Interesting Reading #308

by | Jul 1, 2009 01:30 PM ET

Magical, 3D-Warping Techniques Steadies Your Videos - "one place we may desperately need magic: straightening out our horribly shaky, handheld video shots. Software makers like Apple have already offered up some techniques for doing this - in the case of Apple's Final Cut Studio, optical flow analysis attempts to track the image as it shakes around the screen and compensates by adjusting the orientation of the frame. But a research team at the University of Wisconsin, partnering with Adobe, will present a new approach at the legendary graphics-geeky SIGGRAPH conference in August. They go one step further, applying a 3D mesh to the image to warp your image three-dimensionally to make the stabilization even more seamless..." The Demo is impressive:

Zeemote review - Is this the future of mobile gaming? - "A number of weeks ago I recieved a Zeemote controller. I dismissed it initially saying that I didn't see the point of a controller for mobile games as you can use the d-pad, accelerometer and keypad. But how wrong was I? Very..."

Bursting soap bubbles Amazing pictures

Photo and original diagram of the world's first ethernet cable - "In 1973, Bob Metcalfe sent an internal memo to his colleagues at Xerox proposing a local system of interacting workstations, files, and printers. The devices would all be linked by one coaxial cable, he said, and would run within a local area network. He called the system an Ether Network, or Ethernet..."

NASA develops sports drink — for astronauts - "A NASA study from early in the drink's development found that the drink boosts endurance by 20 percent compared to water alone or drinks containing carbohydrates..."

The Impossible Wind Turbine Design That Just Might Work - "Adam Fuller has dedicated his life— and his life savings— to disproving the wind industry's claim that vertical turbines are ineffective. Last week, I had a chance to talk to the Racine, Wisconsin inventor about his 12 foot diameter, 36 foot tall patent-pending wind turbine..."

The cover charge at this club? An RFID implant - "The same RFID implants used to identify lost pets are now being adapted for use on you and me, and not how one might have originally expected. As with all pioneering technologies, it's leisure pursuits that are getting the first stab at the tech..."

Introducing The Computer of 2010 - "For decades, silicon, with its talent for carrying electrons, has been the mainstay of computing. But for a variety of reasons (see "The Coming Light Years"), we're rapidly approaching the day when electrons will no longer cut it. Within 10 years, in fact, silicon will fall to the computer scientist's triple curse: "It's bulky, it's slow, and it runs too hot." At this point, computers will need a new architecture, one that depends less on electrons and more on... well...what else? Optics..."

Report: Dell developing pocket Web gadget - "Gadget is similar to the iPhone but does not have cellphone capabilities..." Wouldn't that make it similar to the iPod Touch?

The Present & Future of Mind-Reading Technology - "CBS 60 Minutes covers the present and future of technology that can read thoughts directly out of the human brain..."

Sneak Peek: What's On Tap for Firefox in 2010 - "Scheduled for early-to-mid 2010, Firefox 3.6 promises a number of major feature improvements over the current generation, so much so that it could actually see a bigger number jump (in the same manner that Firefox 3.5 was originally called “3.1,” until its newness made it more than just an incremental release). To avoid confusion, then, developers at Mozilla often refer to Firefox 3.6 as “Firefox.next” or refer to it by its codename, “Namoroka,” named for a national park in Madagascar. So what's on tap for users in Namoroka? "

Algae Farm Aims to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel - "Dow Chemical and Algenol Biofuels, a start-up company, are set to announce Monday that they will build a demonstration plant that, if successful, would use algae to turn carbon dioxide into ethanol as a vehicle fuel or an ingredient in plastics..."

Intel to Launch New SSDs in Coming Weeks - "Word on the web, however, is that Intel will be launching a new line of SSDs based on the company's 32nm NAND flash memory. Originally planned for Q4 of this year, it looks as though the launch will come much sooner, perhaps in just a few weeks, with Intel confirming it is ahead of schedule..."

‘World's Fastest Motor' 10 times Faster than Boeing 747 Aircraft Engine - "Sir James Dyson has unveiled a hand-held vacuum cleaner which is run on “the fastest motor in the world”, ten times quicker than the engine of a Boeing 747 aircraft..."

The Pedal-to-the-Metal, Totally Illegal, Cross-Country Sprint for Glory - "The quest itself — to cross from New York to Los Angeles with unthinkable brevity — is a drive, yes, in the same way that the moon shot was a flight. This is an engineered operation that has been financed, scenarioed, calculated, technologically outfitted, and (via digital video and triangulated time-stamped texting and GPS verification and support teams on both coasts) will be monitored and recorded (for proof, posterity, and a documentary film)..." See also:

The Great Bing Scam - "Bing is not a Google competitor. All statistics showing Bing's great start are caused by this "mistake", which, if you ask me, is just a scam..." See also: Chasing Bing: The Truth behind the Hype

First Comes Love, Then Comes Obesity? - "The study, published in the July issue of Obesity, set out to determine how romantic relationships affect the tell-no-lies number on the scale..."

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