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You call this the future?

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Another book project I have been working on since summer 2006 is almost complete.
The book is called “You call this the future?” and it’s out in the US in January 2008 through Chicago Review Press. Publishers in Canada, the UK and Australia are TBA. Tho it was packaged by a company called Elwin Street in […]

Google Moon

Thursday, July 21st, 2005

In honor of the first moon landing on July 20 1969, Google has launched Google Moon — check out what happens when you zoom all the way in…looks like one of my demos

How to hack Bluetooth

Friday, June 3rd, 2005

Check out this New Scientist magazine - someone has figured out how to hack Bluetooth:
The trick, demonstrated in actual gadgets, works by spoofing a device’s identity and pretending to forget a cryptographic key. The technique may allow hackers to listen in on conversations or steal calling time.
http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7461

OLED said Fred

Thursday, June 24th, 2004

Late last night way past my bedtime I talked to Alastair Bourne at Seiko Epson in Japan. Turns out that Epson has figured out a way to print circuits on a backplane, which when used to make OLED TVs produces a 40 incher. OLED is organic light emitting diode which is essentially light emitting plastic. […]

When gadgets recognize you

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

Also from the same ScienceNews source:
A budding technology called electric field imaging may soon enable devices such as appliances, toys, and computers to detect the presence of people and respond to their motions.
“We’re letting objects know what’s around them,” says Media Lab physicist Neil A. Gershenfeld.
http://www.sciencenews.org/articles/20040619/bob9.asp

Quantum teleportation

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004

Forget transistors. Why not use atoms as on off switches. Quantum computing as it is called is a new science less than two decades old and yet it is edging close to producing massively fast computer that could sit on the head of a pin. New developments in the field show that quantum states […]