January 27, 2011 Technology Roundup: 3D Food Printer, CRTC lets Canadians down, Debunking 3D Myths, Deserted Chinese Cities, Robots Learn to Walk, Media Companies to Watch, Cloaking, Hero of Alexandria! and Virtual World Marketing
Two Thumbs, Two Dimensions: Is 3-D as bad as Roger Ebert Says?
(Source: Slate’s Daniel Engber, January 25, 2011)
A clever little peice that offers some good reasons why you should be cautious about siding with Roger Ebert’s lifelong tirade against 3-D movies.
IDC Profiles Ten Canadian Digital Media Companies to Watch
(Source: IDC, January 20, 2011)
IDC has released a new study of 10 Canadian Digital Media Companies to Watch
This 3-D Printer makes Edible Food
(Source: CNN Money, January 24, 2011)
Hod Liptonm of Cornell University thinks food printing will be “the killer app” of 3D printing. Just like video games fueled demand for personal computers 30 years ago, he thinks the lure of feeding Grandma’s cookie recipe into a printer will help personal fabricators expand beyond the geek crowd. “It’s really going to be the next pha…se of the digital revolution,” he says. And I thought Doctor Dreadful was going to be the next killer food app!
A Metered Internet is a Regulatory Failure
(Source: Globe and Mail, David Beers. January 25, 2011)
Not only is Canada the world’s dirty old man environmentally, but it’s becoming a caveman technologically. Thanks CRTC!!! Forty thousand people have signed an online petition called Stop The Meter. The CRTC’s final decision is likely mere days away. Let’s hope the regulators think creatively and do the right thing.
Ghost towns of China: Satellite images show cities lying completely deserted
(Source: Daily Mail, December 18, 2010)* Not current, but cool nonetheless!
In what could be argued as a clear sign of China’s property bubble, there are no cars at all in most of the images and thousands of flats and homes lie empty. Does this not look exactly like a SimCity screenshot?
(Source: Science Daily via 1.A. Boltasseva, H. A. Atwater. Low-Loss Plasmonic Metamaterials. Science, 2011; 331 (6015): 290 DOI: 10.1126/science.1198258)
Researchers are developing a new class of “plasmonic metamaterials” as potential building blocks for advanced optical technologies, including ultrapowerful microscopes and computers, improved solar cells, and a possible invisibility cloak. The work has been funded by the U.S. Army Research Office.New Materials May Bring Advanced Optical Technologies, Cloaking
The Greek engineer who invented the steam engine 2,000 years ago
(Source: i09, January 25, 2011)
“Whether it’s steam engines, wind turbines, or vending machines, no inventor ever saw further into the future or innovated quite as boldly as Hero of Alexandria. If ever a scientist was well-named, Hero most definitely was.”
Slithering Robots Learn to Stand on Their Own Four Feet
(Source: Live Science, January 25, 2011)
“Using a computer program, researchers at the University of Vermont simulated a population of naive “baby” robots. The robots had to complete various tasks in their virtual environment, such as finding objects and walking toward them. Those robots that performed poorly got deleted, while the best-performing ones remained ‘alive.’ ”
Online games reveal players’ personalities – to who?
(Source: New Scientist, January 25, 2011)
“a player’s behaviour within the game mimics their real-world character traits” Who knew??
~ by dccohen on January 26, 2011.
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Tags: 3-D, 3-D Movies, 3D Printer, Cloaking, CRTC, Hero of Alexandria, IDC, Media, Metered Internet, Plasmonic Metamaterials, Robotics, Roger Ebert, Stop the Meter, Technology, Telecommunications, Virtual Worlds