Researchers at Hewlett-Packard have invented a new type of microcomputing technology known as the crossbar latch that could potentially replace the transistor used in computers today. Transistors, which are the basic element of computing, have reached the limit on size that can be fit on a single chip. This new crossbar latch would be mere nanometers in size. If computers are going to get any smaller while still getting faster, new ways such as this need to be found. These new relays could potentially allow computers to be thousands of times faster than today’s computers. “This could someday replace transistors in computers, just as transistors replaced vacuum tubes and vacuum tubes replaced electromagnetic relays before them.” As a student studying Electrical Engineering, it kinda makes me wonder why I’m still taking all these Analog Electronics classes! Luckily, HP says that transistors will still be used for decades to come in silicon embedded chips.
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Do we even need to explain how cool this thing is? Guess so. As if gunning down your friends in a hail of hard paint pellets wasn’t fun enough, now you can do it Halo-style in a rugged military off-road vehicle. The Razorback, used by Team SpecOps in their simulated missions, is built on the chassis of an actual Israeli reconnassance vehicle. It features built-in air tanks used for two door gunners, and a low-level rocket launcher for Nerf and shotgun rounds. It’s not invincible though: the team is gracious enough to mark a “kill zone” for the tank, which can be found on the front passenger fender, marked by an orange bulls eye. And if you’re lucky enough to win a raffle at one of their skirmishes, you can be eligible for a “tour-of-duty” at the main gunner or side gunner positions.
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Okay, I know this isn’t the Revolution - but we all know that Nintendo has been talking a lot about how they plan to introduce a new way of playing games with their next generation console. Many a gamer has been scratching their head, theorizing on what exactly the technology would bring to the table. As soon as I saw this video, I thought “THAT"S revolutionary.” Check it out - Total Immersion’s D’Fusion software solution allows for real-time video capture and perfect merges between video streams and 3D objects. All you need is a camera, a few sensors, and a HUD. This turns your world into an immersive gaming experience, where you are IN the game…or where the game is all around you. Words cant really describe this, so just check out the video. What do you think?
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Alright, I will let you in on a little secret of mine. I absolutely hate the produce section. Why? I simply don’t know what the heck I am supposed to be looking for in there. Too hard, too soft, too green…it’s just a nightmare. The fine peeps over at ripeSense must have heard the calling of many a confused shopper, as they have released a nice tool to aid in the fine art of produce shopping. ripeSense is simply a colored sensor that changes color based on how ripe the fruit is inside the container. No need to even squeeze the darn things, as the package lays out exactly what the color stages are for you! Currently, they have only released the version that tells you how the pears are doing - but wait just a little while longer, and there will be ripeSense sensors on kiwfruit, melon, mango, avocado and stone fruit. Holla!
We’re pretty fond of WowWee’s Robosapien which was introduced this past year. We figured it was only a matter of time before we saw an updated model shown here, “cleverly” named Robosapien V2. This taller model, due out in December for $200, will feature the ability to pick up, drop and throw objects, bend over and twist from side to side, sit, lie down and stand up. It also comes equipped with an infra-red radar vision, and blue LED lights to detect obstacles, track movements and take objects that are handed to him. It will even be able to control two additional products due out next year, the Roboraptor ($100) and the Robopet ($70), due in August and October 2005 respectively.
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This one’s for those folks who can’t afford a new NVidia card every 3 months. For a fraction of the price, you and up to three friends can take part in a board game recreation of last year’s scare-fest from id Software. Included in the game are 6 custom dice, 66 plastic miniatures (HellKnights, Zombies, Marines, etc), a rule book, and a scenario guide. I bet most scenarios involve you being in a claustrophobic boiler room, unable to hold a gun and a flashlight at the same time.
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I don’t like the sound of this, and I’m guessing you do not either. The Joint Committee on Taxation is debating on wheter it should extend the telecommunications tax to cover data as well. The Committee is trying to justify that with the growth of VOIP and WiFi phones, there will be no way to distinguish between ‘data’ packets and ‘voice’ packets. Personally, it’s all data to me and they just want to get you anyway they can. If you hate Microsoft then you may have a reason to start liking them, as Microsoft is among the top companies that are attempting to keep the IRS from taxing data.
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I’m sure you’ve been there - you are prescribed a certain medication which you need to take at certain intervals during the day. Of course, you are late on taking your last dose, or miss one completely - so you wonder if you should skip the last one or double up the next time. Well, fret no more. SIMpill is a medicine bottle that monitors how often pills are being taken by SMS, and it can send you a text message if you have missed a dose! Each time the bottle cap is removed, a message is sent to a secure SMS server. If it start seeing discrepancies between the bottle being opened and your prescribed amount, it will alert you.
Google Labs announced plans to implement a new video search, unlike any search offered by other web portals. By offering the option to search recent television programs online using the closed captioning embedded within video, users can now find content from major distributors. Still in its beta stage, this new type of search will be in competition with other video searches from major search engines, such as Yahoo! video search. I know that Yahoo’s video search has been widely used since it’s release in December. Every day, my personal server recieves several hundred hits while searching for video content on my site. Hopefully, these new video searches will help users in much the same way that Google’s library text search and journal article search beta have been helping people. For a full list of all beta projects, click the link below.
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OLED screens seem to be popping up everywhere. Televisions, cell phones, and even electric shavers. But now they are in your car? This new technology, which stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, puts off a luminescence when a voltage is applied while also displaying an image similar to an LCD display. This translates to less power consumption, which means longer battery life in portable devices. These OLEDs also last longer than typical LCDs, making them more practical. Currently, they are very expensive to make, but as they are included in more and more products, researchers will gain more experience with them and the price will come down. The next place for these special diodes to appear is the dashboard of your car. Used to light up the instrument panel, these devices are already appearing in Aston Martins, Jeeps, and the Corvette.
Read More | MSN CNet
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