wetheurban:

THE GLASS SMARTPHONE/TABLET (CONCEPT)

Designer: Andrew Solesbury

Some of these design concepts we’ve been seeing lately are seriously mind blowing. Today we bring you “The Glass Smart Phone/Tablet” by UK designer Andrew Solesbury:

The Glass Smart Phone/Tablet is a concept for the future smart phone; edge to edge, and totally transparent.

It has front and rear facing 3D cameras for tracking motion of both the scenery and the user. Together they can create fully tracked augmented reality, and couple with a 3D screen that needs no glasses, everything will look as if it is actually there.

The screen is also totally transparent. All the electronics are held in the tiny multifunctional on/off button, thanks to advances in microscopic electronic components.

kateoplis:

Google’s Project Glass

On Wednesday, Google gave people 20/20 vision about a secret augmented-reality project called Project Glass. The glasses are the company’s first foray into wearable computing. […]

The glasses can stream information to the lenses and allow the wearer to send and receive messages through voice commands. There is also a built-in camera to record video and take pictures. […]


Project Glass could hypothetically become Project Contact Lens. Mr. Parviz, who is also an associate professor at the University of Washington, specializes in bionanotechnology, which is the fusion of tiny technologies and biology. He most recently built a tiny contact lens that has embedded electronics and can display pixels to a person’s eye. Early reports of the glasses said prototypes could look like a pair of Oakley Thumps — which are clunky and obtrusive sunglasses — but the version Google unveiled Wednesday looks more graceful. There are reportedly dozens of other shapes and variations of the glasses in the works, some of which can sit over a person’s normal eyeglasses. [video]

theatlantic:

Confirmed: The Internet Does Not Solve Global Inequality

If you live in a rich country, the Internet has probably changed the way you consume (and produce) information. But when you look at global-scale knowledge production, things are as they ever were: the Anglophone world dominates with the United States doing the lion’s share of academic and user-generated publishing.

Those are the messages of the Oxford Internet Institute’s new e-book, Geographies of the World’s Knowledge, from which the above graphics were drawn. The book’s authors, Corinne Flick of the Convoco Foundation and the Institute’s Mark Graham and Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, reluctantly conclude that the Internet has not delivered on the hopes that it would make knowledge “more accessible.”

“Many commentators speculated that [the Internet] would allow people outside of industrialised nations to gain access to all networked and codified knowledge, thus mitigating the traditionally concentrated nature of information production and consumption,” they write. “These early expectations remain largely unrealised.” 

We’re not only talking about publishing in academic journals or Wikipedia. The researchers also sampled user-generated content on Google and found that rich countries, especially the United States, dominate the production of user content.

The fact of the matter is that people without money can’t afford to get the education necessary to publish in academic journals, Internet-enabled or not. The other fact of the matter is that the vast majority of people in very poor countries don’t spend their time producing content for free. Hope as we might, the Internet isn’t a magic wand that makes the world more equal. 

Read more. [Image: Oxford Internet Institute]

(via emergentfutures)

masteradept:

spockuhura-is-flawless:


The Pirate Bay fights Hollywood with hovering server droneshttp://helldesign.net, kurzweilai.net
The Pirate Bay (TPB), which allows users to share media files via Bit­Tor­rent, plans to avoid shut­down by Hol­ly­wood by putting some of its servers in GPS con­trolled drones hov­er­ing over inter­na­tion­al waters, the TPB team told…

this site has been blocked in my country for about two years. I just went someplace else

Another reason for you to get the fuck out of that country.

Oh wow. Goodness, this is one Hel of a story.

masteradept:

spockuhura-is-flawless:

The Pirate Bay fights Hollywood with hovering server drones
http://helldesign.net, kurzweilai.net

The Pirate Bay (TPB), which allows users to share media files via Bit­Tor­rent, plans to avoid shut­down by Hol­ly­wood by putting some of its servers in GPS con­trolled drones hov­er­ing over inter­na­tion­al waters, the TPB team told…

this site has been blocked in my country for about two years. I just went someplace else

Another reason for you to get the fuck out of that country.

Oh wow. Goodness, this is one Hel of a story.

smarterplanet:

BOXX electric bike: two wheels, four corners, all-electric transport for one — Engadget
Has bicycle design reached its pinnacle? Or are electric bike manufacturers just not trying hard enough? The YikeBike begs to differ, and here joining it is BOXX Corporation’s diminutive BOXX. Coming in at just under a meter (or 36-inch inches) long, the 120 pound aluminum “bike” has a top speed of 35 miles per hour and can even haul up to 300 pounds of heft. Yet, despite that compact footprint, the company hasn’t skimped on tech, as it boasts traction control, anti-lock brakes and yes, even LED lights. Available in one of ten colors, $3,995 nets you a base 40-mile range model, which can optionally be doubled to 80 by ticking the $599 CORE 2 box.

smarterplanet:

BOXX electric bike: two wheels, four corners, all-electric transport for one — Engadget

Has bicycle design reached its pinnacle? Or are electric bike manufacturers just not trying hard enough? The YikeBike begs to differ, and here joining it is BOXX Corporation’s diminutive BOXX. Coming in at just under a meter (or 36-inch inches) long, the 120 pound aluminum “bike” has a top speed of 35 miles per hour and can even haul up to 300 pounds of heft. Yet, despite that compact footprint, the company hasn’t skimped on tech, as it boasts traction control, anti-lock brakes and yes, even LED lights. Available in one of ten colors, $3,995 nets you a base 40-mile range model, which can optionally be doubled to 80 by ticking the $599 CORE 2 box.

(via emergentfutures)

justinrampage:

The TRON light cycle is now a reality and looking damn good. If you have $55,000 to drop, this beast could be yours. Available now at Hammacher Schlemmer. Check out the videos below to see it in action, User!

“This is the illuminated, street-legal motorcycle inspired by the computer animated cycle from the 2010 film Tron: Legacy. Designed for casual cruising and slow ride-bys at shows, it is made from a steel frame covered by a fiberglass cowling that replicates the sleek look of its computer-generated imagery counterpart.”

The Light Cycle at Hammacher Schlemmer (Facebook)
Via: Discovery

A thousand-thousand yes’s. 

justinrampage:

The TRON light cycle is now a reality and looking damn good. If you have $55,000 to drop, this beast could be yours. Available now at Hammacher Schlemmer. Check out the videos below to see it in action, User!

This is the illuminated, street-legal motorcycle inspired by the computer animated cycle from the 2010 film Tron: Legacy. Designed for casual cruising and slow ride-bys at shows, it is made from a steel frame covered by a fiberglass cowling that replicates the sleek look of its computer-generated imagery counterpart.

The Light Cycle at Hammacher Schlemmer (Facebook)

Via: Discovery

A thousand-thousand yes’s.