August 26, 2005
iranian.com: Pendar Yousefi, Iran travel photos
Pendar Yousefi (Legofish.com) photos of Isfahan
Swallow that probe | CNET News.com Images
Players swallow a capsule that contains a telemetry system, transmitting device and battery. While in the gastrointestinal tract, a crystal sensor vibrates at a frequency relative to the temperature of the body surrounding it. This produces a signal, harmless to the body, that can be picked up by an external data recorder. The pill stays in the body for 24 hours or more and the battery works for about seven days. The pills cost around $30 each, depending on volume purchased.
Vancouver Transit Map on Google Maps
Finally someone did it
August 21, 2005
Robots.net: Microsoft's Robots Will Assimilate You
"They have decided that the best way to increase enrollment is to work with universities to incorporate robotics and computer games into the computer science curriculum as class projects where students can exercise their technical skills." The robotics and computer games would be developed using various Microsoft proprietary software tools instead of the currently preferred Open Source / Free software tools. Part of their plan is to develop robot platforms with hardware that runs Microsoft's .net language natively and offering them at much lower prices than conventional robotics hardware.
August 19, 2005
Photographing Flying Insects
High speed photography of bees
August 13, 2005
If Cindy and Akbar Could Meet | csmonitor.com
'...Both Sheehan and Ganji deserve great sympathy for their suffering: she for the loss of a child; he for being jailed on trumped-up charges and then subjecting himself to a long hunger strike as a way to draw attention to his cause. Both once supported the leaders they now criticize. Ganji was an advocate of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Sheehan, after meeting Bush last year, lauded him, saying, "I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis." Yet now both are on either side of a debate on how much sacrifice should be made to bring democracy to the Middle East...'
New Scientist: IQ test for AI devices gets experts thinking
as robots.net say: Traditional measures of human intelligence would often be inappropriate for systems that have senses (or sensors) different from humans. So that's why researchers are working on an IQ test for AI. This new AI-IQ test would be specially designed to test the intelligence of various systems such as vision systems, robots, natural-language processing programs, etc.
August 11, 2005
Spy Another Day: a movie about a USB powered Linux gadget
It is a portable Linux server that can be plugged into the USB port of a PC. It includes a fingerprint reader, a 400MHz PowerPC, 64MB of DRAM and 256MB or 512MB of flash and it runs Debian. The host PC sees it as a CD-ROM drive.
August 09, 2005
OOZ, the cage-less zoo
Like a zoo, Ooz is a series of sites where animals and humans interact. But it's a place where animals interact with humans by choice rather than because they're caged. Throughout the Ooz communication habitats (horses, water striders and bats), the animals can learn to control the human spectators by pressing the appropriately designed button or lever that communicates in human speech.
Roozbeh: Time to internationalize calendars
Now that Energy Policy Act of 2005 is signed, many OSes and programs will start reimplementing the calendar's code and that's why it's the time to internationalize all of them.
August 08, 2005
Yahoo! Search blog: 19million pages in Yahoo Search
That's more than what Google is written on it first page: 8billion. Check out the Search Engine Watch article titled "Search Engine Results Continuing to Diverge" too.
Ishikawa Namiki Komuro Laboratory: High Speed Tracking
I found it from an article in slashdot about the dynamic catching high-speed robotic hand. The hand uses an array of photodetectors to match its movement to and catch objects moving up to 300 kph. They can do really fast and low delay tracking in 3d space.
107 iterations ago: Boxed Fractals
Super cool. 3D computer generated fractal objects. I was wondering if it is possible to make one this things in real. Check out the wooden ones.
August 05, 2005
Google Blacklists CNet Reporters
from Slashdot. It is in response to privacy issues raised by a previous story about Google CEO's personal information being obtainable easily through Google itself.
US Navy ROV to Help Trapped Russian Sub
A Russian AS-28 mini-sub with a 7 man crew is trapped on the sea floor 200 meters below the surface after becoming entangled in an abandoned fishing net. The vessel carries only enough air for 24 hours but Japanese rescue ships aren't expected to arrive in time...
August 04, 2005
LA Weekly: Baby Love - Interview with CD Baby founder
CDBaby is a little CD store selling new independent music. Paid out near $15 million to musicians till now.
August 03, 2005
Gizmodo Japan: CraftRobo Pro
An inkjet printer with a built in cutting head which can spit out pre-cut patterns that fold into 3d objects. Here is the manufacturer website.
August 02, 2005
Just a Gwai Lo Blog: Bottled water vs Tap water
refers to different sources from the effect of bottled water on environment to Anil Dash's posts about it being unhealthy
MAKE Blog: Video of Cisco/ISS ripping out pages from printed conference books
a video of Cisco / ISS / Conference organizers ripping out the pages of Michael Lynn's presentation on Cisco's critical vulnerabilities ("The Holy Grail: Cisco IOS Shellcode And Exploitation Techniques"), delivered at last week's Black Hat conference
August 01, 2005
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