Teams of robots that could work on distant planets [#Robots]

NASA’s “swarmies” robots would team up to explore alien worlds
“A collection of autonomous robots designed to scuttle around on distant planets looking for resources and materials in much the same way that members of insect colonies do on Earth are currently being tested by NASA engineers. The robots, dubbed “swarmies,” are designed to individually survey an area, signal the others when they have found something of value, and then divide up the task of collecting the material and returning it back to base.” via Gizmag

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CalPal has messaging built into its calendar to help with organizing meetings [#Schedules]

CalPal Adds Messaging To Your Calendar To Simplify Making Plans With Friends
“The most important part of the application is a messaging functionality built straight into events. Previously, meeting participants had to coordinate details through other means of communication — whether it be email, SMS, or some other type of messaging service. In most cases, that meant that conversations were siloed and not every participant was aware of what was happening. By contrast, all conversations that happen on CalPal are visible to everyone who plans on attending. New users can also be added at any time or drop out if they can’t attend.” via TechCrunch

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WOrld’s first 8 Terabyte hard drive [#Storage]

Seagate starts shipping world’s first 8 TB hard drives
“Seagate is, at least for the time being, targeting its new drive at enterprise users, such as cloud-based data centers, and back-up disaster recovery storage. This makes sense, as for such users it’s all about making the most of space and cramming 8 TB into a single drive increases the storage density such facilities can accommodate. Seagate also claims the the new drive boasts the best Watts/GB for enterprise bulk data storage in the industry, resulting in lower power costs for users. It also incorporates a SATA 6Gb/s interface, making it easy to integrate into existing data centers.” via Gizmag

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Target a single person far away from you with this laser-sighted megaphone [#Sound]

This Megaphone Works Like a Sniper Rifle to Target a Single Listener
“Made with custom electronics and a housing courtesy of a 3D printer, the Telephoto MegaFon is chock full of hardware and components that Fuji Xerox doesn’t seem keen on explaining. Hopefully that means the company plans on eventually selling this creation that has you targeting someone far away using a built-in laser scope, and then whispering sweet nothings that only they will end up hearing.” via Gizmodo

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Fileize backs up any file you open to the cloud automatically [#Files]

Filelize Automatically Backs Up Any File You Open to Your Cloud
“Any file you open on your PC, be it an image, a video, or a document, Filelize will detect that and place a copy in that Recent Items folder. Your original file is retained in its place. If you update the file and save it to your hard drive, Filelize will do that in the cloud. The program also shows you “related items” to any file by detecting other items in the same folder on your hard drive, which you have recently opened. This is most useful when you switch devices. Even though the same folder structure isn’t available on your new device, you still know all the files related to a project.” via LifeHacker

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Texts projected onto the movie screen during a show [#Film]

In China, cinemas place live audience comments on the big screen
“According to The Nanfang, cinemas in Beijing and Shanghai have already begun to experiment with the system with the release of a new animated film called The Legend of Qin. The audience is encouraged to broadcast their thoughts about the action on screen or the movie in general by texting them to a special number given out before the showing. The comments are then projected live in a streaming motion either on top of the movie or on an adjacent screen.” via Springwise

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Bublcam takes seamless HD 36-degree video [#Video]

The Bublcam: Live 360-Degree Video With No Blind Spots
“The rugged device features four 190-degree lenses that ensure that when you take a 360-degree snapshot, you don’t get any blind spots. It shoots video at 1080p and takes 3840p-by-3840p photographs. The aluminum, plastic, and rubber ball is also outfitted with an accelerometer to stabilize. And since it connects to your smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi, there’s no need for buttons, except for one big one that lights up different colors to let you know what the camera is doing. Bublcam also accepts a micro SD card and charges via micro USB.” via Gizmodo

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Ineda chip acts as a sidekick to the main processor to keep power consumption down [#Mobile]

A New Kind of Chip Could Make Wearables Last Way Longer on a Charge
“Developed by a startup company Ineda Systems, the new chip is actually intended to work alongside another, more powerful processor—and that’s the clever part. You see, this little, low-power chip is the eyes and ears of a wearable: it listens for voice commands, senses a little of what’s going on around it, runs simple apps, and gives the primary silicon a shove when it’s required. Indeed, Ineda Systems realised that, in most cases, wearables are in ambient mode or only running simples apps 90 percent of the time. By allowing the main chip a little more chance to be powered down, this chip allows for massive power savings.” via Gizmodo

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Casio EXILIM has seperate camera body and lens [#Photography]

casio 16.76 megapixel EXILIM split camera captures angular photos
“the casio ‘EXILIM EX-FR10′ 16.76 megapixel digital camera has a modular construction that can be separated into two parts – the polaroid unit and the two inch LCD equipped controller. this enables the possibility of taking various angled shots, as well as self-portraits and group pictures. the product continues the design approach used with the ‘EXILIM TR’ series and was formed to look like a single system. freestyle images can be captured without the constraints of holding the device and pressing the shutter, instead the detachable section can be fixed anywhere and a scene can be taken using the controller’s button.” via BoingBoing

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Puzzle game based on infographics [#Gaming]

Metrico: a Puzzle Action Game based on Infographics
“Described as an “atmospheric puzzle action game with a mindset of its own”, it’s visual style has been completely based on the world of infographics. In essence, the concept of infographics seem to work as a gameplay environment not just because of its pretty aesthetics, but also because of its natural interaction with (visual) data.  Consequently, in Metrico, each action is quantified and explicitly shown, such as the number of times an avatar needs to jump up and down or shoots a projectile. Metrico’s goal is thus similar to most infographics: enticing users to make sense of a complex system.” via information aesthetics

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Interesting new social and technological trends culled from the web by Richard Banks.