I have had my iPod Touch since, what, October or so? Since then I have used as it came out of the box, paid to have the 1.3 w/software firmware update and I already plan to give Apple the cash the day that I can get the 2.0 firmware so that I can install all of the awesome twitter clients and location apps that will be rolling out in June. What have I learned from all of this? Every PDA I have ever used is just not worth the time of day at this point. What else? I must have an iPhone! I use the wifi functionality on the Touch for email and browsing anytime I am not at a computer. But open wifi is not ubiquitous, especially in a town like Morgantown. On campus I am golden as long as I am in a building, head out to take advantage of a nice day and you aren’t getting any work done (not a terrible lose mind you). Even if I did have a WAN card it would mean I would have to lug my computer around. No, the writing is on the wall, with the plethora of mapping and writing apps that are bound to come out and the inevitable 3G capability (not in Morgantown, but still) I will, when my current phone contract is up and I have the cash, be making the transition. Until then the Touch will continue to titillate me with its ‘almost there’ functionality.
Two University of Augsberg students, Benjamin Mayer and Martin Spengler, have developed a hemispherical touch display surface they call Sensisphere. Think Microsoft Surface, TouchTable, and other gesture-based displays, only curved. As the guys from Gizmodo point out, it really looks great when used for digital globe applications like Google Earth. Check out the video below:
The IDC has just released a report (PDF) that says the amount of digital data we’ve collected exceeds the amount of space we have to hold it all. Right now, we collect nearly 45GB per person. That’s an amazing amount of data. The expectation is that by 2011, we’ll only be able to store half of what we produce! Video and imagery accounts for the lion’s share of this growth.
Sitting over here this afternoon attempting to backup nearly a terrabyte of aerial photography, I can’t help but notice this problem might be something we in the geospatial community might what to keep in the back of our heads.
Via ars technica
Ah, to not be in Germany and be a tech starved grad student. CeBIT generally has way cooler stuff than CES, but unless something really catches my eye, I will probably hold off and do a CeBIT round up this weekend as opposed to the daily lists I did for CES back January. Either way you should definitely keep an eye out for the great new tech that will be announced this week (including the already confirmed Asus EEE PC 900)
Wow…I figured the well would be dry on the last day of CES, but it seems there are at least a couple more tidbits for your perusal.
The toys that are rolling out are diminishing in number, but there is still one more day to go. Here are the bits that were covered today.
National Geographic is reporting that we can expect a season of intense solar flares for the next few weeks and months. This is all part of a normal 11 year cycle in solar flare activity, but it can lead to some distinct headaches in our tech heavy world. As the article notes, this is the first cycle where GPS is widespread – and GPS is one of the systems most easily affected by solar flares. It will be interesting to see how much impact these flares have on our day to day lives, particularly in the geospatial community. So, for the next few weeks/months, if you’re doing GPS field work, you might want to bring a book!
Last year, everything seemed to dwindle after Monday, but this year the tech blogs are still going strong. Time for my highlights for Tuesday:
A few more goodies were highlighted today.
So I have been following the bits and pieces on Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear and have cobbled together my highlights from today.
GPS: – toys toys everywhere
3D Monitors – Active stereo is expensive and kind of a pain sometimes, so I hope that some the passive 3D technologies announced over the last few years will eventually make a mark in the market.
Microsoft Keynote – two of Bill’s big things (out of 3) are location and touch…now if I could just find the quote to prove it