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Conspiracy Theory: Technology’s Dark Role in the Future

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: December 5, 2013

Technology is a way of doing things, and doing things are either good, evil or indifferent. It isn't always about getting faster computers, more powerful gaming hardware or more efficient car engines - it's about what you do with them. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. Our ways of doing things have totally changed through time. Now, we get news fast, instant messaging & powerful mobile gadgets from cameras to laptop computers. Most of us even have probably experienced the rise and fall of compact disks. It's all moving so fast that I think even parents have a hard…

Microsoft rolls out update for Xbox 360 Dashboard

Relevance: 73%      Posted on: October 19, 2012

After a period of beta testing, the software giant started seeding the update for an improved version of the Xbox 360 Dashboard. This update is said to bring in new features to the gaming console's UI for a more immersive experience. Some of the new things that this update brings to the table besides the new Dashboard layout are Internet Explorer integration and Film ratings and recommendations courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes. The company also promised to bring Xbox SmartGlass functionality to the console, but it’ll be a separate update which will come after the Windows 8 release. Here's a sneak…

Microsoft Research does Minority Report Technology

Relevance: 64%      Posted on: June 21, 2007

When I watched Steve Jobs' presentation of the iPhone back in January, he says that Apple has patented the multi-touch technology for the iPhone. The crowd laughed aloud knowing that joke was aimed at Microsoft. Now, I'm wondering why the Microsoft Research department also has the multi-touch technology implemented on a regular Dell laptop: I guess it's the same functionality but with different technology behind it. Microsoft is using infrared (IR) to detect multiple touch points in the laptop screen (or possibly, any screen for that matter). And since it's basically IR, they can actually send data across it wirelessly…

Enable Talk Project: Gesture-to-Speech Technology

Relevance: 62%      Posted on: July 12, 2012

A group of talented Ukrainian students may have uncovered a radical way for speech-impaired people to be fully understood with the help of Enable Talk. The team QuadSquad, which comprises of Anton Stepanov, Anton Posternikov and Maxim Osika, has topped over 300 students from 75 countries to win Microsoft's Imagine Cup with their Enable Talk. Their project aims to break down the language barrier between speech-impaired and able-bodied people. Their invention translates hand gestures in to speech through a special glove connected to a chip which will then transmit data to the mobile device via Bluetooth. Here's a short video…

Light Fidelity, the future of wireless connectivity

Relevance: 61%      Posted on: November 1, 2013

Wireless Fidelity, aka Wi-Fi is so 2013, or at least that’s how the engineers behind Light Fidelity (Li-Fi) see the future wireless data transmission. Let’s delve a little deeper into this fairly new concept and see how it can revolutionize the way we connect to the internet. After working on his project for nearly 8 years, University of Edinburgh’s Professor Harald Haas showcased his idea publicly during a TED talk back in 2011. His idea involves turning an ordinary LED light bulb in to a wireless broadband device by rigging it to radio microchip. This chip then controls how the…

Project Tango: Google’s new mobile mapping technology

Relevance: 61%      Posted on: February 21, 2014

Google Advanced Technology and Projects group has introduced its latest technology that will soon enable a mobile device like a smartphone or tablet to scan and map your 3D world - the Project Tango. What is it? In essence, Project Tango is a 5-inch phone with customized hardware and software. It is equipped with a set of sensors so it can track its full 3D motion and map its environment at the same time. "These sensors allow the phone to make over a quarter million 3D measurements every second, updating it’s position and orientation in real-time, combining that data into…

Future Smartwatches should ALL have this…

Relevance: 60%      Posted on: April 16, 2014

One of the more prevalent drawbacks of wearable devices such as smartwatches is battery or, more precisely, the need to replenish the juice every so often. But that won’t be the case for too long as the researchers over at KAIST may have found a solution for this problem and it comes in form of a tiny and flexible sheet of glass fabric that generates power by using the human body heat. Thermoelectric Generators, the technology used by KAIST researchers on their prototype, has been around since ages. However, previous attempts at TE Generators were only either flexible but generates…

Technology Entrepreneurship Class in UP

Relevance: 60%      Posted on: February 28, 2008

Just came back from an hour long talk at the UP College of Engineering in Diliman for an elective class on Technology Entrepreneurship. I find the class very interesting. The lecturer shared with me how he came up with the idea after attending MIT and thought it would be great to have the same in the state university. If I were still in college, I would have taken up this elective in a heart beat. First, it exposes the students to the basics of entrepreneurship especially that the class is offered to engineering and computer science students. A scientific mind…

Nokia PureView coming to future Lumia handsets

Relevance: 60%      Posted on: March 6, 2012

When the Nokia 808 PureView was unveiled, people were impressed with its massive 41 megapixel camera, but it was a “What the hell?” moment after realizing it is running Symbian instead of Windows Phone 7. It's like seeing Stephen Elop driving a V12 super car instead of the Stig. However, since the PureView project started 5 years ago, Symbian was the OS Nokia had at the time. Nokia's Executive Vice President for smart devices, Jo Harlow, has confirmed that the PureView technology is indeed coming to future Lumia phones. When asked by the Finnish newspaper Aamulehti about when such phones…

Water-Powered Cell Phones

Relevance: 59%      Posted on: October 15, 2007

Here's one indication that water will be a more expensive commodity in the future -- water-powered batteries for the mobile phones. Korea mobile manufacturer, Samsung, has recently unveiled at the 2007 Korea Electronics Show a new source of fuel-cells. The new fuel cell, powered by H2O, could power a handset for 10 hours -- almost twice as long as current rechargeable batteries. These water-powered handsets are expected to hit the market by 2010. Users will only have to change the hydrogen cartridge when the energy is depleted. Isn't that gonna be costly? However, they add that later handsets will be…