On Wednesday at Google I/O, the company’s annual conference for developers, Google unveiled a new 7-inch tablet computer, called Nexus 7, and a sphere-shaped device for streaming music and video that it is calling Nexus Q.
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Marking a significant milestone in its publishing history, Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) decided that now it is publishing its entire print edition online (as of today), it would celebrate by printing its entire front page in binary code. Read more…
What the hell? Wicked Lasers has actually made a lightsaber. I mean, not one that can cut you in half, but one that looks and acts like the actual Jedi weapon! At least, that’s what they claim:
“LaserSabers are energized by the light of Wicked Lasers, harnessing the power of the force. The LaserSaber features an ultra smooth magnetic gravity system that can “power up” and “power down” the blade.
The LaserSaber maintains its radiant brilliance even when the lights are on. The LaserSaber is interchangeable and will attach to any Spyder 3 model. The aircraft grade aluminum hilt ensures secure attachment of the blade. Due to the extreme powers of the Spyder 3, only operate while wearing LaserShades in a controlled environment.”
The Lasersaber—that’s how they call it to avoid any Lucasfilm lawsuits—is actually a 32-inch polycarbonate blade with an anodized aluminum base that attaches to a Spyder 3 laser. It has some kind of mechanism that makes the sword power on and off like the ones in the movie.
After weeks of speculation and rumors, Google has officially pulled back the curtain on what they have come to call Project Glass — a pair of augmented reality glasses that seek to provide users real-time information right in front of their eyes.
Babak Parviz, Steve Lee, and Sebastian Thrun, three Google employees who are part of the Google X skunkworks wrote:
“We think technology should work for you — to be there when you need it and get out of your way when you don’t,”
The New York Times‘ Nick Bilton, who broke the Project Glass story today, went on to say that the prototype model seen in the images is just one of the potential designs currently in testing. Among others, one of the potential designs for Project Glass is (thankfully) meant to be attached to a person’s existing pair of glasses.
What may look like a pair of post-surgery sunglasses, is actually the Epson Moverio BT-100 that is essentially a wearable micro-projector. The glasses can project movies, images and even websites to each eye, making the projected image size appear like an 80-inch display viewed from 5 meters away. The shades are also see-through, so you can still view your surrounding without being obstructed by the projected image.
If you want to get more natural with your pics, Japanese researchers are working on a gesture-based mini camera that lets your hands frame the shot.
The group at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences (IAMAS) in Gifu Prefecture recently showed off something they call the Ubi-Camera, a play on “ubiquitous” and “yubi” (“finger” in Japanese).