Technology companies have been trying to make computers speak “naturally” since before the PC was first introduced. Now, with more advanced software and an elaborately crafted process, companies are getting closer to making computer-human interaction seamless. In this feature, take a look at how Nuance Communications, the company behind Siri, makes machines that can talk to us. [Read more...]
Looks like a lot of fun!
Innerspace Productions, develops customized high performance submersible watercrafts called Seabreachers. Founded in 1997 by Rob Innes (a New Zealand boat builder) and Dan Piazza (a machinist), the vessels can go up to 40mph on the surface and 20mph under water. Because they are positively buoyant, the vessel cannot sink. When diving too deep, the engine will immediately lose power and the craft will float back up to the surface. The watercraft can jump, dive and roll much like the sharks and dolphins they were designed to mirror.
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The SpaceX founder’s “Hyperloop” concept, which he promises will transport people between Los Angeles and San Francisco in just 35 minutes, was revealed today via a 57-page online proposal. Musk notes in his blog post that he “was quite disappointed” when California’s high-speed rail system was approved. Most disenchanted by the slow speed of the rail, Musk hardly sat around and complained about the Golden State’s lackluster transport options. He envisioned his own futuristic option, one that he feels is “the right solution for the specific case of high traffic city pairs that are less than about 1500 km or 900 miles apart.”
Musk, 36, writes in his “open source transportation concept” proposal, “Short of figuring out real teleportation, which would of course be awesome (someone please do this), the only option for super-fast travel is to build a tube over or under the ground that contains a special environment.” He then elaborates on some of the technical hurdles associated with various design possibilities. “At one extreme of the potential solutions is some enlarged version of the old pneumatic tubes used to send mail and packages within and between buildings.” But Musk notes that “the friction of a 350 mile long column of air moving at anywhere near sonic velocity against the inside of the tube is so stupendously high that this is impossible for all practical purposes.”
“Another extreme is the approach, advocated by Rand and ET3, of drawing a hard or near hard vacuum in the tube and then using an electromagnetic suspension,” writes Musk. “The problem with this approach is that it is incredibly hard to maintain a near vacuum in a room, let alone 700 miles (round trip) of large tube with dozens of station gateways and thousands of pods entering and exiting every day.” [Read more...]
With the progression of technology comes the ability to complete many tasks without being physically present. Recently, the landscape of mobile and micro payment has been evolving to further simplify the process of transferring funds. [Read more...]
Lets just say….cray! Peep video [Read more...]
Unlike its biggest competitor, the Sony Playstation 4 ($400) isn’t a one-room-entertainment system. Sure, it has all the things we expect from a next-generation console: a blazing-fast processor, lots of memory, and killer graphics (thanks to an 8-core x86 chip and 8 GB of GDDR5 RAM). And it has all the video services you’d expect, though it won’t connect to your cable, or respond to gestures and voice commands. But it does have something, in addition to the cheaper price point, that Playstation fans and maybe some converts will love. Sony places none of the restrictions on used games that its competitor enforces, and it doesn’t require you to be online to play. We like that a lot.
Whoa, pretty cool!
The frequencies used are just above the audible range at about 22 kilohertz and when the two speakers are aligned they create two sets of sound waves, perfectly interfering with each other creating a phenomenon known as a standing wave. This allows the objects to levitate in areas within the waves known as nodes as the acoustic pressure is enough to cancel the force of gravity.
In the war for tech geek mindshare, Microsoft has never been shy about going after the competition. Check out the spot here [Read more...]
Over the years flash drives have become smaller and more portable, but this set of four 1GB drives packaged in a business card-sized configuration is among the most inventive designs we’ve seen yet. Developed by Kurt Rampton and the BOLTgroup, the gadget goes by the name GIGS.2.GO and is constructed with 100% post-consumer molded paper pulp with zero plastic. Best of all, each individual drive can be torn off 1 gigabyte at a time for easy tear and share use. And since it’s made of paper, labeling is as easy as grabbing a pen and writing directly onto the surface of each tab. Check out more [Read more...]
Things are about to get crazy, to watch video [Read more...]
For those who don’t already know, Glass is basically a computer that is built into the frame of a pair of glasses. Essentially, it’s the device that will make augmented reality part of our daily lives. To see video and learn more [Read more...]
The young men who opened fire at Columbine High School, at the movie theater in Aurora, Colo., and in other massacres had this in common: they were video gamers who seemed to be acting out some dark digital fantasy. It was as if all that exposure to computerized violence gave them the idea to go on a rampage — or at least fueled their urges.
But did it really? [Read more...]
Many individuals here in Detroit have made a difference with projects, from demolishing abandoned buildings to converting land into gardens so that locals have access to fresh produce. To view video [Read more...]
Next time you see a group of oversized January dieters jumping around in undersized lycra, try not to be so offended, because the makers of the stretchy fabric are taking steps to go green. Swiss company INVISTA, owner of the Lycra brand, announced last week that it has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which counts high profile brands including Nike, Marks & Spencer and Levi’s among its members. SAC last year unveiled the Higg Index aiming to help clothing companies identify opportunities to reduce the environmental and social impacts of their products. INVISTA has said it will now help SAC further refine the index, providing data and resources to the group so that its partners can better calculate the environmental impact of the lycra they use in garments.Bob Kirkwood, INVISTA Apparel executive vice-president of marketing and technology, said environmental stewardship is a core principle of its operations around the globe. “INVISTA pursues its sustainability vision through its commitment to manufacturing processes, our products and the environment- while seeking to minimize waste and improve the environmental, health and safety aspects of its products and processes,” he said.
“As a global leader and integrated supplier for the textile industry, we look forward to working with the SAC to advance environmental stewardship and sustainability.”
We love a cool concept! Here is the most popular designs from Yanko in 2012, look forward to seeing more interesting concepts in 2013.
With the deal announced earlier today, Netflix and Disney have pushed streaming video into a new era. The deal is obviously huge content-wise: Netflix scores first-run flicks from 2016 on and direct-to-video titles from 2013.
But the biggest portion of this deal isn’t the content. Instead, it’s about the fact that Netflix is getting its content directly from Disney as well and it’s being allowed to show that content to its subscribers much, much earlier. The terms of the agreement mean that Netflix will now be able to show Disney movies in the ‘first pay TV window’, which advances the timing massively from when you would normally see content appearing on Netflix.