Cool tech

Jan. 22nd, 2015 07:52 pm
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I keep finding all sorts of cool stuff, but I never remember to post about it.

So here's a list:

Intel’s Compute Stick: (reviews: MakeUseOf, Engadget)
It's a computer in a stick slightly larger than a thumbdrive. It plugs into the HDMI port on modern TVs, and you can either plug in a USB keyboard and mouse, or use Bluetooth versions. Its primary purpose is for travellers to be able to carry their computers with them, and mostly for web browsing and cloud-based tools.
Estimated cost: $149USD.

The Mouse Box: (Gizmodo, Business Insider)
A low-end, portable computer inside what looks like a relatively ordinary mouse. With a similar, but slightly less, shall we say, honest, goal than the last one, this computer-in-a-mouse allows you to take your computer to wherever you want, and use it under circumstances where you can't run your software or do your personal browsing on their (whoever "they" are) hardware.
Estimated cost: N/A, still in development.

Onewheel: (Digital Trends, Daily Mail, SlashGear)
The Onewheel (yes, that's all one word) is an electric device that defies the most popular categories of personal mobility. It has been likened to a one-wheeled electric skateboard, or the ground-based equivalent of surfing or snowboarding. A brushless DC motor sits in the hub of a Go-Kart wheel, with two foot-sized pads on either side of it, allowing you to literally lean in the direction you want to go.
Apparently, it is now relatively easy to learn to ride, and they now have an iPhone app that allows you to control the board's performance. No news on an Android app as yet.
Cost: $1,499USD.

I know there's supposed to be more than this, but this is all I can remember at the moment.
Guess I'll be doing these more often, and more likely when I find them, instead of saving them up and forgetting about them.
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My brother sent me a link to an article on real-life cold fusion, or, as the article calls it, a Low Energy Nuclear Reaction.

You can find the article here.

Apparently, the head of the Swedish Skeptics Society and the Associate Professor of the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology were present and given complete access to the experiment, even conducting parts of the experiment themselves.

The process combined nickel and hydrogen to create copper as a by-product, and produced 330 watts of power, 30 of which were used to power the controlling equipment.

This is quite an achievement, and will take our power generation technology a good step forward.

Though I do wonder just how large we might be able to make stuff like this. Would we be able to make powerplants capable of generating enough power to supply a city? How about a country?
Or even how small? Can we make them small enough to power single computers with ease?

Hmm, more questions than answers, but I'm happy to see something like this proven.
I'd like it even more if it were turned into something useful in everyday life.
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One of my classmates noticed that usually carry a bunch of tech toys/tools around with me, so I had a look myself and found out that I really do carry a bunch of gadgets around with me.

On an average day, I usually carry the following stuff around with me to class:
  • Cellphone
  • Watch (rather useful with the separate count-down/count-up timers and five alarms)
  • Laptop (either the huge Toshiba or the tiny EEEpc. Unfortunately there's no middle ground)
  • Digital camera (a recent purchase. I should start posting pictures sometime)
  • IBM WorkPad (basically a Palm III on IBM's hardware. Mostly used for games and sometimes for random notes)
  • Small number of laptop accesories, including a mouse, a USB hub, and the laptop's power adapter.
  • Two USB thumb-drives and a couple of SD cards for shuttling data around without a network.

An interesting list.
I suppose I do carry a bunch of gadgets around with me...
(I've also recently purchased a used Palm M500, but the battery doesn't seem to be holding a charge yet, and the memory keeps getting wiped out with each loss of power. In addition, there's a funny noise coming from the unit while on the charging stand, so something might be wrong with it)
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More people speculating what technology will look like in the future.

This time, Motorola imagines what communication will look like in 2033:
http://www.designworldonline.com/articles/4331/What-will-communication-devices-look-like-in-2033.aspx

I can't say I agree with most of it...

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