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Bitponics system concept drawing. (via Bitponics)   Bitponics, another Kickstarter success story, is getting ready to launch their hydroponic home gardening management system in the coming weeks that will deliver an easy-to-use solution to those interested in growing their own plants.   Proper plant care - monitoring nutrient levels, providing adequate light, adjusting for humidity & temperature changes - is essential to a successful hydroponic gardening experience. Such a long ...
(via ANU)   Wouldn’t it be nice to make sure all the pictures from that special night are ones that captured the mood perfectly? A team from the Australian National University in Canberra is developing software that could sort pictures of people using face recognition and their expression analysis algorithms. This approach could also be used to analyze crowds in real time and tell whether people are having a good time or if people are getting upset.   The software determines a ...
The D-Wave Two system in the D-wave shop... (via D-Wave Systems Inc)   Quantum computing is an intriguing concept. Using quantum bits, which can theoretically take the value of 1 and 0 at the same time, may be a little too much for most people to wrap their heads around. As a result, a computer using these mechanics to operate can also be a bit too much for some people to handle. D-Wave, a company based out of Burnaby, Canada has been in the business marketing quantum computers since 2011. ...
Roke's Agitate Life Jacket. Tracking device embedded for those lost. (via Roke)   The prospect of becoming lost while at sea, in the mountains or anywhere for that matter can quickly become a reality as things can and do go wrong when least expected. Trying to use a cellphone in these areas is almost impossible (unless you are lost in a populated city) and time is always a factor especially if you’re injured and in need of expedient medical attention. The UK Company Roke (known for th ...
How ChatPerf works. (via ChatPerf)   In an odd but intriguing creation, Japananese company ChatPerf gives phones the capabilities of delivering smells with your text messages or e-mails. Using odors and scents to enhance experiences is not a new idea. It has been tried before in the past during movies in which pipes would be used to deliver odors to the unsuspecting audience. However, this proved to be a bad idea and it was subtly discontinued from ever happening again. ChatPerf is looking ...
System concept. Great effort, but is it just delaying the inevitable? (via North Carolina State)   While cyber-attacks are nothing new, the type, method of deployment and frequency on which they occur are. The attacks are usually in the form of viruses, worms or Trojan horses that can (and have) cause significant damage to the IT infrastructures of institutions such as corporations, federal and governmental complexes as well as militaries from all over the globe. Combating or instituting me ...
Melon headband prototype (via Melon & kickstarter)   Everyone’s concentration and focus have been broken at one time or another whether it was job related, trying to reading or even trying to remember what you went to the grocery store to get. What triggers these lapses in focus or concentration can be hard to identify which makes preventing them near impossible. A new device currently being funded on Kickstarter aims to help with identifying those causes and help users improve th ...
Camera mode concept to support blind photography, a mobile application (via UCSC.edu)   Photographs serve more than just a visual representation of a moment in space and time and photography is an activity that should be enjoyed by all, even if eyesight is unreliable. This is what 54 visually impaired people told students at the University of California at Santa Cruz. A team being led by Ph.D. student Dustin Adams, has begun development of an app that can turn a smartphone into a photo tak ...
Asteroid lasso vehicle. A $17.7 billion dollar initiative. (via NASA)   The federal budget for NASA has been on a steady decline (equating to about ½ cent on the dollar) even since the space shuttle was still in its infancy. This limits the amount of overall programs that can be instituted or initiated for that fiscal year which means some of the more interesting endeavors (manned mission to Mars for example) wind up on the meeting room floor due to a lack of initial or continued fundi ...
Gamepop promo. Big console or small TV? (via BlueStacks)   The future gaming market is a rather competitive field, consisting mainly of major players such as Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, PC game developers, and most recently, mobile game developers. A new company, OUYA, recently stepped into the fray to offer gamers a free to try open source gaming platform that any interested developer can sign up to be a part. And now, Bluestacks has also stepped forward with the creation of the GamePop ga ...
Prior thoughts on the Critical Magnetic Field. It is the nature of superconductors to exclude magnetic fields (Meissner effect - When a material makes the transition from the normal to superconducting state, it actively excludes magnetic fields from its interior) so long as the applied field does not exceed their critical magnetic field. This critical magnetic field is tabulated for 0K and decreases from that magnitude with increasing temperature, reaching zero at the critical temperature for su ...
The Liberator, 3D printed gun (via Defense Distributed)   It’s finally been accomplished, and you can bet on the fact that many others will adapt and improve on the method to manufacture them in their own shops. Yes I am talking about the controversial topic of 3D printed firearms and while some hobbyists have attempted to build their own polymer weapons, albeit with a few metal parts (HaveBlue’s and Travis Lerol’s AR-15 lower receiver to name a few), one company has succe ...
Chicago World’s Fair (aka World's Columbian Exposition): May 1st 1893 to October 9th 1893 (via Chicago History Museum/Getty images)   Just imagine - Walking in Chicago in Oct 9, 1893. Over 100,000 glowing glass spheres shining the orange warm light of incandescent bulbs on neo-classical white stucco buildings in the darkness of the city on the last day of the Chicago World’s Fair. On this day, once called Chicago Day, over 750,000 people visited the fair, more than any other ...
The Minuum keyboard layout. Looks quite useful. Like a stenographer's keyboard. (via Will Walmsley & Indiegogo)   Depending on what flavor of smartphone or tablet people use it can be inconvenient at times trying to use the onscreen keyboard especially if you have large hands. The issue becomes worse when trying to type and interact with apps at the same time as the keyboard limits the amount of room needed to do so; however, Will Walmsley and friends from Toronto-based Whirlscape have ...
The LeapReader learning penwill allow children to interact with audio books to learn critical reading, listening, and writing skills through play. (via LeapFrog)   Playing is one of the most vital and enjoyable aspects of a child’s life during their early-year developments - and, very likely, remains important for continual growth deep into adulthood. As the Canadian Council on learning explains: "Play nourishes every aspect of children’s development – it forms the founda ...
Ofcom’s plan to pilot-test new white space technology communication will use pre-existing TV airwaves for broadband data services. (via Ofcom)   Following suit in Google's recent endeavor to provide the world with a database of available white space for data communication, the UK’s Office of Communications (Ofcom) has approved a pilot run of new white space technology that is scheduled for interested industry-applicants later this fall. The plan is to first test this new techno ...
Michigan Micro Mote in reality. (via U of M)   Those fascinated by the Internet of Things phenomena are in for a real treat: a recent study at the University of Michigan led by Professor David Blauuw has engendered the world’s first fully realized microcomputing device (not to be confused with the not-so microcomputers of the late 70’s & early 80’s). These devices, known as the M3 Michigan Micro Motes, are cubic millimeter sized devices capable of carrying out complex ...
"E-tattoo" prototype. Getting closer to reality (cia University of California)   We’ve already discussed about many promising technological leaps in health monitoring by way of miniaturized electronics - brain implant sensors that use optoelectronics to communicate with specific neurons in the brain, stampable circuits that can read blood levels on a patient and transmit information wirelessly. Now, further developments in the realm of flexible electronics come to us from the Univers ...

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