Monday, June 7, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Selena Gomez & the Scene: 'Naturally'

Love this song, Gomez sings about a boy who is a perfect fit for her: "When you know it's meant to be / Everything comes naturally, it comes naturally / When you're with me, baby."

Skinput Turns Any Bodily Surface Into a Touch Interface

 

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The future of touchscreen interfaces is: you? A project between a Carnegie Mellon researcher and a couple of creative thinkers over at Microsoft Research have created Skinput, a Bluetooth-enabled device that allows you to use your own skin as a peripheral input device for devices like cell phones, MP3 players or gaming consoles.

The device works via an armband, which contains a small projector that beams whatever relevant interface you need onto your hand or forearm. Then you simply press the appropriate part of your skin just like you were tapping the screen of an iPhone. An acoustic sensor in the armband can tell where you are tapping because of the different bond densities, tissues, and other differentiating factors inherent in your body’s geography.

Bluetooth then transmits the corresponding signal to the appropriate device; if you’ve just dialed a phone number, it sends the info to your phone and dials the call

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Giant Spanish Bank HQ Employs Swarm of Guidebots to Keep Visitors From Getting Lost

In an innovative solution to the problem of crowd control in a business complex filled with 5,500 employees, a banking center in Madrid has assembled a team of stylish, helpful robots to help people navigate. According to the robots' designers, the helmet-shaped Santander Interactive Guest Assistants (SIGA) are the first machines to use "swarm robotics in a commercial context" -- as opposed to, say, in submarine exploration or flying art.

After meeting the robots, guests choose their language and destination on the console's touchscreen. The robotic butlers then take them anywhere, from the meeting room, to the auditorium, to the exit toward a bus stop.

Check out the video to see the guidebots in action. We daresay that these mechanical donuts are as cute as they are functional.

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iPhone OS 4.0: All the New Features

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iPhone 4 OS have list of new features: There's multitasking , a refreshed interface, and literally hundreds of other changes, all coming this summer. Here's the full rundown

Some of the more noteworthy features, besides multitasking, are:

  • Spell check
  • Bluetooth keyboard support
  • User-defined wallpapers
  • Tap-to-focus when recording video (like with photos)
  • Nested playlists
  • App folders for sorting, just like a desktop
  • Multi-inboxes for merged mailing so all your email can be in one spot
  • iBooks
  • Game Center for iPhone live gaming

The new OS will ship in June (Fall for iPad, and a developer preview is available today, so we can expect to have plenty of apps updated and ready for launch

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Theory of Relativity proved again

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n 1915,  Albert Einstein predicted in his manuscript, ‘The General Theory of Relativity’, that the universe is expanding at a much faster pace than expected. His theory was proven this week.

Several astronomers from North America and Europe have studied over 446,000 galaxies to create a map of the universe. The astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to accomplish the task and have confirmed the accelerating expansion of the universe as well as Einstein’s theories about gravity. They proved that the universe is growing larger at an accelerated rate and is controlled by a force called dark energy.

In his widely studied theory, Einstein also predicted that the galaxy held a substance called dark matter. He used this term to explain the blank space that makes up 80 percent of the universe as well as causes the gravitational pull which in turn causes the galaxies to form. He also termed the universe’s accelerating expansion dark energy.

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3D map of the large-scale distribution of dark matter, reconstructed from measurements of weak gravitational lensing. The field of view covers about nine times the size of the full moon, and the third dimension stretches from redshift z=0 to z),

One of the astronomers on the team, University of B. C astronomer Ludovic Van Waerbeke, said, “If you think the universe is essentially made of matter and radiation, there is absolutely no way you can explain the acceleration. It is absolutely impossible. So the only reasonable way of explaining this acceleration is by having a new source of energy in the universe which has very funny behavior. We called it dark energy.”

This is the third study to confirm the existence of dark energy.

Einstein also predicted that gravity is caused by matter warping space and time. In simpler terms this means that light bends near massive objects. This was seen by using a technique where light from distant galaxies is seen bending as it travels through outer space; this technique is known as weak gravitational lensing.

Astronomers now believe that the universe is made up of three components: normal matter such as the grass, trees, animals, stars, other planets; dark matter which is invisible to the naked eye but is known to exist because of the gravitational pull; and dark energy which causes the universe to expand.

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Google Chrome OS

Google Chrome OS Concept

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KEY ASPECTS/FEATURES OF GOOGLE CHROME OS:

  • Speed
  • Simplicity
  • Security
  • Open Source Light Weight OS
  • Runs on both x86 as well as ARM chips
  • Virus Free

SCREENSHOTS:

On Google Chrome OS FAQ. they say..

Is Google Chrome OS free?
Yes – Google Chrome OS is an open source project and will be available to use at no cost.
What companies is Google working with to support Google Chrome OS?
The Google Chrome OS team is currently working with a number of technology companies to design and build devices that deliver an extraordinary end user experience. Among others, these companies include Acer, Adobe, ASUS, Freescale, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, and Toshiba.

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