The concept of contact lens: 1 - LED microchip, 2 – power receiver and control circuitry, 3 - antenna, 4 – and interconnects, 5 - transparent polymer, 6 - system to project virtual images perceivable by the eye retina
It becomes closer the day when we can read the mail and watch movies with the closed eyes. A group of the U.S. and Finland scientists has conducted successful testing of the world's first contact lens with built-in display and power receiver on the rabbits. According to researchers, the rabbits did not have any side effects and the eyesight was not damaged.
The testing on mammals is a one of the steps of costly testing process of new drugs. The first version of the contact lenses contain only one illuminating LED-pixel, but display resolution will gradually increase, and in a couple of decades certainly will get to the HD level.
Once I have watched a movie about the computer hackers who have received an access to control the power system, water system and the road navigation of some city (or country). As far as I remember, the attackers nearly destroyed the control system of the entire country, because they had all the controls. The movie was shown at the beginning of 2000, so all that was interpreted as a science fiction. But the ideas that were shown in the movie gradually begin to be embodied by the real criminals. Thus, recently it became known that the unknown people managed to take control of U.S. public water system by remotely accessing one of the water treatment facilities and controlled the equipment.
While Google is shutting down Nexus One and some of its services like Knol, the smartphone vendors think what features can be added to the Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the devices and (is it worth to make those updates at all?), XDA-Developers adapted ICS to the first Google Phone - HTC Dream. It came out ok for such an old device.
Here are the device’s features for those who have forgotten. Apparently, the developers keep on doing a quite workable integration of this first alpha.
It is logical to assume that after the spectacular success of the first Orange San Francisco should appear the next version of this smartphone. Now this happened: the second version of San Francisco has already been certified by Bluetooth. The smartphone will continue to make ZTE, and most likely this handset will be called ZTE Crescent outside the United Kingdom. Besides one photograph and the information that there will be Bluetooth as well became available the innovative features of the future smartphone.
The French are preparing to release a little book, which is attached to a paper balloon, and the iPad application allows flying on this balloon, controlling the direction and force of the wind.
It is evident that they are actively concerned with new interacting ways with technology. In addition to the toy they have “Rorschach cards”, “(i)Pirates” with less traditional augmented reality and the source coded “The Night of the Living Dead Pixels”.
Recently they have introduced new look to YouTube, but according to Google’s tradition only the élite can see new design changes.
To experience the new YouTube Look, you have to do a few simple tricks!
The last few weeks were marked by two major robot exhibitions in Asia that were held one after another. It all has begun with the Korea’s Robot World 2011 exhibition and ended with Japan’s IREX 2011. There were shown amazing prototypes despite the fact that android- engineering is only a small part of the Asian (and global) robotics technology.
Google has a secret laboratory that even many employees do not know about, where the new projects are being developed, and their description sounds like a sci-fi movie. The New York Times tells about this in its article.
The laboratory was located somewhere in the area of San Francisco Bay, where the brightest Google’s engineers are working on dozens of the projects. This is the place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, and it will order the food, when it ends. Your plate could message in a social network what you eat, and your PA robot could go to the office while you are in your pajamas at home.
Microsoft team has decided to do something original to construct a 6-storey Windows Phone to endorse a product sale of two new smartphones Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash that are based on Windows Phone 7 Mango.
During the eight-hour show each Live Tile has become truly alive, revealing the essence of human-oriented interface of Windows Phone. So you could see games in the Games Hub and listen to the live performances of the musicians in the Music + Video Hub.
The smartphones Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash have become the first devices of AT & T that are being run by Windows Phone Mango. The Samsung Focus S features a brilliant 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus display, 1,4 GHz processor, a thin 8.55-millimeter profile, and an 8-megapixel camera (its stated price is $ 199 after mail-in rebate). The Samsung Focus Flash is easier and cheaper that features a 3.7” Super AMOLED screen, 1,4 GHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera (its stated price is $ 49 after mail-in rebate).
Many of you have heard and known about music identification systems such as TrackID, Shazam, MusicBrainz or Audiotag.info that allow recognizing a name of song by its recorded fragment. All of them are sufficiently good, but they have a common disadvantage – the closed code, therefore, their field of use is limited. TrackID you can only use on the phones of Sony Ericsson, Shazam - also can be used on the phones, although at a more extensive list of platforms, and Music Brainz may not work at all.
The guys from a company Echo Nest, decided that music recognition should be accessible to the world, such as e-mail or DNS:), so they released their program for MIT License. This program is very good, because the founders are Doctors of Science from the MIT Media Lab.
The program that they released is not just limited to recognition of recorded music, but it also lets you do things like search for duplicate music, mass recognition and tag filling in the music collections, verification of the audio / video content of any material, synchronization of collections from the various musical spaces (for example: iTunes <-> Last.fm <-> Spotify) and much more.