Listener Eric pointed out a news item that discusses how police in the Dutch city of Groningen will be testing a handheld-based computer system which will allow them to access information specific to the areas they are patroling. The article also seems to say that information can be pushed out the systems and that they will be locationally aware. Sounds like a pretty sweet system for police walking the streets.
Ever wonder where the central, root, base nodes of the Internet are located? Well here’s a map to help you out! At this scale, there looks like there’s only 7, but if you zoom in you’ll notice that quite a few are very close to one another. The Washington DC area has 5 alone!
It’s also interesting to note that one of the root servers is located in a city named Root. I kinda live for those little funny things
A Phd student at the University of Calgary’s Interactions Laboratory has come up with some pretty cool new interactive tools for Google Earth and Warcraft III (not at the same time). He’s using a tabletop environment to control how you interact with Google Earth. You can do much more hands on type interaction with the table setup. I think it’s a more natural environment, or much more paper map-like, than some of the mouse/keyboard setups we currently use. It’s worth checking out the videos (bottom right of his site or mirrored here). They give a good idea of the types of things you can do with this new type of system. I particularly like the Warcraft III “Command and Control” system demo.
And really, it’s all about kickin’ butt in video games anyways, right?
ShinyShiny, a tech gadget blog especially for girls, posted a review of the new Navman icn720 and 750 GPS in-car navigation systems that let you use photos to navigate to places. The unit has a built-in camera, so you just snap a picture of the IKEA store, your favorite restaurant, or whatever, and the photo is tagged with coordinates. Then, next time you want to go, you just bring up the photo and the Navman will get you there. Of course, it’s yet another cool device that we probably won’t get here in the US, at least not for awhile.
Here’s a cool toy: a twenty four (that’s right.. I said 24) screen display of people playing Quake 3 on 12 Linux machines running (I just have to say it again) 24 screens! Perhaps even more interesting is the 9 screen display playing Warcraft II at 3840×2160 pixels. Notice there’s no bezels on the 9 screen display. That’s what you need to surf Google Earth properly.
Apparently Microsoft has released the semi-final/latest word on their super-secret Origami project. It’s pretty much what all the rumors had said previously – it’s a “ultra portable” computer. The device is suppose to have around a 7″ touch screen and run full versions of Windows XP, abet optimized for Origami. Later versions are suppose to be under $500 and feature – get this – an all day battery life! The prototypes only run for 15 mins before their battery is drained. I guess Microsoft has a couple of hurdles between 15 mins and all day. However the devices are pretty exciting, especially for field work as I’m certain they’ll include some sort of expansion slot.
UPDATE: CNET has pictures!
It is small…
it is small…
oh and it is a GPS receiver.Ã‚Â Ubiquitous computing requires truly portable electronics…I think this might help keep your device slim.
We received a press release on Matrox’s new Parhelia Precision SDT which is intended for specific applications and hardware such as the Planar SD1710.Ã‚Â While I am a fan of stereo, I am not as convinced that a passive system this complex is necessary or even cost effective.Ã‚Â Active stereo using a CRT is my preferred option for the desktop.
For projection I still say that the new InFocus projectors are the way to go instead of passive systems.Ã‚Â While active glasses are more expensive I would argue that it is still the better option for anything under 15 people when circular passive systems become a good option.
As for Matrox, I prefer their Parhelia 3 monitor line.Ã‚Â We have two of these cards and I hope to get one of the new PCI Express versions if they ever release one or the QID LP PCIe.Ã‚Â Two monitors are ever enough