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Backpacker’s Diary PC concept: the book you won’t forget

bpd1.jpg Backpacker’s diary is an innovative PC concept where everything is under the form of a book. Switch to a page and you’ll have movie, then to another to get the news, yet you can still get access to a “conventional” computer.
Backpacker’s diary is a PC concept that integrate with the form of traditional book, the target user is the enthusiastic travelling fans. In this “book”, different pages include different functions, like media recording, solar recharging and EL illuminant. The approach of reading a book takes the traditional way of operating computer, which encourage those backpackers to experience and share more about their trips.
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Optical databus bust the Tbps speed

ibmunveilsag.jpg A new technology has found it’s way to transmit information through light instead of wires. This allows to transmit 8 terabits of data per second, which is the equivalent of around 5 000 high-definition movies, per second. So far, the biggest advantage of this technology is his power consumption, which is 100 times less than on wire. Although new technologies as such takes time to hit the market, this one as bigger chance to hit it pretty soon, as IBM researcher Clint Schow explain:
These aren’t theoretical experiments or chips sitting in unique conditions in a lab, but rather chipsets that could hit the market in the next two years. The innovation lies in the fact that we are making optics with the same kind of packaging as electronics.

Fan that runs off heat

msiairpowerfan2.jpg MSI as recently developed a working concept of a fan which runs from the heat produced by the processor. It is based of Stirling Engine Theory which works almost like a car engine would. This new “green” technology should be able to reduce the consumption of your computer electricity, but not by much since fans are a small part of the actual electrical consumption. But reducing little by little is better than nothing, isn’t it? Continue reading ‘Fan that runs off heat’

Nokia has a new finger on the traffic pulse


One of the perks of the internet for commuters is the availability of real-time traffic information. Not only can these updates tell you where accidents have occurred, they can tell you the average speed of cars on a given stretch of road.

Right now, this information is obtained via roadside sensors that measure the speeds of passing cars and trucks. But Nokia has come up with a new way to relay your car speed — by using your cell phone.

The idea is that an enabled cell phone could periodically tell a receiver where it is and how fast it’s going. When put together with the information from thousands of other cell phone, this could draw out an inexpensive, thorough, and accurate traffic map.

Nokia recently conducted a small-scale experiment starting with 100 Berkeley students. The study was conducted in partnership with CalTrans and Berkeley’s Department of Engineering.

Pen and Paper Enter the Digital Age


You’re not one of those old-fashioned folks who still writes down notes by hand, are you?

If so, rest assured that you won’t have to give up your pen and paper anytime soon. You can, however, make your pen a little smarter than it used to be.

The just-released Pulse Smartpen from Livescribe is a huge advance in note-taking ability. Sure, digital pens that use handwriting recognition software to transcribe your writing into digital form are nothing new. But the Smartpen is even smarter: it records audio while you write and syncs it to the words you’ve written on the special, dedicated paper. Want to play back the recording? Just tap that spot in your notes and get a playback of the audio heard at that particular time.

The device is marketed mainly for journalists and businesspeople. But at $150 it could even find a niche among college students. Many students record their lectures, but the task of hunting through the audio to find a particular point makes these recordings of little use. The Smartpen could change this. Now if they could only program it to take exams, too…