May 26 2014

Kindle Advertisement

Category: Hardware,Mobile ComputingTeknovis @ 8:01 am

I was browsing the Amazon site recently, and I came across the following advertisement:

Kindle Fire HDX Advertisement

Kindle Fire HDX Advertisement

I am extremely sceptical about the claim that it is “Lighter than Air“! Is this false advertising?

However, if it is true then I think it must be very inconvenient!

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May 22 2014

SamKnows in Ireland

Category: Hardware,Internet,TelecomsTeknovis @ 11:26 pm

I recently heard about SamKnows in the context of it being available in Ireland! In summary, it is a free to participate in scheme which involves plugging a box into your ISP’s internet connection in order to measure actual speeds! You can then compare these actual speeds to the advertised speeds in order to determine the difference.

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May 08 2014

Seagull Robot

Category: RoboticsTeknovis @ 5:50 pm

It is an old(ish) video, but it is still really impressive!

I can imagine some of the covert military operations that such a robot could be used for in the future!


Jan 19 2014

Smart Contact Lenses

Category: HardwareTeknovis @ 6:02 pm

There was a lot of news coverage of Google‘s announcement regarding smart contact lenses last week! The original Google blog post is Introducing our smart contact lens project, and some of the many reporting articles are Google Unveils Smart Contact Lens That Lets Diabetics Measure Their Glucose Levels, Google unveils ‘smart contact lens’ to measure glucose levels, and Google developing smart contact lens.

It is exciting technology, and it really makes me wonder what else the future has in store for contact lenses! My personal choice – the ability to change the focal length dynamically in order to “zoom in” on objects of interest :)

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Dec 02 2013

Amazon Prime Air

Category: eShopping,HardwareTeknovis @ 5:48 pm

A friend brought Amazon‘s latest announcement to my attention today – Prime Air! I think it is really impressive, although I am not sure if Amazon’s goods are particularly suitable. My Amazon orders tend to be bulky, relatively heavy for air lifting, and fragile!

Several people have questioned if this is a hoax, but I think it is believable!

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Jul 04 2013

Mouse Inventor Dies

Category: Hardware,PeopleTeknovis @ 9:30 pm

This evening I read that Doug Engelbart, the inventor of the mouse, died. See Computer mouse inventor Doug Engelbart dies at 88.

I had never heard of him before today, and it never dawned on me to think about how the mouse that we all use every day came into existence!

So thank you Mr. Engelbart for your invention, and may you rest in peace.

(On a side note, the associated 10 inventors who didn’t get mega-rich from their inventions article is also an interesting read.)

 


Feb 12 2013

Digital Camera for Raspberry Pi

Category: Digital Imaging,HardwareTeknovis @ 8:14 pm

The maker of the Raspberry Pi has released an add-on digital camera, according to Creators of Raspberry Pi computer announce $25 camera module.

I bet this will be popular!

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Oct 27 2012

Google Data Centres

Category: Cloud Computing,Hardware,NetworksTeknovis @ 7:20 am

This is really impressive visual insight into Google‘s data centres – Google Data Centres.

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Jul 18 2012

Robotic Walking

Category: RoboticsTeknovis @ 9:48 pm

There is an interesting story (and demonstrative video) of a new approach to robotic walking in ‘Most realistic’ robot legs developed.

Now I am off to find a baby and a treadmill…


Jul 12 2012

The Future of Glass

Category: Hardware,PatentsTeknovis @ 8:10 pm

I read that HP was recently granted a patent for transparent glass screen technology. It sounds interesting, and it could enable a new wave of devices. For more details see HP’s see-through screen proposals secure US patent.

If you are wondering how glass may develop in the future, then take a look at this excellent video by Corning:

Here is the same family, using more glass, during the same day:

Here is another one that includes some explanations throughout it:

Enjoy, and be inspired ;)

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