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Chinese university manages to store data in bacteria

The quest to squeeze more and more data into ever smaller spaces continues, but current materials and techniques have their limits. One day in the not too distant future we will reach the limits of current hard drive technology.

So where do we look for the next storage breakthrough? If you ask researchers at The Chinese University of Hong Kong they’d say we need to look for a living solution, more specifically bacteria. In fact, they’ve already achieved it, managing to store 90GB of data in 1 gram of cells.

The team has developed a massively parallel bacterial storage system that also achieves data encryption through DNA shuffling. An encoding system takes the original data, turns it into a quaternary number, and then encodes it as a DNA sequence. Encryption is achieved through DNA sequence shuffling. That process also involves compressing the data to allow for more storage within the same sequence.

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Posted by on November 28, 2010 in Technology

 

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Transparent Mobile

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The Second Life Mobile Phone Concept works on the premise that we often forget about the battery life of our mobile phones, hence run out of juice, just at the wrong time. As a remedy (rather power-saver-option) the phone incorporates a double display. When in active use the AMOLED screen powers up in all glory and in standby mode the E-ink display gets active. This essentially means that the E-ink uses very little energy and the degree of transparency of the display shows how much battery is remaining. The more transparent the display, the less battery remaining.

 

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Posted by on November 28, 2010 in SmartPhones

 

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Something Out Of Nothing

See this CLICK ON THE LINK TO have IT IN FULL WINDOW !

 http://player.vimeo.com/video/16342712

 

The purpose of this video is to create an emotional response out of the most basic and bare elements. A badly exposed picture (that London weather is tricky to photograph) and a handful of loops.

The original picture is treated originally in Photoshop and then sent to cinema to create the actual animation.
AfterEffects is used to add all the effects like depth of field, snow, text treatment, some camera movements and finally colour grading.
GarageBand was used to sync the video to a series of loops.

Hope you like it!

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Hamper is the Washing Machine

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It’s a hamper/washer/dryer. After you fill it up, an automatic wash and dry cycle initiates. It’s even Wi-Fi enabled to help you monitor it remotely. Once it’s finished, it’ll alert you via email or text message to your phone. Guopeng Liang doesn’t say what method of washing it uses, tho there are spillways for water so that must mean you have to be near a hose, a sink – some sort of outlet. It also doesn’t solve the problem or sorting. I wouldn’t want two separate units for colors and fabric types. But for now I’m happy knowing somewhere, sometime in the near future – my life will be one step closer to the Jetsons.

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Posted by on November 20, 2010 in Technology

 

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Healing on Air

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Modern medicine is amazing. You can get basically anything in your body fixed, adjusted, twisted, broken, or completely restructured. But what about healing? That sucks. What if you could heal on air? Let’s take a look at this wonderful machine designer Sung Soo Chae of DESIGNNOON has made. It’s an air compression therapy system for hospitals, inflating the core of the the casts the system works with. Swelling and contracting for lovely massage.

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Posted by on November 20, 2010 in Technology

 

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Own that X-ray Machine !

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So you say you need a portable x-ray machine. Well. Let me tell you about this particular one. It’s called “RAY”, it’s designed by Cavallius Design group, and it’s just so very compact. Let’s say you’re on a camping trip, and you’ve got a generator with, but no x-ray machine! Well now you do! Let’s say you’re at the skate park and you’ve broken every bone in your body, and you want to see how bad it is, as soon as possible! Well now that time is cut in half! Just bust out your very own RAY!

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Posted by on November 20, 2010 in Concepts

 

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Grippy For The Grip Challenged

Slip Grips For People with Limited Mobility by Stanton BurnsSlip Grips are designed to help individuals with limited hand mobility manipulate objects that they would otherwise be unable to use. The product is used by slipping the finger holds over the thumb and forefinger and then snapping objects in to place via the clips located in between these finger holds. At a slight angle, the clip directs objects placed in it downward, giving the user a natural range of motion.

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Posted by on November 18, 2010 in Concepts