August 15, 2018

Blade Runner at London Olympics

Oscar Pistorius

Double-amputee sprint runner, nicknamed “Blade Runner” after the shape of his carbon-fiber prosthetic limbs, will compete in the London 2012 Olympics. Pistorius, who will represent South Africa in the 400 meter and 4×400 meter relay events, failed to qualify for the Beijing 2008 Olympics. He will also compete in this Summer’s Paralympics. Setting aside the sheer level of athleticism it takes anybody to make an Olympic team, Pistorius’ achievement is notable for another, more controversial reason: some people, the International Association of Athletics Federations, or IAAF, among them, believe his prostheses give him an unfair competitive advantage because the material caused…

Google I/O: Project Glass Demo

Google Glass, photo by Isabelle Olsson

Google’s Project Glass is a really exciting project, combining augmented reality and wearable computing. Wearable computers have been around for as long as computers have become small enough to be portable, but they haven’t become popular due to usability and form-factor issues. Google’s project aims to address both of these issues. Engadget has a great article and a pair of videos on Sergey Brin’s Project Glass demo from the Google I/O event. Link to this post!

Developer Edition of Google Glasses Priced at $1,500

The much-anticipated augmented reality eyeglasses just got a little closer to the consumer market with Google’s announcement at the IO 2012 conference that the Project Glass Explorer Edition will be available to select developers for $1,500, with a ship date sometime next year. It is hoped that these developers will aid Google’s Project Glass effort in determining innovative uses for the product. While consumer needs will vary across markets, it seems certain skydivers will be among the first to line up for consumer editions. Link to this post!

The Future of Robotics and AI

In celebration of Alan Turing’s 100th birthday, Google has a Turing Machine Doodle.  Wired has a retrospective on Turing‘s influence on computing, and a discussion of the validity of the Turing Test for machine intelligence. On a much more optimistic note, the Between the Lines blog has a great article on the near future of robotics and AI, with opinions by computing pioneers such as Peter Norvig and Judea Pearl. Link to this post!Related PostsThis Musical Tesla Coil Circuit Plays Tetris Theme Song UAT Robotics Team Places at Embry Riddle VEX U Tournament UAT Robotics Demos at CactusCon “Dog Robot”…

New gTLD Applications Revealed From ICANN


Yesterday ICANN revealed applications from about 500 companies for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) that could devalue the coveted .com extension and open up a barrage of legal issues. The close to 2,000 domains, also referred to as strings, look like .aaa, .hotels, or .ibm. If you notice, there’s no need for an extension such as .com or .net because the gTLDs are essentially the same thing — except anyone can purchase them. But before you plan on buying .yourname you might want to know how much the gTLDs cost. A single string such as .canon costs $185,000 plus…

Klout Measures Your Social Influence


If you haven’t tried Klout yet, it’s addictive. Klout provides a score based on your social influence using the sites you interact with such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and Google +. The Klout Score ranges from 0-100, with 0 meaning you have no influence, or haven’t provided Klout links to any of your social profiles. When you sign up for Klout, the software will ask you to sign-in to any social sites you belong to. Depending on your score, the Klout may advise you “to engage more with others or be more active to gain influence.” Simply put, the…

Norman: An ‘Antivirus on a Cable’

Norman AntiVirus

Sometimes you wanna go.. Where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, the troubles are all the same. you wanna be where everybody knows your name! Norm! For the low cost of $50 K – Norm will be your friend! Norm – A standalone in-band scanning terminal for incoming and outgoing data to the downstream industrial control system. Norm fills the anti-virus SCADA gap that were not apart of the original optimistic industrial control system designs. Read more about my friend Norm.   Link to this post!Related PostsWhy You Should…

Google Penguin Update – Quality Still Rules

While Google isn’t revealing exactly what their new Penguin update has done in terms of page ranking, it’s pretty clear that quality content still rules. “Focus on creating high quality sites that create a good user experience,” said Google’s Matt Cutts in an announcement of the search update which appears to be heavily targeted at web spam. Much like the Panda update last year the update also seems to give fresh content more weight, while penalizing sites that keyword stuff, cloak, and make use of “black hat” SEO tactics. Cutts also talked about duplicate content which can be seen as…

Shifting the Role of Design

old theatre dashboard

The power of design today, design as a broader discipline, encompassing its many different types, such as graphic design, branding and identity, web design, but also user experience, is greater today than it has ever been. And it is time that businesses recognize its financial value. Design is no longer only for the elite. Increasing number of people expect elegant, simple, clean and intuitive design. Design-oriented companies who care about their customers and their experience with their products such as Apple and Amazon, to name a few, have invested their resources to create user centered experiences and fulfill user expectations….

Phoenix Comicon

Don’t miss this year’s Comicon in Phoenix, from May 24-27. Guests include William Shatner, Ed Asner, George Pérez, Greg Horn, Yvonne Navarro, Jeff Mariotte, Jeremy Bulloch, Vic Mignogna, Arthur Suydam, Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, James A. Owen, Gini Koch, Billy Tucci, Weston Ochse, Tony Amendola, Stuart Immonen, Kathryn Immonen, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Patrick Stewart, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Colin Ferguson, David Finch, Garth Ennis. (Subject to change.) The Zombie Walk takes place Friday, from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.Here are ticket prices: $35 until December 31 $40 until May 25th $45 weekend $30 Fri $35 Sat $20 Sun   Link…