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Exclusive: Intel’s new Vaunt smart glasses actually look good - The Verge
"When you’re wearing them, you see a stream of information on what looks like a screen — but it’s actually being projected onto your retina."
tech  comms  wearables 
february 2018 by warrenellis
Dude, you broke the future! - Charlie's Diary
Charles Stross keynote speech at the 34th Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig, December 2017
tech  future  writers  keynote  talk 
february 2018 by warrenellis
Silicon Valley’s $400 Juicer May Be Feeling the Squeeze - Bloomberg
"Two investors in Juicero were surprised to learn the startup’s juice packs could be squeezed by hand without using its high-tech machine."
HAHAHAH  tech  idiots 
april 2017 by warrenellis
‘Gabriel’ Is A New Artificial Intelligence Named After The Messenger Angel | Popular Science
"Gabriel, a project by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, and funded by the National Science Foundation, is a personal cognitive assistant that “whispers” instructions into a user’s ear, for things like how to change a tire, perform CPR, or even assemble IKEA furniture. It would be like GPS for everyday actions, but one that knows when to shut up, according to principal investigator Mahadev Satyanarayanan."
tech  comms 
december 2015 by warrenellis
How to make objects invisible without metamaterial cloaking | KurzweilAI
The researchers discovered that at certain frequencies, waves scattered via resonant and non-resonant mechanisms have opposite phases and are mutually destroyed — thus making the object invisible. It was possible to switch from visibility to invisibility regimes at 1.9 GHz by simply changing the temperature of the water in the cylinder from 90 °C to 50 °C.
tech  invisibility 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Electronic implant outfit goes broke; implant users paralyzed again | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
“Mumford was in Cleveland for a marketing meeting in 2001 when he got news that still baffles him: NeuroControl was getting out of the Freehand business. It would focus instead on a bigger potential market with a device that helped stroke victims. Before long, NeuroControl went out of business entirely, wiping out at least $26 million in investment. At first, Mumford remained an enthusiastic user of the Freehand, though one thing worried him: the wires running outside his body would sometimes fray or break after catching on clothing. Each time, he found someone who could reach into his supply of replacements and reconnect the system. But by 2010, the last wire was gone, and without the prospect of tech support from NeuroControl, the electrical equipment implanted in Mumford’s body went dormant. He lost the independence that had come from having regained extensive use of one hand. “To all of a sudden have that taken away—it’s incredibly frustrating,” he says. “There’s not a day where I don’t miss it.”
tech 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Bot Benediction, 2015 - Features - Source: An OpenNews project
"The metaphors are numerous—bots are homunculi, bots are witches’ familiars, bots are daemons. And yes, the bots were inside us all along, and ultimately we make ourselves into Twitter bots in order to live. But really. Twitter bots are the imaginary friends that I love and cherish as much as the real-person relationships I’ve formed on Twitter (both with people and with other creatures with alleged human operators, whose true identities are best left unknown). They notice things we might not notice."
hauntology  web  tech 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband | WIRED
Their MagicBands, tech-studded wristbands available to every visitor to the Magic Kingdom, feature a long-range radio that can transmit more than 40 feet in every direction. The hostess, on her modified iPhone, received a signal when the family was just a few paces away. Tanner family inbound! The kitchen also queued up: Two French onion soups, two roast beef sandwiches! When they sat down, a radio receiver in the table picked up the signals from their MagicBands and triangulated their location using another receiver in the ceiling. The server—as in waitperson, not computer array—knew what they ordered before they even approached the restaurant and knew where they were sitting.

And it all worked seamlessly, like magic.
tech 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Shitphone: A Love Story — Matter — Medium
"Shitphones are generally not actually shitty. They are, if you isolate them from the distorting effect of highly competitive preference-driven smartphone retail and marketing, the absence of which helps keep them so cheap, marvels of engineering and execution, assembled with precision and care and able to accomplish tasks that a half-dozen years ago would have been inconceivable for a portable device. iPhones are really just shitphones from the future"
tech 
march 2015 by warrenellis
The Collection and the Cloud – The New Inquiry
"The concept of a “dark age” implies that there is a singular body of canonical knowledge worth preserving, evoking an idea of erasure from history that’s familiar to anyone else besides a distinguished white man accustomed to historical centrality. For everyone else, erasure from history is political struggle. Even today, women, people of color, transgender and disabled people, sex workers, care workers are all struggling to have their stories told and represented fairly. Any discussion of internet archiving has to, at some point, confront this problem: How do we talk about the politics of cultural records? If we cannot preserve everything, who defines what is worth saving?"
pol  tech  web  history  social 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Core77 / Clever Bulletproofing System Based on Marbles and Legos
"Their latest solution, Soft Armour, is both fascinating and sadly needed. It's a system of bulletproofing structures, and potentially vehicles, by means of modular boxes that are filled with what look like ceramic marbles. Check out how it works:"
tech  war  security 
february 2015 by warrenellis
LiveLeak.com - Russia:EXCLUSIVE - Drone captures Tesla Tower - the Soviet era “lightning machine”
Normally hidden from prying eyes, Ruptly was allowed take exclusive drone footage of the stunning 'Tesla Tower' in the Moscow region, Wednesday. The vast research site is home to general enormous voltage impulse generators that potentially have the capacity to equal Russia's entire electricity output
video  tech  history 
february 2015 by warrenellis
Exploiting the Robocaller Gap - Global Guerrillas
"Here's an interesting US systempunkt -- a systempunkt is the point in a big network where even a small attack would cause the entire network to fail. This systempunkt would enable a prepared individual the unique ability to shut down a large part of the US without shedding a drop of blood."
war  tech  comms 
february 2015 by warrenellis
BBC News - Micro-machines journey inside animal for first time
"In a case of science fiction meeting reality, microscopic "machines" have journeyed inside a living animal for the first time. The tiny devices delivered a cargo of nano-particles into the stomach lining of a mouse."
sci  tech 
january 2015 by warrenellis
PLOS ONE: Identifiable Images of Bystanders Extracted from Corneal Reflections
"Here we combined robust face perception and high-resolution photography to mine face photographs for hidden information. By zooming in on high-resolution face photographs, we were able to recover images of unseen bystanders from reflections in the subjects' eyes."
crime  sci  tech 
january 2015 by warrenellis
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