Saturday, March 31, 2007

Pheromone Robot Augmented Reality Display

Pheromone Robot Augmented Reality Display:

A head-mounted augmented reality display provides an interface to a pherobot swarm. Arrows superimposed over each robot collectively provide a visible impression of the virtual pheromone gradient. Papers with further detail are available at pherobot

At certain points, it may be desirable for a dispersed pherobot swarm to move out of the center of a room and hide against the walls. To do this, robots near the walls, after detecting the wall, transmit a "wall" pheromone that attracts other robots toward them. When these robots detect the wall themselves, they switch to a wall-parking mode.

These small robots provide emergent group behavior as a result of simple local interactions. In gradient following, a set of robots propagate a "virtual pheromone" signal to one another to establish a gradient. Another robot then follows this gradient toward the originating source.

Pheromone robots can be controlled with a handheld remote. The remote can operate in two different modes. A narrow mode allows commands to be issued to individual robots. A wide mode allows commands to be issued to the entire swarm. In the wide mode, pherobots that receive the command relay that command to their neighbors until received by all others.

Mobile Environments

Mobile Environments


Virtual Sightseeing Scenic Viewer

Virtual Sightseeing Scenic Viewer:

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Sightseeing binoculars have always been a favorite attraction in parks, monuments, and scenic lookout points. YDreams introduces a high-tech, brand new take on this time-proven attraction.

Main Features: Augmented reality: superimposition of synthetic information over real images Real-time interaction 2D/3D reconstitutions Interactive simulations Detailed contextual information (text, image, video and sound)

NFC e-Port(R) Debuts

USA Technologies NFC e-Port(R) Debuts at World's Largest Wireless Show:

"USA Technologies (USAT) announced today that vending machines equipped with Near Field Communications (NFC) capable e-Ports were unveiled at the CTIA Wireless conference and attracted national news attention.

It is the first time that USA Technologies has publicly launched its NFC capable e-Port payment technology, which enables consumers to make purchases at unattended point of sale using an NFC capable cellular phone."

Inside Contactless Extends Smart Card Alliance

Inside Contactless Extends Smart Card Alliance Involvement within the Leadership Council - Smart Card Alliance:

"Inside Contactless, a leading provider of advanced, open standard contactless chip technologies, today announced that it has extended its membership within the Smart Card Alliance to the Leadership Council. The Smart Card Alliance is a non-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology."

Visa Mobile TV ad with Michael Phelps and Nokia 6131 NFC

Video: VISA_LB_400kbps - paw’s blog

Over at Peter Wakim's blog you can find a Visa Mobile TV ad with Michael Phelps and Nokia 6131 NFC

Friday, March 30, 2007

Point In Time accepted for First European NFC Competition

I'm happy to report we made it through track A of the first European NFC competition. You can find more details here

NFC Forum Membership Now Tops 110 Organizations

NFC Forum Membership Now Tops 110 Organizations

The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, today announced that its membership roster has continued to expand: it now includes more than 110 organizations worldwide – representing a 10 percent increase over the last quarter.

Since its founding in 2004, the NFC Forum has attracted market-leading organizations from around the world to its membership ranks, as momentum for the adoption and implementation of Near Field Communication technology has increased.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

VIVOtech, Mobile Candy Dish Partner on NFC Mobile Payments

VIVOtech, Mobile Candy Dish Partner on NFC Mobile Payments:

"ViVOtech has partnered with Mobile Candy Dish to 'provide consumers a complete end-to-end mobile commerce platform' by combining ViVOwallet OTA and NFC mobile payment software and the Mobile Candy Dish Blaze suite of mobile services."

Kyocera, Visa Demonstrate Mobile Payments Using NFC at CTIA

Kyocera, Visa Demonstrate Mobile Payments Using NFC at CTIA:

"At the CTIA show this week, Kyocera Wireless says it will be demonstrating several solutions that 'deliver on the promise of next-generation wireless technologies to enable a variety of mobile consumer applications. Kyocera Wireless and Visa International are demonstrating mobile payments utilizing NFC technology, essentially turning a mobile phone into a Visa payment solution using the Visa mobile platform.'"

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A giant iced donut?

A giant iced donut? It's snow joke

Ok folks, sorry it's the Daily Mail but I've never seen or heard of this before

Avalanche control expert Mike Stanford told The Seattle Times: "This is no joke. We did not build it. They are a natural occurrence in nature."

He said he had only seen the phenomena once in his 30-year career. He explained they form when there is a hard layer on the snow, covered by several more inches of dense snow. "Then you add a steep slope and a trigger such as a clump of snow falling out of a tree or off of a rock face," he said.

MasterCard, ASK To Jointly Develop Paper-Based Contactless Cards

MasterCard, ASK To Jointly Develop Paper-Based Contactless Cards:

"MasterCard Worldwide has announced that it has signed a development agreement with ASK to create paper-based contactless payment solutions for use in transit and other payment environments."

The First Low Frequency RFID Reader SD Card

Wireless Dynamics Inc. Introduces the SDiD™ 1210, the First Low Frequency (LF) RFID Reader SD Card:

Wireless Dynamics Inc., a leading provider of NFC and RFID SD products, announces the SDiD™ 1210, the first Low Frequency (LF) RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Reader / Writer SD Card. The SDiD™ 1210 is the latest addition to WDI's innovative SDiD™ product line that enables Smartphones and PDAs with SDIO to read and write LF RFID tags. It is suited for most LF RFID applications including: pet and livestock animal identification, herd management, asset tagging, oilfield logistics and process compliance, vehicle security and fuel payment systems. With the SDiD™ 1210, RFID tag data transactions can be processed in real time through mobile connections such as WiFi, CDMA, GSM / GPRS or UMTS associated with the portable device.

The SDiD™ 1210 is capable of interrogating most 125 kHz and 134.2 kHz LF RFID tag formats including: TI TIRIS®, NXP Hitag® and ISO 11784 / ISO 11785 half-duplex (HDX) and full-duplex (FDX). Developers can easily create custom applications by utilizing the available SDK compatible with PocketPC 2002/2003, Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0.

"We are excited to offer a low cost and versatile handheld platform for the demanding LF RFID market," said Ambrose Tam, Chief Executive Officer of Wireless Dynamics Inc., "This first of its kind Low Frequency SD Card fulfills our commitment to provide economical and rapid deployment of mobile, real time RFID applications."

Wireless Dynamics Inc. will be demonstrating their new SDiD™ 1210 LF RFID SD Card along with their High Frequency SDiD™ including the SDiD™ 1010 NFC / RFID SD Card; the SDiD™ 1020 RFID SD Card and the SDiD™ 2010 NFC / RFID miniSD Card, products at RFID World 2007 - Booth 1430, March 26th to March 28th, 2007 at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas.

NFC Demonstration at CITA

NFC Magazine - NFC Demonstration at CITA:

"Smartmachine International, a leading provider of ticketing and commerce solutions for mobile phones including contactless (NFC) communication and Atrua Technologies, Inc., the pioneer and leading provider of Intelligent Touch Controls™ for mobile handsets have partnered to demonstrate the future of mobile ticketing and m-commerce applications at the CTIA Wireless conference happening in Orlando, Florida, March 27 – 29."

RFID Tag A Tree?

RFID Gazette: RFID Tag A Tree?:

"Very frustrating but also exciting. For example, they describe a Subni application called Soundtag, which converts information from an RFID tag on a prescription bottle to sound. This would help visually impaired people know that they have the right medication. This is a brilliant idea, and while other companies might be doing something similar, I haven't come across it elsewhere."

Infineon collaborate on NFC solutions

Inside Contactless, Infineon collaborate on NFC solutions:

"French fabless supplier of smart-card chips Inside Contactless SA announced a cooperation agreement with Infineon Technologies AG to develop a joint reference architecture for next generation, interoperable Near Field Communication (NFC) solutions."

AT&T Streams Your Camera Video like Web Cam

AT&T Streams Your Camera Video like Web Cam:

"AT&T has announced that wireless customers will soon be able to use their phones to share live video and audio of the moments in their lives using their 3G service called Video Share, which is available only from AT&T. The service will be rolled out this summer in more than 50 markets in the U.S."

Nokia 6131 NFC SDK 1.0

Nokia 6131 NFC SDK 1.0:

Nokia have released the Nokia 6131 NFC SDK available from the above link or here. Installation guide is here (pdf)

The Nokia 6131 NFC SDK allows developers to create and emulate Java applications (MIDlets) for the Nokia 6131 NFC mobile phone. The SDK includes the Contactless Communication API (JSR-257) which enables the use of the Near Field Communications (NFC) features of the Nokia 6131 NFC. In addition to the standard JSR-257 APIs, the SDK includes Nokia NFC specific interfaces and classes. The Nokia 6131 NFC SDK contains a Nokia 6131 NFC phone emulator, Java APIs, sample MIDlets, and documentation."

Global climates face threat of fearsome changes

Global climates face threat of fearsome changes:

"Within a century, half of the world's climates as we know them will have vanished forever as a direct result of global warming, taking thousands of species with them."

Monday, March 26, 2007

PayPal Claiming Its Mobile Share

De Gardener:

"PayPal is about to make a strategic entry into mobile web with the launch of Mobile Checkout, a mobile service that will allow anyone with a PayPal account to buy things using their mobile browsers. "

Sunday, March 25, 2007

"Justin wears the camera 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even in the bathroom. Even on a date."

Easier Links with Google AJAX Search API

Xenomachina: Easier Links with Google AJAX Search API

I've been a fan of bookmarklets since they were first invented and this one from Laurence Gonsalves is the best I've seen in years. This makes the process of turning a piece of text in a textarea into a link chosen from search results just two clicks, Go See...

Cash works just fine

Cash works just fine | The inbox |

"The potential for digital piracy of cash soon dwarfing the piracy of digital content is very real.

Not only will the value of national currencies be undermined, but they will also be open to manipulation when effectively privatised and under corporate control."

Cellular South and Kyocera Wireless Make M-Commerce Connection

Cellular South and Kyocera Wireless Make M-Commerce Connection:

"Cellular South to Launch Multi-City Wireless Wallet Consumer Trial with Prototype Kyocera Device and Cutting-edge Near Field Communication (NFC) Technology"

Jimi Hendrix live painting by Denny Dent

YouTube - Jimi Hendrix live painting by Denny Dent

Mobile Downloads Ringtone From Poster

YouTube - Mobile Downloads Ringtone From Poster -

Friday, March 23, 2007

Visible Light Bent the 'Wrong' Way

Visible Light Bent the 'Wrong' Way: Scientific American:

"Everyone has seen a prism bend light. Now researchers have constructed a material that bends visible light in the opposite way. The odd effect, known as negative refraction, is similar to what is needed in far-out proposals for creating a cloak of invisibility. "

"In related news, another group used a similar trick to magnify light from objects too small to see with conventional lenses, which might someday prove useful in data storage. The new designs rely on an unusual property of gold and silver."

Mobile contactless solutions

Releasing the full potential of Near Field Communication (NFC) (pdf)

Brochure from Gemalto

The time is right - for mobile network operators seeking growth beyond mobile voice and data services, the opportunities for exploiting Near Field Communications and claiming a major stake in the contactless world have never been better.

Mobile NFC Services

GSM Association - Mobile NFC Services (pdf)

"Many different variations of “Contactless technology” exist today. Of most interest to Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) is Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. NFC is designed to operate over very short distances, typically less than 4 cm and provides a fast, simple and secure means for the user to experience a range of new contactless services with their mobile phone."

A Flip Of the Coin

A Flip Of the Coin -

"They're Bright, New and Shiny. And You Can Bet Your Bottom Dollar, They're a Thing of the Past."

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Dazzling new images reveal the 'impossible' on the Sun

Dazzling new images reveal the 'impossible' on the Sun - New Scientist

"The restless bubbling and frothing of the Sun's chaotic surface is astonishing astronomers who have been treated to detailed new images from a Japanese space telescope called Hinode."

"Almost every day, we look at the data and we say – what the heck was that?" says Golub, a member of the XRT science team.

Have a watch of the video taken by Hinode of the spikes



Anyone who has needed an open source CMS should check out this site. The idea is to try before you install, there are several types of CMS systems preinstalled with admin and user accounts so you can have a full go with the system before going through the whole install procedure.


Numenta -

The first release of the Numenta Platform for Intelligent Computing (NuPIC) is a research release targeted at sophisticated developers for the purpose of education and experimentation. NuPIC implements a hierarchical temporal memory system (HTM) patterned after the human neocortex. We expect NuPIC to be used on problems that, generally speaking, involve identifying patterns in complex data. The ultimate applications likely will include vision systems, robotics, data mining and analysis, and failure analysis and prediction.

There's a Windows version now available (with the engine running on a Linux cluster in California). You have to register to have a play, and the source code is available for those of a more adventurous kind. As pointed out you don't need to register :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

From Virtual Sex to No Sex?

From Virtual Sex to No Sex?:

"When we have our brains laced with nano-neural networks (40 years?) we will eventually be able to experience completely virtual body sensation, so we can have equal or better quality sex with partners in virtual reality, or with combinations of virtual reality and material reality; two real people in a virtual space, a virtual partner in a real space, two real and one virtual person in a semi-real space, whatever."

communication skills

communication skills - zefrank

paybox and Tagit Team Strategically to Offer Mobile Commerce 2.0

paybox and Tagit Team Strategically to Offer Mobile Commerce 2.0 Experience to End Customers:

"Banks, mobile operators and other service businesses can now offer a richer, more appealing and more convenient mobile user interface to their end customers as paybox and Tagit team to integrate their platforms. The partnership enlarges paybox mobile Commerce portfolio in banking, transportation, shopping and gambling with Tagit's rich Java client interface technology seamlessly available on all phones and extends paybox mobile Payment offering from remote into NFC-enabled proximity scenarios."

More info: Tagit's Press Release

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Downtown Los Angeles Homeless Map

Cartifact: Downtown Los Angeles Homeless Map

"Downtown Los Angeles is the epicenter of the largest homeless population in the United States.

The Downtown Los Angeles Homeless Map takes raw data about those sleeping on the streets and transforms it into a visual tool for understanding the situation."

Nasa's climate scientists 'gagged by White House'

Nasa's climate scientists 'gagged by White House':

"Dr Hansen, the director of Nasa's Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York, said that the space agency's budget for studying the Earth's climate has been slashed and that its scientists have been systematically gagged about speaking of their concerns."

"Interference with communication of science to the public has been greater during the current administration than at any time in my career," he says. "In my more than three decades in government, I have never seen anything approaching the degree to which information flow from scientists to the public has been screened and controlled as it has now."

LEGIC applications embedded in mobile phones:

LEGIC applications embedded in mobile phones

Legic Identsystems are embracing NFC by placing their applications onto the smart chip embedded in an NFC phone, going to show that one smart chip is pretty much like another:

In the future, the badge card and tickets may become interactive by having dynamic user interface and secure connectivity through mobile networks.

Sounds like they have yet to do anything other than to copy their existing smart chip code onto the phone though it does show how quickly current smart card applications will appear.

John Titor and his C204 time distortion gravity displacement machine

Just love this kind of stuff in all it's nonsense glory:

In his online postings, Titor claimed to be an American soldier from the year 2036 who was assigned to a government time travel project. He was supposedly sent back to 1975 to retrieve an IBM 5100 computer which he claimed was needed to "debug" various legacy computer programs in 2036. According to IBM engineer Bob Dubke, Titor's statements regarding the IBM 5100's ability to emulate and debug mainframe systems were correct. It has been stated that this information was not publicly available when Titor made his declaration.

Of course in the future they can not emulate the IBM 5100, maybe too style conscious

Ahh the egg *cough* intergalactic federation flag, oh no,it's John's military insignia

and now to the meat, plans for your very own time machine

Ok,you've done all that and followed the instructions you should have something like this

and then once installed in your car it should look something like this

and do this to a laser, I kid you not...

While adding tags to this site I had this result from Google, maybe cached results from the future which reminds me...

Motherboard Knows Best

Motherboard Knows Best: Should a Computer Make Life-or-Death Decisions?: Scientific American:

"A new study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) says that computers, using a mathematical formula, could determine the wishes of incapacitated patients as accurately as—if not better than—their family members or close friends."

'Just because a computer algorithm is a better predictor, it doesn't then follow that we should use it,' says Dan Brock, director of medical ethics at Harvard Medical School.

U.S. Developing Jets That Fly Five Times the Speed of Sound

U.S. Developing Jets That Fly Five Times the Speed of Sound

"The U.S. Air Force is preparing to test a new vehicle that could make missiles—and someday, jets—travel ten times faster than those flown today, military officials say.

The research vehicle, known as the X-51A, will be able reach hypersonic speeds when it is tested in 2009."

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Sand Castle Explosions Backwards v.1

Contactless payment program for mobile phones

Cingular - MasterCard - Nokia to test a contactless payment program for mobile phones:

"Seems Cingular, MasterCard, and Nokia have gotten together to test a contactless payment program for mobile phones. A few select Citi MasterCard holders will receive a Nokia mobile phone equipped with the MasterCard PayPass payment function and with NFC technology. Just hold your phone up to a special card reader, and whatever you owe is automatically deducted from your account."

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Lloyd's uses Google Earth to prepare for the worst

Lloyd's uses Google Earth to prepare for the worst

The Lloyd’s insurance market has notched up another first in its 300-year-history by offering underwriters the means to see Lloyd’s data on Google Earth maps to plot their exposure to hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks and other catastrophes.

The Gapminder World 2006, beta

The Gapminder World 2006, beta

Google have aquired a visual analysis tool from Gapminder. The example they have online is from the United Nations Common Database. I have to say I've seen much better implementations though this one is very easy to use.

Vodafone and Deutsche Bahn to develop m-ticketing system

A quick update on NFC being used in the German transport system, this time in English.

Finextra: Vodafone and Deutsche Bahn to develop m-ticketing system:

Vodafone is teaming with German rail operator Deutsche Bahn to develop and implement a mobile phone-based electronic ticketing and payment service called Touch&Travel.

Passengers signed up to the service will be able to use mobile phones embedded with near field communication (NFC) chips in place of paper tickets.

Passengers will be required to tap in and out of the Touch&Travel system by pointing their mobile phones at 'touchpoints' located on rail platforms and bus stops at the start and end of their journey.

And a similar article Cell Phones as Train and Bus Tickets from wireless developer network.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Starport delivers single-chip Gen2 UHF RFID reader solution

Starport delivers single-chip Gen2 UHF RFID reader solution:Wireless Design & Development:

"The SP7001 solution allows the development of mobile UHF RFID readers that, when combined with the emerging NFC (Near Field Communication) readers in cell phones, will enable the convergence of all mobile RFID applications, creating a significant ecosystem among manufacturers, retailers, cellular operators and consumers."

Contactless Infrastructure, Services Spending to Reach $800 Million by 2011

Payments News: Contactless Infrastructure, Services Spending to Reach $800 Million by 2011:

"In a new report titled 'RFID Contactless Payments', ABI Research is forecasting that spending on the contactless hardware, software, and services market will reach $800 million by 2011, up from $260 million in 2006."

Smart Card and Retail Supply Chain Applications Expected to Drive RFID Growth

RFID Journal - Smart Card and Retail Supply Chain Applications Expected to Drive RFID Growth - RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Technology News & Features:

"IDTechEx predicts the sale of tags for pallets and cases will more than double in 2007, but that tags for high-value and store-brand items will grow much faster."

Thursday, March 15, 2007

RFID enabled boxes expected to see the light of the day

The RFID Weblog: RFID enabled boxes expected to see the light of the day:

"A number of companies are working on this area to make it a reality as soon as possible. Parelec and Tagsys have developed RFID enabled packaging which is less troublesome as compared to printing of antenna and a chip is attached for forming an inlay which is comparatively inexpensive. On the other hand Yeon Technologies too is claiming that it has developed RFID enabled packaging material which won't cause any trouble during the manufacturing process."

What's your comfort level with RFID?

EU asks citizens: What's your comfort level with RFID? :

"European citizens may have the chance to help shape legislation on how RFID tags will be used for commercial purposes in Europe. A year-long consultation on citizen reaction to RFID done by the European Commission resulted in the group announcing at CeBIT that it will back out of regulating RFID use itself and instead will allow stakeholders to make decisions about further regulation."

Inkjet printers start cranking out microchips

Inkjet printers start cranking out microchips | CNET

"Nanoident Technologies has officially opened a factory in Linz, Austria, that produces organic semiconductors, which are chips made by spraying intricate patterns of specialized ink onto layers of foil and polymer.

A traditional factory that can produce 40,000 square meters of silicon computer chips would cost about $1.3 billion and require about 5,000 employees, he said in an interview. The Nanoident factory costs about $10 million and can be run by about 50 people."

Cash still king - but contactless cards challenge

Cash still king - but contactless cards challenge - Retail & Leisure - Breaking Business and Technology News at

Cash remains the most popular way of making small payments, with 96 per cent of all spending under £5 done with notes and coins.

Sandra Quinn, director of communications at payments industry body Apacs, which carried out the research, said despite the consumer's continuing love affair with cards, cash remains the first choice for small value payments. But she said this may all change with the arrival of contactless technology on cards.

In response Dave Birch posts in Competition for cash:

Some unrepentant e-cash fanboy was quoted saying that "society will eventually end its love affair with cash and embrace technology - as in Japan where mobile phones, not bank cards, are replacing coins and notes". It this a reasonable comment or techno-blinkered boosterism? We need, as Aneace says, to find some figures on actual transactions performed with mobile phones. Let's look at Japan.

Link to Mobile Phone: The New Way to Pay? (pdf) by Krista Becker, Emerging Payments Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

NFC meets money: The basics of mobile transactions - NFC meets money: The basics of mobile transactions:

"The mobile-phone-based financial payment infrastructure being planned around Near Field Communications (NFC) technology will make it a 'must have' technology in future wireless products. Here's a quick review of the basics of Mobile NFC technology and an intriguing glimpse into the brave new world of secure over-the-air (OTA) channels."

WIMA 2007

WIMA (Wireless Information Multimedia Applications) is a unique high level conference cycle supported by a demonstration and exhibition area and will bring together professionals from the world of IT, telecommunications, mobile broadcast, and multimedia content who are involved in the development of Wireless multimedia services and applications.

Check out the Com. Objects section for lots of NFC videos. Next couple of weeks there are videos by Gerhard Romen, Head of Market Development Nokia and NFC Marketing Committee Chair.

The universe is a string-net liquid

The universe is a string-net liquid - New Scientist:

"The first hint that a new type of matter may exist came in 1983. 'Twenty five years ago we thought we understood everything about how matter changes phase,' says Wen. 'Then along came an experiment that opened up a whole new world.'"

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Photon's life cycle 'watched' in full

Photon's life cycle 'watched' in full - fundamentals - New Scientist:

"Blink and you'll miss it, but for the first time the birth, life and death of a single photon – a particle of light – has been 'watched' in real time."

SGR-A1 gun wielding robot


Intelligent Surveillance & Security Guard Robot, which is indigenously developed by Samsung Techwin and being funded by the Korean government, has the purpose of protecting the major military base and national strategic site.
The system is designed to replace a human-oriented guards, overcoming their limitation of discontinuous guarding mission due to its severe weather condition or fatigue, so that the perfect guarding operation is guaranteed.

Augmented Reality

Technology Review: TR10: Augmented Reality:

"Engineers at the Nokia Research Center in Helsinki, Finland, hope that a project called Mobile Augmented Reality Applications will help you get where you're going--and decide what to do once you're there."

For more info: Nokia MARA Research Project

New 3D 'flyovers' let viewers swoop down on Mars

New 3D 'flyovers' let viewers swoop down on Mars - New Scientist Space:

"Dramatic virtual flyovers of NASA's two Mars rover landing sites have been made using 3D imagery from the agency's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The flyovers give a first taste of the probe's astoundingly precise 3D mapping abilities and may help the Opportunity rover find a safe path into the yawning chasm of Victoria crater."

Giant Robot Dinosaurs

Giant Robot Dinosaurs:

"The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan has created some incredible new robot/animatronic dinosaurs that can actually walk around."

Using gesture as an interface for mobile applications

Forum Nokia Blogs - Using gesture as an interface for mobile applications

RFID: Beyond Wal-Mart and the DoD, Part 2

Technology News: RFID: Beyond Wal-Mart and the DoD, Part 2:

"A produce distributor can correlate the temperature of its goods along with location and time data to know exactly where and for how long a container of frozen food was inadvertently expose to higher temperatures, said Martyn Mallick, Sybase iAnywhere's director of RFID technologies. 'This is done by combining location data with RFID data,' he noted."

RFID Tags for Apple devices

RFID Tags for Apple devices. Wi-Fi Enabled Apple Remote, iPod and Other Peripherals - Unwired View

While setting-up wireless Wi-Fi network in your home now is much easier then it was few years ago, configuring all devices and establishing sufficient security protocols can still be pain in the … for average user. Now Apple has a solution how to make everything easy, automatic and secure - RFID tags.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Forming Carbon Nanotubes

News & Events: Forming Carbon Nanotubes:

"A team of scientists, including researchers at Cambridge University, have successfully produced live video footage that shows how carbon nanotubes, more than 10,000 times smaller in diameter than a human hair, form. The video sequences show nanofibres and nanotubes nucleating around miniscule particles of nickel and are already offering greater insight into how these microscopic structures self-assemble."

A Smarter Web

Technology Review: A Smarter Web:

"New technologies will make online search more intelligent--and may even lead to a 'Web 3.0.'"

Analysts, researchers, and pundits have subsequently argued over what, if anything, would deserve to be called "3.0." Definitions have ranged from widespread mobile broadband access to a Web full of on-demand software services. A much-read article in the New York Times last November clarified the debate, however. In it, John Markoff defined Web 3.0 as a set of technologies that offer efficient new ways to help computers organize and draw conclusions from online data, and that definition has since dominated discussions at conferences, on blogs, and among entrepreneurs.

Scientists threatened for 'climate denial'

Scientists threatened for 'climate denial' | Telegraph :

"Scientists who questioned mankind's impact on climate change have received death threats and claim to have been shunned by the scientific community.

They say the debate on global warming has been 'hijacked' by a powerful alliance of politicians, scientists and environmentalists who have stifled all questioning about the true environmental impact of carbon dioxide emissions."

Edible RFID

Edible RFID – A breakthrough in healthcare industry:

"Kodak has announced the invention of an edible RFID. Why should anyone eat a RFID tag? Is it safe to consume a radio frequency wafer?"

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Multi-Touch Screen

Jeff Han's multi-touch screen

From (2006) Ideas Worth Sharing

and finally the I-Bar

CryEngine 2 - best version

YouTube - Crysis - Crytek - CryEngine 2 - best version

3D-Stadtmodell Berlin

3D-Stadtmodell Berlin:

3D models of Berlin have been released for Google Earth covering about 10% of the area of Berlin. The model consists of some 44,000 buildings in the centre of Berlin.

Vanishing bees threaten US crops

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Vanishing bees threaten US crops:

"In a matter of weeks, he lost just over 2,000 of his 3,000 hives. The yard of his small honey farm near Tampa Bay, is littered with empty boxes, which normally would be full of worker bees, doing what they do best.

As we speak, his mobile phone chirps constantly, with yet more beekeepers across the US, reporting losses of up to 95%."


The New Horizons probe pictures a 290km-high (180 miles) plume from the volcano Tvashtar, which is situated near the north pole of the Jovian moon Io. The probe continues to return stored data from its recent flyby of Jupiter.

Mobile commerce - near field or far, far away?

IT Analysis - Mobile commerce - near field or far, far away?:

"The utopian dream of one, personally carried item that safely fulfils our needs for secured access - keys - securely supports our commercial interactions - credit cards, cash, tickets - and our need to communicate with friends and the world in general - the mobile phone - is taking a step closer."

forget about one-to-one marketing

Mobile and advertising - forget about one-to-one marketing:

"So, advertisers, 44 7934 104943 might be a phone… or a plasma TV with 10 people watching. "

Shipments of Sony's Felica RFID chip hit 200 million

Shipments of Sony's Felica RFID chip hit 200 million - Network World:

"Shipments of smart cards and cell phones containing Sony's Felica RFID chip have hit 200 million, the company said Thursday."

Saturday, March 10, 2007


Casual Gameplay Design Competition #2 - Sprout

Climate Warming Reduces Ocean Food Supply

NASA Data Reveals Climate Warming Reduces Ocean Food Supply:

"In a NASA study, scientists have concluded that when the Earth's climate warms, there is a reduction in the ocean's primary food supply, posing a potential threat to fisheries and ecosystems. By comparing nearly a decade of global ocean satellite data with several records of Earth's changing climate, scientists found that whenever climate warmed, marine plant life in the form of phytoplankton declined. Whenever climate cooled, marine plant life became more vigorous or productive."

Available at the site is a video Ocean Biology, 1997-2006

Scientists now have nearly a decade's worth of data showing the cycle of plant life in the Earth's oceans. From space, the “ocean color” satellites measure the ocean's biology as plant productivity. In this visualization, high plant productivity is represented in green, while areas of low productivity remain blue. Data were collected by the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS). Credit: NASA/GeoEye

Climate Change: Could It Be Random?

ScienceDaily: Climate Change: Could It Be Random?:

"Severe climate changes during the last ice-age could have been caused by random chaotic variations on Earth and not governed by external periodic influences from the Sun. This has been shown in new calculations by a researcher at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen University."

Tremoctopus defense mechanism

"This type of Tremoctopus, or blanket octopus, has a unique way of escaping from predators. When threatened, the octopus unfurls a giant sheet of webbing that trails behind like a cape. The webbing breaks apart rather easily when attacked -- much like a lizard's tail -- and it gets wrapped around the predator's face, giving the octopus a chance to flee."

A123 Systems

A123 Systems :: Home

"A123 Systems high power battery technology is based on new highly active nanoscale materials that are inexpensive, nontoxic, and extremely stable in electrochemical systems."

These have a life cycle 10 times longer, 5 times the amount of power and very rapid recharge

and check out their Nail Penetration Test Video

Mapping the geology of the planet

One Geology - Mapping the geology of the planet:

"The project's aim is to create dynamic digital geological map data for the world! The target scale is 1:1 million. But the project will be pragmatic and accept a range of scales and the best available data.

The geological map data will be made available as a distributed web service, using the latest web feature mapping approach. Geological Surveys will dynamically 'serve' the data for their territories to a web portal. The plan is to make it available through Google Earth and other dynamic map browsers."

akaalias' photos tagged with nfc

Flickr: akaalias' photos tagged with nfc

I just can't see that Touch Me! tag lasting two seconds

Will Biology Solve the Universe?

Wired News: Will Biology Solve the Universe?:

'The answer to the universe is biology -- it's as simple as that,' says Dr. Robert Lanza, vice president of research and scientific development at Advanced Cell Technology.

Lanza: For the first time outside of complex mathematics, this theory explains the provocative new experiment that was just published in Science last month. This landmark experiment showed that a choice you make now can actually influence an event that has already occurred in the past.

Have yet to read the paper Experimental Realization of Wheeler's Delayed-Choice Gedanken Experiment but it sounds a hoot. I'll get back to you on this one...

Barcelona 3D

Barcelona 3D

Great 3D model of Barcelona with rendered buildings and standard location/business searching

Friday, March 09, 2007

'Mechanic' satellite blasts off successfully

'Mechanic' satellite blasts off successfully - New Scientist Space:

"A 'mechanic' satellite designed to refuel and repair a partner in space launched successfully late on Thursday. If the three-month mission accomplishes its goals, the feats would be the first of their kind and would lay the groundwork for future autonomous robotic missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond."

Arcade Reality

T-Systems, Nokia, RMV unveil NFC alliance

Germany's T-Systems, the Rhine-Main Traffic Association (RMV) and Nokia have formed an alliance in the field of Near Field Communications (NFC)

Only info I can find so far is in German:

Article from Presse Box

RMV Press Release (pdf)

RMV2go Details (pdf)

Bluetooth 2.1+EDR


MobSpray - A Mobile Radicals Project

"Writers’ tags are deposited, and collected, from a database operating on a central server using a GPRS connection initiated by a Java application on a Nokia 5140 with an in-built RFID reader. These tags are currently displayed on the writers phone but the system is being evolved so that they can be projected on walls in urban landscapes."

NFC - Streaming Content

It had to happen, due is a faster version of NFC to allow streaming of data.

Streaming audio to your music system using NFC, though why that would replace bluetooth I'm not sure. Maybe we are going to see NFC protocols automatically switched to bluetooth if the device goes out of range. I imagine this also enables transfering music to your mobile.

Displaying your photos and videos on the TV

and last but not least, printing who knows what from your phone

An architectural plan of the cell

EMBL - Press Releases:

"Scientists produce the first high resolution 3D image of a complete eukaryotic cell"

Thom Yorke, Radiohead - Speed Painting

Timelapse of painting which took 4 hours

Salamandra robotica

Salamandra robotica

What made it possible for amphibians take their first steps on land? A team of researchers from EPFL and Inserm in Bordeaux has implemented a spinal cord model in a salamander robot to shed light on this evolutionary mystery, and published the results in the journal Science.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Robotic age poses ethical dilemma

BBC NEWS | Technology | Robotic age poses ethical dilemma:

"An ethical code to prevent humans abusing robots, and vice versa, is being drawn up by South Korea."

Nokia NFC phone @ nyc Trial

FeliCa Video about NFC RFID

Philips bangs on about NFC

IC Card World

This years IC Card World in Japan is showing off a few NFC applications. The first example is using the secure chip within a mobile phone as an ATM card. As several applications can be stored on a single chip (this also goes for the smartcard in your wallet, you could just have one rather than one from each bank), you can have several of your accounts available from the phone, and the mobile phones screen reflects if it is Visa, Mastercard and so on. Not something a smartcard can do yet and those folk do like to have their brand visible (hence your wallet full of smartcards).

OK we start with a standard ATM machine, I just wish Secure, Speedy and Useful were the various cash options...

and an ATM application running on the phone, of course given that a mobile phone has an internet connection there is no reason the phone itself can not act as a terminal, you'll be seeing people at car boot sales accepting Visa and Mastercard sometime soon.

Laying the phone on the machine allows it to read your smartcard, the PIN could be entered into the phone or the machine and of course you could not bother having one at all, though this opens up the problem of having your phone stolen. Various solutions to this have been touted and I get the feeling that there will not be a single system adopted by everyone.

and hey presto, looks like he pressed the Useful cash button, and one would hope the damn receipt is sent to the phone rather than printed out. This could be done via bluetooth rather than having to leave your phone on the machine though the network service providers will be wanting this sent via GPRS or SMS to utilise chargeable network bandwidth.

Moving right along we have an application that takes advantage of a small amount of available purchase options. In the same vain as a vending machine, meals, snacks, drinks or whatever can be selected and then paid for by touching the phone to the screen.

I'm not sure about this application. To me it just smacks of a point of sale with NFC added. Still it shows one of the most common applications in action and the possibility of having virtual tickets which can be redeemed later.

This next one is a system for Taxi drivers. As I mentioned before there is no real need for such bulky equipment, the driver just needs a mobile phone to act as the point of sale and drop the damn printer from the whole system. Nice to see a fully integrated system though, the Taxi is going to look like a supermarket checkout, "you want fries with that?". Guess the manufacturers of this system have a vested interest in using their tooled up factories to push black boxes.

This one made me laugh. Ok, it's not that funny, it's just a petrol pump with a NFC added to take payments, it's the symbol they are using, man is that one bendy mobile phone, looks indecent to me but hey, thats the way my mind works.

and lastly a token picture of someone contactless paying for petrol, which makes me think about about this whole touch and contactless thing, can't have it both ways.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Help The Police

NASA - STEREO Artist's View

NASA - STEREO Artist's View:

An artist's view of STEREO.
Image credit: NASA

STEREO panoramic images improve solar storm tracking

STEREO panoramic images improve solar storm tracking:

"The latest panoramic images from National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) twin STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) spacecraft enable scientists to track solar storms from the sun to the Earth for the first time."