Archive for the 'Research' Category

Innovations: IBM’s Next 5 in 5

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The third annual “IBM Next Five in Five” is a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and play over the next five years. The Next Five in Five is based on market and societal trends expected to transform our lives, as well as emerging technologies from IBMs Labs around the world that can make these innovations possible.

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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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Computer Interfaces: Interactive Mirror

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This is a patent pending touch capable mirror features proximity sensors, gesturing, and both near-field and far-field infrared. Conceptualized by Alpay Kasal of Lit Studios and Sam Ewen of Interference Inc. Designed/constructed by Alpay Kasal.

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Science: A Fish-Like Airship

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A research team around Silvain Michel at the Swiss EMPA has created a blimp that moves and steers around like a fish. The airship uses artificial muscles based on electro-active polymers for its propulsion similar to the way fish swim through water.

Here’s a video of the blimp from a competition at the airship convention last week in Germany.

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Humor: (Dada) Time Waster web sites (3)

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Another site in the best tradition of the “dadaist nihilistic movement”, this one related to the current doomsday scenarios with the LHC at the Cern in Geneva.

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Data Visualization: Stormpulse

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While not intended as an official weather forecast, Stormpulse has a huge database of major storms and hurricanes since the 1850s.

Based on data from the National Hurricane Center, Satellite stations and Nasa, data of current and past storms is visualized and continuously updated. Additionally you can check the latest news and satellite images of the area where the storm is passing through.

Stormpulse also provides an API that enables…

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