Infographic: If extraterrestreal civilizations are monitoring our TV broadcastas, this is what they are currently watching.
Infographic: If extraterrestreal civilizations are monitoring our TV broadcastas, this is what they are currently watching.
This has got to be one of the coolest robots I have seen.
It just needs a silent power source.
a "flux capacitor" maybe?
An amazing example of how fast information spreads in the real-time internet age.
Wikipedia is Faster than Google
CNN is slower than TMZ
Twitter is *Very* fast... until it overloads.
A 13 year old kid traded his iPod for an old-school walkman for a week and then wrote a review on it. Great stuff! My favorite part is how it took him 3 days to figure out that you were supposed to flip the tape over.
The entire Michael Jackson estate for auction. An incredible art collection, although, my favorite stuff is from book VII, "Memorabilia From the Life and Career of Michael Jackson"
A testament to how creative (and stupid and scary) people can be.
Telsa making electric cars cool
The longest lasting, fasting charging, most environmentally stable battery on the market... and with the help of a little federal stimulus money (within the next few weeks?) Boston Power will be recycling 'slack' (abandoned) US auto manufacturing infrastructure to create high-tech jobs to boot!
Note: 3.5 year-old Boston Power is already manufacturing high volumes in Taiwan and China.
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Super thin battery technology for low power embedded devices like RFID tags and smart cards
This kid is clearly made of adamantium.
"It is comprised of 400 polished stainless steel poles installed in a grid array measuring one mile by one kilometer."
Apparently you can pay to spend the night in the field... not sure why you would pay money for your worst night's sleep ever but it looks cool.
T.V. Raman, a blind engineer at Google, have developed software that makes the touchscreen of the T-Mobile G1 a lot more usable by blind users. And the solution they’ve come up to the dialing problem is as simple as it is ingenious.
This is a great example of some of the latest input technologies for mobile devices.
"Cliff Kushler, the inventor of the T9 keyboard technology for numeric keypads, has developed a new alphanumeric entry technology for touch-screen laptops and Smartphone devices. This latest technology, named Swype, works with an on-screen QWERTY keyboard similar to ones found on Windows Mobile and the iPhone. The difference from the usual method of typing in the letters is that a finger or stylus is used to slide in the first letter, then without lifting the finger, the user continues writing the entire word"
"High-tech, life-sciences, and energy innovation may well hold the key to the nation’s economic health and long-term competitiveness... showcase the panorama of transformative efforts underway in such fields as energy, life sciences, robotics, cloud and mobile computing, and transportation—at universities, startups, and large corporations."
Juan Enriquez, Managing Director, Excel Medical Ventures
Dean Kamen, Founder, FIRST, President, DEKA Research & Development
John Abele, Co-founder, Boston Scientific
Yet-Ming Chiang, Professor of Ceramics, MIT, Co-founder A123Systems
Jeff Nick, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, EMC
Christoph Westphal, CEO, Sirtris, SVP, Centre of Excellence for External Drug Discovery, GlaxoSmithKline
Mohamad Ali, Massachusetts Senior State Executive, IBM
John Maraganore, CEO, Alnylam
Reed Sturtevant, Managing Director, Microsoft Startup Labs
Christina Lampe-Onnerud, CEO, Boston-Power
Tillman Gerngross, Co-founder, GlycoFi, Co-founder and CEO, Adimab, Professor of Engineering, Dartmouth
Mick Mountz, CEO and Founder, Kiva Systems
John D. Halamka, Chief Information Officer, CareGroup Health System, Chief Information Officer and Dean for Technology, Harvard Medical School
Carl Dietrich, CEO, Terrafugia
James Carey, Co-founder and Principal Scientist, SiOnyx
Maria Rupnick, Co-Founder, Zafgen, Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Thomas Hughes, CEO, Zafgen
Noubar Afeyan, Managing Partner and CEO, Flagship Ventures
Michael Greeley, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners, Chairman, New England Venture Capital Association
Jeffrey Ives, CEO, Satori Pharmaceuticals
Brian Shin, CEO, Visible Measures
Bill Taylor, Co-founder, Fast Company
Jo Tango, Founder and Partner, Kepha Partners
Black Hat Security Conference, Las Vegas: August6-7, 2009
"Charles Miller, a principal analyst at Independent Security Evaluators, and Vincenzo Iozzo, a student at the University of Milan, in Italy, will present a way to run nonapproved code on Apple's mobile device..."
not just an extrasolar planet mind you... WTF!? [-ed.]
"Using a technique called Pixel-lensing, a group of astronomers in Italy may have detected a planet orbiting another star. But this planet is unique among the 300-plus exoplanets discovered so far, as it and its parent star are in another galaxy. The Andromeda Galaxy, to be exact. Technically, the star in M31 was found to have a companion about 6 times the mass of Jupiter, so it could be either a brown dwarf or a planet. But either way, this is a remarkable feat, to find an object of that size in another galaxy."
"Pixel-lensing, or gravitational microlensing was developed to look for MAssive Compact Halo Objects MACHOs in the galactic halo of the Milky Way. Because light rays are bent when they pass close to a massive object, the gravity of a nearby star focuses the light from a distant star towards Earth. This method is sensitive to finding planets in our own galaxy, ranging is sizes from Jupiter-like planets to Earth-sized ones. And recently, astronomers used gravitational microlensing to be able to see about a dozen or so stars in M31, an extraordinary accomplishment in itself."
"The team notes in their paper that perhaps an extrasolar planet in M31 might have already been detected since an anomaly in a pixel-lensing light curve was previously reported by another research team in 2004, who claimed that a possible binary system in M31 was responsible for an observed anomaly in an observed light curve."
I think this is more impressive than the 787 video.
It is a pretty normal experience to see the 737 bodies arrivingto the Seattle area via rail.
It is another thing to see this big guy flying overhead!
Check out the Wing Break Test.
An amazing destructive test that validates the entire design and construction of the new 787 wing.
Question came up the other night on how old the PC mouse is. Well it was first demostrated 40 years ago.
Mice now come in many different flavors, but what is next?
Maybe something like this?
From their website:
Frayed Wire is a one day event bringing together people at the intersection of art and technology. If you are actively involved in digital, electronic, new media, computer generated, or interactive arts – or you want to be – this event is for you!
Our goal is to inspire, educate, and build community with a combination of presentations, workshops, discussions (in the unconference tradition), and an open lab space.
(ps I'm going)
Everybody needs a hero.
I think these are 30 essential books for anyone who works in design. Why let the ID people have all the fun?? I know Synapse has a bunch of these floating around, I'm stoked to finish out the list.
(And speaking as the shortest Synapster, small IS the new big.)
Uh oh... the twitter message unique ID on each message is about to roll over. Will the world shut down? Will dogs and cats become playmates?? ONLY TIME WILL TELL!
Not that this means we shouldn't buy some for our own in-house testing...
I find this interesting, as it parallels some work that I have been doing: Nokia is working on harvesting ambient electromagnetic energy. Very cool.
The Adventure School plugged Synapse on their blog today :-). Have you heard? We're hosting Green Drinks tomorrow, Tuesday June 9th? Come one and all!
For those not already in the know, the Adventure school is an amazing party and event planning business in Seattle. The Adventure School is run by Cori Ready and Aviva Palmer, two movers and shakers of their time. Their website is amazingly cool (http://www.theadventureschool.com) and has many more details about thier events. If you search back far enough, you'll even find a Winter Party that they threw for Synapse back in 2007. It was a TOTAL BLAST!
This Rube Goldberg machine predicts the economy with a system of tubes and valves... if only I'd known about this last year.
(BUSINESS WIRE)--Microsoft’s Bing overtook Yahoo! as the number two search engine in the United States and worldwide Thursday (4th June) according to data from StatCounter Global Stats. StatCounter says that Bing grabbed market share from Google.
“It remains to be seen if Bing falls away after the initial novelty and promotion but at first sight it looks like Microsoft is on to a winner,” commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. “Steve Ballmer is quoted as saying that he wanted Microsoft to become the second biggest search engine within five years. Following the breakdown in talks to acquire Yahoo! at a cost of $40bn it looks as if he may have just achieved that with Bing much sooner and a lot cheaper than anticipated.”
StatCounter’s analysis for Thursday finds that in the US Bing leapfrogged Yahoo to take second place on 16.28%. Yahoo! has 10.22%. Google still commands the US search engine market with 71.47%.
StatCounter data globally finds that Bing at 5.62% has taken a narrow lead over Yahoo! (5.13%). Google worldwide retains 87.62% of the market. See http://gs.statcounter.com/#search_engine-ww-daily-20090529-20090604
Nerdy politics. I've been following it since well before the election, but thought I'd share. The statistical analysis is at times stunning. Check it.
Jake got me hooked on no knead breads. Give it a shot. It's easy and delicious. But don't try to pick up the pan at 450deg without a pot holder. It hurts.
Microsoft has just created a whole new placying field for video game control. Their new system is entirely motion capture and voice recognition. No controllers required.
The attached video is totally amazing.
This is a great photo essay illustrating some parts of the world we never see.
Great article about a young athlete who has a natural instinct for business.
Crazy Icelanders take their crazy hill climbing jeeps to the water
That a look at these online documents:
Not exactly your old paper magazine.
Who wouldn't want to cruise the hood on one of these...
CP+B has hatched a plan on how to make interns billable for clients AND get them all the learning they could ever want! I see opportunity...
One of my big complaints in finding good proto vendors and mechnical engineers are people who know how to make things with their hands.
All of the "extreme" sports we participate in around here now officially SUCK.
Peep the YouTube Video at the bottom of the page, OUCH!
Google is once again changing the way we use the internet. This looks cool.
The Cult of Done ManifestoThere are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done. There is no editing stage. Pretending you know what you're doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you're doing even if you don't and do it. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done. Once you're done you can throw it away. Laugh at perfection. It's boring and keeps you from being done. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes. Destruction is a variant of done. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done. Done is the engine of more.
This lab sounds awesome. I totally want a crunchy nitrogen juice pop.
Synapse had a cameo in a recent New York Times business article on companies that use car-share programs: "Some smaller companies, like Synapse Product Development, based in Seattle, also have adopted car sharing for long-distance business travel. Synapse asks its 36 employees to drive Zipcars to Portland, Ore.; Spokane, Wash.; or Vancouver, British Columbia, said its president, Christoph Mack. He estimates that car sharing costs the company about $5,000 a month, or one-third of what it would otherwise pay to cover employee transportation and parking."
I love Core77 on a normal day, but this was a real gem from them. Wind energy designed to go on already existing structures for power lines. Genius!
We had Sharp in here demo'ing these memory LCDs twice in the last week. Very cool stuff. Think of a hybrid between e-ink (low-power, nice contrast), and active matrix LCDs (video capable, fast refresh).
Sharp has just announced some phones for SoftBank in Japan with external memory LCD displays for things like calendar and analog clocks. Super-cool stuff that we're looking to leverage for several clients. Watch this space :)
Someone is obviously thinking of me while making phone apps. I need to meet this Glympse person...
An amazing video of the texas night sky time lapse. Really beautiful.
Making the world's knowledge computable Today's Wolfram|Alpha is the first step in an ambitious, long-term project to make all systematic knowledge immediately computable by anyone. You enter your question or calculation, and Wolfram|Alpha uses its built-in algorithms and growing collection of data to compute the answer.
A German company named Future-Shape has developed SensFloor, a layer of textile sensors that monitors human movement and can be installed underneath almost any type of flooring. The product works by sending a small electrical charge through a conductive fabric containing integrated sensor plates (32 per square meter) and radio modules. When someone walks over a sensor, a small change in charge capacity triggers the system.
Future-Shape envisions a wide range of applications for its technology. Controlling automatic doors, for instance, "can be done more intelligently than it's done today," argues R&D director Axel Steinhage. "The door will only open if someone walks straight toward it," not if someone is simply walking by, because the system can determine direction of travel. In a home or hotel room, the technology could be used to turn on lights when you step out of bed, and to have them automatically adjust as you move through different rooms. In a hospital or nursing home, it could be set up to detect when a patient falls. Future-Shape hopes to make the product available, with supporting software, in two to three years.
Amazing photo, taken from earth during the Atlantis solar transit last week.
In AI, the idea of expert systems - programs which use predefined rules to sort through facts and arrive at a conclusion - gained popularity in the seventies but were later found to be insufficient to tasks involving large quantities of data, as in detecting and tracking objects in video containing millions of pixels per second. In the past ten years, great advances have been made using statistics-based approaches to discriminate and detect such objects, but only recently have rule-based systems been making a comeback in the form of graphical models. Graphical models are a technique for propagating inferences between nodes in a graph, each of which represents a concept to be reasoned about. In this case, we would like to infer the number and 3D position of pedestrians in a video. We use the available data to infer these parameters for each frame in the video: the number and location of each pedestrian from the previous frame, and the output of statistics-based image-processing algorithm run on the current frame. In the near future, I expect to see the scope of these inferences expanding, taking into account and tracking a holistic model of the scene. For example, we should be able to teach the computer that a pedestrian is much more likely to be found walking on a sidewalk than walking 10 feet up in thin air, but we have to model and track the location and appearance of the sidewalk in order to do that. This research will appear in an upcoming issue of PAMI: A. Ess, B. Leibe, K. Schindler, L. Van Gool, "Robust Multi-Person Tracking from a Mobile Platform", IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, Vol. to appear, 2009.
"An organic light-emitting diode (OLED) developed in Germany has the potential to produce the same quality of white light as incandescent bulbs but with power efficiencies considerably better than even fluorescent lighting" Technology Review: Ultra-Efficient Organic LEDs
A computer interface that works by watching your hands play in a tub filled with mud. Yes, by mud I mean wet dirt.
A wonderful little animation of the little red riding hood story done in a style meant to appeal to engineers. The only sound is music, and the music is good.
Scientists and computer gurus at the Smithsonian, the University and Maryland and Columbia University are developing an iPhone app that would automatically identify plant species from photos of leaves. The app then would shoot that data up to the Internet, where scientists could access it and use it for research.
I swear I will start adding 'hip' technology content soon. But this is just too funny to resist :-)
Dominic Muren spoke at the sixth Ignite Seattle! last night about "Humblefacture" - product design with less regard for smallness, flashiness, coolness, and more thought put into local manufacturability, sustainability, and functionality.
Local manufacturability: does the product or design require a far-away contract manufacturer and expensive, specialized equipment to build, or could anyone build it from local resources using simple processes? Sustainability: does the manufacturing process create untoward amounts of unusable by-product? Will the product last, and can components be replaced individually? When the product breaks down, can it's components be repurposed? Functionality: is the product specialized? Could it have been designed differently to make it more broadly useful, even in unanticipated ways? In today's economy, more people are re-evaluating material goods in terms of how much value they add over their entire lifecycle. Humblefacturing, as I understand it, builds lifecycle value into products from the design phase ground floor up.
I picked up one of these nifty little gadgets a little while ago to aid in photo-note-taking (see https://www.evernote.com/) Then I “happened upon” IkonTools http://www.ikontools.com/articles/eyefi-dissected’ fab tear-down report, which in turn got me thinking about the feasibility of a hack: strap a neodymium magnet to a couple of stacked lithium coin cells to make a (relatively) cheap throwie mesh network. Not for anything nefarious of course, just to see if it could be done. well… Here’s a brief rundown of the major stuff inside:
Atheros WiFi, Samsung 2G Flash, Hyperstone Memory Controller, Adam Dunkel’s IwIP TCP/IP Stack running on eCos. Now, I’m mostly a hardware guy, and this is (obviously) mostly a software hack, unless…there’s some easy method of writing .jpeg files to the card from an external host! Hackaday Webserver on a Credit CardOne way might be to borrow from Hack-a-day’s “web sever on a credit card” project. Take your basic PIC24F, add a little CMOS imager and, voila! instant stop-motion wireless webcam throwie! Of course, throw in a cheap SD datalogger and things could get really interesting…!
Microsoft released a couple of videos recently presenting their vision of the future. These videos seemingly 'normal' objects seamlessly turning into computer interfaces and back into objects. It's clear that these videos are more on the art and fantasy side of the science--->fantasy spectrum, but that is entirely their appeal. When allowed to step out of the box of what we normally believe to be possible, it's easier to stumble on really creative ideas that actually are. http://gizmodo.com/5229869/microsoft-presents-us-with-their-vision-of-th...
Obama is going to be putting about as much non-military money into research as the country is already putting (and will continue to put) into military research. Whatever comes out of this should be interesting... "I believe it is not in our American character to follow—but to lead. And it is time for us to lead once again. I am here today to set this goal: we will devote more than three percent of our GDP to research and development... This represents the largest commitment to scientific research and innovation in American history."
My personal wiki, with IT information I've gleaned over the years and links to things I like.