Wednesday, February 28, 2007

cousteau - caml expedition

cousteau - caml expedition:

"Huge areas of sea floor (around 3.250 km2) have been freed up by the collapse 4 years ago of the Larsen B ice shelf along the Antarctic Peninsula – leaving a blank spot on Antarctic maps and raising questions about the effect of global warming. An interesting consequence of the Larsen B collapsing: areas which were previously covered by ice shelves several hundred meters thick are now accessible to researchers"

I had no idea you could embed video into placemarks on Google Maps

More video footage from Polarstern Expedition ANT-XIII/8 and some hi-res photos

More info with images from CML


Explore the Brain like never before


" is an interactive zoomable high-resolution digital brain atlas and virtual microscope that is based on over 15 million megapixels of scanned images of serial sections of both primate and non-primate brains and that is integrated with a high-speed database for querying and retrieving data about brain structure and function over the internet. Currently featured are complete brain atlas datasets for various species, including Macaca mulatta, Chlorocebus aethiops, Felis catus, Mus musculus, Rattus norvegicus, and Tyto alba."

Contains over 50 Terabytes of brain image data

The New Video Arcade in Spain Might Be the Movie Theater

The New Video Arcade in Spain Might Be the Movie Theater - New York Times:

"Cinegames is a testing ground for the Yelmo Cineplex, a movie theater company in Spain, which spent more than $390,000 to modify one of its small individual theaters into a high-tech video gaming hall seating about 50 people."

Tuesday, February 27, 2007


Network Research - Touch:

"It’s aims are to investigate and explore:

Near Field Communication (NFC), a technology that enables connections between mobile phones and physical things. We are developing applications and services that enable people to interact with everyday objects and situations through their mobile devices. Touch consists of an inter-disciplinary team involved in social and cultural enquiry, interaction/industrial design, rapid prototyping, software, testing and exhibitions."

NFC morphs the wallet and the mobile phone

NFC morphs the wallet and the mobile phone - gizmag Article:

"Since November 2006, 200 Strasbourg-based customers of one of the top banks in France have been issued with SAGEM my700X ContactLess phones which they are using to pay for goods and services at local outlets ranging from cinemas and restaurants to major supermarkets."

NFC Forum realeases white paper

The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that promotes the use of NFC short-range wireless interaction in consumer electronics, mobile devices and PCs, has released a white paper Near Field Communication and the NFC Forum: The Keys to Truly Interoperable Communications (pdf)

This white paper highlights the capabilities of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and its potential to transform our everyday lives. It reveals how NFC will transform standalone wireless networking resources into truly interoperable communications media for accessing public transportation and facilities, making retail payments, transferring data, discovering new information, and more. It further describes how the NFC Forum works to drive NFC standardization and encourage its adoption in the market.

Sirit's NFC Solution Chosen by Kyocera for Mobile Handsets

CNW Group:

"Sirit Inc. ('Sirit') (TSX: SI), a leading provider of Near Field Communication ('NFC') and radio frequency identification ('RFID') technology, announced today that it has been selected by Kyocera Technology Research Corp. (KTRC) to supply NFC software and technology engineering services."

"Sirit's MNP is a package of Java-based embedded software stacks and specifications (JSRs) (powered by NXP Software's J-Ware NFC SW) that provide mobile phones with a rich set of NFC functionality and an environment to which mobile applications can be easily integrated. KWC's forthcoming NFC mobile handsets will be deployed with Sirit's MNP."

NFC-enabled Nokia 6131

Nokia - ShowPressRelease:

"Featuring the same slim folding lines and outstanding features, the Nokia 6131 NFC handset includes Near Field Communications (NFC) technology to enable information sharing, service initiation and payment & ticketing capability with one tap of the device."

Burgers paid for by mobile phone

BBC NEWS | Technology | Burgers paid for by mobile phone:

"Visitors to fast food outlets in Japan will soon be able to pay for their burgers with their mobile phones."

Poggio lab mimics how the brain recognizes street scenes

Poggio lab mimics how the brain recognizes street scenes:

"At last, neuroscience is having an impact on computer science and artificial intelligence (AI). For the first time, scientists in Tomaso Poggio’s laboratory at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT applied a computational model of how the brain processes visual information to a complex, real world task: recognizing the objects in a busy street scene. The researchers were pleasantly surprised at the power of this new approach." - Put your message on the map - Put your message on the map:

"Signalling using land marks is an ancient form of communication. Compare this to e-mail, hardly available for half a century and already collapsing by spam."

Yet another message on a map application, this time done with smoke signals; kinda cool. Here's one from the Englishman abroad:

Time to re-think qualifying?

pitpass - the latest, hottest F1 & A1GP news:

"Surely, in Melbourne, when the ten drivers begin the final phase of qualifying, assuming that Jenson and Rubens are amongst them, it is going to seem at odds with the sport's grand eco claims when the commentator reveals that the drivers - including those at the wheel of the 'myearthdream' Hondas are entering the ten minute fuel burn off stage."

Robot swarms 'evolve' effective communication

Robot swarms 'evolve' effective communication - New Scientist Tech:

"Robots that artificially evolve ways to communicate with one another have been demonstrated by Swiss researchers. The experiments suggest that simulated evolution could be a useful tool for those designing of swarms of robots."

Tiny robot reduces need for surgery

Tiny robot reduces need for surgery ::: Pink Tentacle

"On February 26, researchers from Ritsumeikan University and the Shiga University of Medical Science completed work on a miniature robot prototype that, once inserted into the body through an incision, can be freely controlled to perform medical treatment and capture images of affected areas."

1991 the first Web client

Tim Berners-Lee: WorldWideWeb, the first Web client

Tim Berners-Lee unveils first web browser

Monday, February 26, 2007

Digital Audio and Perception of Place

Digital Urban: Ipod City - Digital Audio and Perception of Place - The Tube:

"Portable music became main stream in 1979 with the introduction of the Sony Walkman and with it came a change to the way we perceive the space around us. By filtering out the natural and man made sounds of the city we are able to immerses ourselves in a alternative reality of our choosing."

Taiwan trials contactless credit cards

Taiwan trials contactless credit cards -

"One store reported that customers paying with NFC-equipped Visa cards took only four to six seconds per transaction, compared with as much as 35 seconds for payments with magnetic strip cards."

Design on Diagonal Path in Pursuit of a Faster Chip

Design on Diagonal Path in Pursuit of a Faster Chip - New York Times:

"Modern integrated circuits are actually three-dimensional. In the Cadence system, several layers route lines diagonally while others run horizontally and vertically. "

Windows for Warships nears frontline service

Windows for Warships nears frontline service | The Register

"Many of these aged displays have refresh rates measured in deciseconds, not milliseconds. To this very day, RN navigators typically have to track the ship's position in pencil on a paper chart. There is normally no moving-map display of the sort found in every merchant ship – or even minicab."

Sunday, February 25, 2007

RFID Technology Firms Win Investors

MoreRFID - RFID Technology Firms Win Investors:

"Communications providers will show interest in payment applications tied to cell phones. The area of near field communications (NFC) applications is emerging as an area of innovation attractive to investors. NFC applications enable cell phone users to make mobile payments and micro payments using their cellular device. Look for communications equipment providers like Nokia, Samsung, Qualcomm and Motorola and for payment providers like VISA, MasterCard and American Express to make investments in mobile payment applications."

Steve Mann

"NOW, The Globe and Mail, National Post, and Toronto Life have all described him as "the world's first cyborg", from his early work with wireless wearable webcams. His work also extends to the area of sousveillance (a term he coined for "inverse surveillance"). "

Homepage at University of Toronto


ViVOwallet turns mobile devices into secure consumer payment and promotion devices. Wireless Operators generate additional revenue per user by selling new, valuable contactless payment applications."

RFID: Near Field Close at Hand?

RFID: Near Field Close at Hand?:

"NFC, however, is stirring more interest in more consumer-oriented applications that can be integrated into NFC-enabled mobile phones. Will these applications bring us one step closer to general acceptance of RFID or will consumers see NFC as being an entirely different technology?"

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Bob Moog

Thought I'd update on Bob Moog since he passed away. For anyone not familiar with his name he created one of the first widely used synths

I used to own some pieces from Keith Emerson's beast of a moog (pictured below)

For even more info check out his Wikipedia page

WTVML - publish for free on Sky TV

"Any web site operator can now extend their service to include over 8 million interactive TV Sky boxes reaching new customers and audiences efficiently and cost-effectively using Sky's new e-business portal."

Ok so your going to need to reformat your content into WTVML, so now the challenge would be to reformat (via yahoo pipes at some point in the future hopefully) the rss feed from this site into wtvml...anyway

NFC background info

Some background stuff on NFC should you need it

NFC Forum:

"The Near Field Communication (NFC) Forum is a non-profit industry association that promotes the use of NFC short-range wireless interaction in consumer electronics, mobile devices and PCs. The NFC Forum supports implementation and standardization of NFC technology to make it easier to get information, easier to pay for goods and services, easier to use public transport, and easier to share data between devices"

Wikipedia: Near Field Communication

"Near Field Communication Technology or NFC, is a short-range wireless technology mainly aimed at usage in mobile phones. It is jointly developed by Sony and NXP."

Nokia NFC editorial with video:

"Near Field Communication in a mobile phone makes many day-to-day tasks more convenient for consumers. Based on a short-range wireless connectivity, Near Field Communication is designed for intuitive, simple and safe interaction between electronic devices."

First Large-Scale Near Field Communication Trial in North America:

Includes various background pdf's and images from the trial at the Philips Arena in Atlanta

In 2007 the Worldwide Mobile Data Market is Worth Over $100 Billion

In 2007 the Worldwide Mobile Data Market is Worth Over $100 Billion:

"Developments in mobile commerce are continuing, with banks and merchants beginning to show an interest in collaborating with mobile operators. With the introduction of contactless cards using Near Field Communications (NFC); this industry sector is beginning to show some signs of revival."

anyone like to buy this report for me :P anyway there's a brief summary of the mobile market in the article

Yahoo Pipes

I've just had a quick play with Yahoo Pipes and first impression was favourable, though now I'm waiting for more functions to become available as the current set has many limitations. At the moment its main strength seems to be to take content from one rss feed and create another rss feed based on different content with the same context.

The content analysis can be a a bit sketchy at times, often taking the news source as the context rather than the actual contents of the post and the location extractor seems to be only USA based. Hey, it's still in beta and early days, can't wait to see how this one pans out.

RSS Feed of Google news with Wikipedia and Youtube links

RSS feed of BBC news with products "related" to the news item from Google Base

RSS feed of articles, products and images based on the current BBC news

Coastal Brits Fret About Climate Change

News 8 :: KFMB Stations, San Diego, California:

"the situation in Happisburgh shows that governments and insurance companies have finally started letting the public know that it will have to do more than buy fuel-efficient cars and better light bulbs to fight global warming"

World's tiniest RFID tag unveiled

BBC NEWS | Technology | World's tiniest RFID tag unveiled:

"The minute devices measure just 0.05mm by 0.05mm (0.002x0.002in) and to the naked eye look like spots of powder."

Estonia set for world first Internet election

Estonia set for world first Internet election:

"The Baltic state of Estonia plans to become the world's first country to allow voting in a national parliamentary election via the Internet next month -- with a little help from the forest king."

Google may emerge as Honda F1 backer


"With the latest rumours hinting at the signing of a major American sponsor, a photo of Honda's radical new livery for 2007 confirms speculation that 'Google Earth' imagery will be used."



"Neon is Llamasoft's latest and most breathtaking light synthesiser. Capable of generating anything from soothing ambient swirls to strobing multicolour explosions, it's infinitely configurable thanks to its modular nature, and always stunning to look at."

Reuters/Second Life

Reuters/Second Life:

"It’s not often you come home to find people having sex in your house."

Second Life Safari

Second Life Safari:

"Social networking hits another new low, and can only be seen in Second Life Safari."



"From the mind of Will Wright, the creator of The Sims, comes SPORE™, an epic journey that takes you from the origin and evolution of life through the development of civilization and technology and eventually all the way into the deepest reaches of outer space."

still waiting...

Death by Caffeine

Death by Caffeine:

"How much of your favorite energy drink or soda would it take to kill you?"

Ban on feeding cows dope

Ban on feeding cows dope :

"Switzerland's farmers believe the active ingredient in cannabis, THC, makes cows happy and produce more milk, but the Agriculture Ministry say THC can get into the milk and create a health risk.

They also said that there was a risk that Swiss cheese products could be contaminated."

March launch for Smith £20 note

March launch for Smith £20 note:

"A £20 note featuring economist Adam Smith will be issued on 13 March, the Bank of England has said."

Charles Duff CHARLES DUFF.:

"How did this guy manage to write textbooks for all those languages? Who was Charles Duff? "

Radiation warning gains skull and crossbones

Radiation warning gains skull and crossbones:

"The IAEA tested it in 11 countries. 'It means stop, run away,' says MacKenzie. 'Most people got the message.'"

Waters not so calm at New Oxford

The PR blurb runs:

"While many of us can't be there to share the moment, we can now enjoy a
beautiful replica of the Götheborg in the calm waters outside New Oxford."

Temperature Of Coffee Expected To Rise Nine Degrees By End Of 21st Century

Temperature Of Coffee Expected To Rise Nine Degrees By End Of 21st Century:

"A report released by the Union of Concerned Dietitians stated that not only will the temperature of coffee increase by nearly nine degrees by the end of this century, the rise is directly linked to human activity."

UCL Google Maps Image Cutter Software Released

UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis:

"The Google Map Image Cutter is an application designed to take any image or digital photo and cut it into tiles which are displayed on a Google Map. Using this tool, large images can be published on the web in a format that allows the user to pan and zoom using the standard Google Maps interface. Although publishing large digital photos is the most obvious application, this technique can also be used for annotated maps of an area that are not to scale e.g. directions for how to get to the office."

Friday, February 23, 2007

Lewes Bonfire Council

Lewes Bonfire Council:

"The specific origins of the stunning costumed processions and spectacular firework displays observed today in Lewes every 5th November - Bonfire Night, as it is known locally - date back to 1853, when the Lewes (now Lewes Borough) and Cliffe Bonfire Societies were formed, followed by Commercial Square in 1855. These, together with the more recently formed South Street (1913), Waterloo (1964) and Nevill Juvenile (1968) Bonfire Societies, make up the present membership of today's Lewes Bonfire Council."

Top 10 Bizarre Vehicles

Impact Lab - Top 10 Bizarre Vehicles:

"Here are a few vehicles that we're guessing you've never seen."



One of those things to do

ISGM Music: The Music Library

ISGM Music: The Music Library:

"In this music library, you'll find free classical music sorted by performer and composer, featuring performances recorded live in the museum"

Have your Series 60 WAP 2.0 Nokia use your PC for Internet via Bluetooth

Tutorial from Web Archive:

"With this tutorial, you will learn how to make your Symbian Series 60 (WAP 2.0) phone use your pc's internet connection via bluetooth. The advantages of this are that when your phone is within bluetooth range of your computer, you will have free and unlimited mobile internet"

Note the mobile service providers do not want anyone doing this so there are no menu settings available to configure the access point. You have to use software to change the phone's your own risk.

Im in your garage stealing your wheelz


"bloodninja: A Rhinocerus. Well, hung like one, thats for sure.
j_gurli3: haha, ok lets go.
j_gurli3: i put my hand through ur hair, and kiss u on the neck.
bloodninja: I stomp the ground, and snort, to alert you that you are in my breeding territory."

Alf Svensson

Alf Svensson is one of the artists that created content for Entropia


"FM3 constructed nine drones, varying from two seconds to 42 seconds, which repeat endlessly in the listener’s ear until the “track” is switched to the next drone. In a way, it’s like the cheapest pre-loaded IPod you’ll ever be able to buy."

Darpa Chief Speaks

WIRED Blogs: Danger Room: "At the same time, computers became more powerful. We're on the verge of having computers with densities approaching a monkey's brain, and it won't be long before we'll have a computer with the density of transistors, or equivalent to neurons and almost human."

Alonso to test Oz-spec McLaren on Friday

DailyF1News: "Defending back to back world champion Fernando Alonso will on Friday sample his definitive Melbourne-spec McLaren in Bahrain."

Virtual Banking Licenses For Sale

Virtual Banking Licenses For Sale: "Taking its Real Cash Economy to the Next Level: Entropia Universe Offer Virtual Entrepreneurs the Opportunity to Become Real Bankers in Cyberspace"

Rare crater may have been spotted on Titan

Rare crater may have been spotted on Titan - space - 23 February 2007 - New Scientist Space: "The Cassini spacecraft may have spied another crater on Saturn's moon Titan, whose surface is mysteriously unblemished by the impact scars."

for first time, chimps seen making pencils

Language Log: for first time, chimps seen making pencils: "Chimpanzees living in the West African savannah have been observed fashioning what gives every indication of being pencil-like tools from short, thin sticks and then using them in a manner suggesting to researchers that the chimps are in the early stages of acquiring the skill of writing -- the first routine production of writing instruments ever observed in animals other than humans."

Xerox Inkless Printer

The Future of Things (TFOT) - Xerox Inkless Printer:

"Xerox is developing a new printing technology which does not require ink of any kind. The new technology includes reusable paper which can be printed and erased dozens of times and has the potential to revolutionize printing. Although the technology is still in the early stages of development, it has the potential to cut printing costs and reduce office paper usage dramatically."

ePaper gets real with Polymer Vision’s READIUS

3GSM: ePaper gets real with Polymer Vision’s READIUS - SlashGear: "Rollable displays have been something of a mainstay of science fiction and futurology articles, perhaps because there’s something undeniably cool about taking a product we’re all familiar with - in this case paper - and giving it a super-sexy high-tech makeover. However while there have been numerous prototypes shown at trade fairs and expos, up until now our e-books have been resolutely stiff. Well, that’s due to change thanks to Polymer Vision and their READIUS display. SlashGear was there to have a good play, as well as take these exclusive photos."

On MP3 player breast implants - Opinion

On MP3 player breast implants - Opinion: "We live in a world where carrying accessories like cell phones and iPods has become commonplace. BT's Futurology department took note of this and decided to go ahead and make things a bit more ... permanent."

Dutch Bank To Launch NFC Trial

Card Technology, The Smart Card News Source: "One of the Netherlands’ largest banks plans to launch in a trial later this year allowing 100 supermarket shoppers to tap contactless mobile phones to pay for purchases and store cash discounts electronically."