After a great weekend with my beloved girlfriend, I came across this picture which made me laugh, cry and think that maybe the tech we get today maybe is actually making our lives a little bit more complicated.
Take a look at the picture and let me know what you think.
I hope you all have been enjoying the snow! As for me, I’m unable to get home to Kent due to the mass amounts in the countryside so I’m stuck in London with fast broadband and central heating…could be worse
Anyway, I just wanted to share a cool article which I found about BT’s trial in rolling out 1Gbit/s broadband in Suffolk.
The trial is which is being undertaken in Kesgrave involves engineers from BT’s nearby Martlesham Heath labs, will aim for a downstream speed ten times the 100Mbit/s offered to customers at launch. The upstream needle will meanwhile be pushed to 400Mbit/s. After the trial is complete, BT will move ahead of Virgin Media as the UK’s fastest ISP.
BT has so far said about two thirds of its universal network will see fibre optic access points installed in homes and businesses. The rest of the programme will rely on fibre-to-the-cabinet technology, theoretically capable of just up to 40Mbit/s downstream at launch.
In response, Virgin Media is increasing maximum downstream speeds on its entire network from the current 50Mbit/s to 100Mbit/s, by mid-2012; however it only covers around half the country, so for many the BT network is the only option for fixed-line internet access.
I think I speak for everyone who lives in slow to non-existent broadband areas when I say – I’M A SLOW BT BROADBAND CUSTOMER, GET ME FIBRE OPTIC!!!!!!
I’ve just stumbled across this article on the BBC Technology website which confirmed that the Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect has set a new sales record selling 2.5 million units within its first 25 days. With the Kinect being on sale in 60,000 shops across 38 countries, Microsoft have confirmed that they are on target to meet their sales target of 5 millions units by Christmas.
In other news, Microsoft have released a statement regarding programmers who are writing software for the Kinect.
The director of incubation for the Xbox at Microsoft Alex Kipman said “Hacking would mean that someone got to our algorithms that sit on the side of the Xbox and was able to actually use them, which hasn’t happened. Or it means that you put a device between the sensor and the Xbox for means of cheating, which also has not happened…What has happened is someone wrote an open-source driver for PCs that essentially opens the USB connection, which we didn’t protect by design, and reads the inputs from the sensor”. When asked if anyone would “get in trouble” for writing such code or finding other uses for the Kinect camera, Kipman had a direct answer: “Nope. Absolutely not”. (Source: Gamespot)
Check this video out which I found on Youtube of two programmers and the software they have written to create hand puppets using the Kinect.
Before I go, I would like to congratulate Microsoft on setting the sales record and I actually can’t wait to play with the device…maybe I should add an Xbox 360 Kinect bundle to my Christmas list…I’ll consolidate the Gadget Decider and see what the outcome is!
A very good friend and old work colleague of mine showed me a demonstration of OLED the other day and since then, I’ve been researching examples of the technology being incorporated into everyday devices.
OLED is the organic, carbon based, very different alternative to LED. How is it different? Glad you asked. Unlike regular LED displays OLED can bend and pierced without losing video feed. Putting it in perspective, picture bending your TV in half without breaking the screen and to top that off, piercing the screen without losing the video feed.
I found a cool video on Youtube of a guy demonstrating the wonders of OLED
With Christmas coming up my girlfriend is stuck to what to get me but I think I have solved that problem.
The wonders of OLED have been incorporated into a really cool set of headphones.
The really cool thing about these headphones is that when they are not in use, there completely clear; but when you start listening to your favourite song or watching a movie, a graphic display can be seen. Now the ultra cool thing about this gadget is that you are able to customise the headphone display to your name, the name of the song, or another cool display.
Before I go, I just wanted to let you guys know that I have been playing Gran Turismo 5 and first impressions are beyond what I was expecting. I’ve taken the Mercedes SLS and my very first dream car the Ferrari F40 around Trial Mountain (the track from GT1), bought an FTO as my first career car and completed the B license.