future touch screens have no lag

March 27, 2012

Most touch panels and controllers today suffer from about a 100ms delay and while most people got used to it, I still find it really annoying.

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And so does Microsoft as they are putting money into the task of getting rid of that lag. Microsoft Research has figured out a way to get the delay down to 1 ms.

check out the video below to see the difference.

Pretty awesome and I can’t wait to see this technology going mainstream and into all kinds of touch devices.

@maniac13


WiGig will be in your future SD cards

January 31, 2012

What is WiGig you are asking? WiGig is an alliance that completed a multi-gigabit 60Ghz wireless specification.

It means that WiGig enables wireless transfer rates more than ten times faster than today’s fastest wireless LAN, and it’s completely backward compatible with existing WiFi devices.

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Panasonic is now in the process of jamming the functionality into SD cards set to arrive next year and they already have a working prototype that they showed off at DigInfo.

Photos and videos were effortlessly send to secondary displays and played without any glitches. According to them a whole DVD can be transferred in under a minute.

But check it out in action here and be surprised by how much it looks like Amnesia Connect Smile

@maniac13


Finally a great AR system – Sony SmartAR

May 24, 2011

Augmented reality has been around for a while now and we have been using it in the past as well, but we always found it to be sluggish, laggy and unreliable.

Sony SmartAR

Now it seems that there is a light at the end of the tunnel a Sony is holding the torch. Sony announced their SmartAR everybody thought that it is just another technology that has the same issues.

But check out the video below and prepare to be blown away – fast response times, markerless object recognition and original anchors can be out of sight and your virtual object just keeps animating.

There was no availability date announced yet, but I am sure AR will get a lot more coverage once it is out.

@maniac13


My experience with the new Seagate Momentus XT

August 6, 2010

When I first heard about the Momentus XT I was thrilled and after doing a bit more research (and because I could afford it) I decided to get me one of those.

Of course it wasn’t available in Australia so I had to ask a favour from a friend in the US. I bought it, he shipped it, I got it, done.

After installing Windows 7 on my machine it had been running a hell lot faster already than when it had Vista on it, but I was still eager to see how this hdd will improve it.

So what makes the Momentus XT special?

It is part old fashioned hard rive with spinning platters (fast spinning ones at 7200 rpm) and part SSD (superfast, no moving parts)

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So the way this hard drive works is to monitor which files and programs you are using the most and once it established that it puts those on the 4GB of SSD it has available for faster access.

My Laptop is nothing special and already over 3 years old (Core2Duo 1.83Ghz, 2GB RAM), but the speed increase I got through this new hdd is simple awesome.

so here are some numbers:

Task old hdd 1st time 2nd time 3rd time 4th time
startup * 2min 1min 32sec 59sec 37sec 37sec
hybernate 1min 50sec 23sec 22sec 22sec 22sec
resume * 1min 55sec 27sec 27sec 28sec 27sec
Photoshop 45sec 19sec 6.6sec 4.2sec 4.3sec
Powerpoint 20sec 6sec 4sec 2sec 2sec

* this includes startup, login and opening an explorer window

As you can see especially on the software tests, the times improved the more I used the program and then went static after the 4th time and stayed fast.

I am not a professional lab that does these tests all day long, I just had my Android phone stop watch, so you will have to take these results with a grain of salt.

In Australia you can get them from about $160 – check here

My overall experience with this hard drive was very positive and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a speed improvement on their machine.

@maniac13


Anybody in need for some sexy superfast storage?

May 8, 2010

then check this DIY project out

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Will Urbina put 16TB of RAID 5 magnetic media and a 1.66GHzAtom N270 CPU into a completely hand-built Lexan, aluminum and steel enclosure.

 

It writes at 88MB per second and reads at a fantastic 266MB per second which is nearly as fast as current SSD drives.

Will is the guy that modded a Xbox to run OSX and windows 7 called osxboxpro

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or how about a “portable” video edit suite with dual screens? yes he has done one of those too – called the CinematographHD

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But enough of his older mods and back to his resent one. Like always, he makes time-lapse videos of his construction and these 2 are worth watching.

So take some time, sit back and enjoy the magic:

 

I don’t know about you, but I want one

@maniac13


Google Chrome vs Lightning, Sound and flying potato

May 6, 2010

Sounds weird – well it is.

Google is showcasing that its browser can take on some really fast things and compete with them.

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they are using their latest beta of Chrome and check its speed of loading/rendering web pages against a flying potato, sound waves and lightning.

check out the video after the break

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Easy video editing and manipulation

December 1, 2008

I am pretty sure we have talked about similar things in the past, but they already have come a long way.

Check out the video below for a quick insight in how easy it is to manipulate your video in simple steps and without waiting for it to render for hours.

Especially the part with the 3 friends and how he drags them around separately until he has the perfect position for them – I can see some shenanigans being done with that 🙂


TrueMotion 3D enables true motion control

November 27, 2008

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A company called Sixense might have leapfrogged the field with a system called TrueMotion 3D. Rather than relying solely on an accelerometer, this controller uses a magnetic field to track both your hands’ positions in 3D space. With a refresh rate of ten milliseconds and accuracy up to a millimeter, and interest from developers including Activision and EA.

check it out – some really cool footage


colour-changing speedometer to drive out bad habits?

November 27, 2008

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the color-changing speedometer background that is used in the system’s guidance function. If the color behind the number is green, you’re driving efficiently. Get a little sloppy, and a bit of blue appears. When you’re driving in the least economical fashion, the whole screen turns blue.

I am not sure if this is going to stop me from speeding but its definitely worth a try.

Here are some more images.