Posts Tagged ‘Technology

01
May
10

Bluetooth watch

Heard about this watch which has Bluetooth in it. Sometime in 2007, Sony Ericsson launched its new Bluetooth watch, called MW-150. It has now 3 versions of the same; the classic as well as the business and music versions.

Some benefits of the watch:

  • It connects to your phone via Bluetooth and displays caller information. You can use it to answer or reject calls probably while you are driving
  • You can use your Bluetooth Watch as a music remote control when your phone is on the other side of the room or if you’re using it to listen via your home speakers. View tracks, adjust the volume, change the tune or switch your music off, all from your watch and without getting out of your chair
  • The watch gives a vibrating signal when your phone goes out of range

Read more here.

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04
Apr
10

Large Hadron Collider

I learnt about CERN the first time while reading Angels and Daemons, where in Antimatter generated would be used against the vatican (to which CERN issued this interesting read)

The other reference to CERN was when the making of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was in the news. As what the site describes itself

This site introduces the most exciting scientific adventure of the next decade and is for anyone interested in how we might answer some of the fundamental questions we have about the Universe we live in.

Some questions that the LHC intends to answer are

  • How did our universe come to be the way it is?
  • What kind of Universe do we live in?
  • What happened in the Big Bang?
  • Where is the antimatter?
  • Why do particles have mass?
  • What is our Universe made of?

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva, where it spans the border between Switzerland and France about 100 m underground. It is a particle accelerator used by physicists to study the smallest known particles – the fundamental building blocks of all things. It will revolutionise our understanding, from the minuscule world deep within atoms to the vastness of the Universe.

Two beams of subatomic particles called ‘hadrons’ – either protons or lead ions – will travel in opposite directions inside the circular accelerator, gaining energy with every lap. Physicists will use the LHC to recreate the conditions just after the Big Bang, by colliding the two beams head-on at very high energy. Teams of physicists from around the world will analyse the particles created in the collisions using special detectors in a number of experiments dedicated to the LHC.

With a budget of 9 billion US dollars (approx. €6300M or £5600M as of Jan 2010), the LHC is the most expensive scientific experiment in human history. The total cost of the project is expected to be of the order of 4.6 billion Swiss francs (approx. $4.4 bn, €3.1 bn, or £2.8 bn as of Jan 2010) for the accelerator and 1.16 billion francs (approx. $1.1 bn, €0.8 bn, or £0.7 bn as of Jan 2010) for the CERN contribution to the experiments.

02
Apr
10

Jive

TVS launched Jive, the first clutch-less bike in India. The technology is touted to reduce stress on the left hand as there is no need to operate a clutch anymore.

The engine is mated to TVS Motor Company’s innovative T-Matic technology which includes the four gear rotary gearbox that allows the rider to shift gears like a conventional bike except without the need to press a clutch. Further to this, the rider can start the bike in any gear and even while braking, the bike will come to a halt in any gear without jerks or stalling the engine. To make matters even easier, TVS has put an electric start on the bike as standard fitment.

It is priced at Rs. 42,235/- ex-showroom, Delhi. For more details, read this.

23
Mar
10

ATM Skimming Machines

The picture below got me to think about researching on this topic

Clearly, this kind of a card data theft can be extremely dangerous. For all you know, you might have already been a prey.

Here’s a laundry list of ways the ATM machine could be skimmed.

This is an amazing presentation on ATM Skimming. Need to be careful the next time you are swiping your card in the ATM machine.

ATM Skimmers are available for sale here

16
Feb
10

iPad

The highly anticipated iPad tablet was launched recently and priced suprisingly low at $499 for 16GB of storage.

The iPad can run movies, games and a gamut of applications. And taking on e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle, Apple announced a digital bookstore called iBooks that will let users buy from publishers including Pearson Plc’s Penguin, News Corp’s HarperCollins, and Hachette Book Group.

Shares of Apple rose to as high as $210.58 after the pricing news, up 5.5 percent from their session low. The stock closed up 0.94 percent at $207.88 on Nasdaq, within reach of its all-time high of $215.59 logged on Jan 5.

Apple announced a data plan with AT&T Inc, which appeared to have beaten out Verizon Wireless for the deal.

The iPad is Apple’s biggest product launch since the iPhone three years ago, and arguably rivals the smartphone as the most anticipated in the company’s history.

Apple hopes to sell consumers on the value of tablets after other technology companies, including Microsoft Corp and Toshiba Corp, have failed in recent years.  As iPod sales wane, Apple is looking for another growth engine.

Jobs said there was a need for a new type of device that would sit between a smartphone and laptop computer, and that can perform tasks like browse the Web and play games. The iPad has a near life-sized touch keyboard and supports Web browsing. It comes with a built-in calendar and address book.

Click here and here to read more.

09
Feb
10

Accelerometer

Have (rather had, before it got stolen) an ipod touch on which I played super games. Thanks to the accelerometer.

I could move the pac-man just by tilting the iPod. I could play bowling by holding the iPod in one hand and then doing the bowling action. All this, thanks to an accelerometer inside. What is an accelerometer?

An accelerometer is a device that measures proper acceleration (speed and direction, remember!!!); the acceleration it experiences relative to freefall.

An accelerometer measures proper acceleration which is the acceleration it experiences relative to freefall, and is the acceleration that is felt by people and objects. Put another way, at any point in spacetime the equivalence principle guarantees the existence of a local inertial frame, and an accelerometer measures the acceleration relative to that frame.

Conceptually, an accelerometer behaves as a damped mass on a spring. When the accelerometer experiences an acceleration, the mass is displaced to the point that the spring is able to accelerate the mass at the same rate as the casing. The displacement is then measured to give the acceleration.

21
Nov
09

Smart Band Aid

According to this article, clinical trials have begun of a smart plaster – a sensor-studded band aid that wirelessly monitors vital signs. Once stuck to a patient’s chest, the band aid monitors heart rate, blood pressure and other health indicators. Its creators hope it will eventually take over from the wired devices that limit a patient’s movement. As well as monitoring standard vital signs, the gadget can be tuned to capture far more subtle indicators of a patient’s condition.

Initial trials will test the integrity of the data being gathered and transmitted by the plaster to ensure it gives accurate readings of a patient’s condition. The basic device monitors temperature, heart rate and respiration. The second series of trials will see it placed on patients who are recovering from minor illnesses and assess how it fares when the patient has a shower or an x-ray.

The smart plaster was developed at Imperial College by Professor Chris Toumazou who wanted a way to improve the range of data that can be gathered from a patient that did not involve festooning them with more wires and dermal patches.




So what’s this blog about?

Another attempt? Well yes. Attempting to figure out another sustainable model (there are some other attempts going on parallel-ly). Well, we have a lot of questions in mind. we read up stuff, we do some research to find answers to these questions. This is an attempt to publish that little 15-20 minute research.
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