Subscribe Now:

Random Thoughts Archive

Monday, March 31, 2008

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10 Stands Above The Competition

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10 is the heavyweight contender. As D-SLR prices continue to plummet, we should see amazing changes in the superzoom niche of the digital camera market.

With more and more compact, lower-priced models with up to 20X optical zoom lenses are hitting the shelves. You can get the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H10 for a measly $299.99 direct, Sony's latest superzoom, the Cyber-shot DSC-H10, isn't expensive at all, and with 10X optical zoom, includes eight different scene modes, and you are able to preview ISO settings on the 3-inch LCD, the
DSC-H10 brings you a full plate for the intermediate photographer.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

MindMentor Robot Psychologist Cures Your Mind

MindMentor is here to save the day. People affected by emotional problems are often reluctant when they’re told to see a psychologist. Now, they can confidentially consult online MindMentor, the first robot shrink. It will cost them about $8.00 for one hour session. MindMentor was developed by two Dutch psychologists specialized in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

The system was tested on 1,600 ‘customers’ from ALL over the world and 47% of them said they were satisfied after only one session. I haven’t tested the system myself, but one thing is really interesting. Instead of looking at a database, MindMentor uses a personal process to discover the right solution for you.

Can an interactive session with an artificial intelligence robotic shrink be successful? The two psychologists think so. “Some psychologists thought it was impossible — and some still think so — but it actually works. People solve their problems and attain their life goals with MindMentor’s help. In 2006, Hollander and Wijnberg did a test-run with 1600 clients from all over the world. Results showed that MindMentor was able to solve the problems for 47% in just one session, a score that any real life psychologist would be proud of.”

Lori A. Walters a client and test subject said MindMentor helps you uncover unconscious knowledge. “Your unconscious mind is a warehouse full of useful knowledge. Through his colleague RoboRorschach, MindMentor helps you uncover information that you have on a deeper level. He shows you pictures and has you describe what you think and feel. First, this helps you understand some deeper aspects of your problem. Later on, this ‘projective work’ gives you a deeper understanding of the solution you have found.”

The MindMentor process takes about an hour, Many people think that MindMentor has a database with a list of problems and solutions. People think that when you enter your problem, MindMentor looks up the right solution from his list. But that’s not how he works. MindMentor guides you through a series of steps to help you find solutions within yourself. Psychologists have found that your own solutions are more effective than other people’s advice, no matter how well meant. MindMentor starts this process by asking you what problem you’d like to work on.

Pretty fascinating results of this gadget and for the price, who could not use an hour a day with a system that works.

Last Wish To Be Buried With Cell Goes Terribly Wrong

A little humor here, Arso Banjeglav's Last wish, a man in Serbia wanted to be buried with his mobile phone. His family had buried him with his cell phone as he wished, Soon after they found out that they forgot to put in his SIM card.They dug him up and put the SIM card in.

“We put the phone in with him as he wanted, but my 10-year-old son had been playing with it and had taken the sim card out without my knowledge. So now we have got to dig him up again to put it in the phone,” said Brano a relative.

A little strange but true, So on this Sunday I give you some tech humor.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Flying Car Ready For Take Off!

Milner Motors AirCar is a self-contained four door, four to five seat advanced-composite road-able aircraft (flying car) with foldable main wing in the rear of the vehicle and a canard in the front.

One or two engines with propellers or ducted fans producing 300 total HP will carry the aircraft at cruise speeds of 200 MPH for up to 1000 miles.

In ground mode, the Milner AirCar will operate as an automobile and be about the same size as the Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic. A separate 40hp engine and transmission will power the wheels on the ground.

Hold Onto your hat the estimated price for this piece technological gadgetry is $450,000 USD.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Samsung YP-P2 Great Alternative to Iphone for Canadians

Canadians Don't have the Iphone in their country as of yet, however I found a great alternative for them its called the Samsung YP-P2 and it will happily work in Canada

The Samsung YP-P2 is the next best thing with 16 GB of storage, Thats 8GB more memory than the iPhone. You can get it at Best Buy in Canada. It has a 3 inch touchscreen, Bluetooth 2.0 support, and H.264, OGG and WMV playback.

For all you Canadians out there this phone is too good to pass up!!

For those of you that now have the Samsung YP-P2 write me and let me know how you like this gadget!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Worlds Largest Undersea Robot

The UT-1 Ultra Trencher is the world’s biggest undersea robot. The UT-1 Ultra Trencher weighs 60 tons, has a length of 7.8 meters, a width of 7.8 meters and a height of 5.6 meters. In fact, it has the dimensions of a small house. It can move at a speed of 2 to 3 knots under the sea. And it can trench pipelines with a 1-meter diameter in deep waters of up to 1 mile deep.

This huge subsea robot has been built by Soil Machine Dynamics (SMD), a Newcastle upon Tyne company which develops specialized remote controlled submersible robots (ROVs).

Weighing 50 tonnes and the size of small house, it is designed to bury large diameter oil and gas pipelines laid on the ocean floor. It does this by ‘flying’ down up to a mile deep below the surface using powerful propellers. It then lands over the pipeline and deploys a pair of ‘jet swords’ either side of the pipe which inject high pressure water to ‘fluidise’ the surface. Burying the pipelines protects them from fishing, shipwrecks and natural currents. This enables oil and gas to be safely transported from the offshore fields to land to provide secure energy supplies.”

Now I would say thats quite a large robot.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

ZPC-GX 31 Keyboard Computer Loaded!

Cybernet ZPC-GX31 Keyboard Computer, The ZPC-GX31 computer and everything needed is built right in the keyboard.

The Zero-Footprint-PC Cybernet model ZPC-GX31. is an all in one pc is powered by an Intel Core 2 Quad CPU, 4MB of DDR2/667Mhz RAM, 1GB LAN and DVI interface, 4 USB ports, Audio Inputs/Outputs, Ethernet Jack, PS/2 inputs, optical drive CDRW-DVD or DVD+/-RW, Intel Graphics Card, a Serial ATA HD, and several fans to keep the unit cool. However, the specs are customizable; the price will start from about $700.00

I think this is a great little system, I can finally save that floor space with this gadget the only thing I would lose is my foot rest!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

InSkull Implant Ends Five Years Of Silence For Child

Kieran Jennings is five years old but as of this week he is hearing sounds for the first time in his life.

The plucky little guy was born deaf and had to use sign language to communicate with others. Now a special implant has been put into his skull and ear so he can join his brothers and sister and listen watch his favorite TV shows.

The results of the brain-ear implant have amazed his parents Tracy and Gary Thompson who are now looking forward to the day their little boy can say “mom” and “dad”.

Last month, Kieran underwent three hours of surgery to have a cochlear implant at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital. It is a small electronic device which provides the brain with electrical signals, giving the sensation of sound.

The implants replace the hairs in the inner ear that have been damaged. They are connected to a receiver, which is implanted into the skull behind the ear.

Dad Garry Jennings, 28, said: “They turned the implant on and they were tuning it. Kieran kept looking around as he was suddenly hearing things. Every time the technician changed the vibrations he was making a little noise.

After the operation Kieran had to wait a month until the implant could be turned on. The Doctors turned it on and Kieran started hearing his first sounds.

The Doctors said, he will have to wait for about six months until he can hear fully because his brain will have to learn to accept sounds.

Kieran has to carry a card with him, if he goes into a store, he can set the alarms off. And he has to switch it off when he is flying, at take-off and landing.”

This is a wonderful technology it looks like in the next decade we could have blindness and deafness both beat.

USB Phantom Keystroker Best Office Prank Yet

This Office prank will make your coworkers go crazy, Think Geek's gadget shop has just the gadget for the job. The new Phantom Keystroker connects via USB on your coworkers computer and the entertainment can start.

This new high-tech prank gadget emulates a keyboard and mouse and periodically makes random mouse movements and types out strange garbage text and phrases.

A simple setting allows you to choose between keyboard garbage typing or annoying mouse movements or both. An adjustment timer sets the duration between "events".

With April 1st, right around the corner this is a must have.

Cyborg Enables Color-Blind Artist To Paint In Color

EyeBorg transforms life and art for the severely colorblind.
One artist Neil Harbisson says the Eyeborg, which enables him to perceive color by sound, and to literally compose paintings.

Eyeborg is a camera and laptop design which uses different frequencies of sound to transform color in front of the head-mounted lens into sound, played back to Harbisson via an earpiece. Originally a six-color device, the Eyeborg has evolved to 360 colors, giving Harbisson a great range as an visual artist.

The EyeBorg was designed by cybernetics expert, Adam Montandon, at HMC Interactive. The cyborg-visual art collaboration began three years ago. Harbisson heard Montandon lecture at Dartington College of Arts in England, when a student went up to him and asked if the gadget could also be used for the colorblind so they could paint in color.

Ramos RM955 Touch Screen Personal Music Player

The Ramos RM955 Personal Music Player [PMP] you get an 2.8 inch touch screen QVGA display at 320 x 240 resolution, microSD memory card slot, Bluetooth connectivity. Supported file formats include AVI, MP3, JPEG, WMA and BMP. It will be available next month in 2GB and 4GB capacities and that seems a little light, however with the SD card slot you can expand the storage quite a bit.

I really am enjoying seeing all these alternatives coming out against the overpriced Ipod Touch. Really how much difference could there be in sound and playback quality in an digital age with this gadget?

Friday, March 21, 2008

Intel stretches Your Wi-Fi Signal More Than 60 Miles

Intel has found a way to stretch a Wi-Fi signal from one antenna to another more than 60 miles away. Intel long Distance Wi-FI is here!

The wireless technology, called the rural connectivity platform (RCP), Jeff Galinovsky, a senior platform manager at Intel. " the data rates are high enough -up to about 6.5 megabits per second -that the transmission could be used for video conferencing and telemedicine, he says.

Intel has installed and tested the hardware in India, Panama, Vietnam, and South Africa. Later in the year, the company will sell the device in India, with a price below $500. The point-to-point technology will require two nodes, which could provide "full back-end infrastructure" for less than $1,000, said Galinovsky.

There is nothing particularly new high tech in the antenna technology and the router hardware, he says. The trick, he explains, comes in the software that the radios use to communicate with each other. "If you take standard Wi-Fi and focus it," Galinovsky says, "you can't get past a few miles." The reason is that one radio will send out data and wait for an acknowledgment from the other radio that the data was received. If the transmitting radio doesn't receive the acknowledgment in a certain amount of time, it will assume that the data was lost, and it will resend it.

Intel's RCP platform rewrites the communication rules of Wi-Fi radios. Galinvosky explains that the software creates specific time slots in which each of the two radios listens and talks, so there's no extra data being sent confirming transmissions. "We're not taking up all the bandwidth waiting for acknowledgments," he says. Since there is an trade-off between the amount of available bandwidth and the distance that a signal can travel, the more bandwidth is available, the farther a signal can travel.

He also mentioned that the power required is relativity very low and will not use up vast amount of power such as the predecessors of this technology. I really think this is great and will offer a cheap way for us to stay connected all the time.

LG LH2300 New Touch Screen Web Phone

LG has just shown its new LH2300 touchscreen web phone. The LH2300 comes with with full internet browsing and a 3-inch 800 x 480 Wide VGA resolution touchscreen to view it, added a great helper application Quick Search Icon for direct access to main portals, jog wheel and Internet hot keys. It features a 3-inch touchscreen display, microSD card slot, Bluetooth 2.0, 3.0-megapixel camera, and a T-DMB digital TV tuner. Available next month however this gadget is only available in Korea at the beginning of next month.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Pentagon Enters The Cyber Contact Race In a Hurry

We see now from our previous story Cyber Contacts - Terminator Type Visual Display that the Pentagon has now jumped into the race of Cyber Contact Lenses.

Today, a handful of soldiers with advanced gear can see a few digital maps, through helmet-mounted monocles. Some pilots can get data about their world, on heads-up displays. But one day, troops could see an info-"augmented" reality all around them, with contact lenses that provide "first-person shooter-type video game" environments to those that wear them. At least, that's the idea behind the latest project from DARPA, the Pentagon's blue sky science and technology division.

The agency's Information Processing Techniques Office announced Wednesday that it's looking for information on "the creation of micro- and nano-scale display technologies for the purpose of creating displays that could be worn as transparent contact lenses." And not in some far-off future. But in "three to five years."

Potential uses include virtual displays for pilots, videogame projections and telescopic vision for soldiers. A working prototype of a lens-embedded antenna that draws power for the device from radio frequencies has also been created. The next steps are to build a version that can display several pixels -- and then to test it on a person.

The UW team uses a technique called self-assembly to manufacture the eyewear. Researchers dust a specially designed contact lens with microscale components that automatically bond to predetermined receptor sites. The shape of each component dictates where it attaches.

BioTech Speechless Cell Conversations For Disabled

A new device translates thoughts into speech so that you can have a cell-phone conversation without uttering a word ideal for the disabled that have no vocal capability.

Ambient Corporation, a company based in Champaign, IL, that develops communications technologies for people with speaking disabilities, is calling its latest system "voiceless communication" Thats with good reason. Ambient has created a neckband that translates a your thoughts into speech so, without saying a word, he or she can have a cell-phone conversation or query search engines in public.

No need for concern: the device, called Audeo, can't read minds, so it won't capture your secret thoughts. It picks up the neurological signals from the brain that are being sent to the vocal cords you must specifically think about voicing words the collar then wirelessly transmits them to a computer, which translates them into speech. At the moment, the device has a limited vocabulary about 150 words and phrases.

The video below shows Michael Callahan, a cofounder of Ambient and a developer of the device, demonstrating the technology at the Texas Instruments Developers Conference, Michael Callahan during his speech, he says that by the end of the year, the device will be ready for use by people with Lou Gehrig's disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that can cause sufferers to become completely paralyzed. He also says that in the future, if a person is walking down the street thinking about where a bus station is located, the device will automatically wirelessly query a search engine to find one.

Record And Playback Anyones Dreams In Full Detail

A first-generation commercial brain-computer interface (BCI) is being released by Emotiv Systems later this year. What does the future hold for BCI?

By 2050, and likely sooner, you will be able to buy a BCI device that records all your dreams in their entirety. This will be done in one of two ways. One method would be to use distributed nanobot technology less than a micrometer in diameter to spread throughout the brain and monitor the activation patterns of neurons.

By this point, cognitive science will have advanced enough to know which neural activation patterns correspond to which sensory experiences. This has already been done with cats (using electrodes, not nanobots), where researchers led by scientist Garrett Stanley were able to extrapolate what a cat was seeing merely by monitoring the neurons of its visual cortex.

You will now have the ability to record and playback your dreams by using this gadget (with smell, touch, and visuals. I would really hate to see someone hack my system and view my dreams, kind of a scary thought. However it just might create a whole new venue of entertainment as well, award winning Dreams sold like a DVD of today however with full detail of scent, touch and smell.


Pre-Life Molecules Spotted On Distant Planet

The Hubble Space Telescope made a remarkable discovery on a Jupiter-sized planet from another solar system that finally gives a glimpse of hope that life is possible outside of our own planet. Scientists reported that the Hubble telescope discovered for the first time ever an organic molecule in the atmosphere of a planet found at 63 light-years in the constellation Vulpecula, called HD 189733b.

“This is a crucial stepping stone to eventually characterizing prebiotic molecules on planets where life could exist,” said Mark Swain of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Swain, who is the lead author of the paper that is set to appear in the March 20 issue of the journal Nature also reconfirming that in 2007 NASA’s Spitzer Space telescope uncovered traces of water molecules in the same planet’s atmosphere.

What is really amazing about the discovery of the methane molecule is that this element in particular is known to have an essential role in pre-biotic chemistry. In other words, there is water, there is methane, and scientists’ hopes can only grow higher.

Scientists say that the planet is far to hot to support life, but I really don't know how true that could be since other life as we know it might exist in conditions that would be extreme to us.


Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Pentagon's Cyborg Insects Ready To Fly

For years, The Pentagon backed scientists and researchers have been trying to create cyborg insects that could serve as living, remote controlled snoopers. The problem is, those modified insects never lived long enough to be of any use. Now a professor Robert Michelson says he's managed to get the bug 'cyborgs to live into adulthood.

DARPA's Hi-MEMS program wishes to implant place micro-mechanical systems "MEMS" Once placed inside the creatures during the early stages of metamorphosis, as the bugs get older, tissues grow around and fuse together with the micro machines.

Flight International reports that, in his latest work, Michelson truncated a Manduca moth's thorax "to reduce its mass." Then he put in "a MEMS component, where abdominal segments would have been, during the larval stage."

Images taken by x-ray of insects with these changes and others found that tissue growth around the inserted probes was good. One DARPA goal is to show that during locomotion the heat and mechanical power generated by the thorax could be harnessed to power the MEMS.

Ultimately, DARPA wants these MEMS to remote-operately the insects, either through "direct electrical muscle excitation, electrical stimulation of neurons, projection of ultrasonic pulses simulating bats, or projection of pheromones. The ultimate goal would be to have the cyborgs carry one or more sensors, such as a microphone or a gas sensor and send back the information."

This technology is going to be incredible, Just think of the future possibilities or err ramifications

El-E Retrieving Robot Helps The Sick and Elderly

The El-E robot looks like something you'd see in a Hollywood sci-fi flick: It's got two lenses spaced together just like eyes and a slender 5 1/2 -foot-tall body. It spurts out crazy catch phrases when it accomplishes its goals.

But unlike Sci-Fi robot movie stars, the El-E isn't designed to act human. It simply gets things you point at with a laser.

"The entire world becomes a point-and-click interface. Objects become buttons. And if you point at one, the El-E robot comes to get it for you," said Charlie Kemp, the director of Georgia Tech's Center for Healthcare Robotics and the robot's designer. "

To command the El-E, the user points a laser at something for a few seconds. The robot responds with a beep and then zeros in on the target. Once there, it lifts a mechanical arm and grabs the object. It begins the return trip when the laser is pointed at the user's feet, and it looks for a human face before handing over what it picked up.

El-E works by using dozens of sensors, lasers and cameras that help it find its target item and judge the grip needed to retrieve it. A mechanized crane that can grab items from the floor or shelves is the mass of its slender body. It rolls around on three wheels, and it's all powered by a lone Mac mini, which sits in its base.

Researchers hope the laser-directed robot could someday open doors, switch light panels and guide patients, but it still has a way to go.

The robot's arm can only carry objects up to 1.2 pounds, and it has yet to be tested with sick patients. I know quite a few people can use this now such as a stroke victom thats only 26 years old and on his own.

Canon IXUS 970 IS Starts Shipping

Canon IXUS 970 IS Starts Shipping The new Canon IXUS 970 IS is now available for purchase. The Canon IXUS 970 IS is a 10 megapixel digital camera and has a powerful 5x optical zoom.

The Canon IXUS 970 IS camera also has an enhanced version of Canon’s lens-shift type optical Image Stabilizer (IS). Cannons website also states it has high ISO Auto with Face Detection Technology, Motion Detection Technology, white Balance and Face Select and Track, Noise Reduction Technology, Red-Eye correction, a 2.5 inch LCD plus optical viewfinder, and many other outstanding features. This camera seems ideal for the serious picture buff.

Nokia N82 It's Back In Black

Nokia N82 It's Back In Black If you don’t like the metalic look of the Nokia N82, now you got the choice as Nokia has officially unveiled the Nokia N82 cell phone in stylish black. It is expected to be shipped within a few weeks.

The Director for Nokia said “the Nokia N82 is made for storytelling”. For one of Nokia’s leading edge connected camera, the Nokia N82 in black captures your life and discoveries. With an built-in A-GPS it can even help you locating new places to see and go to by pairing ‘contextual’ information with a super array of connectivity features such as Wi-Fi and HSDPA. Just think you can share all your moments as they happen instantly!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

MIT Creates Sexy BioSuit Thats Out Of This World

MIT Creates Out Of This World BioSuit. this BioSuit created from a team of researchers at MIT is pretty cool looking. The biosuit is supposed to be much more manageable for the person wearing it than previous versions.

In addition to giving the astronaut/Wearer greater movement, the BioSuit also increases safety "Accidental punctures can be patched super fast". The biosuit will give the wearer resistance in space through the use of varying resistance levels. The researchers of the project at MIT say it should be ready in about ten years or so. We might just see this biosuit worn for the first human expedition to Mars.

Dextre The Space Robot Starts Repairs In Space

Dextre The Space Robot Starts Repairs In Space. Dextre, at a ton and a half is no small space robot. Dextre intended for repair and servicing tasks at the International Space Station (ISS), is now fully functinal, according to reports. The 12-foot-tall robot repair and maintenance robot, is the product of an Canadian space robotics tech company, has been fully assembled and is ready for work.

Dextre will move about the outside of the station on the end of an large articulated "Canadarm2" gantry, also a Canadian product. If necessary the robot can "ride independently" on its mobile base system.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

MIT Bio-Electronic Eye Implant To Restore Sight

MIT Bio-Electronic Eye Implant To Restore Sight. Researchers at MIT are feeling pretty good that their work is very close to be able to "restore partial sight to people who have slowly gone blind because of diseases of the retina."

The bio-electronic eye implant, that is about the size of a Q-Tip head, would actually sit behind the retina at the back of the eye, and images then get transmitted to the brain "via a wire the width of a human hair."

As it stands, an FDA grant application is already in the works, and the MIT researchers are hoping to have it implanted in an animal in a few months.

The implant only works for people who "were once able to see and have partially intact optic nerve cells" those who are blind at birth or have glaucoma are not candidates for the procedure.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

MPIO V10 Touch Personal MP3 And Video Player

MPIO V10 Touch MP3 And Video Player.

has had a lot of hits and misses in the past, but the MPIO V10 Touch could keep it from being compared with Cowon's highly rated Q5. The V10 Touch comes with a 3" touch screen display at 480 x 272 resolution and will be able to support a whole host of file formats such as WMV, DivX, XviD, MPEG-4, H.264, VOB, MP3, WMA, Ogg, and AAC.

Other than those important specifications, the MPIO V10 Touch is also equipped with an integrated FM tuner, voice recording capability, and an e-dictionary, all running on the Windows CE 5.0 operating system. Now thats a pretty handy gadget!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Secret Service Headset for Covert Communications

Secret Service Headset for Covert Communications.This device - the smallest of its kind. The company calls it “Secret Service Invisible 2-Way Micro Headset”, the micro-sized earbud is smaller than a hearing aid which fits snugly and securely in the ear canal.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Plane Flies For 5 years No Refueling Needed

DARPA "Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency" have created an unmanned plane that can, in theory, stay up in the air for five years non-stop. The Vulture is an airplane that works like a satellite, but is not controlled by the pull of gravity better known as orbiting. DARPA has set the presidence for Vulture as five years on duty with a 1,000 pound payload, 5kW of electrical power and a pretty decent loiter speed to stay on course for 99% of the time against winds encountered at 90,000-60,000ft altitude.
"Vulture could be positioned over a battlefield, at 65,000ft versus 260 miles,” Say the directers of this new technology. Operating as a pseudo-satellite in the stratosphere and not low Earth orbit would provide a 65dB gain in communications capability, they say, and significantly increase on board sensor resolution.

It’s still left unsaid how the craft will fly at the prescribed 60,000 to 90,000-foot height for so long, but DARPA has told us it is not by radioactive fuel, I believe it might have to do with something like fuel cells, hydrogen or solar, or a combination of. NASA, the originator of the graphic above, could have something to do with the new technology that will accomplish this feat. I know I have seen a picture of this prototype about ten years ago related to NASA, however DARPA is not naming any type of partners in this project.

Samsung First 2.5-Inch Half-Terabyte Hard Drive Ever

Samsung Creates The First 2.5-Inch Half-Terabyte Hard Drive Ever. Samsung has announced the world’s first 500GB 2.5HDD (5400Rpm) for notebook PCs, the Spinpoint M6.

The Spinpoint M6 Hard Drive features a 8MB cache, 5400rpm spindle speed, and 3.0Gbps SATA interface and a optional Free-Fall-Sensor. The Spinpoint M6 comes a long way from the old High Tech mentality of gouging our pockets and this hard drive will currently ship with the manufacturer suggested retail price of $299. I believe hands down this is a pretty good deal.

Monday, March 03, 2008

D-Link DIR-855 Router Powers Wireless N Over 2 Channels

D-Link DIR-855 Router Powers Wireless N Over 2 Channels.

If you are in need of a strong solution for your home media streaming needs, D-Link's new tech DIR-855 Wireless N Router is kicking it up a notch with simultaneous dual 802.11n antennas over both 2.4GHz & 5GHz channels. If you have a high need for bandwidth this will allow you and your friend to simultaneously use both channels full on with no degradation of speed.

The DIR-855 also has three dual external antennae, an OLED network display, Built in dual Active Firewall (SPI, NAT), backwards compatibility with 802.11a/g, Green Ethernet Technology, an 11 year warranty and so much more that The DIR-855 is a bit of a powerhouse using the dual technology.

Cell Phone Tattooed On Your Arm

At the recent Greener Gadgets Design Competition, the engineer demonstrated a subcutaneously implanted touch-screen that operates as a cell phone display, with the potential for 3G video calls that are visible just underneath the skin.

The basis of the 2×4-inch “Digital Tattoo Interface” is a Bluetooth device made of thin, flexible silicon and silicone. It´s inserted through a small incision as a tightly rolled tube, and then it unfurls beneath the skin to align between skin and muscle. Through the same incision, two small tubes on the device are attached to an artery and a vein to allow the blood to flow to a coin-sized blood fuel cell that converts glucose and oxygen to electricity. After blood flows in from the artery to the fuel cell, it flows out again through the vein.

On both the top and bottom surfaces of the display is a matching matrix of field-producing pixels. The top surface also enables touch-screen control through the skin. Instead of ink, the display uses tiny microscopic spheres, somewhat similar to tattoo ink. A field-sensitive material in the spheres changes their color from clear to black, aligned with the matrix fields.

Via Rich Media Info

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Icub Baby Robot To Be Taught How to Speak

Icub Baby Robot Scientists working with a 3ft humanoid baby robot called iCub that will learn to speak just like a real human.
Over the next few years robotics experts will work with language development specialists who research how parents teach children to speak. The Icub robot will also be taught how to hold objects and assess them. Typical experiments with the iCub robot will include playtime such as inserting objects of various shapes into the corresponding holes in a box, serializing nested cups and stacking wooden blocks.

The findings as they develop will lead to a robot someday that will think, learn and talk for itself. The Icub should be able to layout the foundations a fairly complex AI that will have unique thinking, behavioral and communications skills from individual learning experiences.

Sony Mylo COM-2 Broadband Gadget with Free W-Fi

Sony Mylo COM-2 Sony upgraded its Mylo to COM-2, with a back-lit, slide-out keyboard, this wireless broadband gadget can connect to open Wi-Fi networks.

You wont need a monthly service contract, and as an added bonus, the new COM-2 mylo will receive free access to hotspot locations in the U.S. including more than 9,000 McDonald’s locations until late December 08.

I think this is a perfect bit of technology to give to a young student on the move.