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Nano Computing

September 7th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Computing, Future, Nanotech, Science, Technology | 18 Comments »

“Computing isn’t just confined to semiconductors. Molecules have been processing information ever since life has been around on our planet. Harnessing this remarkable ability really does have the potential to make a big difference to people’s lives.” For the first time, chemists at Queen’s University Belfast, with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have managed to manipulate molecules to perform logic operations based on the principles of photosynthesis.

via Physorg | BBC

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Next, 4G Wireless 2010

September 5th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Internet, Technology | 1 Comment »


NTT-DoCoMo and Hewlett-Packard are jointly developing the next generation wireless platform titled MOTO-Media set to be release by 2010. Their recent prototype phone performed 32 high definition video streams, while traveling in an automobile at 20 kilometers per hour. NTT claims the phones could download 100 megabits per second on the move and at up to a gigabit per second while static.

via NS


Mid-Air Human-Computer Interface

September 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Future, Mapping, Products, Technology | No Comments »

Alvaro Cassinelli, Stephane Perrin & Masatoshi Ishikawa’s Smart Laser Scanner uses off-the-shelf technology to create a high resolution human interfaces that tracks one’s bare fingers as it moves through space in 3-dimensions. The systems tracking technique is sophisticated, yet simple and elegant, permitting future possibilities of embedding this entire system into a variety of portable electronics. Imagine writing or gesturing in mid-air as your cell phone or laptop beams a laser directly to multiple fingers and even multiple users as it interprets motions into letters and words. [demo videos]

via Engadget | The Raw Feed


Anti-Fog Nanocoating

August 30th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Materials, Nanotech, Products, Technology | 1 Comment »

With the help of nanotachonlogy, foggy windows, foggy goggles, and foggy glasses are about to meet the ultimate anti-fog treatment developed by a group of scientists at MIT. Soon, you’ll be telling your kids how, back in the day, you used to entertain yourself by writing profanities in foggy windows.

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Sustainable House of the Future Runs on Spinach

August 24th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Building Tech, Future, Sustainability, Technology, Urbanism | 21 Comments »

The winning entry to the Cradle to Cradle C2C Home Competition is an incredible single family dwelling by Matthew Coates and Tim Meldrum that goes right to the core fundamentals of the Cradle to Cradle principles. Not only does the building run a photosynthetic and phototropic skin made with spinach protein, but it also produces more energy than a single family’s needs, allowing the excess to be distributed to neighbors. This radical shift, from centralized energy systems today, fosters community interdependence as neighbors benefit from the resources of others.


GAs for Water Systems Optimization

August 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mapping, Programming, Technology, Urbanism | No Comments »

Optimatics has conducted over 80 genetic algorithm studies to optimize passage and flow of water through cities, towns and new urban developments world wide. The company returns results in less time and claims 20%-30% savings over simulation-only solutions. [case studies] [article]

via IlliGAL


Performance Relighting and Reflectance Transformation

August 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Lighting, Photography, Technology, Video | No Comments »

Performance Relighting and Reflectance Transformation with Time-Multiplexed Illumination is new a technique that allows lighting and reflectance of the captured subject to be dramatically modified in post-production to reconstruct different lighting environments or stylize the subjects lighting and reflectance. The method uses a high-speed video camera and a spherical array of LED light sources to create 152 lighting directions captured every 24th of a second. [video] [paper]


Multi-Touch Sensing

August 11th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Future, Products, Technology | No Comments »

Jeff Han‘s rear projection multi-touch sensing display and JazzMutant’s Lemur both offer hope for all of us who can’t wait to get rid of the archaic mouse and finally click on more than one thing at a time. [Jeff Han’s prototype video] [Lemur video]

via pixelsumo


Soulpad or Blackdog

August 10th, 2005 | Filed under: Products, Programming, Technology | 1 Comment »

IBM’s Soulpad system provides a mobile personalized virtual computer so users can move from one computer to the next while maintaining settings, open programs, etc. It is essentially a PC in a usb key or portable hard drive. Sounds a lot like Blackdog and Globetrotter.

via NS


One-atom-thick materials and the 'new industrial revolution'

August 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Future, Materials, Science, Technology | No Comments »

Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a new class of materials which have previously only existed in science fiction films and books. A team of British and Russian scientists led by Professor Geim have discovered a whole family of previously unknown materials, which are one atom thick and exhibit properties which scientists had never thought possible. Published on 18 July, 2005 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [abstract]

via physorg