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Virtual Globes go UltraMobile

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I finally got tired of lugging my Thinkpad around, and decided that I needed to somehow get an even smaller, lighter portable device, yet with full laptop capabilities. So, I managed to spend all my money on an OQO Model 02, which is the ultimate in geeky tech. It is part of a new family […]

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Microsoft Surface – table top surface computing

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Amidst all the Where 2.0 news, there is another conference going on in Carlsbad, California called “D:All Things Digital” where Microsoft had an announcement about the debut of Microsoft Surface, which is an outcome of their Project Milan to develop the idea of surface computing, basically user interfaces that are completely touch-driven. The project was […]

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The NanoMetro Map – mapping nanotechnology hotspots

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I haven’t posted about a Google Maps mashup in awhile, but this one, called Putting Nanotechnology on the Map, offers an interesting perspective on where nanotechnology research hotspots are located in the US, including universities, private companies and government facilities. Some of the centers, like the San Francisco Bay area, are no surprise, but I […]

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Scanning and printing 3D Objects

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The New York Times has an article on the use of laser scanning and ‘printing’ 3D objects that is pretty interesting. It is amazing how much the prices on 3D scanners have dropped given the relative increase in features. We have worked with an old Cyrex that the Virtual Environments Lab at WVU has and […]

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GPS Poll Results

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Well the Holux’s have it. The vote was 6-2 for the Holux with the other two votes going one each to the Pharo and TeleType. The Holux has been ordered and should be here before AAG…

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“The Last Mile” on the cheap

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The Last Mile problem is a well known issue in wireless broadband circles. Running between, say, cities is easy… getting it the last mile to individual houses is hard. Most of the solutions thus far have focused on rather expensive technologies (like tower based WiFi) that have limited utility. Enter these gentlemen. They are using […]

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FakeSpace, VRCO and GIS

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Today on Directions on the News there was an item about how VRCO has released their next version of Conduit for Google Earth. The Conduit software is a translator that allows COTS software (OpenGL based) to pushed through a graphics cluster to be projected onto multiple screens. WVU tasked FakeSpace/VRCO to implement Conduit for ArcScene […]

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Starting MacWorld early

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Other World Computing put out a teaser for their product the ModBook that will be announced Tuesday. It is supposed to be a slate style tablet solution that will even offer a GPS add-on. From the press release The ModBook is also the only portable Mac solution that features an optional built-in Global Positioning System […]

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Breakthrough in Solar Cell Efficiency

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The EETimes is reporting that there has been a major breakthrough in the efficiency of solar cells. Up until now, solar cells have only operated at between 12-18% efficient. Through a grant from the DOE, Boeing-Spectrolab has managed to over double or triple that to 40.7% efficiency. That’s pretty impressive. This means solar cells can […]

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The coming of the Zune

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While we are making our way through Geography Awareness Week, don’t forget that tomorrow the 14th is the release date for Microsoft’s new Zune, their attempt to compete with the iPod. While there has been quite a bit of discussion regarding the lack of podcast support for the Zune, please keep in mind that the […]