The Real World of Spatial Operating Environment

Oblong Industries, a MIT Media Lab spin-off, has been working on a new computing platform for several years, labeled g-speak that is the basis for a spatial operating environment. G-Speak uses a mounted camera to track the user’s gloves as they move in space. It is very precise and can handle quick motions and multiple users. …

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Maximize your Video Image

Whether you are buying a LCD or plasma television or maybe a projector for your home theater, you will want to get the most out of the video image. Most consumers run their plastic through the store’s machine, pick up their new display at the dock, take it home, unpack it and turn it on. …

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HDMI = High Performance

The High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) was invented in 2002 by several major electronics manufacturers. HDMI is the first uncompressed all-digital interface that carries audio and video signals.  As the specifications evolved, a different version was introduced. The first version was HDMI 1.0. The latest version is 1.4. The HDMI 1.4 version supports high-speed Ethernet channels …

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The Future of Wireless Energy Transfer

As the Earth’s population continues to grow, the demand for electricity will outpace our ability to produce it and transmit it around the world. Eventually, wireless power will become a necessity. There are two different means of wirelessly transferring power, far field and near-field. Far-field methods permit long-range energy transfers and typically involve lasers or …

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The Camera Has Many Eyes

The combination of aperture size and depth of field affects the decisions made before a photographer presses the exposure button, and these two elements are fundamental to a good photograph.  The sharpness of an image is dependent on these two elements.  The depth of field will determine how much of the subject will be in …

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Are You Driving a Car or a Computer?

I grew up during the muscle car age. It was a time when you drove the car, maneuvering the gear shift through its paces, squealing rubber in first gear, and the wind whipping your girlfriend’s hair. Today, the car drives you. It tells you when to make a turn, keeps the vehicle’s interior at a …

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Smart Appliances – Have they come of age?

Household chores have always been something to be avoided, but now smart appliances are making these chores easier if not more fun. Smart appliances stay connected to the Internet via a wi-fi connection and can be accessed and controlled remotely from any Internet accessible computer or mobile device. Increasingly, home appliances, including televisions, VCRs, stereo …

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Is Your TV Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Just like a Smartphone is no longer just a phone, but a multi-tasking platform, so the television is becoming “smart” and allowing us the ability to not only watch broadcast television, but also receive internet services, such as apps, interactive on-demand media, personal communications and social networking, all on the same Smart TV.  Smart TV …

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A 3D Printing Primer

To science fiction writers this was just a dream, but if we look at most of our technology today, we first learned about these wondrous ideas from science fiction writers, such as Jules Verne. I remember reading about moving sidewalks and doors that automatically opened as you approached them when I was growing up. Today, …

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NFC coming to a smart phone near you

While visiting the show lobby, you can place your phone next to a picture of a local attraction or restaurant, and information on that site will be sent to your phone. Want someone’s phone number? Just touch phones and personal profiles will be exchanged along with phone numbers. When you are ready to leave the …

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