Maybe Windows 8 will give new vitality to Microsoft’s desktop presence and become the first truly parallel experience between the static office and the mobile phone. And maybe, just maybe – Microsoft can finally be forgiven for Windows Mobile.
“Reverse Electrowetting,” a phrase that conjures images of a robot peeing the bed backwards (Osaka University’s CB2, perhaps), is actually the process of generating electricity via, in this case, walking on electric shoe juice. Which is pretty hott. Not only could this power my phone, GPS, and A/C underwear, in theory such systems could be applied to a wide variety of energy-consuming devices including prosthetics, larger wearable robotics, and full-on exoskeletal human augmentation systems. AND, in developing countries where electrical infrastructure might be lacking, these shoes might be a nice peripheral for the OLPC! I’m certainly hip to powering my [read full post]
3.5 Days in a in a Lack-of-Data Haze. Last week I had to go do some Japanese-style camping. Skipping the horrific details, suffice it to say, I was outside the stream – I lacked data. Had insufficient information. No place in the global network. Did not like it. Since snatching up an LG-V in 2005, and the soon to follow procession of Blackberries and iPhones, I really haven’t been disconnected. At all. And I like it that way. This really was my first removal since the gradually maturing era of ubiquitous mobile data began gradually maturing. It was a bit surprising [read full post]
Manufacturing being localized by 3D printing technology has been mentioned here before – the allusion being that the trend taken to a large enough scale could seriously impact China’s hold on the cheap-stuff-making market. BUT, it appears that FOXCONN plans to just go ahead and push that forward on their own with… ROBOTS! Are low-wage Chinese iPhone makers about to become no-wage Chinese iPhone makers? [VIA XINHUA]
Today I’m launching a a recurring snippet feature here at anthrobotic, The Terminal Anachronism. Presentation shall be: Terminal Anachronism: Identified Product/Process/Issue (applied verdict) For all Terminal Anachronism posts, click here. __________________________________________________________________ “Frankly, I don’t read magazines or newspapers, and if every last one of you were all erased from the planet tomorrow I would not notice and I would not care.” –Fake Steve Jobs A thought for Thursday, June 23, 2011: I was trying to remember the last time I used a newspaper or magazine for anything other than wrapping paper – it’s definitely been close to two years… Halt the [read full post]
100% agreed on this one. What is essentially the sum total of all human information should be open and accessible to every single one of us and them – if that were the case, perhaps there would be a lot less “us and them” kinda attitudes. And everyone would have porn and LOLCATS. [VIA SINGULARITY HUB]