Solar Furnace Burns Hot Dog Sausages, Melts Steel

A solar furnace is a device composed of a large curved mirror which harnesses solar rays to produce a high temperature beam of light. Possible applications includes melting steel, making hydrogen fuel, or even burning hot dog sausages to a crisp. The furnace you’ll see in the following video can reach 2,400 °C (4,352 °C), […]

The Fairest of Them All?

by Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] Given our recent posts about the future of surface computing, especially how it can get you drunk, this seems particularly relevant: The Interactive Mirror takes the idea of dielectric glass mirrors with LCD panels built in a step farther by adding a touchscreen component. Sure, it would be neat […]

How Bars Can Use Microsoft Surface Tables to Get You Drunk Faster Than Ever

It’s a well known fact, the perfect time for bar staff to offer a new drink to their customers is when their glass is almost empty. So to help bar owners who have a surface table inside their establishment, Microsoft is currently working on experimental “Surfaceware” that can detect how much liquid remains inside customers’ […]

Microsoft debuts touchless touchscreen

By Sterling “Chip” Camden Contributing Writer, [GAS] At this week’s User Interface Software and Technology conference, Microsoft is presenting a new idea for touchscreen interface that doesn’t involve touching the screen.  It’s called SideSight, and it uses infrared reflection to detect finger movement in the proximity of the device — up to 10 centimeters away.  […]

A Keyboard… How Quaint

by Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] CNET News reports that this week’s ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology could reveal some interesting new developments in the area of computer interfaces. But is it time to abandon the mouse and keyboard for Star Trek levels of speech input technology? Maybe not just yet. According […]

But Some of My Favorite Words Have Four Letters!

by Casey Lynn Contributing Writer, [GAS] The USPTO recently awarded a new patent to Microsoft: automatic censorship of audio data for broadcast. Simply put, it’s a way to detect “undesired words or phrases” in a speech audio stream and automatically garble them. Just imagine! No longer must we live in a world in which our […]

Standby power: Electronics that drain your wallet, even when they’re off

Some electronic devices keep on drawing power, even when they’re “off.” While some of them have a function, like displaying the time or offering remote control functionalities, most don’t. Typical “vampire” appliances can consume up to 25 watts each, an amount that could make a significant difference in your electricity bill by the end of […]

“Tech For Obama” Wants to Sway Geeks Everywhere

By Jimmy Rogers Contributing Writer, [GAS] As more and more people identify themselves as geeks, it’s important to remember that the geek voting block is growing too.  While the economy, the healthcare system, and the wars weigh heavily upon the minds of everyone, technology issues are not completely forgotten. A new group of Obama supporters, […]