By Sterling “Chip” Camden Contributing Writer, [GAS] Object-orientation can refer to a set of design principles, a programming style, or features of programming languages that support that style. Continuing from an earlier post on the history of programming languages, let’s next concentrate on the purpose and history of the languages that support OOP.
Researchers at MIT Media Lab have recently unveiled their new robotic creation, code-named “Nexi”, to the world. Nexi can not only convey a variety of different emotions through facial expressions, it can also move around on a segway-like base and accomplish various tasks with its articulated arms and hands.
The following concept video was produced by the folks at Microsoft Office Labs. It presents a vision of what MS foresees as the future of our healthcare system. In spite of what I usually think of these concept videos, I have to admit that this one presents quite a few interesting ideas, namely the digital […]
The following videos shows 2 prototypes of FM modulated plasma arc speakers. Even if plasma speakers aren’t new in any way (they’ve been around since the late 1950’s), it doesn’t make them look any less cool. Just like regular speakers, plasma speakers work by creating compression waves in the air. Enjoy the show!
By Mark O’Neill Mr William Gates is probably cursing in his Cheerios at the moment. A company called Cemaphore Systems has announced the launch of a new product that will allow Gmail users to completely do away with their Microsoft Exchange servers and run Microsoft Outlook directly from Google servers instead. Called Mailshadow for Google […]
Intel announced this week they are working on a new Wi-Fi solution with a maximum range of 60 miles. Scheduled for release in the second half of 2008, Intel’s Rural Connectivity Platform (RCP) will allow people living in areas unsupported by high-speed infrastructures to get on the net at a speed of up to 6.5 […]
After seeing the ABB Flexpicker in action, I have no doubt that one day, human workers will be pretty much useless in factories. This robot is apparently the fastest in the world, its arm going from 0 to 280 mph in barely 1 second.
Losing a hard drive full of data is certainly a stressful affair. Not only will you likely go through the five clinical stages of grief, but then you’ll have to figure out exactly how you will continue on after this traumatic event. Can you actually recover any data from the drive? How bad is it? […]
Yes, you read that right: Voiceless phonecalls. Keep on watching to learn more about the technology. I just hope this thing cannot recognize unappropriate thought patterns! I wouldn’t want anyone to hear me “thinking” about how stupid or annoying I think they are. :)
By Mark O’Neill When the cost of bandwidth is virtually next to nothing these days, couples who find themselves apart are using Skype to recreate that “at home” feeling. It even has a name – Ambient Skype. Basically you leave the app constantly running on your computer as background noise. Since Skype-to-Skype calls are free, […]