Finding stuff with RFID

RFID “virtual walls” could keep tabs on hospital assets
“Simply hailed as RFID “virtual walls,” the creation enables venues to “track tagged mobile medical equipment down to a portion of a single room.” By providing sub-room-level distinction, personnel can locate hardware within a monitored area as tiny as 6- x 8-feet, and although it’ll likely be used to locate cardiac defibrillators and portable ultrasound machines, patients could theoretically be tracked, too.”
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Engadget

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Digital Magnifying Glass

Novelties – The Magnifying Glass Gets an Electronic Twist
“Sturdy desktop video-based systems that magnify print have long been available, but lightweight, portable devices have become popular only in the past decade, as the size of consumer electronics products in general has shrunk. The new hand-held models typically weigh 9 ounces or less and can enlarge the print on closeby or more distant objects: users can pass the magnifier over a menu in a dimly lit restaurant, for example, or aim it at a grocery display on a store aisle.”
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NYTimes.com

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Image differentiation

Automated recognition of online images
“They found that 256 to 1,024 bits of data were enough to identify the subject of an image. The researchers said this ‘could lead to great advances in the automated identification of online images and, ultimately, provide a basis for computers to see like humans do.’ As an example, they’ve stored about 13 million images picked on the Web and stored them in a searchable database of just 600 megabytes. The researchers added that using such small amounts of data per image makes it possible to search for similar pictures through millions of images on your PC in less than a second.”
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Primidi

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jive – social networking for your gran.

jive – social networking for your gran.
“jive negates 3 major point of pain, which is currently stopping elderly users getting connected. Getting online one plug router solves this problem by being pre-loaded with ISP setting at POS. So setup is a true plug and play experience. Loading and sharing contact details jive uses friend passes to link a physical persons ID with digital life. A user simply links a friend pass to there friend feed account. This will then seamlessly update all of this data onto betty. No Mouse Needed To operate jive you simply place an avatar onto ‘betty’s’ display. So if you want to send a message you just place betty on the left of the screen, and you can now send a message to that person.”
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Ben Arent

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Roommate matching

Tulane Signs Onto Online Roommate Self-Selection Service
“RoommateClick provides about 10 colleges with customized roommate-choosing networks, where students fill out a questionnaire regarding their living habits (cleanliness, smoking, etc.) and provide profile photos and other open-ended profile information about themselves. Students can then search the closed network to choose roommates if they don’t wish to be assigned matches by the housing department. The cost for universities to use this service is $5 to $10 per student on a sliding scale, according to Bobbi Babitz, CEO of RoommateClick parent company Lifetopia.”
Chronicle.com

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Defining rare words

TheRarestWords: Intriguing Semantic SEO Project from Russia
“For any given URL, like Microsoft’s or Techcrunch’s, it shows you the rarest keywords on the homepage (i.e., the ones most likely to give your site some search-engine juice), other sites with related keywords, and a list of categories the site would fit under based on those keywords. For Microsoft, some the rare keywords it identifies are “silverlight,” “biztalk,” “onecare,” “skydrive, “popfly,” “ballmer,” and “ozzie.” You can try your site by going to http://therarestwords.com/YOURSITE.com. TheRarestWords then tries to tap into crowd intelligence by letting anyone add a 100-character definition for each keyword, which could give it a semantic edge in trying to categorize each site.”
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TechCrunch

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Virtual purring

Robots: Haptic Bunny Makes Your Heart go Hippity-Hop
“I had a cat for many years, and what I miss most about interacting with her is touch,” says Steve. So he designed the furry rabbit robot to be laced with pressure sensors so it can sense where and how it’s being touched or stroked. It then responds by making breathing-like motions, purring vibrations, or ear wiggles. And though it sounds like a whacky bit of science, apparently a research study at the University of British Columbia showed that people who stroked the bunny had an emotional response even to this limited feedback, and could identify the bunny’s “emotions” across a range of negative to positive.”
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Gizmodo

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Social rehearsal spaces

Web worlds ‘useful’ for children
“At times children were explorers and at others they were social climbers keen to connect with other players. Some were power users looking for more information about how the workings of the virtual space. Prof Gauntlett said online worlds were very useful rehearsal spaces where children could try all kinds of things largely free of the consequences that would follow if they tried them in the real world. For instance, he said, children trying out Adventure Rock learned many useful social skills and played around with their identity in ways that would be much more difficult in real life. “
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BBC NEWS

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3D search

Friday Fun: Tag Galaxy Browses Flickr Photos in Space
“New Flickr photo browser TagGalaxy explores the Flickr tag-o-verse using a planet metaphor. Type in a tag you’re interested in, and TagGalaxy will instantly assemble a system of planets that represent those tags. Click on a planet to browse and zoom photos. Words don’t do TagGalaxy’s beautiful visualization justice, so check out the screencast above for a quick demo if you’re too lazy to head on over there yourself.”
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Lifehacker

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