Technical Divide

hisashige-tanakaAs per the latest tech literature, Robot “is a virtual or mechanical artificial agent”. In practice, it is usually an electro-mechanical system which, by its appearance or movements, conveys a sense that it has intent or agency of its own. The word robot can refer to both physical robots and virtual software agents, but the latter are usually referred to as bots.” Robots have come a long way since Hisashige Tanaka (1799–1881) created an array of extremely complex mechanical toys, some of which served tea, fired arrows drawn from a quiver, and even painted a Japanese kanji character.   » . . . . . Continue reading → Technical Divide

Ergonomic Computers

Popular axiom says that advent of modern technologies have changed the way we work and live. Everyone says that technology has improved our lives. Let us have a look at this myth. Personally speaking, using my computer has given me backaches, eye problems, wrist-aches and a sore neck.

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Alternative Energy Sources in Auto Industry

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Given the vehicles dependent lifestyle, what are the prospects of a low carbon economy in the future. Bleak, to say the least. But we have the choice.

Culture in all societies are auto dependent. As per empirical observation, given chance, very few people want to use public transport to and from work or for other usual commutes. People who use public transport are much more likely than other to be from lower rungs of the society.   » . . . . . Continue reading → Alternative Energy Sources in Auto Industry

Changing Technology

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How is technology changing? How changing technologies are bringing visible changes in work places (as well as life)? What difference it is making? The technology that was hot and hip only some ten years ago seems form stone age today. Look back at what gadgets you have been using in the past and then compare them with what you use today and you will know the differences.   » . . . . . Continue reading → Changing Technology

Technology Vulnerabilities

Like all other online appliances family, the iPhone too has its vulnerabilities; some of them very serious. People are buying iPhones at the same speed despite security hiccups. Savvy individuals, however, go a long way to secure the device and reduce their risk if iPhone gets lost or stolen. Wired’s how-to wiki offers some valuable instructions on security your iPhone: Enable Pass code Protection, Enable SIM PIN Protection, Enable Auto-Lock, Re-map Your Home Button, and Use a Password Storing App. It is in the same milieu, there is debate going on about the harms in case this wonderful facility is given in the hands of kids.

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Track the Technology

internetLong long ago, invention of wheel technology changed the life and ways human being used to work. Advancement in sciences added energy and made the wheel spin and do things on a speed. But they are all old stories and we take them for granted. Now it is difficult to imagine life without computers, the Internet, mobile phone and other countless technological innovations; though they are unevenly distributed across the world. There is a big divide between technology haves and have not(s), connected and not connected world.   » . . . . . Continue reading → Track the Technology

My Cup of Coffee

Espresso or coffee espresso (a concentrated coffee beverage brewed by forcing very hot water under high pressure through coffee that has been ground to a consistency between extremely fine and powder) consumption has grown tremendously in the last decade or two all over the world particularly in urban centers. You cannot walk more than a couple of blocks without seeing espresso shop – they are found everywhere. Preparation of espresso requires an espresso machine. Latest trend is that people are buying espresso machines for homes as well. What is better than a professionally brewed espresso right at home? These machines have already become household items

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Geo Engineering

geo-engineeringGiven the growing usage of technology on an almost unimaginable scale, emissions is going up despite the awareness and so many efforts to save the planet Earth. “Whatever we do is likely to lead to death on a scale that makes all previous wars, famines and disasters small,” note one scientist. This has given birth to a newer discipline of science called Geo Engineering.   » . . . . . Continue reading → Geo Engineering

Robots Warriors

army-robotWhen robots and computers are doing everything that men used to do, it is possible to imagine robots fighting wars. Given the fast development of robotics, it is not far when robots make take over what is conventionally done by men in arms. Aerial robots, marine robots and stationary robots, and (reportedly) space robots are carrying out reconnaissance and more tasks in armies of some developed countries.   » . . . . . Continue reading → Robots Warriors

Tiny motors let robo surgeon roam a heart

hartA mobile robot driven by miniature ultrasonic piezoelectric motors open one route to minimally-invasive cardiac therapy. The robot is a product of the Robots Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and builds upon previous prototypes of its HeartLander. The system includes motor selection, body, and controllers, and was developed as a proof-of-concept to demonstrate mobility on the cardiac surface. Designers say the robot turns tighter and has more traction than a previous model, and represents the first step in designing a wireless mobile robot for cardiac therapy.   » . . . . . Continue reading → Tiny motors let robo surgeon roam a heart

Wi-Fi TV

Beyond personal computers, Wi-Fi chips are being put in into cameras, keyboards, mice and television. Industry guru in the know of the matter say that the current and next-generation versions of Wi-Fi have the bandwidth to offer video and can do a variety of things at lower power; energy use and wireless bandwidth have been the most common stumbling blocks to using the technology in more applications.

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iPhone Rules the Market

Apple’s iPhone is taking the market by force. According to a piece at Fortune’s Apple 2.0 blog Apple has sold 8 million iPhone’s to date. But that’s not an official stat from Apple, it’s an approximation based on collected International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers. A joint project of AFB and Investor Village’s AAPL Sanity board have been collecting iPhone IMEI numbers and recording them on a big Google spreadsheet here.

According to the IMEIs Apple has manufactured at least 5,649,000 iPhone 3Gs. When you add to that the 2.4 million first-generation iPhone’s that Apple reported selling in the first six months of 2008, you get a total of more than 8 million iPhone’s. With Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn turning out more than 800,000 units per week, Apple appears to be on a pace to build its 10 millionth iPhone before the end of September.

Revealed sales reports tell that it only took apple 74 days to sell one million of its latest version of the iPhone. At that rate sales should exceed 40,000,000 units within one year. To contrast these incredible sales numbers, you have to understand that it took apple just about a year to sell six million of the first generation of iPhone’s!

Apple has said repeatedly that it hopes to sell 10 million iPhone’s in calendar 2008. It looks like the company may meet that goal with several months to spare.

Solar Powered Air Conditioner

A useable solar powered air conditioner is finally available for use. Not so much to the general public just yet but so far to McDonald’s and the US Navy. The Greencore patented GC 10200, made in the USA with eco-friendly materials comes in two models. One is a stationary; the other is a mobile version, which requires the use of batteries. This green air conditioner is set up so that when the sun doesn’t shine it runs off the batteries that run off the power grid. In other words, it’s a hybrid air conditioner that can switch from solar to battery easily. “Using a single 170-watt solar panel, it can keep a 600 square-foot room cool”. A 600 square-foot room is about the size of a modular classrooms, a small mobile home, a single (sometimes double) room apartment and military tents.

I am sure friends of the environment will go for it and this may go a very long way in conservation of energy.

Car Crafts

Those who have been following Paris Car Show may be familiar with gadgets displayed there. Add a few of them and make your cars fun. First, fit a Zun sport bespoke grille. Buy them individually or as sets, depending on the vehicle, and there’s also a matt black option. Or join thousands of like-minded drivers who have taken to track days for some motoring fun. The DCS range of tiny video cameras makes it easy to record your automotive antics for the likes of YouTube. There’s a variety of options, with and without screens, including those suitable for mounting on the dashboard.

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BeanVac Coffee Bean Canister

Readers here might already be familiar with our love for coffee (Remember My Cup of Coffee). Searching the technology and invention echelons around the world today, BeanVac Coffee Bean Canister caught and held my attention. This is wonderful utility for coffee lovers.

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