Who all would like to go to Abiqua Falls in Oregon?
Beautiful story! Made me teary eyed. Partitions divide countries, Google unites people!
Remembering Mumbai Attacks!
Today is the 5th anniversary of Mumbai Attacks. I remember the day clearly - I had just entered the office in Mountain View, CA and as part of my usual habit, opened NDTV website. I was SHOCKED to find out about the scale of the attack. I immediately called my ex-roommate who was in Mumbai at that time. I was afraid for my friends in Mumbai. I was afraid for millions of people in Mumbai. I couldn’t work in the office. I was glued to all news website for hours and hours!! I couldn’t sleep for days.
Few weeks ago, I went to the two locations which were attacked - Leopold Cafe and Taj Mahal Hotel and prayed silently for the victims. I hope that such attacks never happen anywhere in the world.
One thing that struck me - the strength of Mumbaikars! They have an inordinate strength of facing attacks or calamities. Let’s raise a toast for Mumbaikars!
Software Turns Dumb Paper into a Smart Touchscreen
Fujitsu has created a spatially aware Fingerlink Interaction System creates an interactive touchscreen like system using objects in the real world - both flat surfaces like paper and tables but also curved surfaces like books.
In this way - the system takes “dumb” items and makes them “smart”
The system doesn’t use any special hardware, it re-uses an ordinary webcam and a commercial projector. It relies on image processing technology to work its magic.
The video demo shows how you can import information on the paper by selecting areas on the page to import as data.
The system is designed to operate on specific gestures and will not react when you make ordinary motions on the table. The system uses finger height accurately in order to translate touch. The system can also be operated by gesture controls.
Gesture and spatial input for PC and other connected devices have received a lot of press lately with the likes of Thalmic Labs, Leap Motion and the updates from Microsoft for Kinect - but this is the first that I have seen of a company that is attempting to use this type of technology to merge the real world with the digital world outside of a typical screen.
You can track how many eggs you have in your fridge via SmartPhone!! Era of Internet of Things is coming soon!
Quirky Products Make Dumb Things Around Your House Smart, Even Your Egg Tray
The “Smart” things are coming. IDC expects the installed base of the Internet of Things will be approximately 212 billion “things” globally by the end of 2020.
We are already starting to see IoT (or the internet of things) light up “dumb” things in our home - making them “smart”-er. Smart TV’s are an example of this. But there are so many other things in our home that could be doing much more for us.
This is where Quirky comes in. They have launched a new line of Smart Home items thanks to their partnership with GE.
Quirky’s line of “Smart Things” really start to drive home how powerful IoT is in changing our everyday lives. Right now Quirky has five items to choose from but I am sure this will grow as the inventions come in and are brought to life.
Here are two of my favorites:
1. Egg Minder - Smart Egg Tray
Egg minder is a smart egg tray that not only keeps track of how many of the 14 eggs its holds is left in the fridge but also uses LED lights to show you which egg is the oldest and should be used first. How many times have you been at the grocery store and wondered how many eggs you had left? The Quirky app will let you see how many eggs you have left anywhere you are so no more guesswork is needed.
2. Nimbus - Your Personal Dashboard
Nimbus is a smart alarm clock of sorts. A highly customizable 4-dial dashboard it can be personalized using your mobile device to monitor your commute traffic, weather, email, calendar, social media networks, and more. It even works with Fitbit and other products in the Quirky + GE collection.
Quirky is a crowdsourcing company headquartered in New York City that brings products to the marketplace through interaction between the online global community and Quirky’s product design staff. The community can invent, influence and purchase items.
Quirky recently partnered with GE to provide the Quirky community access to GE’s technology which is what is facilitating the creation of IoT items.
I want this for my next ski trip!!
Snowboarding and Skiing Goes High Tech with Recon’s Snow2
For those avid snowboarders and skiers out there who want to record, time, and gamily their experience on the slopes you are going to want to check this out.
Recon Instruments is a leader in the heads-up-display (HUD) market for sports and they just announced the availability of their 4th-gen Snow product called the Recon Snow2. Snow2 is basically a pair of smart goggles for skiers and snowboarders. Past generations of Snow have sold over 50,000 units according to Recon.
Whats great about the Snow2 is that it is designed to work with existing goggles from the world’s leading manufacturers including Oakley, Smith, Scott, Uvex, Alpina, Briko and Zeal. The Snow2 is also available for sale as a stand-alone unit.
Recon’s Snow2 has the following features right out of the box:
- Performance Stats: Vital information from speed, vertical descent, jump airtime, navigation and distance are calculated and displayed using a built-in precision GPS and an integrated suite of sensors.
- Navigation & Buddy Tracking: Built-in GPS that enables full resort navigation, and when paired with a compatible Android or iOS device, provides real-time buddy tracking.
- Smartphone Connectivity: Pairing it with a compatible Android or iOS smartphone will allow users to receive texts, display calls and access music player controls all from within the HUD.
- Data Viewing and Social Media Connectivity: Users can review and store stats and achievements, and share them via social media accounts.
You can check out the Snow2 on Recon’s site or at Apple.com which is also selling it.
Don’t fear failure. — Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
Hitachi Seaside Park
At Hitachi Seaside Park (国営ひたち海浜公園) in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan, the flowers tell time. Each season a different variety of flower blossoms, soaking the Miharashi No Oka hill in color. Visitors in spring encounter a bright blue hill of 4.5 million nemophilas. In fall, the 36,000 kochia plants, a type of large herb that grows in brushes clustered on the hill, make the transition from electric green to dark crimson clumps. Soon, pink, white and red cosmo flowers will come into bloom. Depending on the season you visit, you can even get a blue, red, or pink-and-white ice cream cone to match the color of the hill!
My heart almost sank when I saw Rahul Dravid leaving the cricket field today! He hung up his boots and played his final international cricket match during the Champions League Final at Delhi.
Dravid, “The Wall” - You were a role model and you will be missed. You entertained billions of people all over the world! We are proud of you.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming / United States -
One of the most famous national parks in the world. Although I haven’t been to this place but I fell in love with this place when a colleague at work showed few candid pictures. The beauty is simple breathtaking! Hope to visit this place sometime
I am a big fan of Sheryl Sandberg because what she has done for women “Lean-In” movement. I think this video should be made mandatory to watch in all schools and work places!
Big Dripper is a robotic sculpture created by Giles Hall in 2011.
It is a concept based on Harold Edgerton’s Piddler. Edgerton’s Piddler, also known as a “Time Fountain”, uses a stroboscopic light source to highlight individual drops of water in a constant stream of liquid.
Check out the video - The drips appear to hang in space as if frozen in time.