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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

 In the Suki series I introduced devices that I called "gogs", which were eyeglasses that served as the user's communication and computing devices.  A virtual image floated in front of the user and they interacted with it by "touching the air" in front of them, manipulating a virtual input device.  They also had earbuds for audio.  People would walk about jabbering, flailing their fingers in the air looking like dementia victims as they communicated, worked, and entertained themselves. Something like this, but in the 2030s:
(Oakleys)
When my character developer decided to work on a fanfiction story, she transferred this technology into contact lenses.  No doubt that will be reality long before the time-frame where the stories take place.

The 9to5Google.Com story follows:
We detailed the first information about the Google [x] Glasses project in December.
They are in late prototype stages of wearable glasses that look similar to thick-rimmed glasses that “normal people” wear.  However, these provide a display with a heads up computer interface.  There are a few buttons on the arms of the glasses, but otherwise, they could be mistaken for normal glasses.  Additionally, we are not sure of the technology being employed here, but it is likely a transparent LCD or AMOLED display such as the one demonstrated below:
In addition, we have heard that this device is not an “Android peripheral” as the NYT stated.  According to our source, it communicates directly with the Cloud over IP. Although, the “Google Goggles”  could use a phone’s Internet connection, through Wi-Fi or a low power Bluetooth 4.0.
The use-case is augmented reality that would tie into Google’s location services.  A user can walk around with information popping up and into display -Terminator-style- based on preferences, location and Google’s information.
Therefore, these things likely connect to the Internet and have GPS.  They also likely run a version of Android.
Since then, we have learned much more regarding Google’s glasses…
Our tipster has now seen a prototype and said it looks something like Oakley Thumps (below). These glasses, we heard, have a front-facing camera used to gather information and could aid in augmented reality apps. It will also take pictures. The spied prototype has a flash —perhaps for help at night, or maybe it is just a way to take better photos. The camera is extremely small and likely only a few megapixels.
The heads up display (HUD) is only for one eye and on the side. It is not transparent nor does it have dual 3D configurations, as previously speculated.
One really cool bit: The navigation system currently used is a head tilting-to scroll and click. We are told it is very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users.
(As an aside, I built a head mouse as a Masters Thesis project a few years back that used head tilts to navigate and control menus. I am ready to collect royalties!)
I/O on the glasses will also include voice input and output, and we are told the CPU/RAM/storage hardware is near the equivalent of a generation-old Android smartphone. As a guess, we would speculate something like 1GHz ARM A8, 256MB RAM and 8GB of storage?  In any case, it will also function as a smartphone.
Perhaps most interesting is that Google is currently deciding on how it wants to release these glasses, even though the product is still a very long way from being finished. It is currently a secret with only a few geeky types knowing about it, and Google is apparently unsure if it will have mass-market appeal. Therefore, the company is considering making this a pilot program, somewhat like the Cr-48 Chromebooks last year.
Yes, Google might actually release this product as beta-pilot program to people outside of Google—and soon.
FYI Motorola’s got something cool in this area brewing as well (thanks commenter!).

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

STOMP - Singapore Seen - Cat tries to save her kittens but man keeps kicking and hitting them with umbrella

Not exactly "tech" but there is video:
STOMP - Singapore Seen - Cat tries to save her kittens but man keeps kicking and hitting them with umbrella:
"A man was apparently caught on CCTV, kicking, tossing and hitting kittens with an umbrella in an alleyway in Malaysia. The mother cat in the video tries to save her kittens from the abuse but to no avail.

The abuse apparently took place in Serdang, which is located in the Malaysian state of Selangor." 
That man is just evil.
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Imus Lied, Children Died

Update: Slashdot commentator eldavojohn (898314) has a better source, well documented and drawing great comments.

Nick "The Jacket" Gillespie
The Jacket at Reason's blog carries the news that many of us thought was the real truth:

The Fraud Behind Autism-Vaccination Scares

The deranged family Imus
In 1998, the British medical journal Lancet published a study linking autism to childhood vaccines authored by Andrew Wakefield and others. Last February, Lancet retracted the article amid concerns of its accuracy. In May, Wakefield was stripped of his British medical license and now another journal has wrapped up an investigation that concludes that Wakefield cooked the data for all 12 of the patients discussed in his hugely influential article.
There was a time when I could not listen to Imus in the Morning* without hearing Don, or his deranged wife Deirdre, rant about the dangers of vaccinations, specifically about Thimerosal.

As mentioned in this story, Mrs. Imus has a simpleton approach to her investigation: Follow the Money.  As PalMD points out, "following the money" is not the greatest scientific method ever created.  For one thing, those of us who are involved in science and business know that money follows success.  In the case of government money, success is measured quite differently than in the private sector.  However, the issue here is the notion that vaccine manufacturers would knowingly put poison into their products to extend the shelf life, and cause autism in children so they can make a few extra bucks.  If that were their objective, I think there are cheaper and easier ways to do it.
Wakefield and a female companion.

Following the money does come in handy when examining why someone would publish a phony report, like Andrew Wakefield did (see the Reason article for details).  His motivation was to create a report for lawyers to use as ammunition to sue vaccine manufacturers.  He profited from fraud, the lawyers profited from fraud and so did the Imus family.

This fraud has persuaded an unknown number of parents to expose their children to childhood diseases that are easily preventable with safe and plentiful modern vaccines.

This won't hurt a bit.
*The first time I heard that show was through the radio of a friend's father during rides to school.  We teased our friend that her father liked to torture children.  Years later, I had to wake to Imus, aka the Crypt Keeper while living with a much older lover and that was when I heard the nonsense about vaccine preservatives causing autism.

I have attempted to listen to it since, but just can't get into it.  Beloved likes the Bernard character on the show and that is fine, as long as I cannot hear it.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

More Suki Future Tech Coming True Today

Yes, I haven't posted here in a while but this is the more appropriate blog for this item.
Jesse Walker at reason  covers the new wave in electronic payment transaction handling.

Seems that credit and debit card processing is wide open now and retailer costs are set to drop like a homesick brick.

In the Suki series, the backdrop at least, a key element to the 2030's is low friction transactions between buyers and sellers around the world.  Like several other things, this is not the silver bullet that solves the problems of the world, just a major contributor.

I did imagine that easier communications and secure/cheep/free-ish transactions would result in more recreational travel and less labor migration.  Most folks, just from my observations, wish they could make a great living where they grew up and travel to the more cosmopolitan places at their leisure.



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Monday, February 22, 2010

Afternoon Links

An element in the Suki series is secure communications, secure transactions, things like that.  One important element is having true random number generation.  Slashdot uncovered a new random number generation system that looks like it should be compact enough to use anywhere you have a computer, like in your gogs.

More Slashdot, Junctionless transistors could simplify chip making.  It does require tiny dimensions and more research in that area should make all of the working bits of devices smaller, faster and less power-hungry.  Like, again, for your gogs or if your way cool boyfriend likes to gadget up the muscle cars he builds and sells to rich people :)

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Beating Net Plagiarists

PC Pro has a great story on the tools used by educators to catch modern plagiarists:

How schools beat the net cheats

Posted on 16 Feb 2010 at 11:44


I think most of our students are honest,” Dr Ruth Bender tells me, as we sit in her office at Cranfield University’s School of Management.
Yet, even if the majority of her students are trustworthy, the temptation to cheat has never been greater. Resources such as so-called internet “essay mills”, Wikipedia and Google’s all-seeing eye have taken plagiarism to a new level.
Which is why we’re sitting here, waiting for my dusty undergraduate dissertation to filter through Turnitin, the industry standard in automated plagiarism-detection software, and academia’s best weapon in a technological arms race with the cheats.




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Monday, February 15, 2010

Suki Tech on Slashdot's Front Page


Not exactly Suki-tech, but from the Slashdot front page, 1 TB Solid State Drive that fits on a postage stamp from Toshiba.
In the Suki fiction book series a 1TB "sliver" is described. They are used in gogs (another here) and other devices in the 2030's. It was also a plot device for John's ex distributing an extreme kinky (today's standards), pornographic video of Suki to John.
It is a tiny format, much smaller than a postage stamp, memory "stick" that is typically attached to a larger package, not unlike the way flash memory cards are sold now, but the sliver is much smaller. With 1 TB on the sliver, full immersion 3D holographic erotica can be delivered without the traceability of The Mesh. Another post about the mesh here.



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