We're not entirely convinced by the idea of naming your autonomous webcam "The Mole"; after all, when it comes to eyesight moles aren't especially known for their 20/20 vision. Still, we'll overlook that since Astak's Mole is pretty nifty: a motion-activated IP webcam, with WiFi and wired ethernet connections, that can automatically upload footage to YouTube together with sending out email and Twitter messages.
HP have outed their new video conferencing system, HP SkyRoom, with the promise of live conversation and desktop collaboration for up to four users simultaneously and at potentially HD resolution. First mentioned back at the launch of the flagship Z800 workstation in March, SkyRoom already has some high-profile contented users including an F1 team. It uses data transfer technologies that NASA used with their Mars rovers, thanks to sub-100ms latency.
In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, there is a line from the Red Queen, in which she states, “It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” In evolution, this is a theory that is also known as an “arms race to nowhere”, in which two different species evolve in tandem, one after the other, in an infinite loop. The reason, is because as one system evolves, then the other must evolve with it, just to keep pace.
And so the system is unending and essential for the survival of a species.
It’s no different in the technology ecosystem. In fact, it’s a lot more evident there, as we can see the fruits of these evolutionary developments as clear as day. We watched as the iPhone became the iPhone 3G, and while it may not have been leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor in a lot of ways, we witnessed the 3G become the 3GS. And in turn, we saw almost every other major phone manufacturer develop phones to counter the iPhone. You’ve heard of them: the mythical iPhone killer.
If you've considered Verizon's FiOS internet service but dismissed it for being too slow for your tastes, the news that they're speeding up the fiber-optic system will come as a pleasant surprise. The company is boosting downlink/uplink speeds of its entry-level package from 10/2 Mbps to 15/5 Mbps, while the mid-tier 20/5 Mbps climbs to 25/15 Mbps. New York City and Long Island will see even greater increases.
Back in June last year, SlashGear was invited to spend time with animation studio DreamWorks and see the work they and HP had done on Kung Fu Panda. At the time, it was difficult to imagine a more complex and processor-intensive setup, but DreamWorks have managed to one-up themselves in 2009 with Monsters vs. Aliens. Set to hit theaters across America this weekend, Monsters vs. Aliens is the first full-length production from the team in 3D. SlashGear was invited back to find out exactly what's involved in making 50ft monsters leap out of the screen.
Attempting to demonstrate a new, ultra-fast refresh 120Hz LCD monitor with a still image is tricky, so ViewSonic have done the next best thing a slapped a big dragon on there instead. The VX2265wm is a 22-inch prototype with Professional Color Certification, 1680 x 1050 resolution, 300 nits of brightness and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio; it also boasts a 3ms gray-to-gray response time.
Blu-ray certainly taking a market leap after Blockbuster decided to roll out Blu-ray to its 1,700 stores in US starting July. However, Blu-ray will not be the only format Blockbuster will offers, it will continue to stock HD DVD online and in its 250 stores.
Blockbuster will continue to monitor the renting pattern of its customers. Of course the HD DVD Promotional Group is not happy with Blockbuster’s decision.
I personally think that once hybrid HD-DVD and Blu-ray players hit the market with affordable price tag, most consumers would care less about the format.