Tangible media

Posted by bordalix Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:01:00 GMT

Uau, double uau. The guys from MIT did it again:

We are a step closer to distanceless sex™.

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WiTrack, 3D motion tracking

Posted by bordalix Mon, 06 Jan 2014 07:35:00 GMT

WiTrack is a device that tracks the 3D motion of a user from the radio signals reflected off her body. It works even if the person is occluded from the WiTrack device or in a different room.

WiTrack localizes the center of a human body to within 10 to 13 cm in the x and y dimensions (about the size of an adult hand), and 21 cm in the z dimension. It also provides coarse tracking of body parts, identifying the direction of a pointing hand with a median of 11.2 degrees.

Great for gaming, controlling household appliances and elderly monitoring & fall detection.

Watch the video and be amazed with the accuracy:

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Da Vinci would be proud

Posted by bordalix Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:36:00 GMT

In 1980, the American Helicopter Society (AHS) International established the AHS Sikorsky Prize, which would award the first human powered helicopter to meet the following requirements:

  • The flight must last 60 seconds or more;
  • The aircraft must reach at least 3 meters of altitude;
  • The center point of aircraft must stay inside a 10x10 meters square.

For 33 years a lot of people tried to win the prize, and on June 13th 2013 the award was finnaly won by AeroVelo, a team of students and professors from the University of Toronto.

Here is the video:

Congratulations guys, Da Vinci would be proud.

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Moto X leaked video

Posted by bordalix Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:40:00 GMT

A Roger's commercial about the Moto X leaked, and some of the features for the new Motorola (now a Google company) smartphone are presented:

For Apple fans, this is a nice way to know in advance what features will have the new iPhone ;p

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Google Glass next steps

Posted by bordalix Fri, 17 May 2013 10:41:00 GMT

It's just a video with some new apps and concepts for Google Glass, by Playground Inc. Have I told you already how excited I am with this?

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Space Oddity in the ISS

Posted by bordalix Fri, 17 May 2013 10:34:00 GMT

Watching this gave me the chills, with the music being one of my all time favorites and the fact that its recorded in the International Space Station. I just can't resist myself and had to post it:

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One minute in the Internet

Posted by bordalix Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:20:00 GMT

Gosh, I still remember when you were born, and now you are so grown up...

Nice infographic from Intel with what happens in the Internet in a sigle minute.

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Samsung Galaxy S4

Posted by bordalix Sun, 17 Mar 2013 09:43:00 GMT

A quick post to celebrate the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4, full of innovative features, and to mark the day Apple started playing defense:

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Google owe us the Reader

Posted by bordalix Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:14:00 GMT

Like everyone knows by now, Google announced it will retire Google Reader on July 1st. For me, this are very bad news, since I strongly rely on Reader to get access and organize my feed of information.

I've been working with the Internet since before the invention of the World Wide Web, and, call me old school, I still heavily believe in RSS feeds to get information, since I don't believe in social media and services like Flipboard to get fresh, relevant information about all the different topics I'm interested in (which goes from systems scalability to biology, or from economics to user experience design).

From my 302 subscriptions, Google Reader states that I've read 9.789 items over the last 30 days, so I consider myself as a heavy user. But the usage is not confined to the interface, since I also depend on the Reader's API. Reeder in my iOS devices, Android reader, IFTTT recipes and podcasts, all of them depend on the existence of the Reader's API.

Additionally, I think Google owe us Google Reader. Google is subsidizing Google Reader from day one, which killed all competition. I started by using Bloglines, and later had to change to Google Reader, since it was becoming the de facto standard for RSS reading. Retiring Google Reader now is being evil.

So, what are my alternatives?

  1. Do nothing, and rely on the rumor that Reader functionalities will be incorporated in Google+. I'm a Google+ aficionado, and I can see how this move will facilitate the sharing of information and increase the user experience on Google ecosystem;

  2. Change to another web based RSS reader, where the challenge is to identify which. As noted previously, the API is a very important part of this decision, and I'm glad to see Marco's first attempt to have a very quick standard in order to facilitate the migration of the API to other services. Having said that, there are already some moves from several players trying to feel the gap (Zite, Feedly, digg), and some webpages trying to find out which are the best alternatives (see here and here);

  3. Build my own web based RSS reader, using open source code such as tt-rss. The problem with this alternative has to do with the API issue, so I will discard this option for now;

  4. Subscribe feeds by email, as suggested by the Copyblogger (one of my feeds). While it is a valid option, it has a lot of drawbacks, which would break my daily workflow, so I'm also discarding this for the time being.

Do you know any other alternatives?

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Armband gesture control

Posted by bordalix Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:27:00 GMT

The war on gesture control gadgets is getting hotter. A new contender is on the rise, Telmic Labs, with his $149 armband called MYO that detects motion and muscle movements to allow control of a Mac, PC, or other device using gestures. Will be available on late 2013. Watch the demo video:

It's only February, and the list for Christmas presents is already full.

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