Apple and Facebook Should Be Terrified Of Google-Tinted Glasses Google’s augmented reality eyewear is coming to disrupt your face and your business model. If you don’t even have to pull your phone out to take a photo, get directions, or message with friends, why would you need to buy the latest iPhone or spend so much time on Facebook? It could be a year before Google eyewear reaches stores, but that’s why these and other tech companies need to strategize now. If they wait to see if the device is a hit, the world could be seeing through Google-tinted glasses by the time they adapt. If you haven’t heard, Google today announced it is beginning public tests of augmented reality glasses with the codename Project Glass. Cramming all the functionality into a sleek set of glasses is going to take time and effort, but the Google(x) skunklabs is on it. Here’s what I see as their best courses of action: Apple Should Compete Project Glass takes a ton of the things you use your iPhone and iPod for and puts them into your glasses. But here’s the kicker…
Will the Dream of a Flying Car Finally Become a Reality? Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter PAL-V in its first flight. Image courtesy PAL-V. We’ve all dreamed of having a flying car, but two companies are working to make this dream a reality. The latest in flying car designs is the Personal Air and Land Vehicle (PAL-V) One, which is advertised as going from high performance sports car to flying car in just minutes. Sign me up! See a video of the PAL-V in flight, below. While the PAL-V is designed more like a helicopter, another flying car prototype we reported on, the Terrafugia Transition, operates more like a airplane. PAL-V uses gyroplane technology for flying, with rotors that fold up when you want to drive the vehicle on land. For more info, see the PAL-V website. Tagged as: flight, flying car, Technology
Google Glass and wearable tech: This is a game-changer, not a fad It’s easy to identify something that’s going to take the world by storm. Just look for the product that’s quickest to be labelled a fad. To be discounted is a serious concern. But we can look directly at a few examples from the past decade that have redefined the world and the way that we look at it. In 2001, the question was asked “could the electronic textbook take the world by storm?” The walkman gave birth to a device that can store 16,000 songs. Google took the wraps off Glass recently and announced the opportunity for a handful of people to win a pair through its “if I had glass competition” along with those developers that pre-ordered a pair last year. In a word, it’s breathtaking to imagine. Companies have tried to address the fact that technology is somewhat of a barrier between us and the world and have released wearable technology already. Glass is the next step along this transition. Of course, videos have emerged that outline other issues.
Introduction to Microsoft Sync Framework Microsoft CorporationOctober 2009 Introduction Microsoft Sync Framework is a comprehensive synchronization platform enabling collaboration and offline for applications, services and devices. Developers can build synchronization ecosystems that integrate any application, any data from any store using any protocol over any network. Sync Framework features technologies and tools that enable roaming, sharing, and taking data offline. A key aspect of Sync Framework is the ability to create custom providers. A number of providers are included by Sync Framework that support many common data sources. Database synchronization providers: Synchronization for ADO.NET-enabled data sourcesFile synchronization provider: Synchronization for files and foldersWeb synchronization components: Synchronization for FeedSync feeds such as RSS and ATOM feeds Developers can ultimately use any of the out-of-the-box providers or can create custom providers to exchange information between devices and applications.
Say Goodbye to User Name and Password Logins and Hello to 'OneID' The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: OneID Inc. Quick Pitch: Goodbye user names and passwords. Genius Idea: OneID has created single-click login so users don’t have to enter a user name, password, credit card number or billing information. Steve Kirsch wants to swap his 352 user names and passwords for a simple single click sign-in. The Silicon Valley entrepreneur with 30 years’ experience hopes to take the web by storm with his new startup, OneID. The user name and password model is not only inconvenient, but its security has been increasingly compromised over the years. OneID uses a combination of advanced asymmetric cryptography that works to identify a user through multiple electronic devices including computer, cell phone and tablet device. Users can manage their devices and information through OneID.
Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses Photos via GoogleGoogle showed off its first venture into wearable computing, called Project Glass. If you venture into a coffee shop in the coming months and see someone with a pair of futuristic glasses that look like a prop from “Star Trek,” don’t worry. It’s probably just a Google employee testing the company’s new augmented-reality glasses. On Wednesday, Google gave people a clearer picture of its secret initiative called Project Glass. The glasses are not yet for sale. In a post shared on Google Plus, employees in the company laboratory known as Google X, including Babak Parviz, Steve Lee and Sebastian Thrun, asked people for input about the prototype of Project Glass. “We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input,” the three employees wrote. The prototype version Google showed off on Wednesday looked like a very polished and well-designed pair of wrap-around glasses with a clear display that sits above the eye.
'Epidermal electronics' tattoos: a giant step forward for cyborgs The latest patch developed by Dr Rogers’s team can both measure muscle activity and stimulate those muscles so they could be used for rehabilitation. But Dr Rogers envisages broader applications – from monitoring sporting performance to seeing how hydrated your skin is with solar-powered epidermal electronics. Which brings us back to Edgar Allan Poe. What I find fascinating is the way that cyborgs have stealthily evolved on Earth. Yet all the while, humans have steadily fused with devices such as pacemakers, contact lenses, prosthetics, insulin pumps and cochlear and retinal implants. “But take a look at the museum’s collections and you can see how we always exploit new technical leaps to suit ourselves, so that the rise of ever-smarter machines does not mean a world of us or them but an enhancement of human capabilities in a subtly integrated way.” Researchers are now looking at exoskeletons to help the infirm to walk, and implants to allow paralysed people to control limbs.
How Will the New Wave of Wearable Tech Transform Society? When lawmakers consider banning something before it’s even hit the market, it’s clear that it has the potential to be truly disruptive. However, a politician in West Virginia looking to ban the use of devices Google" href=" Google Glass while driving is just the tip of an iceberg. Devices like Glass could well change society immensely over the next next few years. What devices are we talking about? Glass is the obvious flagship here, with its ability to snap and upload pictures and video live from a scene, not to mention its contextual alerts and the apps it can run but there’s the Memoto, too. This wearable camera is due to launch in the next few weeks, it will snap a photograph every thirty seconds throughout the day, candidly capturing whatever the wearer is doing. Memoto Fighting crime… and the perfect alibi? I recently witnessed a crime near where I live. What else?
Human brain has been 'shrinking for the last 20,000 years' By Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 18:05 GMT, 31 December 2010 It's not something we'd like to admit, but it seems the human race may actually be becoming increasingly dumb. Man's brain has been gradually shrinking over the last 20,000 years, according to a new report. This decrease in size follows two million years during which the human cranium steadily grew in size, and it's happened all over the world, to both sexes and every race. Old big head: A 3D image replica of a 28,000-year-old skull found in France shows it was 20 per cent larger than ours 'Over the past 20,000 years, the average volume of the human male brain has decreased from 1,500 cubic centimetres to 1,350 cubic centimetres, losing a chunk the size of a tennis ball,' Kathleen McAuliffe writes in Discover magazine. 'The female brain has shrunk by about the same proportion.' Some paleontologists agree with this diagnosis, that our brains may have become smaller in size, but increasingly efficient.
Facebook Passwords Of Applicants Demanded By Colleges, Government Agencies Google Is Forbidding Users From Reselling, Loaning Glass Eyewear | Gadget Lab No sharing. Photo: Google Google is barring anyone deemed worthy of a pair of its $1,500 Google Glass computer eyewear from selling or even loaning out the highly coveted gadget. The company’s terms of service on the limited-edition wearable computer specifically states, “you may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person. Welcome to the New World, one in which companies are retaining control of their products even after consumers purchase them. It was bound to happen. “If it takes off like iPhones did, this is going to be part of people’s everyday activity, and now we are starting down this path that is going to be completely controlled,” said Corynne McSherry, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s intellectual property coordinator. The company knows if the eyewear was transferred because each device is registered under the buyer’s Google account. For the moment, not just anybody can buy the eyewear. Google declined comment. Not for sale.
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