• Portable Fan Wars

    March 17 2010 / by Jeff Hilford
    Category: Gadgets

    These Parrot AR.Drone's are pretty cool but I wonder if they would be best suited as mobile personal cooling units, following you around and keeping you cool on a hot day. 

    Then all you would need is your personal theme music t-shirt and you'd be good to go.

     

     

    Via Slashgear

  • iPhone App Starts Car

    November 25 2009 / by Jeff Hilford
    Category: Technology

    Crap...did I lock the car?

    No worries.  With the Viper SmartStart you can not only remotely lock and unlock your car but also start it and adjust the climate control.  From anywhere.

     

     

    Another step forward in the smartphone as remote control for life.

     

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  • Incredible Data Visualization of the Allosphere

    October 07 2009 / by Jeff Hilford
    Category: Technology

    Check out this stunning video of inventor JoAnn Kuchera-Morinis demonstrating the Allosphere at the last TED conference.   The Allosphere is a 3 story high chamber that allows researchers to stand in the middle of incredible visual and sonic representations of their data.  Complex algorithms are powered by a super-computer to bring data to life in breakthrough fashion.


    One can imagine many uses for this technology and it is a good example of one way the scientific discovery process will accelerate in the near future.

  • Asimo Controlled By Human Thought (Video)

    April 20 2009 / by Alvis Brigis
    Category: Technology

    We've already seen thought-controlled avatars, so it comes as no surprise that robotics represents a new frontier for brain computer interfaces (BCIs).  Still, the following video of a human controlling Honda's Asimo via BCI marks a profound socio-technological development, offering a glimpse into the future of work, entertainment and security:

    Isn't it interesting that this didn't make its way through national media channels? Just a few years ago human-BCI-controlled robotics would have been perceived as revolutionary.

    (this awesome link via The Future is Awesome)

  • AMD's New 3D Immersive Social Media and Digital Browser

    April 10 2009 / by Jeff Hilford
    Category: Gadgets

    This baby allows you to navigate all of your content, both locally stored and cloud based, with a 3D immersive application.  It also includes a recommendation app that suggests related content (natch).


    Visual search and browsing applications are starting to come fast and furious as the days of static, 2D text-based as sole option fade in the rearview mirror.  The interface revolution is afoot.  Should be a fun ride.

    Via TechCrunch

  • [Video] MIT Media Lab's Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry Introduce Sixth Sense Wearable Interface

    March 11 2009 / by Garry Golden
    Category: Gadgets

    One of the hottest talks from this year's TED Conference is a wearable system demonstration from MIT Media LabPattie Maes and Pranav Mistry introduce a working prototype aimed at augmenting our world with a 'Sixth Sense' layer of information using image sensing and projection systems.

     

    TED Talk Video

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  • [Video] Could 3D Projection Systems Transform Urban Landscapes?

    February 25 2009 / by Garry Golden
    Category: Culture

    France-based Easy Web develops 3D video projection systems for 'monumental architecture', but could they be developing new cultural expectations for human-city interfaces where everything becomes a template?

    via Laughing Squid Youtube

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  • [Video] Impress Touch Project Hints at Post-PC Era Interfaces

    February 22 2009 / by Garry Golden
    Category: Gadgets

    During the next decade we are likely to see commercial products that will start to define the 'Post PC' Era of smart, networked objects that follow a new path of product development.  Users will interact with embedded devices beyond the keyboard and mouse.  We know that OLEDs offer a clear path to flexible, transparent display screens, but what about the combination of sensors and low power chips that make the 'screen' irrelevant for new applications.  If it is hard to imagine commercial Post PC applications for enterprise sectors, what about designs for education and entertainment markets based on visions like Impress project from Sillenet [via Vimeo]

    Via TrendHunter

  • [Video] Google Power Meter translates energy into information flows

    February 18 2009 / by Garry Golden
    Category: Energy

    One of the great efficiency opportunities for the next century is based on the convergence of information and energy flows. The notion of a 'smart grid' is a more reliable and efficient energy web based on the integration of software, sensors and energy storage. 

    There are dozens of 'smart grid' infrastructure startups that service utility companies, as well as more commercial/industrial efforts being pushed by IBM, Johnson Controls, Honeywell, and Cisco.

    And for those homes with 'Smart Meters' or Smart Devices, solutions are coming online quickly. Google has now thrown its hat into the ring around the basic idea: 'if you can measure it, you can improve it'.  The Google Power Meter is a software tool integrated into smart meters that helps consumers better understand how they use energy in order to reduce their costs and consumption.  Google is a big name, in an expanding space of 'smart energy' startups, like Sentilla and REGEN, who are trying to build demand in the residential market.

    Related Smart Grid posts on The Energy Roadmap.com

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  • [Video] MIT Media Lab Demonstrates the Future of Interactive Toys and Learning with Siftables

    February 12 2009 / by Garry Golden
    Category: Technology

    MIT Media Lab's David Merrill describes at a near term future where we play with smart objects that integrate OLED displays, sensors, and smarter software that adapts to our actions:

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