Category Archives: Trends
Wow! What a cool idea for a camera! Take a picture and don’t worry about focusing – you can focus later on an spot on the photo. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself! Go ahead . . . I’ll wait . . .
Isn’t that the coolest thing you’ve ever seen? From what I’ve read, Lytro is planning on building their own camera with this technology embedded. However, I’m hoping that they license the technology to other camera manufacturers, too.
Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, are finding that multitasking, or the ability to easily and quickly switch between tasks, becomes more difficult as you age.
They set up a study using two groups, e.g., one with an average age of 24.5 and another with an average age of 69.1. They asked each participant to view a natural scene and maintain it in the mind for 14.4 seconds. Halfway through the 14.4 seconds, they were interrupted with an image of a face and asked to give its sex and age, then asked to recall the original image.
Everyone was easily able to switch between the natural scene and the face. However, the older group had a much more difficult time releasing the image of the face and reconnecting with the image of the natural scene. Researchers are now looking into software that will train the brain to be able to release tasks and return to the previous one.
The University of Washington has been doing some very interesting research involving contact lenses. So far, they have embedded electronics into the lens, allowing diabetes patients to monitor their glucose levels. They use a red LED to provide feedback to the patient. Sounds better than pricking your finger!
They have also introduced a blue LED; they just need to insert one for green and they will have the option for full-color. They’ve been successfully testing on rabbits; no idea when human trials are expected.
This idea opens up many possibilities on the medical front, as well as informational and entertainment. They say that the images projected are semi-transparent, so you can still see your environment.
Amazon has announced that, later in 2011, Kindle users (and Kindle reading app users) will be able to check out Kindle books from libraries. I assume this will work like hard-copy library books, e.g., limited number of copies and a check-out period.
This should also work through OverDrive, so this would be a great value-added service for those libraries that already use it.