Microsoft has announced the new Xbox, it is called the Xbox One. It has some interesting features and great processing power, but some say It’s not much of an improvement.
Without doubt there are a lot of cool places on our planet, thanks to software like google earth we can explore our homeworld without even leaving our homes. It doesnt beat being there, but here are some cool/odd things discovered trough google earth.
Commissioned by the Cleveland Institute of Art and developed in partnership with Ohio CAT, ['The Music Box'] sees the american artist dismantling a 22, 000 lb steamroller in which he refabricates more than 80% of the machine–though still maintaining its identifiable physical qualities–transforming it into a fully functioning musical box, and at a fraction of its original weight. Built onto the front of the compactor is an acoustical cabinet made from cherry wood.
In the below video you can hear what it sounds like, and what it looks like in operation. It doesnt sound that nice actually, but just the fact that somebody made this is pretty amazing.
So we already have devices that can harness electricity from microorganisms, now what if the self powered bacteria could transfer information. A new technology from MIT uses bacteria as analog circuits, previously the same team have been able to use DNA in tiny organisms such as bacteria to store and read data. Combine all of these technologies and you have a self powering biological supercomputer. While we are still far away from this vision It’s awesome to imagine.
By combining genes that produce similar molecules in response to different inputs, the school’s scientists have created bacterial cells that perform basic math — the exact quantity or ratio of a given molecule is the answer. The approach offers a much wider range of results than a binary circuit (10,000 versus 2), and it exploits the cell enzymes’ inherent ratio awareness to do some of the hard work. MIT wants more variety in genetic ingredients before it can produce a truly universal system, but its work could lead to organic sensors that are much simpler and more precise than their digital peers.
That’s really not bad considering how early these experiments are. So what other advantages could this technology potentially have? Well, lets say your computer is damaged, if the computer itself is made from bacteria storing active data in the DNA, it could very well be able to repair itself.
“Almost all of the previous work in synthetic biology that we’re aware of has either focused on logic components or on memory modules that just encode memory. We think complex computation will involve combining both logic and memory, and that’s why we built this particular framework to do so,” says Timothy Lu, an MIT assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science and biological engineering and senior author of the Nature Biotechnology paper.
Combined with flexible OLED screens I’m failry certain these technolgies in mobile devices would be revolutionary. A phone which is virtually indestructible and powers itself.
Telemedicine is a concept that has been discussed too many times in the past. The idea is several years old; however it is seeing the light of day only now. The excitement is because of the iRobot Corp’s creation that cleared the toughest obstacle, which is the FDA. The robot christened RP-VITA has the capability to almost do the rounds like any doctor, or at least be on its own while going around the hospital. With a 15-inch display screen that serves as its face, the robot is set to create history in medical annals. However, these artificial doctors (if you could call them that) don’t come cheap and the hospitals could be $4,000 to $6,000 poorer by hiring one of these electronic wonders.