AAXA P4 Pico Projector: A Projector In Your Pocket

In the incredible shrinking world of electronics digital projectors are the latest to get the treatment. Pico or Mini Projectors are now more than just a toy, with more powerful LED’s and greater battery life the latest generation of Pico Projectors have become valuable business tools and viable portable entertainment systems. The latest Pico Projector from AAXA, the P4 Pico Projector has reset the standards for projectors that fit in your pocket. Battery powered, ultra bright and Windows CE for fully independent operation. The P4 has set the standard for portable big screen displays everywhere.

At its heart the P4 is a simple device, no moving parts or complicated mechanisms, just a simple light source and a way of generating a picture. The complexity of the P4 comes from those 2 components, the Vibrant Color LED light source and the DLP chip that generates the picture. The combination is able to generate a 1280 x 768 pixel picture with 80 Lumens of brightness, 2000:1 contrast ratio on a screen size up to 80 inches in size, outstanding numbers for a projector that weighs 360 grams including the lithium-ion battery.

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Android Everywhere: Cotton Candy The USB Computer

Cotton Candy, a stick that connects you to the clouds. Not only designed to make any device Android Smart but FXI are attempting to battle the multiplicity of log-ins and applications that’s evolving as more devices become internet connected and intelligent. Cotton Candy doesn’t just carry your data and applications but it is a single point of access for your entire online life, your online Cotton Candy.

Created by Norwegian start-up FXI Technologies -Trondheim Norway, a spin-off of Falanx Microsystems which is now part of ARM – Cotton Candy brings Android to any device. Use the HDMI to turn any TV into an Internet Connected Smart TV or bring Android to you PC / Mac by switching ends and plugging in the USB. Work blocking Facebook, no problems just plug in Cotton Candy and all of your Android applications spring to life in their own window on your PC. FXI envision Cotton Candy becoming our everyday environment, with our entire online lives lived through the USB stick. This could simplify the need to keep multiple machines up to date with the same applications or the need for multiple log-in and passwords.

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ASUS Transformer Prime: Übertablet, Portable Gaming Powerhouse and Sweet Business Suite

The ASUS Transformer Prime has already had to endure such superlatives as blazingly fast, super slim, functionally brilliant and sexy as hell, it would blush if only it weren’t true. Don’t be fooled by the name though The Transformer Prime is no child’s toy, it is in fact the must have tablet for Christmas, ASUS certainly hopes it will be anyway. Earlier this month ASUS and NVIDIA officially announced the Prime and it’s specifications. At the same time NVIDIA introduced to the world it’s brand new QUAD core chipset, Tegra 3. Only a few days after the announcement videos appeared of Google’s latest operating system – Android 4 Ice-Cream Sandwich - running happily on the Prime. Thankfully the wait for Prime won’t be long, GameStop yesterday let the cat out of the bag by listing the Prime for pre-order with the product release date of December 9. Get ready world, the Transformer Prime is about to take over Christmas.

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World First Supercomputer H1N1 Flu Virus Simulated

Our  understanding of the universe is expanding in all directions, expanding outwards as we see more and more of the cosmos and inwardly as we learn more about the nano world. In the nano world the tools for capturing the action shots are improving but there are still a number of destinations we are unable to explore. Organic organisms – for example, influenza virus – are too delicate for the standard tools of nano exploration. Powerful x-rays and laser illumination used in modern microscopes simply disintegrate such delicacies. In these situations scientists have been turning to simulations – computer models – for answers.  Until now, studying viruses has been challenging in laboratories, this new technology not only allows for greater offline research, it belies the complexity associated with simulating billions of particles in the correct conditions to create such simulations

Dr. Ying Ren along with a team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Process Engineering have also been searching for answers using simulators, in the process they have developed the Computational Microscope, a breakthrough in simulation technology

Using the Mole-8.5 supercomputer the researchers were able to simulate a complete H1N1 virus at the atomic level. Giving scientists the ultimate sandbox like environment to study the virus and how it interacts with various substances, the computational microscope. The Mole-8.5 Supercomputer used to perform the simulation was developed  through a close partnership between NVIDIA and IPE-CAS, integrating 2,200 NVIDIA Tesla Processors spread over 288 nodes this is a serious piece of number crunching equipment that draws enough power to run a small town.

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Balloon Input Device: The Huggable, Squeezable Interface

Its not very often that a completely new interface comes along, even less common is a new interface that actually makes sense. The Balloon Input Device – BID – may just be a little bit of both, a rare whacky idea that may actually work. Using only two sensors the developers detect various actions, squeeze, rub, poke. A pressure sensor measures changes to the air pressure inside the balloon, with changes indicating a squeeze or poke. The microphone is able to detect movement over the balloons surface. A part of the new generation of tactile input devices, the next generation touch interface. At the moment the  BID only provides audio feedback when it senses one of the actions but this can easily be redirected to triggering other actions.

“We think this system could be used as a communication medium. When communicating with someone at a distance, the user could express affection to the other person by stroking the balloon, or get their attention by poking it. So we think the system could be used as an input device for communicating with other people.”

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Toshiba PORTEGE Z830 Ultrabook, Super Hero or Just Too Damn Dear…

As the Christmas shopping season quickly approaches manufactures are busily getting there wares out there to tempt us. Toshiba recently announced its latest temptation, the Portege Z830 Ultrabook. Having also updated their line-up of tablets and laptops Toshiba seems to be making a serious push in the portable computing market. Like all great comic book super hero’s an Ultrabook must have at least one super power. In the Z830′s case it can lighten both your wallet and your backup, simultaneously.

The Z830′s specifications on paper certainly indicate no compromise computing, a laptop that won’t keep you waiting. CPU choice is plentiful with the full range of second generation Intel Sandy Bridge CPU’s available, i3, i5 or i7 are up for inclusion. System memory can be expanded up to 6GB along with 128GB of storage with the included SSD. The display is a flat Matt 13.3″LED display with 1368×768 resolution, low on reflection and even viewable outdoors. The bezel around the LCD display is on the larger size but still blends in with the overall industrial look of the Ultrabook.

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Unusual Flying Objects, The Flying Sphere

Unusual Flying Objects have been a constant in laboratories around the world, ever since the Wright brothers flew that first model we have been trying to figure out new ways to fly.

The helicopter was one such idea that actually worked as is the tilt rotary air craft – Osprey -. For these two idea’s that struggled and eventually made it to market there are thousands of idea’s that don’t make it. Too complex, to whacky.

The Circular Flying Object or Flying Sphere is a new design that has recently made it out of the labs and into the world of demonstrations. Wowing crowds around Japan Fumiyuki Sato and his Unusual Flying Object may be the next evolution of flight.

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Time Twister, A Digital Clock With a Twist

 In the world of Lego Robotics craftsman Hans Andersson is indeed a creative spark. During the day Hans designs business software but when time allows at night he becomes a robotics genius.

Hans has taken a simple toy and created something that’s off the charts cool, the Mindstorm Rubik’s Cube Clock called Time Twister. Lego clock designs have become popular with Mindstorm – Robotic Lego – enthusiasts but most have been a fairly standard affair, analogue faced tick tock kind of clock. Until now that is, Swedish Mindstorm master Hans Andersson has created the most dramatic and visually stunning clock mechanism ever. Closely resembling 4 black and white automated Rubik’s cubes  this is a clock that can make the passage of time itself interesting. This isn’t the first incredible robot to come from Hans’ tinkering either he has also produced robot’s that can solve Rubik’s cubes and also another that will complete a Sudoku puzzle.

One of the most fascinating things about Lego has always been the crazy things people create, it is after all an unlimited toy becoming anything you wish to imagine. Imagine it, build it then when u get sick of it, destroy it and start again.Read more

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Quantum Levitation, The Flying Quantum Rug

Levitation, the ability to appear to defy gravities bonds, has long fascinated humanity. From flying carpets to flying nuns it has long been part of our culture.
There is a modern take on this ancient story as well, Superconducting Levitation. Seemingly able to cancel out gravity and allow objects to levitate, it seems to be the answer to giving us mere mortals at least one of superman’s powers, the ability to fly. Unfortunately superconductors don’t cancel out gravity and we will never fly under our own power, undies on the outside maybe. Instead the levitating effect called Quantum Levitation uses  a number of the unusual properties of superconductors to create the effect.

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