Phone Hovers in Space

floatingsmartphone04Oh so you’re not satisfied with phones that connect at speeds almost as fast as you can click and hundreds of new applications that do everything under the sun each day? Well here’s something new for you then! It’s a concept design done by two industrious folks In-oh Yoo and Sun-woong Oh who want nothing more than to bring you a phone that spins in mid-air. This phone works in tangent with its charging cradle, its cradle, the phone and magnets creating a space where the phone spins while charging, creating a unique aesthetic experience.

First, the phone itself has a sleek candybar design you should all be relatively familiar with. The iPhone and a slew of Android-based phones look right along these lines, and this looks fabulous. Hollow parts at the top and bottom of the phone “ensure that it is being charged wirelessly” though how that’s accomplished appears to be a trade secret. The phone is thin, streamlined, and made to fit naturally in the palm of your hand.

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Posted by on December 2, 2010 in SmartPhones


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Computers Get Help from the Human Brain


Most brain-computer interfaces are designed to help disabled people communicate or move around. A new project is using this type of interface to help computers perform tasks they can’t manage on their own. In experiments, researchers used the interface to sort through satellite images for surface-to-air missiles faster than any machine or human analyst could manage alone.

"With Google, you have to type in words to describe what you’re interested in," says Paul Sajda, an associate professor at Columbia University. "But let’s say I’m interested in something ‘funny looking.’ "

Sajda explains that computers struggle to classify images according to this kind of abstract concept, but humans can do it almost instantly. Electrical signals within the brain fire before a person even realizes he’s recognized an image as odd or unusual.

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Posted by on December 1, 2010 in General Topics



Tronatic Atmos Concept


Atmos is a design study of an electric concept car with an original design characterized by scultped surfaces and distinctive graphic elements. The project was developed by Tronatic, a French graphic design studio.

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Posted by on December 1, 2010 in Automotive Concepts


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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


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



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


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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