November 15, 2015

You'll Love This

Technology that allows phones and tablets to detect what ads you watch on TV and then set up for some customized advertising on your mobile unit. An ultrasonic sound is inserted into the TV ad and then heard by your mobile. Some apps use it and the developer will not disclose which ones. The user is not permitted to opt out.

Here are some workarounds:

  1. Don't watch any TV that has advertising.
  2. Watch TV with the sound off relying on captions.
  3. Use headphones to listen to TV.
  4. Put your mobile devices far enough from your TV that they can't hear it.

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November 13, 2015

Coming Next?

Here’s an Indiegogo for a company that dreams of being the next GoPro, like so many have, but this one is interesting. A 3D stereoscopic action camera and accessories. Think of a GoPro with a full 180° lens and then double it. The LucidCam.

A sample, sort of. I'm able to form a crosseye-ed 3D image in the middle of these.

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November 4, 2015

UAVs in China

China is rushing right ahead preparing for a drone boom without wasting time on all that pesky regulation. Well, some regulation I guess. You've got to have a license. This will provide an excellent opportunity for American regulators and insurance companies to learn all the ways things can go wrong at much less expense and risk to Americans. Go China.

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October 21, 2015

Stanford's Autonomous DeLorean...

…can cut donuts.

News article.

"In our work developing autonomous driving algorithms, we've found that sometimes you need to sacrifice stability to turn sharply and avoid accidents," Gerdes said. "The very best rally car drivers do this all this time, sacrificing stability so they can use all of the car's capabilities to avoid obstacles and negotiate tight turns at speed. Their confidence in their ability to control the car opens up new possibilities for the car's motion. Current control systems designed to assist a human driver, however, don't allow this sort of maneuvering. We think that it is important to open up this design space to develop fully automated cars that are as safe as possible."

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October 20, 2015

Tesla Autopilot

With a nervous guy in the driver’s seat.

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October 14, 2015

Hairwashing Machine

He's got a patent in China (does that mean anything?). And this is better than washing with your hands because...why?

It would be good for somebody lacking two arms, if its whole operation can be designed to be worked by something other than hands.

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October 13, 2015

iMac and Accessories Updated

Apple has updated the Magic Trackpad ($129), the Magic Mouse ($79), and the Magic Keyboard ($99). All three get built-in rechargeable (via USB) lithium-ion batteries. More details.

iMacs have been upgraded, too. The 27-inch iMac (starts at $1,799) gets a Retina 5K display and the 21-inch model (starts at $1,499) gets a Retina 4K display. Your new iPhone 6S shoots 4K video, so how're you going to enjoy that without a 4K display?

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October 12, 2015

Self-Incrimination Live!

The story of a young woman in Florida who, while driving drunk, thought it would be kewl to use Periscope to broadcast her experience live to the entire internet (or at least those who have loaded Periscope on their mobile device). Viewers reported her to police, but were unable to identify her location or vehicle with any useful accuracy. Worse, of course, was the officers of the Lakeland Police Department did not have Periscope on their phones. One officer downloaded it so they could watch her until they could identify landmarks she passed, so that they could estimate her location and direction. She was stopped by police before anything bad happened to anyone besides herself. Her Miranda warning was fairly pointless by then, except for the part about having an attorney.

The link above includes a video recording of her Periscope broadcast.

I'm pretty sure our DHS Police don't have Periscope either, having learned from Larry Buchanan that they don't even have GPS. Can you believe that? All these new officers and they have to look up addresses on a paper map in order to respond to calls.

permalink | October 12, 2015 at 04:40 PM | Comments (0)

Expect To See More Of These

Besides looking scary, this ghost can come down and actually slice up your face. What Halloween fun!

If you too would like to be the object of lawsuits in your neighborhood, here's how to build one that's a little safer, since the rotors are not close to the ghost.

permalink | October 12, 2015 at 04:27 PM | Comments (0)

October 11, 2015

Talk About Broadband!

Suppose you've got, say, 50TB of data you have to get up to the Amazon cloud. How to do it. Amazon's solution is to send you via FedEx a box that can store up to 50TB of data. You fill it up and ship it back. It'll cost you $200 to have the box at your site for up to ten days. After that, it's $15/day. Amazon loads the contents onto their Oregon data center. It's called Snowball. I guess "Really Big SneakerNet" was already taken.

Available only in the U.S. currently.

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