The world's first electronic, digital, programmable computer needs a new home, and you can help by sponsoring one of its valves. If you're using a computer right now, you owe this machine a debt, for a whole bunch of reasons.
Still life art has been popular for centuries. Groupings of every day objects, sometimes so realistically rendered they seem to jump off the canvas. This art form has now been reinvented for a modern generation by injecting a dose of DIY geekery to create a 4D still life users can actually interact with.
Everything in your computer is more or less 2D. You've got graphics cards, processors, and memory that are all effectively silicon pancakes. IBM thinks that's all just a big waste of a dimension, and they're working commercial deployment of a decidedly three-dimensional Hybrid Memory Cube.
The iTwin is labeled as the "USB Drive Reinvented," but it isn't a USB drive. What looks like a USB stick separates into two pieces that form a link between two PCs — and gives you easy access to your files wherever you go, just like a cloud server would.
We all dream of having the revolutionary idea that makes us successful. In fact, the number of patents filed each year almost doubles every ten years to almost half a million in 2010 alone. Unfortunately, being first to market with a new technology product, even a great product, doesn't necessarily guarantee success. For your enjoyment, we've compiled a list of "successful" technology firsts that weren't quite so successful in their original incarnation. Whether it was poor marketing, some supporting technology just wasn't "there" yet, or something unforeseen, you have to admire these brave first attempts. The lessons taught by these technological firsts is all the more apt on this, the day of the iPod's 10 birthday, considering the iPod itself followed in the footsteps of another, now forgotten MP3 player.
In 1996, I was in middle school. We had Prodigy at home, I'd just opened my first Hotmail account, and I signed up for AIM with a ludicrous username that I'm stuck with to this day. This Best Buy ad from way back then with 133 MHz computers, multiple megabytes of ram, and The Macarena on VHS (!) is a nightmarish reminder of how important tech really is.
The fact that portable electronics are getting to the point where battery life is simply not a concern is absolutely wonderful. We're not quite there yet, but we're so, so close. Intel is working on a new processor architecture that can run itself using nothing but light: no plugs, no batteries, just solar power.
Seeing someone drawing on an HDTV — on the actual screen with an actual electronic pen — stopped a lot of IFA show-goers by German LCD maker Hannspree's booth (I cropped out the surrounding rubber-neckers). We were all gawking at woman's face being sketched on the Lounge TV 70, a 70-inch 1920-by-1080-pixel HDTV.
California's Santa Cruz police force is performing a little experiment: using computer programs to predict where crimes will occur, and then sending officers to those areas before any incidents are reported, just like in Minority Report.
You hear that? No? I'm surprised. It's the fan noise coming out of my laptop, and it's awful. A company called RotoSub claims that it can make computer fans nearly silent by using the fan blades themselves as an active noise cancellation system.