Archive for the 'Hardware' Category

Technology: The Biped Robot on a bike

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There are quite a few tasks that for humans seem to be very simple and do happen nearly automatically, but for robots and their creators these have turned out to be rather challenging. Walking, running, balancing things and of course bicycling are some of those tasks.

Now here’s a robot with two legs riding on a bicycle…

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Technology: BiDi Screen from MIT Media Lab

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What the MIT Media Lab describes as “Computing with a wave of the hand” makes the much hyped implementation of current multi-touch screens look like technology from another century (which it actually is).

The new system allows gestural control without the need to touch the screen’s surface of screen elements with 3D objects and hand movements in 3D space near the screen – think Minority Report on a small screen. Watch the video below to see it in action…

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Technology: An interview with NVIDIA’s Andy Keane at SC09

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If your interested in HPC or want to learn about the great response and interest NVIDIA got for their new GPU / Cuda solutions at the SC09 show last week listen to Andy Keane, General Manager of NVIDIA’s’ Tesla GPU business unit.

Carry on with the good work – we’re all hoping to get a hand on a Fermi board soon.

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UN: How not to manage IS/IT

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A metaphor / parable on how tax payers’ money is burned within some internationally (un)-coordinated organizations aka multinationals aka United Nations.

The underlying story is based on actual experiences in the field of Information Systems / Information Technology (IS/IT) within one of the largest UN organizations. While – as we hear – since then things got even worse, this short story not only tries to demonstrate the lack of professionalism in those organizations, but also what happens when people who “know what they are doing” come to those organizations without political protection by their own governments. The sad endings to these stories are often like in the underlying true case used for this metaphor.

With that case we know…

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Photography: Tokyo Reality – Canon EOS 5D MarkII

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Interesting what you can do with the latest top-of-the-line digital SLR cameras. Tokyo Reality is a 6 minute movie shot with the new Canon EOS 5D MarkII that comes with full High Definition video capability.

In Live View Mode, this digital master piece from Canon allows to shoot uninterrupted at full HD, 1080 resolution with 30fps. The movie was created within 3 days from 74GB of rushes (after processing).

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Research: MS SecondLight

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With the new Secondlight prototype Microsoft has added another dimension to its touchscreen technology called Surface.

The two build-in projectors allow to display different images in a way that looks simultaneous to the eye. Microsoft presented the new technology during the PDC and has provided some additional technical details earlier this month.

While one image is displayed onto the large screen and can be manipulated with gestures the second projector can create an independent image on a flat or 3D surface like a piece of paper or a Plexiglas cylinder.

Microsoft provided some very interesting sample applications like…

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