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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Airship will collect water vapor that will then be used to power a turbine on the ground [#Power]

Air HES system to collect water and generate electricity from the clouds
“Using three proven technologies – water vapor condensers, hydroelectric generators, and airships – the Air HES (HydroElectric Station) is planned to be released up to a level of around 7,000 ft (2,100 m) to reach the mid-level clouds in the troposphere. Once there, it will use a large curtain of vapor-condensing mesh (similar to the system developed by MIT) to collect water. The water collected from this process will then be released down a lightweight pipe attached to the balloon, where it will provide a significant head of pressure on its way to the ground. Large enough, the creators say, to provide more than enough energy to rotate the turbine on an electric generator and generate electricity.” via Gizmag

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Spherical display tracks your position to give the illusion of 3D [#Displays]

Spheree takes a globular approach to displaying 3D models
“Although it might at first appear to incorporate holograms, Spheree actually utilizes multiple mini-projectors located at the base of its translucent sphere. As the user moves around the display, infrared cameras track their position. The appropriate view of the model is then projected onto the appropriate area of the inside of the sphere, continually changing to adapt to the user’s shifting perspective.” via Gizmag

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Digital mannequins transmit clothing details to shopper’s phone [#Shopping]

Connected mannequins debut in British stores
“A group of British high street retailers is trying out mannequins enabled with a wireless technology called VMBeacon, that expands the shopping experience with digital technology. Developed by Iconeme, the wireless mannequins send customers information about clothes on display, giving retailers an extra channel of contact with shoppers and passers-by.” via Gizmag

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“Ignore No MOre” app gives parents control to lock childs phone remotely [#Security]

App gives moms the power to lock kids’ phones if they screen their calls
“The app enables devices to be registered under either a Parent or Child account. The Parent account gives moms and dads certain admin rights to their child’s phone, meaning they can control the lock screen and password and add their number to the emergency call abilities. Through the Ignore No More app, parents can simply tap a button to shut down the child’s phone by setting a new lock code. The child’s phone can then only be used for emergency services calls or to call their mom back to get the new code.” via Springwise

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“Alongways” lets you find pinpoints on a map long your route [#Maps]

Alongways Finds Interesting and Useful Stops Along Your Road Trip
“Alongways is a bit like previously mentioned Roadtrippers, although instead of focusing on interesting attractions or must-see destinations along your route, Alongways lets you search for anything. Whether you’re traveling with a pet and want to find parks along the route, want to find all the wineries or breweries along your route, or just want a few backup hotels in case your plans change, just type in what you’re looking for in the search bar and watch the pinpoints fall on the map.” via LifeHacker

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Xerox’s robotic printer comes to your office to print for you [#Robots]

Xerox’s Robot Printer Brings Your Documents Right To You
“Thanks to an all-seeing laser LIDAR scanner perched atop the machine that creates a 3D map of a room for navigation purposes, the robot can maneuver around desks and other obstacles with ease. And to keep private documents private, it doesn’t actually start printing until it arrives at the desk of whoever requested its services. So your opportunities to chat with Ted in accounting every time you need a TPS report might be numbered.” via Gizmodo

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