Category Archives: New and Noteworthy

Plastic Bottles Lighten Up the Slums


As recently reported in our local newspaper in Basel (Plastikflaschen für den Klimaschutz – News Wissen: Technik – bazonline.ch) philanthropist Illac Diaz from the Philippines is using simple low-tech discarded plastic bottles filled with water to bring light into the … Continue reading

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Telekinetics? Bed-Bound Patients Move Robots Using Just Thoughts


“They’re not quite psychic yet, but machines are getting better at reading your mind. Researchers have invented a new, noninvasive method for recording patterns of brain activity and using them to steer a robot. Scientists hope the technology will give … Continue reading

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Liquid Robotics’ Wave Gliders Begin Historic Swim Across Pacific


A few days ago, “four Wave Gliders—self propelled robots, each about the size of a dolphin—left San Francisco for a journey that combined will total 60,000 kilometers. Built by Liquid Robotics, the robots will travel together to Hawaii, then split into … Continue reading

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If Zuckerberg Deleted Facebook: Social Networks – Can We Survive Without Them?


In many previous postings I have been pondering on the importance of Social Media for business and how it will change our cooperation. Today I would like to discuss our dependence on such technologies: I still remember the days in … Continue reading

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Slow Food for the Mind


For many years our focus has been on making things faster and faster. Computer chips are doubling their speed about every 18 months (Moore’s Law). But in our faster and faster spinning world we rarely focus on really long-lasting or long-term … Continue reading

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Fraunhofer Sends Spiders to the Rescue


Silicon.de recently reported on a new robot for hazardous missions: The high-tech spider developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart (Germany). The spider is built using a 3-D printing technique and is extremely lightweight. … Continue reading

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QR Codes (Updated): From Urinals And Bus Stops to National Parks to Art, Shopping and Tombstones


We can observe more and more adoption of QR codes and their pervasiveness. In Asia you find these codes anywhere in the meantime and they allow quick responses usually by use of a smart phone’s QR reader. I have seen them … Continue reading

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Star Trek’s ‘Tricorder’ Device Coming Soon?


Star Trek’s Dr. “Bones” McCoy made no bones about the state of 20th Century medicine — invasive, primitive, “Dark Ages,” were a few of his pejorative terms for modern medicine. In the 23rd century, Bones and other starship crew members … Continue reading

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New Security Threat: Infected QR Codes


Tod Wasserman recently warned on “Mashable Tech”: “Be careful the next time you scan a QR code, because it might just cost you money and wreak havoc on your smartphone. “That’s the warning from Kaspersky Lab, which has noticed the first … Continue reading

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Wireless Health Care


Just read a very interesting article on “ambient health monitoring”. Joseph M. Smith wrote in IEEE Spectrum an article on Wireless Health Care. Here a few passages from the article: “Imagine a world in which your medicine cabinet notices that … Continue reading

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’10-Cent Medical Checkup’ Using Cell Phones?


Caltech runs a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program where students work on special projects. As part of a cell phone medicine project, the students have spent their summer developing and fine-tuning prototypes that could someday enable a 10-cent medical checkup for … Continue reading

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New Human-Computer Interface: Stick-On Electronic Tattoos


Technology makes interesting inroads in medicine. Not only in electronic patient records and e-prescription but also in connecting patients to instrumentation and in tele-monitoring. “Researchers have made stretchable, ultrathin electronics that cling to skin like a temporary tattoo and can … Continue reading

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Swiss ICT Award: And the Winners Are . . .


On October 18th 2011 the Swiss ICT Award ceremony took place at the Swiss ICT Forum in the KKL in Lucerne.

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Daddy, Is this iPad Broken? (Baby Handling a Magazine)


Recently I discussed Digital Recluses, Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives (see picture below) in a blog. But what is shown in this video makes a new category necessary. Maybe “Digital Thoroughbreds?”

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Scott McNealy’s Startup “Wayin”: Social Media For Super-Fans


The former CEO and co-founder of Sun Microsystems Inc. (now part of: http://www.oracle.com) is the creator of a new startup. It provides a new social media service called Wayin. The service launched on October 5th and is a application in … Continue reading

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Robot Birds and Octoroaches On The Loose at UC Berkeley


As mentioned in an earlier blog (Quadrotors Can Now Play Catch, All-Robot Baseball Team Closer to Reality) I have a weakness for flying robots and having studied insects for a considerable time during my research years I find the objects mentioned … Continue reading

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A Network for Wild Experimentation — 100 Gbit/s


A Network for Wild Experimentation – Technology Review. Quote from the article: “ESNet and Internet2 have built a networking test bed for ideas that are too disruptive for the networks that people actually use. “In a few unused back alleys … Continue reading

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Latest Game Theory: Mixing Work and Play


RT from Tia Carr Williams: Companies Adopt Gaming Techniques to Motivate Employees – WSJ.com. From the article: “Striving to make everyday business tasks more engaging, a growing number of firms, including International Business Machines Corp. and consulting firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd., … Continue reading

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“Facebook Light” For Elderly, Dementia Patients


Quoted from: “Facebook Light” For Elderly, Dementia Patients in Works (emaxhealth.com) “Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg probably never had this in mind when he came up with the phenomenally popular social network, but researchers are developing a type of “Facebook Light” for the … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs 1955–2011


Saddened by the death of one of the great visionaries of our time, I want to reflect on how much he and his work has influenced my work and personal life.

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