Jul 10 2012

Wind Turbine Climbing Robot

Category: Energy,RoboticsTeknovis @ 7:22 pm

The clever people in General Electric have built a robot that climbs and inspects wind turbines! The full details are in Go Go Gadget: Robotic Crawler Rides Up 300-Foot Poles to Inspect Wind Turbine Blades, and I will include a photo here rather than trying to explain it!

Wind Turbine Climbing Robot (Copyright General Electric)

Wind Turbine Climbing Robot (Copyright General Electric)

It looks really cool, and I am very impressed with its suction capabilities!

There are many other interesting stories reported in GE Reports.


May 01 2012

Vodafone Smart Tab 10

Category: Android,HardwareTeknovis @ 11:30 am

I have just noticed that Vodafone Ireland are offering a new tablet called the Vodafone Smart Tab 10.

I think that for an unbranded tablet it is overpriced!


Nov 08 2011

STD Cards

Category: Hardware,HumourTeknovis @ 5:46 pm

A family friend recently asked me where was the best place to buy a STD Card! It was obvious from the conversation that she really meant a SD Card, but it was still hilarious!

In fairness, it is actually an appropriate name when you consider how many devices these cards are now inserted into!

Nov 04 2011


Category: HardwareTeknovis @ 6:56 pm

It is funny that recently two people independently told me about a company called Arduino that manufacture and sell microcontrollers. There is a lot of introductory information in Arduino.

I think that these microcontrollers look like a lot of fun, and if I had more time I would love to try a project :)


Nov 02 2011

Microsoft Patents

Category: Hardware,Mobile Computing,PatentsTeknovis @ 1:10 pm

Some of Microsoft‘s latest, and more creative, patents are described in Microsoft Patents Manipulation Of 3D Virtual Objects, Throwing Gestures.

I have actually seen very similar ideas presented already, and I am sure these would be invalidating prior art!


Oct 27 2011

The Alpha Dog

Category: RoboticsTeknovis @ 9:33 am

Boston Dynamics have a new robot – the Alpha Dog!

I previously wrote about its robotic endeavours in Boston Dynamics PETMAN.


Oct 24 2011

Galileo Launch

Category: Hardware,Location Based ServicesTeknovis @ 8:33 am

The first Galileo satellites were launched last week, according to Galileo Navigation Satellites Lift Off Thursday.

It seems that this has been discussed and planned for years, so it is great to finally see it starting to happen!


Aug 22 2011

NFC Introduction

Category: Hardware,Mobile ComputingTeknovis @ 8:27 pm

I read this interesting introduction to Near Field Communications (NFC) today: Near Field Communication: A Quick Guide to the Future of Mobile.

Jun 23 2011

Lytro’s Disruptive Technology Camera

Category: Digital Imaging,HardwareTeknovis @ 5:42 pm

Today I heard about Lytro, and the new camera that the company is developing based upon capturing something called the light field. For more information see Lytro, the Astonishing Camera Start-Up, Celebrates Its Splashy Debut (Video) and Meet the Stealthy Start-Up That Aims to Sharpen Focus of Entire Camera Industry (the clickable images in the later article are fascinating).

It is interesting that Lytro has decided to build the cameras rather than sell the technology. I wonder are the current leading camera manufacturers worried!


Jun 07 2011

Motorola Xoom Review

Category: Android,HardwareTeknovis @ 10:12 am

I previously described how I really liked the Motorola Xoom in Motorola Xoom. I really liked it when I saw it in Barcelona (at Mobile World Congress), but I must admit that I was disappointed when I saw it recently in a local shop. Perhaps it was because it had a very dull theme, and the iPad2 beside it seemed very colourful.

However, after reading Motorola Xoom A slab of 10in Honeycomb goodness today I find myself interested again :)


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