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Senseg Brings Texture to Touchscreens

This, quite possibly, could be one of the coolest new technologies we’ll see in the near future. A technology company called “Senseg” is developing a touchscreen technology which allows touchscreens to come to life with textures, contours, and edges that users can feel. They claim that they can turn touchscreens into “feel screens” and they are working with Smartphone and tablet developers to make this a reality.

Feel Screen

You may be familiar with the term “haptics”. Haptics is the technology that allows you to feel that little vibration at the tip of your finger when you press on your Smartphone touchscreen. Senseg has brought haptics to a whole new level. Their patented technology introduces the “Tixel”. To quote their website, “by passing an ultra-low electrical current into the insulated electrode, Senseg’s Tixelâ„¢, the proprietary charge driver, can create a small attractive force to finger skin.” This attractive force basically creates the sensation of sharp edges and rough surfaces.

Tixel

Senseg’s solution is comprised of three core elements:

  • Senseg’s unique Tixel technology that activates the touch screen for electrostatic vibration
  • Senseg’s electronics module
  • Senseg software that manages effects in applications
The “Tixel” is essentially a special coating that can be applied to a touchscreen surface to give the sense of texture. Keep in mind that there are no moving parts. The sensations are electrical and immediate. The electronics module manages the electrical signals that are sent to the “Tixel”. Lastly, the software can be configured by developers to enhance the consumer experience with a wide range of haptic capabilities.
Imagine being able to look at a painting on your Smartphone and be able to feel the artist’s brush strokes. I could see this being great for teachers when they teach small children about different textures. Imagine the uses for the blind. How cool would it be to have braille on a touchscreen? The really cool thing about this technology is that it can be applied to just about any kind of surface, including curved, flat, and soft.
It appears that this technology is in the development stages but will appear in consumer electronics within the next 12 months. In the meantime, if you would like to keep up with Senseg, visit their website at www.senseg.com.

Create your Startup in 54 Hours

The Startup Weekend presents an opportunity for all you procrastinating  entrepreneurs.

Imagine being able to start up the enterprise, which you have dreamed about for the last 10 years, in 54 hours. That is what “Startup Weekend” is all about. Anyone can participate.  This incubator  is  run by an energetic group spread across the world. It targets the clutch of developers, designers, and anyone who has a great idea.

This non-profit organization was founded by Andrew Hyde, and came into being in 2007. It brings a  whole  new meaning to a “weekend getaway”.  It shows you how a lot can happen in 54 hours. Teams have been known to work through the night just to get their idea ready for the final show down.

The weekend starts with a conference that allows the participants to show case their ideas. After the attendees vote for their  favorite  ideas, at the end of the night,  the top 24 groups present their demo model to an elite panel. The winning idea is always practical, well thought of, and presents a wonderful  opportunity  in business. The teams that win are awarded  incentives  to help them along their journey to becoming big successes. It is important to be able to think out-of-the-box and differentiate your ideas from the hundred’s that might be judged along with yours.

The biggest USP is not the prize at the end of the event, but the wonderful  opportunity  that the participants get to build new networks and pick up new skills. Its an opportunity for the participants to ”  ignite more entrepreneurial activity and map and connect the world’s startup ecosystems.”

Here are the 5 steps to the finals in the  Startup  Weekend.

Step 1:

Have a great (and practical) idea. Remember that you have just 54 hours to make it work.

Step 2:

Get a team.

Step 3:

Prepare an impactful 5-minute presentation. The attendees will decide if you go through for judging to the elite panel.

Step 4:

Prepare your demo model.

Step 5:

Blow the  competition  away.

The Startup Weekend website hit the nail on the head again when they quoted,

It’s rarely the idea that is the winner, but the people and the execution behind it.

It has been well attended in several cities all over the world. In fact, the next Startup Weekend may be coming to a city close to you.  It has been organized in 35 countries for over 25,000 entrepreneurs-in-waiting.

Ready for the Next Big Computer Explosion?

please-waitHow would you like your PC to turn on and off instantly? If you are familiar with MS Windows, you could call this instant hibernation. There would be no Shutdownsequence to wait on. When you turn it back on, your PC will be exactly as you left it. There would be no boot time, and no need to restart applications.

Instant on-off has been sort of a Holy Grail for years. It can be done now, but it requires the use of SSDs (Solid State Drives based on flash memory). SSDs are about 40 times more expensive than regular hard disks, and fail much faster. In other words, instant on-off is not for the average consumer yet.

That could change completely by 2020, and it’s looking like SSDs will end up on the scrap heap of history.

The Memristor memory and logic

In 1971, an electronics guru, Dr. Leon Chua, theorized that we were missing a passive circuit element. All electronic devices today are based on the properties of three electronic elements,   the resistor, capacitor, and inductor.

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Dr. Chua mathematically invented the Memristor. It’s unique properties allow it to remember the last current that flowed through it. In other words, it’s perfect for making memory devices.

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It took 37 years for someone to finally discover the right combination of materials that duplicated the function of a memristor. In 2008, HP Labs announced the development of memristor devices.

HP also hopes to offer memristor devices with storage densities of about 20 gigabytes per square centimeter in 2013. A few years later, they predict that we’ll have a petabit (125 terabytes) of non-volatile memory in a square centimeter. Some experimental results show that the devices can switch in nano-seconds and last a very long time, unlike current flash or hard disks.

Memory isn’t the only function that memristors could replace. Since memristors can remember the linear charge that passes through them, they can do far more than store information as simple zeros or ones, like today’s digital circuits. These   electronic components can work like the neurons in our brains.

Once the bugs get worked out, will intelligent machines be far off? R.S. Williams at HP, is already working on designs for a centimeter sized chip that would have as many simulated neurons as a cat’s brain has. It sounds like we can expect the technological Singularity to arrive sooner than some expected.

DYK Thursday – First “Human” to be Infected by a Computer Virus

BBC News website reported on Wednesday that a   British scientist, claims he is the first man in the world to be infected by a computer virus.

Dr. Mark Gasson, a scientist from the University of Reading, claims he has been infected by a computer virus after he deliberately inserted a contaminated chip into his hand to carry out experiment.

The integrated chip was programmed in such a way that it would contaminate the other devices which are associated with this chip. This chip, which helped Gasson to open the security doors and also activate mobile phones, is a sophisticated version of the chips which are used to track pets.

The device, which is of the size of a rice grain, is a RFID chip, allowed him to have secure access over University buildings. Once you insert this microchip into a device, it contaminates the complete surroundings.

Dr. Gasson, with a belief that “Trial is a proof of principle” deliberately inserted a computer virus into the microchip which was later inserted into his left hand last year, to study its effects.

With the results, after a year, this is what Dr. Gasson said,

“With the benefits of this type of technology come risks. We may improve ourselves in some way but much like the improvements with other technologies, mobile phones for example, they become vulnerable to risks, such as security problems and computer viruses.”

However, this technology can be widely used to improve and devise new medical devices. Dr. Gasson says,

“This type of technology has been commercialised in the United States as a type of medical alert bracelet, so that if you’re found unconscious you can be scanned and your medical history brought up.”

However, Professor Rafael Capurro of the Steinbeis-Transfer-Institute of Information Ethics in Germany, says that these kind of “digital device implants” can have both positive and negative consequences. He says,

“If someone can get online access to your implant, it could be serious,” he said.

“From an ethical point of view, the surveillance of implants can be both positive and negative,” he said.

“Surveillance can be part of medical care, but if someone wants to do harm to you, it could be a problem.”

However, if these devices could somehow make your IQ and memory level increase, then there would be a great demand, says Dr. Gasson

Check this video clip

So, what do you think about this? Do you want a microchip instead of your natural brain in your body? Do you want your body to be “hacked” by hackers? I certainly don’t! Discuss your views in the comment section.

Save Money While Buying Gifts This Valentine’s Day Using Bing Cashback!

The Valentine’s day is around the corner! Young guys and girls will be planning to gift their girlfriends/boyfriends something great, memorable and lovable. If you are also planning for something like that, here is news that would delight you for sure.   You can now save money while buying gifts for your beloved ones!

If you have shopped from Bing, you may already know that Bing offers a cash-back for every purchase you make through their service. Bing’s Valentine day special increases the cashback up to 30 percent.

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Bing Cashback offer

This offer starts from February 10th, and  you will need to register an account at Bing cashback. After you are done with that, you need to search for the deals online and complete the deal. You will get an email from Bing about your cashback. You can check this page for more information before buying.

So, go ahead and start buying gifts!

Happy Valentine’s day!

Google Introduces Building Maker To Google Earth

You might have seen on Google Earth, that there are lots of amazing 3D buildings around the globe. Are you wondering how those superb buildings and sky scrapers are made? Then Google answered you today.

Google has launched a new plug-in for Google Earth called Google Building maker. With this new tool released by Google, you can create your own buildings and submit them to the Google team. Google team reviews them and   your building will be published on Google Earth.

Building Maker is a 3D modeling tool for adding buildings to Google Earth. It is easy and fun to use the tool. Here is how it works,

  • You should select a city from around the world.
  • Google provides you some photos. You have to start creating buildings with those.
  • After completing, save it and Google will review it.
  • That’s it! Your building is on Google Earth! Simple, isn’t it?

Details On Resources That Google Gives For Creating Buildings

Basically, Google gives you some well designed 3D models and aerial view photos of some buildings. You need to use these resources to create new buildings. Google will be introducing about 50 cities at the beginning and will later go on increasing the number.

Models you create will be saved live in the Google 3D Warehouse, an online repository for 3D models

Watch this video for better understanding:

Download Windows 7 Icon Pack For XP

Windows 7 has been enhanced in its visual designs a lot more than its previous versions. However, still many people stick with XP. You know, OLD IS GOLD! ;)

Recently, we had told you about Windows 7 Transformation Pack For XP, with which you can convert your XP interface to Windows 7 interface.

Here is an icon pack that helps you to change only your XP icons into Windows 7 icons. You also need Icon Tweaker, an application, to tweak Windows XP icons, to install this icon pack.

Also Read: Browse and Download Free High Quality Icons

The Pack includes all Windows 7 shell icons for Start Menu, Folders, Network Connections, drives, files and Desktop. It also includes beautiful and transparent Windows 7 cursors.

You can check that detailed tutorial here: dkszone.net

Download Icon Pack

Earth to Declare War on the Moon

As you may know, Earth has been increasingly targeting the Moon since their 1959th year and even launched a manned invasion in their year 1969. In a few universal hours (Earth time: Friday, October 10th at 7:30am EDT), Earth will fire one more shot in it’s ever escalating conflict with it’s closest neighbor, Luna, sometimes called “the Moon”.

A portion of an unmanned space craft called LCROSS will slam into Cabeus, an eternally dark crater on Luna. It’s been reported that many of the war mongering Earthlings are hoping for a spectacular plume of dust to be ejected from Luna. This geyser of lunar soil is expected to be visible from many areas on the Earth via the use of their crude telescopes. Naturally, they claim it’s a peaceful mission to search for water.

Here’s a quote from one of their popular  fascist  media sources named “Space.com”:

Targeting the Moon: Observatories Gear Up for Friday Lunar Crash

080226-lcross-02 Scientists are hoping for a literal slam dunk with NASA’s upcoming Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS mission – an event to be observed by a coordinated network of Earth and space-based equipment. LCROSS will search for  water ice on the moon on Friday morning by crashing its spent upper-stage Centaur rocket into Cabeus, a permanently sunlight-shy crater within the lunar south pole region  … read more

Below is some secretly captured video of the Earth’s last attack on Luna which took place in their 2008th year.

As a peaceful Martian, I can only say that this proves beyond any doubt that Earth is not ready for entry into the Pan-Dimensional Congress. I sincerely hope that the advance warning given to the Lunarians will keep their loss of life and property to a minimum. Surprisingly, the Lunarians have been silent about these vicious attacks. Surely, they believe that this is a blood-thirsty act of war.

To the degenerate Earthlings: I hope you all get a bad case of albino-brain-chiggers as you watch this treacherous moon-bombing live from the obsolete telecommunication devices you use.

Be sure to comment below if you agree, as I do, that Earth should be banished from this continuum.

PhotoSketch Helps You To Convert Your Pencil Drawings Into Real Images

If you’d written something with a pencil and it became a real object, wouldn’t you think you were either dreaming or inside a movie?

This dream has come true now! A group of brilliant students from China have created an application, which allows you to create a simple sketch, then convert the sketch into a real picture. Isn’t that amazing?

The name of the application is Photosketch. The principle or the idea behind the working of this application is, you draw a rough sketch of something in your mind and label the objects you have placed. For example, if you want an image of birds sitting on the tree, take a pencil and write a rough diagram of tree and the birds sitting on it. Name the objects you have palced like, “Brown Tree” and “Crows”. That’s it. Process it and you will get a real image of the idea you had in your mind.

What this app does?

It searches the web for the words that you had placed like “Brown Tree” and gets the images that suit your position. Then it arranges the images in such a way that it should look real.. Oooh!!

It merges the “Brown Tree” with “Crows” and adds suitable background for the picture. Isn’t that like artificial intelligence?

This is what is the developer’s abstract says about the application:

We present a system that composes a realistic picture from a simple freehand sketch annotated with text labels. The composed picture is generated by seamlessly stitching several photographs in agreement with the sketch and text labels; these are found by searching the Internet. Although online image search generates many inappropriate results, our system is able to automatically select suitable photographs to generate a high quality composition, using a filtering scheme to exclude undesirable images. We also provide a novel image blending algorithm to allow seamless image composition. Each blending result is given a numeric score, allowing us to find an optimal combination of discovered images. Experimental results show the method is very successful; we also evaluate our system using the results from two user studies.

Here is a video for your clear understanding.

PhotoSketch: Internet Image Montage from tao chen on Vimeo.

Google Chrome OS May Arrive In Mid-October

Google Chrome OS is a much-awaited product from Google. Early this year in July, Google had introduced about their product in their blog. Google Blog stated the following about the OS,

Speed, simplicity and security are the key aspects of Google Chrome OS. We’re designing the OS to be fast and lightweight, to start up and get you onto the web in a few seconds. The user interface is minimal to stay out of your way, and most of the user experience takes place on the web. And as we did for the Google Chrome browser, we are going back to the basics and completely redesigning the underlying security architecture of the OS so that users don’t have to deal with viruses, malware and security updates. It should just work.

This open source software is mainly targeted at netbooks. However, it is also compatible for PCs. It was scheduled for release to the public use in 2010.

Nevertheless, there are rumors that it may come to the market in this month only (mid-October or end of October). Now, this is exciting news for Google lovers out there.

Very recently, PC World, a popular tech magazine told that there might be chances of getting Google Chrome OS, built-in with Loongson laptops from China. Shanzai.com, a Chinese hardware blog said that there are chances of getting Google Chrome OS based devices in the mid-October or so.

However, Google has not reacted for any of these rumors. So, let us just wait and watch what happens and be glued to the updates.