Ad Blocking access point
“This tutorial will show you how to
use your Raspberry Pi as a WiFi
access point that blocks ads by
default for any devices using it. This
is really neat in that it would work for
your Android or iOS device, your
Xbox 360, TiVo, laptop, and more
without needing to customize any of
those devices other than to use your
Raspberry Pi as the access point for
WiFi. Using an ad-blocker can be
useful for conserving bandwidth,
helping out low-power devices, or for
keeping your sanity while browsing
Sensordrone Turns Your Smartphone Into a Carbon Monoxide
Detector, Non-Contact Thermometer, Gas Leak Detector, Lux Meter,
Weather Station, Diagnostic Tool, Breath Analyzer, & More...Much,
Gigabit Libraries Network
“Unlike traditional wifi, Super Wi-Fi (though currently capable of less data throughput) has
advantages both in a range measured in miles and in its ability to pass through walls, tree
and other obstructions. And yet like wifi, Super WiFi or TV White Space (TVWS) or simply
WhiteSpace, is also unlicensed radio spectrum, open and available to anyone with
certified equipment to use with no fees or permissions attached.”
CA: Humboldt County Library
CO: Delta County, CO
IL: Skokie Public Library
KS: Lawrence Public Library
KS: Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
KS: Kansas City, Kansas Public Library
KS: Manhattan Public Library
MS: Pascagoula Public Library
NH: New Hampshire White Space Consortium
EnerGenie ePP2 e-paper “printer”
“It's been a long time coming, but word hit
the street (in German) that Gembird is
going to launch their EnerGenie ePP2
e-reader at the IFA conference next
week. Actually, e-reader is not the right
term. Rather they call it an "e-paper
printer", based on its capability to
function as a printer. It works by
connecting the reader, uh, printer, to a
computer via USB, where it's then
being recognized as a printer. When
you print a document, it will be
automatically stored onto the device.”
Project Loon balloons float in
the stratosphere, twice as high
as airplanes and the weather.
They are carried around the
Earth by winds and they can be
steered by rising or descending
to an altitude with winds moving
in the desired direction. People
connect to the balloon network
using a special Internet antenna
attached to their building. The
signal bounces from balloon to
balloon, then to the global
Internet back on Earth.
3GBPS "LiFi" via Light Bulbs
"The technology developed by HHI makes it possible to
use standard off-the-shelf LED room lights for data
transmission. Data rates of up to 800 Mbit/s were
reached by this optical WLAN under laboratory
conditions, while a complete real-time system
exhibited at trade fairs reached data throughput of
500 Mbit/s. The newly developed patent protected
components have now achieved a transmission rate
in laboratory experiments of over 1 Gbit/s per single
light frequency. As off-the-shelf LEDs mainly use
three light frequencies or light colors, speeds of up
to 3 Gbit/s are feasible."
Wireless Electricity over a distance
WiTricity Corp. is...developing wireless electricity
technology that will operate safely and efficiently over
distances ranging from centimeters to several meters—
and will deliver power ranging from milliwatts to
Direct Wireless Power — when all the power a device
needs is provided wirelessly, and no batteries are
required. This mode is for a device that is always used
within range of its WiTricity power source.
Automatic Wireless Charging—when a device with
rechargeable batteries charges itself while still in use or
at rest, without requiring a power cord or battery
replacement. This mode is for a mobile device that may
be used both in and out of range of its WiTricity power
Transfer data through your body
An “electrical device” that
you can either wear on your
body [that] uses the
wearer’s body part, like your
arm or finger, as a
“transmission channel” to
transfer data through direct
physical contact with
another device like a
computer, smartphone, or
even a game console and
“I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and how the world works.
2. Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”
― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt
VHS to DVD Deluxe - $80
Using the iPad for reference services: Librarians go mobile
Megan Lotts and Stephanie Graves
iPads Replace Desktop Computers at North Shore Public Library
Memoto Lifelogging Camera - $279
The camera has no buttons. (That's right, no buttons.) As long as you wear the camera, it is constantly taking pictures. It takes two geotagged photos a minute with recorded orientation so that the app can show them upright no matter how you are wearing the camera. And it’s weather protected, so you don’t have to worry about it in inclement weather.
The camera and the app work together to give you pictures of every single moment of your life, complete with information on when you took it and where you were. This means that you can revisit any moment of your past.
Google just bought the company for $1 Billion Dolars!
According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the amount of data created in 2012 reached a whopping 2.8 zettabytes -- that's 2.8 trillion gigabytes -- and that number is predicted to double by 2015.
Most of it is made by individuals as they go through their daily interactions, and consequently, as tracking and storing of that data improves, analysts are able to learn even more about those people. All of this is leading to a day when, according to computer scientist Arvind Narayanan, it will be "algorithmically impossible" to be truly anonymous.
When Kaiba Gionfriddo was born, his parents never expected to have to look on, helpless, as his windpipe collapsed daily and stopped him from breathing. They were desperate—so when a team of researchers suggested that a 3D printer could help, they leapt at the chance.
So a team from the University of Michigan set about using high-resolution imaging to study Kaiba's trachea and bronchus, and then got busy with some computer aided design. Using data from CT scans they were able to create accurate 3D models of his delicate little airways—weakened by a condition called tracheobronchomalacia—and develop a splint that could be used to help support them. The research is published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The Makerbot Digitizer, which costs $1,400 (£900), will be shipped to the first buyers in October.
Demand for the machine appeared to overload the company's store when it went on sale on Thursday evening.
The Digitizer is the latest product looking to bring 3D printing to mainstream technology users - but experts are sceptical.
The machine is designed to allow the replication of objects without any need for the user to learn any 3D modelling software or have any other special expertise.
It works by pointing several lasers at the object and detecting contours in the surface.
It also allows users to upload their 3D designs directly to Thingiverse, a website where 3D designs can be shared.
The Structure Scanner, a diminutive 3D scanner that hooks right into your iPad, allowing you to capture 3D information about the world around you.
The device—which launches today on Kickstarter—is the brainchild of Bay Area startup Occipital, which has traditionally dealt with computer vision. Together, they created a tiny anodized aluminum device that pops onto your iPad in a snap, making it possible to use the camera to capture 3D information in real time.
$349 on Kickstarter
Samsung Galaxy S4
How about you phone as your library card and a self-checkout system?
Geniatech ATV100 TV Stick - $50
turn your normal TV to be a smart TV by HDMI connection
A group led by Jang-Ung Park recently embedded an inorganic light-emitting diode directly into an off-the-shelf contact lens. They were able to do so by developing a transparent, highly conductive, and flexible mix of graphene and silver nanowires. And after testing these lenses on rabbits — animals with eyes similar to our own — they found no negative effects or irritation.
The display was only one pixel across, but it served as a good proof-of-concept. The same sort of technology, once refined and developed further, could result in displays similar to what's being achieved with Glass.
This new type of hybrid transparent and stretchable electrode could eventually lead to flexible displays, solar cells, and entirely new kinds of electronic devices.
Google-owned Motorola has some big plans for replacing your online and device passwords that include taking a pill every morning and wearing a tattoo on your arm. The two experimental prototypes were showcased during the D11 technology conference by Motorola’s head of advanced technology and projects group, Regina Dugan. Both concepts are meant as alternatives to using passwords, passcodes, picture passwords, and two-factor authentication as a means to access your smartphone, tablet, car, and even your front door.
The first project Dugan displayed was a simple electronic tattoo manufactured by Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company MC10. The small electronic tattoo uses material developed by a University of Illinois research team led by Dr. John A. Rogers. The material can stretch up to 200 percent larger than its original size and features an antenna and a handful of sensors to authenticate with your devices. “It may be true that ten to twenty year-olds don’t want to wear a watch on their wrist,” Dugan said, taking an obvious dig at the recent rumors surrounding an Apple smart watch. “But you can be sure that they’ll be far more interested in wearing an electronic tattoo, if only to piss off their parents.”
Researchers at the University of Washington have successfully created a prototype of a system that uses Wi-Fi — and only Wi-Fi — to detect gestures. Called "WiSee," the system cleverly measures the Doppler shifts created by human movement on regular Wi-Fi signals. That means that the system doesn't require line of sight for gesture detection and, the researchers claim, it could work with off-the-shelf Wi-Fi systems. If using Wi-Fi to detect gestures isn't wild enough, the researches claim that "The average accuracy is 94% with a standard deviation of 4.6% when classifying between our nine gestures."