Monthly Archives: April 2012

So apparently there are some companies that are making money on some pretty simple systems. Perhaps I should check if they want to expand into the dinner preparation area.

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The Descriptive Camera

Created by Matt Richardson

The Descriptive Camera works a lot like a regular camera—point it at subject and press the shutter button to capture the scene. However, instead of producing an image, this prototype outputs a text description of the scene. Modern digital cameras capture gobs of parsable metadata about photos such as the camera’s settings, the location of the photo, the date, and time, but they don’t output any information about the content of the photo. The Descriptive Camera only outputs the metadata about the content.

As we amass an incredible amount of photos, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage our collections. Imagine if descriptive metadata about each photo could be appended to the image on the fly—information about who is in each photo, what they’re doing, and their environment could become incredibly useful in being able to search, filter, and cross-reference our photo collections. Of course, we don’t yet have the technology that makes this a practical proposition, but the Descriptive Camera explores these possibilities.

http://mattrichardson.com/Descriptive-Camera/

Asteroid Mining Mission

– Planetary Resources, Inc. announced today its plan to mine Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) for raw materials, ranging from water to precious metals. Through the development of cost-effective exploration technologies, the company is poised to initiate prospecting missions targeting resource-rich asteroids that are easily accessible.

Resource extraction from asteroids will deliver multiple benefits to humanity and grow to be valued at tens of billions of dollars annually. The effort will tap into the high concentration of precious metals found on asteroids and provide a sustainable supply to the ever-growing population on Earth.

Albert Einstein archives go online

The artifacts newly posted online include one of only three existing manuscripts containing Einstein's famous formula, which describes the relationship between energy (E), mass (m) and the speed of light (c), which derives from Einstein's special theory of relativity.

Albert Einstein’s complete archives — from personal correspondence with half a dozen lovers to notebooks scribbled with his groundbreaking scientific research — are going online for the first time.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/03/20/technology-albert-einstein-archives-online.html

 

Light bulb of the future

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What a bright idea!

A revolutionary new light bulb being introduced across stores in New York City just in time for Earth Day could be the future of energy efficient lighting, experts say.

The Philips LED 60-watt replacement bulb uses just 10 watts of energy, has the same color quality as standard incandescent lights and lasts for over a whopping 25 years.

“I think it’s a phenomenal product,” said Brad Paulsen, Light Bulb Merchant at The Home Depot. “Truly in my mind, they’re the way of the future.”

A magical tale (with augmented reality)

Marco Tempest spins a beautiful story of what magic is, how it entertains us and how it highlights our humanity — all while working extraordinary illusions with his hands and an augmented reality machine.

Project Glass

Project Glass is a research and development program by Google to prototype and build an augmented reality head-mounted display (or HMD).[1] Though such displays for augmented reality are not a new idea, the project has drawn media attention[2] primarily due to its backing by the major public corporation, as well as the prototype, which is smaller and slimmer than the previous designs for head-mounted displays.[