The Birth and Rise of Ethernet: A History – Input Output

Disruptive Technology, History
The Birth and Rise of Ethernet: A History - Input Output: Nowadays, we take Ethernet for granted. We plug a cable jack in the wall or into a switch and we get the network. What's to think about? But it didn't start that way. In the 60s and 70s, networks were ad hoc hodgepodges of technologies with little rhyme and less reason. But, then Robert “Bob” Metcalfe was asked to create a local area network (LAN) for Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). His creation, Ethernet, changed everything. Back in 1972, Metcalfe, David Boggs, and other members of the PARC team assigned to the networking problem weren't thinking of changing the world. They only wanted to enable PARC's Xerox Altos (the first personal workstations with a graphical user interface and…
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Markerless Augmented Reality aka. Minority Report Interface….

"Augmented Reality", Disruptive Technology
Well it had to happen sooner or later. YDreams and Canesta Inc. have announced a partnership that will redefine Augmented Reality. We've all seen AR demos where "Real" markers are recognized by machine vision engines and are replaced with "Artificial" objects in the video stream. Canesta has taken the next step and built a camera that can provide a realtime markerless depth map of the scene it's shooting.Canestavision sensor chips fundamentally, work in a manner similar to radar, where the distance to remote objects is calculated by measuring the time it takes an electronic burst of radio waves to make the round trip from a transmitting antenna to a reflective object (like a metal airplane) and back. In the case of these chips, however, a burst of unobtrusive light is…
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DISPLAX unveils Multitouch ‘Skin’ that Transforms Surfaces into Interactive Screens

Disruptive Technology, multitouch, Technology
A new large-format multi-touch technology launched today by DISPLAX, a developer of interactive technologies, will transform any non-conductive flat or curved surface into a multitouch screen. The DISPLAX Multitouch Technology, believed to be the first of its kind, has been developed based on a transparent thinner-than-paper polymer film. When applied to glass, plastic or wood, the surface becomes interactive.It can be applied to flat or curved, opaque as well as transparent surfaces up to three metres across the diagonal. It is hyper sensitive, allowing users to interact with an enabled surface not just by touching it but, for the first time, by blowing on it, opening up new possibilities for future applications. Currently, the technology can detect up to 16 fingers on a 50-inch screen. The number of fingers detected…
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Google adds Auto Captioning to YouTube…..

Disruptive Technology, Google
Wow.....Another amazing feature brought to you just in time for X-Mas by the google.....Auto Captioning or Auto-Cap. You might be wondering Caption-Schmaption.....Why? Well first on the list would be accessibility which is self explanatory, but also searchability and auto-translation. You see once a video has been captioned, google can provide searchability, you can do word searches and literally jump to the point in video where the word is mentioned.....That's really cool. Auto-translation is another natural fit, once you've got the english captions, you can do machine translation to any of the other 51 languages google translation engine supports.To achieve this google combined their automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology with the YouTube caption system to offer automatic captions. Auto-caps uses the same voice recognition algorithms in Google Voice to automatically generate…
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National Film Board of Canada’s New Iphone/Ipod Touch App….

Disruptive Technology, free, Video
I usually don't tend to write about apps, but this one got my attention. Download the FREE NFB app and you get access to over a thousand films, documentaries, animations and trailers on your IPhone or Ipod Touch. I think (hope) that this move will be the trickle before the storm that will finally open the flood gates of media archives being made available to people everywhere. It is a real shame that these works are usually housed/guarded in some concrete bunker, being only available to specialists. I will not bore you with my opinions on archives/copyrights/rights management of our collective cultural treasures by the "high priests"......Let's just say I'm crawling out of my skin in joy that NFB has taken the (hopefully) first step :-).
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Apertus: Open Source DCinema……

DCinema, Disruptive Technology, Linux, Opensource
Yep, those crazy open source hackers over at dvinfo.net have done it again. You thought the RED camera brought about a revolution in dcinema, well, you ain't seen nothing yet. Apertus is using the Elphel 353, free software and open hardware camera. The Elphel Camera which this entire project is based on is basically an excellent security camera that can do some real magic. The camera uses an Aptina CMOS bayer-pattern sensor with an optical format of 1/2.5" (5.70mm x 4.28mm) and a native resolution of 2592x1944 (5 Megapixels). It features a 12 bit ADC and supports: region of interest, on-chip binning and decimation. Aptina claims that the chip has 70db of dynamic range at full resolution and 76db when using 2x2 binning. The camera has a standard C-mount but…
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Get Wavy…..

Disruptive Technology, Google
Yep, google has taken the giant step for mankind and introduced their collaboration platform....Wave. This is absolutely amazing. A mixture of Email, IM, Bulletin Boards, Versioning System, Wiki with a dash of google magic.....Man I can't wait for my account.....Oh and did I mention it's Free and Open Source. Yes, google is giving it away for you to install/play with on your own server. The introduction video is longish but definitely well worth the time. It's out of this world......BTW.....ROSY F*CKING ROCKS.....Go and check it out at about 1:12:00 into the video.
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Touchless, Gestrual Interface, Powered by Electrostatics

Art, Disruptive Technology, Electronics, Physical Computing, Video, wiimote, Youtube
Great video showing a bizarre and novel way of creating a gesture based interface. You literally touch nothing....Air.....and the interface does the rest. Pretty interesting project. According to Justin Schunick of the team at Northeastern University, the interface uses an array of copper electrodes to sense a certain change in the electric field created by the device. The black material covering the electrodes shows how the interface can be hidden beneath surfaces to create a completely invisible interface. It is simple black felt you can buy at any fabric store. The total cost of this prototype was around $60.00 USD.They created custom software to communicate with the microcontroller running the show with C++. This enables the use of the device as a new type of XYZ computer mouse. Think nintendo…
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Teradici PCoIP makes me happy: Initial Review….

Disruptive Technology, Technology
So after covering the initial annoucement of Teradici's PC over IP product, I received an email asking to see if I wanted to review the product. I said yes, since we have been looking for a remoting technology to consolidate all our lab PC's and Mac's at the university and we could potentially end up using a Teradici or similar product in the future.I've only spent 4-5 hours with the hardware and some of that time was wasted as I didn't do my usual RTFM. So please keep that in mind as you read through. The package comes in two parts: the PCoIP Host Card -- which is a 1 x PCI express card with the Tera1200 PCoIP host chip -- and the PCoIP Desktop Portal, which is a small…
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