No discussion of innovative products would be complete without touching on Google Glass. Despite being made of unobtanium, you have to score one this holiday season for tge innovators among us. But word has it you’ll be able to shop for it on a boat. Or eBay perhaps?
Now why go through all this hassle for a pair of four-eyes? Because devices like Google Glass, or “heads-up displays,” are the wave of our three-dimensional future. If you’ve ever played with Layar’s augmented reality browsing app, you know what we mean:
- Heads-up display – Like a smartphone, Google Glass displays information in a hands-free format, and it’s voice-activated so you can communicate with the internet via voice commands.
- Record your experience – Google Glass features a five-megapixel HD camera, with the ability to record 720p videos or capture images.
- Ins and outs – A 640×360 display, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 16GB storage, 682MB RAM, ambient light sensing, and tri-axial gyroscope, accelerometer and compass round out its bleeding-edge feature set.
- Interface — Naturally since we’re talking Google, it’s the Android operating system, and you control and manage Google Glass via an app called MyGlass.
Unfortunately, Google Glass is not yet…
In 2007, David Levy an artificial intelligence researcher at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands, speculated that we would be marrying robots by 2050, and that Massachusetts would be the first state to allow it.
While you may smirk in disbelief at this prediction, the consumer market’s growing infatuation for their digital lifestyle tools, suggests that such a man-machine relationship is not all that far-fetched. In 2009, a Japanese man already married a video game character.
On May 13, 2008, Honda’s stair-stepping Asimo robot lead the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, performing “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha” with cellist Yo-Yo Ma (top image). Bravo, robot man! MORE!!!!
True Companion Founder Douglas Hines certainly agrees that robots will be part of your future. His New Jersey company claims it has developed the world’s first robot that’s designed to engage the owner with conversation rather than lifelike movement.
At the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas at the 2010 CES, his negligee-clad robot said “I love holding hands with you” when it sensed Hines touching its hand. Given the venue, we don’t need to tell you about the other talents of the bot, appropriately named Roxxxy.
In 2005, South Korea’s…
Heading out the door to catch a plane, like many busy women, I stopped on the front steps and went through my mental packing checklist. Airplane tickets were in my briefcase, as was my trusty little technology bag. Arriving at the airport 45 minutes later, I discovered one of my most important travel tools was missing. Public and hotel Wi-Fi can be unreliable and lack proper security. Time for Plan B.
I decided to jot down some notes and write the blog post later at the hotel. Arriving at my destination several hours later, the slow and spotty hotel Wi-Fi forced another change of plans. I quickly acknowledged that my writing, like many day-to-day tasks, depends on access to online research and I was starting to hyperventilate, thinking of missed work deadlines due to poor quality connectivity. I longed for my mobile Wi-Fi device on my desk back home, realizing just how dependent I am on that small piece of electronics and how confident I felt with it in my briefcase.
Whether I am heading out to work, meetings or business trips I review my
As anyone will tell you who has owned or operated a TiVo DVR, it’s the best TV recording experience. TiVo has just introduced its latest generation of DVRs, called Roamio. No Juliette jokes, please!
The best news is the TiVo Roamio ($195) has built in Wi-Fi and records four shows at once. The TiVo Roamio lets iOS device users update their TiVo apps and start streaming live or recorded content from TiVo Roamio Plus or Pro DVRs while connected via WiFi.
I recommend buying the low-end unit, because it’s the only one that also can record over the air shows, the Roamio Plus ($400) and Pro ($600) do not offer support for an HD antenna.
San Francisco startup Coin
has launched a successful crowdfunding campaign to introduce a credit-card-sized device that scans all your credit cards and can be used in-store as a proxy swipe for any of your credit card data, without having to carry any of them.
The company had planned a pre-order campaign that would top out at $50,000, at $50 a piece pre-order price.
They blew past that goal in 40 minutes today, a testament to the desire for folks to leave their plastic at home.
The device itself is as thin as a regular credit card, enable it to fit inside credit card machines and features a raised button and a small LCD so you can see which credit card you have summoned up.
To use the card you select a payment type with the button and just swipe. The Coin card “mimics” a regular credit or gift card.
The Coin card reads your credit cards with a Square-like credit-card reader, and holds up to eight cards. The device uses low-power Bluetooth to connect to your iOS device and warn you when you’ve left the device behind, say in a restaurant after drinking too much.
For mobile warriors on the road who need to be connected but are tired of their batteries dying, the Vorson Arc 4k II Battery
back up is a godsend. Vorson New Arc 4K is a super-thin battery backup for Android and iOS devices.
They use CNC unibody fabrication techniques, which is the same thing used in aerospace and for Apple Macbooks. Additionally, they use Lithium-Ion Polymer batteries, which can be poured and molded into any shape or size allowing them to create extremely thin and compact designs so you’re not stuck with something bulky and frankly, ugly, not to mention too heavy to carry around.
With a 4000 mAh capacity and dressed in shockproof 8mm thick aluminum alloy chassis, the New Arc 4K can give your device up to 20 hours of additional video playback and travel conveniently wherever you need it. There’s also a color coded LED charge indicator to help keep track of remaining charge, preventing you from being stuck without power ever again.
Using a high-grade Lithium-Ion polymer battery, it comes in four colors: black, white, silver and red. It is compatible with iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad mini* and iPod touch…
As wearables continue to be the big tech trend going into 2014, I have taken a look at Sony’s third version of a smartwatch, the snappily titled Sony SmartWatch 2:
I actually found it really useful when writing, Because the email is flashed up on the screen I could simply tilt the wrist and decide if that email needed to be dealt with immediately, or if I could mentally defer it and keep writing, with almost no break in my typing. It’s also a discreet option when in meetings or in situations where you wouldn’t feel right going to your smartphone.
The smart thing about this smartwatch is that it was designed with a rigid idea of the function it would fulfil. Couple that with very little feature creep on the product, and Sony has a product that works incredibly well in the role they have defined for it. While some companies struggle to build a watch that will do everything, only talk to their own hardware, or try to do far too much with not enough battery power and watch that looks like a prop from a 1970′s British dystopian space opera, Sony’s minimalism and iteration has
The Internet Archive
in San Francisco is asking for help in recovering from a two-alarm fire that caused more than $600,000 in damage.
The archive often compares its mission to that of the famous library of Alexandria, Egypt, destroyed by fire more than 2,000 years ago. It underscores that connection with banks of mirror servers located in Alexandria.
Sarah B. reporting for RichmondSFBlog:
Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle said the 7 to 10 office staff that worked in the building will temporarily relocate to their Richmond, CA facility. The damaged building was originally built in the 1940′s and used as a Christian Science reading room.
The former church next door, which also belongs to the Internet Archive, was not damaged in the fire.
Kahle was in remarkably good spirits when we spoke to him around 9am this morning, and was optimistic about their plans to rebuild the office. He said they mostly lost electronic equipment including cameras and scanners, and thankfully no cultural materials were destroyed in the fire. He said he was still waiting for word from the SFFD on what exactly caused the fire.
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