GPS + Compass + Motion sensors = Augmented Reality

The new iPhone 3GS adds a compass to the set of sensors. Combined with the GPS, the motion detection sensor and some image change detection via the internal video camera, this enables a new breed of “augmented reality” applications. NearestWiki for example displays WikiPedia entries about buildings and places in the vicinity. NearestWiki is not…… Continue reading GPS + Compass + Motion sensors = Augmented Reality

Project Natal – the first true innovation from Microsoft

I have been thinking about Project Natal over the weekend. I do not want to discredit some of the innovations Microsoft has created over the last two decades – but for the most part Microsoft has not been able to create innovations on its own (but rather mimicking or buying stuff from outside). There may…… Continue reading Project Natal – the first true innovation from Microsoft

Project Natal

Obviously Microsoft feels the need to claim back some market share the Nintendo Wii took away with a new controller type. Project Natal is utilizing a range of biometric sensors for body motion, face and voice recognition. The video is more a vision than an actual feature presentation. But it is clear what the goals…… Continue reading Project Natal

Future of Interfaces

DesignReviver (via @blogblog) has compiled a categorial list of aspects that drive future UI development: Better and more intuitive devices interaction Everyday devices connected to the Internet Multi-touch, without touching the screen Interactive and intuitive user interfaces for better browsing Gesture based interfaces Interfaces aware of context New materials that will influence UI While I…… Continue reading Future of Interfaces

Quorum sensing bacterial communication

Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry — and our understanding of ourselves.

Thinking alternatives: From “Mobile” to “Mobility”

Shai Agassi is the CEO of The Better Place to get rid of oil dependency (especially for running vehicles). The idea: Give away electric cars for free (like mobile phones) and make the batteries part of the electric grid system (instead of a costly component of the car). You basically pay for miles, thus the…… Continue reading Thinking alternatives: From “Mobile” to “Mobility”

Competing with the iPhone

Ingo Hinterding wants to have a Plam Pre. The multi-touch, turning UI is clearly attacking the iPhone market share. I think the Palm Pre will not succeed as an “iPhone killer”. Here is a demonstration of the most important features by someone that thinks the Palm Pre can compete with the iPhone: I have written…… Continue reading Competing with the iPhone

Fundamental changes ahead: petaflop barrier broken

According to this WIRED blog entry IBM and Cray have both cracked the petaflop barrier. Computer scientist Mark Seager of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory claims that this will change the scientific method for the first time since Galileo invented the telescope (in 1509)”. The reason for that is that simulation and approximation can be used…… Continue reading Fundamental changes ahead: petaflop barrier broken

Web 3.0? Maybe user generated applications…

In few seconds I was able to create a new music browsing application combining puzzle pieces together without any effort: All I needed was Fluid and an example to learn from. Fluid basically is a bare-bones web browser that turns a website into an double-clickable application. It is a website – but it feels like…… Continue reading Web 3.0? Maybe user generated applications…

Yahoo Badges

Many month ago Yahoo introduced Yahoo Pipes to the public – allowing to mix and process data from sites and RSS feeds from different sources (I have a master RSS feed of a pipe that represents almost all my blog activities) Now Yahoo has expanded this model to include widgets for displaying the resulting: Yahoo…… Continue reading Yahoo Badges

The iPhone principle

Yesterday Apple introduced the new iPhone. It features a very precise touch screen and some other sensors. On the first look it may only seem like a fancy phone that manages to get rid of buttons and integrate features of an iPod. But I think it is much more than that. I believe Apple has…… Continue reading The iPhone principle

Exchange economy?

The diggnation guys are now also sponsored by Barterbee.com. It is some kind of rag-fair online for Movies, Music or Games. You can put stuff in that you want to get rid of. But instead of trading items for real money you get points which you can use to shop new items on Barterbee. The…… Continue reading Exchange economy?

Three Webmontag events today

Just a note: Today there are »Webmontag«-Events in Berlin (28 attendees), Munich (33 attendees) and Bielefeld (5 attendees).

Access point distribution

Today during a train ride between Cologne and Aachen I let MacStumbler scan vor access points that I passed by. During the 70km ride it catched signals of around 65 wireless LANs: Usually regular housing is only close to railways in cities. On the country site buildings are rather sparse. Taking these facts into account…… Continue reading Access point distribution

Web 3.0?

While everyone is talking about AJAX and JavaScript there is a very old technology taking up steam that could replace the DOM+JavaScript approach: XUL. Look for example at this application called »Songbird«. The problem with XUL has always been a lack of development tools. XULrunner seems to fill a huge gap here. Anyway it seems…… Continue reading Web 3.0?

3D face recognition from a single video frame

I have a constantly updated presentation about »The future of computing«. One chapter of it is about security and surveillance technology – the face recognition approach in particular. Two computer science students in Haifa, Israel, have invented a face recognition method with a 3D scan. It can radically improve the success rate and it was…… Continue reading 3D face recognition from a single video frame

Web 2.0 or not

If you still feel the term »Web 2.0« is not yet well defined you may help out by doing this collaborative definition: Web 2.0 or Not

Web 2.0 @ WebMontag (webmonday)

Yesterday there was a meetup of web people at Hallmackenreuther café in Cologne. The topic was »Web 2.0« (among others). Now I read through the comments and I found people complaining about the spontanous informal character and the absence of something what they call »web 2.0« in the few presentations given. Here is my take…… Continue reading Web 2.0 @ WebMontag (webmonday)

Stanford on iTunes

This is really great: While others are still resisting the idea to webcast course content online Stanford moves along by integrating (at least some of) their educational content with the iTunes Music Store. Can you see the iTunes Educational Shop coming up? One-click shopping for lectures and files that use the same DRM protection like…… Continue reading Stanford on iTunes