Mini to offer augmented reality eyewear for drivers

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/22/2015 - 18:51

SHANGHAI, China (PNN) - April 15, 2015 - If you want to drive with something more personal than a heads-up display, Mini is hoping to bring technology to your car in the form of a pair of connected eyewear. Called Mini Augmented Vision, the smart glasses work a bit like Google Glass or ODG’s smartglasses, projecting information in front of you relevant to your drive. Information appears in your field of vision, but in such a way that it doesn’t obstruct your view of the road. BMW showed off a working prototype of the glasses earlier this month at the Shanghai Auto Show.

Doctors will map newborn genes to predict future diseases

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 20:28

BOSTON, Massachusetts (PNN) - April 11, 2015 - If you could find out your baby’s future health problems right after he or she was born, would you want to know? Some new parents will get to make that decision soon. This month, doctors in Boston will begin the BabySeq project, in which they will sequence the genomes of newborns to look for signs of diseases that begin in childhood.

DARPA wants to make software obsolescence obsolete

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/15/2015 - 20:26

WASHINGTON (PNN) - April 11, 2015 - One unfortunate fact of modern life is that functional new software becomes non-functional old software with depressing regularity. For most people, this means predictable episodes of frustration, but for the Fascist Police States of Amerika military, it's a more serious problem. Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) new Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems (BRASS) project aims to take a major shot at avoiding this obsolescence by developing software systems that can still operate properly a hundred years from now.

Laser chip could turn smart phones into handheld 3D scanners

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:17

LOS ANGELES, Kalifornia (PNN) - April 7, 2015 - Taking 2D photos with your phone is rather popular these days, but thanks to Caltech scientists, soon you may be able to wave your phone at an object and capture a 3D scan of it. You could scan a particularly nice coffee cup, and then instantly send the 3D scan to a 3D printer and produce an exact copy.

A Navy diving suit that recycles wasted oxygen and helium

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:08

WASHINGTON (PNN) - March 26, 2015 - The Hindenburg wasn’t brought down by lightning, static, or sabotage. History’s most famous airship was destroyed by helium. Or rather, the lack thereof. The zeppelin’s Nazi builders balked at the price of this rare, lighter-than-air gas. So instead, they filled the blimp with hydrogen, which is much less expensive, just as buoyant, but way more explosive. So no matter what chain of events led up to the explosion, it was helium’s scarcity that killed the airship. Today, the same gas - rare as ever - is putting a major cramp in deep-sea diving operations.

Commentary: The future of AI is scary and very bad for people

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:37

By Steve Wozniak

March 24, 2015 - We should all be getting a little nervous: the robot apocalypse is brewing.

Or at least, that's what a growing number of tech visionaries are predicting. In an interview with The Australian Financial Review, I my own grave predictions about artificial intelligence's detrimental impact on the future of humanity to warnings from the likes of Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking.

TV ads are about to start watching you

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:35

March 24, 2015 - Google is about to make ads on television work just like ads on the Web. Through Google, advertisers will know how many times their ads were viewed. They’ll be able to target audiences based on location and viewing history. In other words, TV advertisers will have access to the same audience intel online advertisers take for granted.

Finally, after all this time, your TV is going to know as much about you as your web browser.

New car will force you to obey the speed limit

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:32

DETROIT, Michigan (PNN) - March 24, 2015 - Much as we'd like to emulate our NASCAR heroes, breaking the speed limit often comes at a price. Ford is hoping to prevent accidents and speeding tickets by introducing cars that can see what the speed limit is and preventing heavy-footed motorists from driving any faster. Ford's Intelligent Speed Limiter tech will first appear on the new Ford S-Max that's launching in Europe that could just change the way that we drive.

Living in Google's brave new world

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:31

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Kalifornia (PNN) - March 22, 2015 - There are 48,000 Google searches every second. That translates to 3.5 billion per day, and 1.2 trillion per year worldwide. That's twice as many as there were just six years ago. Every six out of 10searches on the Internet are through Google's engine.

A clever way to tell which of your emails are being tracked

Submitted by Freedomman on Wed, 03/25/2015 - 18:20

SAN FRANCISCO, Kalifornia (PNN) - March 20, 2015 - While you’ve likely never heard of companies like Yesware, Bananatag, and Streak, they almost certainly know a good deal about you. Specifically, they know when you’ve opened an email sent by one of their clients, where you are, what sort of device you’re using, and whether you’ve clicked a link - all without your awareness or consent.