non-factor in exploring an infinite landscape using virtual reality has been a dream of techies everywhere. While many are attempting this feat, many such projects still involve treadmills and other physical objects that set constraints on designers and developers of virtual worlds.   A collaboration between the Vienna University of Technology and the University of Southern California& ...
Now on Android phones...the OS (via Wiki)   Commodore 64 fans, rejoice! Amiga, in partnership with their Amigo Forever publisher Cloanto, has just announced the immediate availability of an Amiga Forever Essentials package on Google Play for all Android devices. Cloanto worked in conjunction with makers of readily available Amiga emulators for the Android, such as: AnUAE4All, UAE4All2, UAE4Droid, Omega 500, and others.   "We are grateful for the fact that Google Play is open-minded a ...
Edison2 on the road. (via Edison2.com)   A few years ago, Edison2 revealed its VLC design that earned them gold at the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive-X Prize. Oliver Kuttner, an auto enthusiast and entrepreneur, founded the company in 2007 and began to assemble his team of engineers to design a lightweight car that would change the way modern cars are built. His team consisted of automotive, aerospace, mechanical, and design engineers, which together successfully created the X-prize ...
The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) concept render (via California Institute of Technology)   It may be awhile before humans can venture far into deep space in search of answers to questions regarding the universe and the nature of existence - however, that is not stopping scientists from peering out into space to see what they can find. The long-awaited Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), which will soon be the largest telescope on Earth, has finally been cleared for construction atop the summit o ...
TIMU GPS prototype (via DARPA)   In today’s world, most everyone relies on GPS to navigate in unknown areas or for the quickest route to a desired location. We use it so much so that we’ve taken it for granted much like water, but what if the satellite navigation system suddenly went offline due to malfunction, solar flares or an act of warfare? For most of us, the loss of GPS would be an inconvenience at worst but for the military it would be a complete disaster (GPS guided mis ...
There's a problem with 'networking' which is best described by how a person's contacts can be a commodity;  something that can be bought, sold, or rented.  It is as if people are trying to mechanize the process of building relationships in order to mass-produce their contact list in the same way one might collect baseball cards.  Thankfully, there are events like EntConnect to make real relationships over a long weekend with an agenda full of fun and productive items.   The ...
Project Unity prototype (via Bacteria)   Retro gaming has been making a comeback for the last decade or so and you can find just about any emulator for any console system imaginable. Playing games on an emulator however can leave some lacking that feeling of nostalgia gleamed from using the actual console and game cartridge/disk. One such retro-gamer (known as Bacteria) has taken his love of console gaming to the next evolution with his Project Unity gaming cube. The game box is comprised o ...
Battlefield 3 promotional image for the "Air Superiority" game mode. (via EA & DICE)   Mobile devices have come a long way when it comes to gaming but are not yet up to par with traditional PCs or laptops for that matter. That’s because some PC games require a tremendous amount of GPU power to play with all the bells and whistles enabled, such as anisotropic filtering and antialiasing. Mobile devices need a reduced power requirement to be able to run a full day without recharging ...
DARPA's AWARE program created 5-micron pixel Long-Wave InfraRed (LWIR) thermal camera prototype (via DARPA)   DARPA, the head US Defense agency responsible for most of the military’s new technology, is at it again with news of a new thermal imaging device that will allow soldiers to carry around portable infrared cameras. Typically, infrared imagers are mounted atop of UAV vehicles due to their rather massive size and cost-limiting production - crew aboard the UAV must communicate wi ...
Flyer for the Universal Machine, a musical showcasing Alan Turing's life (via New Diorama Theatre)   It’s not everyday that you have the chance to catch a musical on one of the most influential and original minds to have blessed human history. Alan Turing, the great mathematician, cryptanalyst, logician, and founding computer scientist of the mid 1900s gets to see the spotlight with The Universal Machine - a musical rendition of his life’s story performed by the Pit theatre com ...
Concept and real world image of the FinFET series (via TSMC)     Moore’s Law, Gordon E. Moore’s mid 1950s observation that computers usage of transistors grows exponentially over time, still appears to be much in effect, as companies continue to race to improve the speed and performance of computing technology today. Morris Chang, Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC) CEO, says that his company will continue to pursue that old law with a predicted 7- ...
It appears as though the competition for highest internet speed is on the move as the use of optic fiber connections begins to make lasting strides. Broadband, a term once upon a time used to describe wider band frequency usage to provide faster data throughput rates, has now become a mere marketing gimmick by ISPs advertising their high-speed services. Now, it seems as though the key word to look out for is “fiber.” With that, just a few days ago, a Japanese ISP launched its new fib ...
The MicroSD Card Reader for Android tablets/smartphones will enable memory expansion for many supported devices via the MicroUSB port. (via kickstarter)   Owning a tablet can be a great addition to your home and on-the-go entertainment and productivity gadgets. Unfortunately, many Nexus and Android tablets are limited in their ability to store the loads of media and other misc files one may choose to carry around on their pocket sized PCs. No, Nexus and Android smartphone and tablet users ...
(Left) Concept for the system. (Right) "in-use" PR image. Useful wherever lights are available, it seems (via Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute)   With the plethora of new devices all network, ready to add to the growing Internet of Things, what else can we tag with an internet ready sticker? Better yet, what type of devices can be created to innovatively provide internet access? LED light bulbs, according to the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, which has further advanced its Visible ...
Reimagined child experiments delivered to the door. A great niche to fill. (pics via Genius.box & AOL/engadget)   Receiving something by mail is a great delight. And no one gets more antsy and excited over packages in the mail than kids... well that may not be true. Better than getting anything that is used and then forgotten, is something that teaches you knowledge you will never forget.   That is the goal of a startup founded by Kate Pipa and Shivangi Shah from the Northeastern ...
A recent study at Harvard Medical School works on a very early, wired mind control system that links human brain activity via a computer-to-brain interface to control the movements of an anaesthetized rat’s tail. (via Harvard)   Telepathic mind control is a definitive sign that a species has advanced significantly in its evolutionary development path. Unfortunately, wireless mind control is still a ways a way for human beings, granted the technology is created to do the job before the ...
  Morning commute to work got you down? Or perhaps you’re stressed out by not being able to pay all the bills this month? Whatever the situation may be, stress can lead to a host of health problems such as sleeplessness, irritability, headaches and ulcers (to name a few). Getting a handle on the physical or mental pressures can be difficult, however researchers from the University of Cambridge have recently released an app that monitors you’re lifestyle to pinpoint potential  ...
The National Petascale Computing Facility, the new home of the Blue Waters supercomputer. (via University of Illinois)   Blue Waters supercomputer is a project that was almost never finished. IBM, the original company with the contract to build the computer, backed out after realizing that they would not be making any profit on the project. From there the National Science Foundation (NSF) and University had to search for another contractor to work with, or abort the project all together. T ...
It is hard to make decisions when being pressured by so many appetizing advertisements everywhere but soon, your sense of smell may be used to impulse you enough to get you to buy their product.   There are a few systems out there that attempt incorporate the sense of smell to enhance virtual reality but no solution has been widely adopted yet. In the 1960’s, a movie called the Scent of Mystery was supposed to introduce the concept of dynamically changing smell according to the scen ...
Flowing electrolyte prototype used to regulate the electrical grid. (via ZBB Technologies)   The rise of green energy such as solar cells and wind turbines have given rise to new ideologies for powering our electrical grid. Microgrids, or localized energy sources, can possibly be integrated into the power grid to help provide backup energy during times of need or in times when electricity prices from the grid peak. In order for this to work, there has to be efficient methods for storing en ...
Looking for a way to get youngins interested in electronics? Or maybe you’re just getting into electronics yourself and would like an elementary refresher on the basics. Either way, Adafruit has something in store for you with the recent debut of its Circuit Playground - a YouTube based kids show targeted at educating children on the rapidly growing world of electronics.   Limor Fried, best known in the maker world as Ladyada, is the founder of Adafruit - a company focused on providi ...
Voltissimo rapid charged battery packs (via Voltissimo)   With the increasingly large amount of mobile devices being used today, many people hate to see the “low battery” message when they look down at their device. It’s becoming cause for anxiety for many. Also with the growing attachment, many people have to their smart phones, forgetting to charge your phone before you leave for work can mean the beginning of a bad day. Many companies realized this, and there have been ...
Little Big Adventure, screenshot from the rpix86 emulator (via Patrick Aalto)   If you have bought a Raspberry Pi and have not yet thought of anything to do with it consider the following. Patrick Aalto, a Raspberry Pi programmer, has recently set up a website dedicated to get a PC emulator up and running on your Raspberry Pi to play old DOS games. As long as you have a Raspberry Pi along with some free time, you too can be playing classic titles such as Doom, Duke Nukem, Little Big Advent ...
ZigBee Smart Energy V2 available 2013 (via ZigBee Alliance)   The Internet of Things phenomena might have just become more fortified with the announcement of the brand new, publicly available ZigBee IP Specification. The network spec will bring the world’s first open standard for IPv6-based mesh networking to industries and consumers alike while also beefing up security measures. Specifically designed for Smart Grid applications, the ZigBee IP aims to provide reliable and automated e ...
Molybdenite-Graphene flash memory concept and images. (via EPFL & ACS.org)   A little over a year ago, a team of researchers from the Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures (LANES) at EPFL created the first ever molybdenite chip. The new chip proved to outperform silicon devices and displayed its viability to serve as the future foundation of smaller, more stable, and more efficient processors. In addition to its superior electronic properties, molybdenite mechanical proper ...
If only all cell-phone towers could look this good. The Montjuic Communication Tower in Spain. Also a functional sundial. Designed by Santiago Calatrava. (via Geoff Zeiss)   Since the emergence of smart phones and mobile devices such as tablets, sending data through the wireless spectrum has become an increasingly complex task. A wireless provider's designated chunk of spectrum must support data for phone calls, picture and video messages, and also must support user's surfing of the web an ...

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