Gaming for seniors

Wii bowling knocks over retirement home
“At the Sedgebrook retirement community in Lincolnshire, where the average age is 77, something unexpected has been transpiring since Christmas. The residents, most of whom have never picked up a video game controller in their life, suddenly can’t put the things down. “I’ve never been into video games,” said 72-year-old Flora Dierbach last week as her husband took a twirl with the Nintendo Wii’s bowling game. “But this is addictive.”

Chicago Tribune

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Online text editing

Download of the Day: It’s All Text! (Firefox)
“t’s All Text! adds a small edit icon to the bottom right corner of any text area in Firefox. The first time you click the icon, you’ll see a dialog that lets you select your default text editor (you can also change this in the extension options). The next time you click the edit button, your chosen text editor will open a new text document. Then you just start typing.”

Lifehacker

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Sharing your computer use

Share your life
“A Slifeshare is an online space where you share your digital life activities such as browsing the web and listening to music with your friends, family or anyone you care about. It is a whole new way of staying in touch, finding out which sites, videos and music are popular with your friends, meeting new people and discovering great new stuff online.”

pasta and vinegar

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Lip reading technology

Crime fighting system converts lip motions into spoken word
“Kicking off a three-year project, the team is setting out to “collect data for lip-reading and use it to create machines that automatically convert videos of lip-motions into text.” By building a vast database of lip movements that can be read and spat out in verbally, the gurus hope to fight crime by being able to pick out potentially threatening phrases that security cameras pick up.”

Engadget

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Solid state storage

Adtron introduces 160 GB Solid State Flash Disk
“With the price of NAND flash dropping quickly, SSDs are continuing their rise with the news that Adtron is offering immediate availability of its latest and most advanced generation of the Adtron Flashpak Family of products, including the IDE and Serial ATA (SATA) flash disk models, the I25FB and A25FB, respectively. The products include the industry’s highest capacity 2.5 SLC NAND flash disk drives at 160 GBytes.”

gizmag

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Wireless sensors

Microstrain Sensors Measures Fatigue in Both Machines and Your Busted Knees
“A small company in Vermont called Microstrain has developed a wireless sensor system that can monitor strain and fatigue in various hardware components, such as large trucks all the way down to welding joints, accurate to millionths of a meter. This is like a nervous system … By predicting when welds may fail based upon actual severity of usage, our customers are able to streamline the maintenance requirements for each machine.”

Gizmodo

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Personal space

Boundary Functions
“If you participate in this work, you will see a line as a boundary between you and others, which is usually supposed to be invisible, to identify your territory. The boundary changes according to the position of each individual on the floor, but the rule is that the person at the center must always be the closest to the boundary.”

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