Posts tagged Technology

First iPhone 6 hits the ground in Perth…

An Australian who camped out waiting for the first iPhone 6 tries to show it to a reporter, and drops it on the concrete. Lolololl.

Very excited to say I’m off to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab next month!
It’s a ‘NASA Social’ event for social media people to go and have a look around and meet the team there, so I hope to have a lot of exciting photos and videos to post up here on the day - October 13.
I’m also leaving little old New Zealand a few days early to visit San Francisco and will have a couple of days in LA after the event too, so let me know if you’ve got any ideas for places to visit on the trip! Anything science, space, tech, or gaming related would be awesome.
Also is anyone in SF or Silicon Valley working for a tech company keen to show me around on Sunday the 12th? Would love to come and have a look! I’m also launching a web startup here later this year so would be nice to see how the pros do it!
Hit me up via the comments here, or Twitter @_OptimusLime

Very excited to say I’m off to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab next month!

It’s a ‘NASA Social’ event for social media people to go and have a look around and meet the team there, so I hope to have a lot of exciting photos and videos to post up here on the day - October 13.

I’m also leaving little old New Zealand a few days early to visit San Francisco and will have a couple of days in LA after the event too, so let me know if you’ve got any ideas for places to visit on the trip! Anything science, space, tech, or gaming related would be awesome.

Also is anyone in SF or Silicon Valley working for a tech company keen to show me around on Sunday the 12th? Would love to come and have a look! I’m also launching a web startup here later this year so would be nice to see how the pros do it!

Hit me up via the comments here, or Twitter @_OptimusLime

Satellite selfie!

Selfies can even be taken in deep space. The European Space Agency’s comet-chasing Rosetta probe’s Philae lander snapped a stunning photo of the spacecraft and its target comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Satellite selfie!

Selfies can even be taken in deep space. The European Space Agency’s comet-chasing Rosetta probe’s Philae lander snapped a stunning photo of the spacecraft and its target comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Image: Mimas shows off its impact craters.
Mimas is one of Saturn’s 150 (or more) moons, and is notable for being the smallest astronomical body that is known to be rounded in shape because of self-gravitation.
This image was taken in visible light by the Cassini spacecraft, with an image scale of feet (1 kilometer) per pixel. Cassini is now heading for an encounter with  Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, on August 21.
In related news, NASA is making an announcement today regarding the future of human spaceflight from the US. Expectations are that NASA is planning to announce a deal with one or more private companies to provide launches to the ISS from US soil.

Image: Mimas shows off its impact craters.

Mimas is one of Saturn’s 150 (or more) moons, and is notable for being the smallest astronomical body that is known to be rounded in shape because of self-gravitation.

This image was taken in visible light by the Cassini spacecraft, with an image scale of feet (1 kilometer) per pixel. Cassini is now heading for an encounter with  Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, on August 21.

In related news, NASA is making an announcement today regarding the future of human spaceflight from the US. Expectations are that NASA is planning to announce a deal with one or more private companies to provide launches to the ISS from US soil.

Video: MIT’s robotic cheetah let off the lead.

Until now, videos of this thing have shown is tethered to a frame and running on a treadmill, but here it’s shown running across a field with no problems.

The robot can currently run up to 10mph and jump one foot in the air.

Kim says what makes the robot so dynamic is a custom-designed, high-torque-density electric motor, designed by Jeffrey Lang, the Vitesse Professor of Electrical Engineering at MIT. These motors are controlled by amplifiers designed by David Otten, a principal research engineer in MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics. The combination of such special electric motors and custom-designed, bio-inspired legs allow force control on the ground without relying on delicate force sensors on the feet.  

Artists impression of Curiosity on Mars.

Artists impression of Curiosity on Mars.

New Android Wear features announced.
Google have detailed new features for Android Wear in a blog post, with changes that will see runners or cyclists in particular excited.
Offline music playback and GPS support have been announced for the system, meaning you can go for a run or a bike ride and track your activity without taking the connected smartphone. Music can be streamed to bluetooth headphones directly from the watch. It’s worth noting that the GPS features will only be available in watches with a GPS sensor - at the moment that’s only the recently announced Sony SmartWatch3 (pictured on the right above), which Google says will be available ‘later this year’.
Another new feature is downloadable watch faces. Although some watch faces are currently available in the Play store, they have to be installed via an app on the phone and are difficult to develop. The new update will make new faces easier to develop and install, which should encourage more developers to create them.
I’ve been wearing the LG G watch for a few weeks now and really enjoy the voice commands, which weren’t available on my old Pebble watch. For me the only major flaw is the design, but judging from the look of the four new watches above, designs are rapidly improving already.

New Android Wear features announced.

Google have detailed new features for Android Wear in a blog post, with changes that will see runners or cyclists in particular excited.

Offline music playback and GPS support have been announced for the system, meaning you can go for a run or a bike ride and track your activity without taking the connected smartphone. Music can be streamed to bluetooth headphones directly from the watch. It’s worth noting that the GPS features will only be available in watches with a GPS sensor - at the moment that’s only the recently announced Sony SmartWatch3 (pictured on the right above), which Google says will be available ‘later this year’.

Another new feature is downloadable watch faces. Although some watch faces are currently available in the Play store, they have to be installed via an app on the phone and are difficult to develop. The new update will make new faces easier to develop and install, which should encourage more developers to create them.

I’ve been wearing the LG G watch for a few weeks now and really enjoy the voice commands, which weren’t available on my old Pebble watch. For me the only major flaw is the design, but judging from the look of the four new watches above, designs are rapidly improving already.

New satellite can see through smoke.
The WorldView-3 satellite is able to use it’s shortwave infrared sensor to see through smoke and find exactly where a forest fire is burning, according to operator DigitalGlobe. The image below is a false color composite made from three of the shortwave infrared bands, which coincidentally give an orange color to the fire.
Before photo above/After photo below

By combining all eight bands available from the sensor, the company is also able to identify the areas of fire which are burning hottest, giving crews on the ground the best chance of stopping a large wildfire.
DigitalGlobe also claim the satellite to have the highest resolution in the industry, able to image down to 30cm, although due to legal restrictions they’re only able to publish photos resampled to 40cm online.

New satellite can see through smoke.

The WorldView-3 satellite is able to use it’s shortwave infrared sensor to see through smoke and find exactly where a forest fire is burning, according to operator DigitalGlobe. The image below is a false color composite made from three of the shortwave infrared bands, which coincidentally give an orange color to the fire.

Before photo above/After photo below

By combining all eight bands available from the sensor, the company is also able to identify the areas of fire which are burning hottest, giving crews on the ground the best chance of stopping a large wildfire.

DigitalGlobe also claim the satellite to have the highest resolution in the industry, able to image down to 30cm, although due to legal restrictions they’re only able to publish photos resampled to 40cm online.

Galaxy Note Edge is a real phone that looks like a concept.
When I first saw this I thought it was another concept design photoshopped by some fan, but nope, this is a real phone coming soon to stores.
The Galaxy Note Edge was unveiled today alongside a new, regular Galaxy Note device by Samsung. The ‘Edge Panel’ is said to offer functions that many of the phone’s stock apps will take advantage of, although it’s not clear if regular apps will also wrap around the edges or simply display in on the front of the screen.
I can see it getting pretty annoying pretty fast having your fingers accidentally performing actions while just trying to hold the phone, plus it seems like just another part of the phone to damage if the phone is dropped or scratched, although it does look pretty futuristic.
Edit: The display only wraps around one edge of the phone.

Galaxy Note Edge is a real phone that looks like a concept.

When I first saw this I thought it was another concept design photoshopped by some fan, but nope, this is a real phone coming soon to stores.

The Galaxy Note Edge was unveiled today alongside a new, regular Galaxy Note device by Samsung. The ‘Edge Panel’ is said to offer functions that many of the phone’s stock apps will take advantage of, although it’s not clear if regular apps will also wrap around the edges or simply display in on the front of the screen.

I can see it getting pretty annoying pretty fast having your fingers accidentally performing actions while just trying to hold the phone, plus it seems like just another part of the phone to damage if the phone is dropped or scratched, although it does look pretty futuristic.

Edit: The display only wraps around one edge of the phone.