Google Earth (beta) Free Download

June 28th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Products, Technology | 49 Comments »

Google Maps
are nice. Google Earth will blow you away. Check out the sightseeing locations under ‘places’ and try jumping from one address to another. [free download]

Wired NextFest 2005

June 27th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Products, Technology | 1 Comment »

Head over to Quente Cafe and Core77 for some good NextFest coverage.

ScriptCenter : ATMs for Drug Prescriptions

June 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Products, Social, Technology | 2 Comments »

ScriptCenters, by Asteres are starting to appear in California, Virginia and Hawaii, some offering 24-7 prescription pickups or the capacity to accept new prescriptions.

via MedGadget | CNN | WSJ

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Virtual Cities

June 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Future, Mapping, Products, Technology, Urbanism, Virtual Reality | No Comments »

GeoSim (Israel) offers several services based on their capacity to efficiently digitize cities using proprietary hardware and software. The level of detail is insane! [flythrough 1] [flythrough 2]

via urban cartography | NYT

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Holographic TVs by 2020

June 22nd, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Mapping, Products, Technology, Video | 2 Comments »

“I predict that by the year 2020, that being the year of ‘perfect vision,’ we will have Holo TV in our homes,” says Dr. Harold “Skip” Garner, professor of biochemistry and internal medicine at UT Southwestern.

via Science Blog | RPTT

FutureFactories : Non-Standard Fabrication+ Design

June 21st, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Fabrication Tech, Future, Materials, Products, Technology | No Comments »

FutureFactories is Lionel Theodore Dean’s design concept which combines parametric digital modeling with rapid prototyping fabrication techniques for a line of one-off luminaires. He asks, “using rapid prototyping techniques, it costs the same to produce similar parts as identical ones, so why produce two products the same?”

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Photron : Ultra High Speed Digital Video

June 19th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Products, Technology, Video | No Comments »

Photron offers several cameras capable of capturing video at extremely high speeds. Their ultima APX-RS holds the record at 250,00 frames per second (playback would be over 8000 times slower). Check out their gallery for a taste of what their cameras can do. (Don’t miss the water balloon + X-Acto blade.) Correction by Engadget : Record is held by Shimadzu at one million fps.

Statscan Critical Imaging System : Full Body X-Ray

June 15th, 2005 | Filed under: Mapping, Photography, Products, Technology | 1 Comment »

Using a flexible format digital radiography (DR) system, the Statscan Critical Imaging System by Lodox can quickly scan a patient’s entire body without transferring the patient to a dedicated gurney. The system also lowers the X-ray dose to 25% compared to equivalent techniques.

via MedGadget

Lightspace : Interactive LED Tile System

June 13th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Lighting, Mapping, Products | 5 Comments »

‘s floor/wall LED tile system reacts to proximity, touch, and sound, bringing interactive surfaces out of galleries and into commercial applications. Their website doesn’t have much detail on the system itself, but you can call them up and have them set up a personalized demo. [video]

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Breathing Underwater Without Oxygen Tanks

June 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Mechanical Tech, Products, Technology | 1 Comment »

Alan-Izhar Bodner has developed a breathing apparatus that mimics the way fish extract dissolved air in water.

via RPTT | IsraCast