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The new augmented reality glasses Google

A couple of weeks ago Google introduced its new prototype augmented reality glasses. With these new glasses we get closer to the time when the augmented reality through lenses will be available worldwide (now it is already through mobile).

Analyzing the operation observed that the glasses use the voice command to activate the device functions. Not seem to use the movement of hands or eyes, as does the prototype Nokia. Let's see if they publish more videos or more complete information about the device and can analyze it well. The project has been made public now why they want feedback from users.

The video presentation of the augmented reality glasses It is spectacular and needs no words to explain it ...

The prototype with working before this shown in the video glasses were more like "Terminator". We can see them here: Terminator glasses created by Google

It seems that is also working on contact lenses that will allow the same functionality. You can read information about the lenses in this article: augmented reality contact lenses

Although one can not help but really Google controls our lives: know what to look for, know who speak (if you use Gmail), what videos look on YouTube, where we go when we use Google Maps, who our friends by Google+, which products We interest us (when we search Google Shopping) and now it seems that also incorporates the chech-in's to know where we are, with no margin for error.

Obviously this information is used to offer more targeted advertising (Facebook is winning the game right now, offering segmentation to name company in which the target audience works, but it seems that Google wants to take the lead ). I can not help feeling a certain chill with much control ... but it seems that this will be the trend or let you spy or anything based on web 3.0 (mobility, geolocation and augmented reality) will work.

Let's see how it evolves the coming months.

Review of "THE CODEX SECRET" by Lev Grossman, Byblos - Ediciones B

El códice secretoI have outstanding writing large numbers of reviews, so I'll take these holidays to catch up. Today's is on a technological thriller set in a world of video game programmers [a little strange :-)] and librarians [also a little strange :-)].

El argumento del libro nos sitúa en la piel de Edwuard Wonzy, un joven banquero de New York que acaba de aceptar un traslado a Londres, pero al que antes de su partida, la empresa para la que trabaja le encarga a nivel personal, ordenar y categorizar una biblioteca particular. (Aquí casi estuve a punto de dejar el libro: ¿un banquero haciendo de bibliotecario por encargo de su empresa? No tiene ni pies ni cabeza… luego acabas entendiendo que esto ya forma parte de una “conspiración”… pero confieso que como el libro lo había comprado en un supermercado [lo compré en verano y en las librerías de la población en la que me encontraba no había Ciencia Ficción] tenía prejuicios hacia el posible argumento y hacia la calidad del libro).

Total, which results in one of the books to be cataloged there is a esteganograma (mensaje cifrado de tal modo que a su vez, oculta la existencia de otro menaje cifrado, este mucho más fácil de descifrar [en principio]). El origen de este mensaje lo encontramos en un escritor de la edad media con una vida anodina. El descubrimiento del mensaje y su posible publicación podría afectar a la reputación de poderosas familias de origen noble inglés, así que mucha gente está en contra de que esto ocurra. Encontrar el libro y descifrar el mensaje llevará a nuestro protagonista a interactuar con programadores de videojuegos y con bibliotecarios expertos, cada uno de ellos descritos con profusión y mostrando sus rarezas para hacerlos más interesantes a nivel de creación de identidad de personaje.

The truth is that as when I started reading the book I was expecting the worst, did not disappoint the fact that the book itself is loose and "light" (in the sense that it suggests not raise any question of that interests me) but can be read and does its job as reading weekend escape. In addition, the author was pleasantly surprised when describing the den where the programmer who has to interact lived, indicates that "The walls were papered with posters of diagram Mandelbrot reproduced in psychedelic colors". Yes sir! A good freaky anchored in the 80 should have a diagram Mandelbrot hanging on your wall. Good description.

MandelbrotI have none, but I confess that fractals have always fascinated me. In fact, my passion for programming started when I discovered at age 13, when in an equation that I taught school in replacing the variable by a random number (random), obtenía preciosos dibujos en la pantalla de mi ZX-Spectrum. En mi cabeza, las mates dejaron de ser algo abstracto para ser algo visual y bonito (…ingenua de mí). Cuando llegué a la universidad y me tocó estudiar conceptos como Ker, núcleo, Rank… en funciones algebraicas… por desgracia, me volvieron a poner en mi lugar y nunca me recuperé :-).

But back to the diagram Mandelbrot (he is the one I show in the attached picture), precisely Benoit Mandelbrot, the mathematician creator of theories of fractal geometry, died this past October 10, 2010 and some media echoed this and explained some of their work. Through this review I also wanted to pay a tribute.

Here is the link to its listing on Wikipedia if anyone wants more information: Benoit Mandelbrot

Here is a 17-minute lecture by Mandelbrot himself in early 2010 (is interesting): TED – Mandelbrot

To see beautiful fractal images created from the geometry of Mandelbrot studies, follow this link to Google Images: Mandelbrot images

Review of "Daemon" by Daniel Suarez, ED. Umbriel

Daemon

That book so interesting, entertaining and fun! Especially if you are a regular player of massively multiplayer role games, also called the MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role for-Playing Game).

I know I have a large number of reviews for writing (these last months I have not had time to do it), but rather than start where I left off, today I will write the review of the last book I've read: Daemon.

The argument of the book puts us at the present time in which virtually technology controls everything from the sprinklers from our garden, even the most sophisticated security systems, to planes and cars in which we move normally.

Our protagonist is a legendary computer game designer who has just died MMORPG and that before this happens has created a Daemon, a computer program that runs in the background and performs the tasks for which it has been programmed. Our DAEMON has been created in the image and likeness of the protagonist and threatens to destroy the world as we know it.

The story narrates the different adventures co-stars (a couple of hackers working on different sides, a policeman and an FBI agent) to interact with the DAEMON to help in the case of some, or to destroy it in the case of others.

The book is really interesting, not so much as to warn the general public of our dependence on technology (those who live on the network, we are already aware of it), if not because it shows that the book's author is himself addicted to MMORPG games, which undoubtedly causes empathize with him and you read the book with redoubled pleasure.

For those we are accustomed to MMORPGs (can anyone read a blog does not have never played WOW ???) indicate that they are a type of RPG that is played online and which interacts with both the player avatars of flesh and blood, as with NPC (non-player characters) created by the same game. The re-created worlds usually great, but there are also games that recreate famous World War II, as well as pure science fiction scenarios.

This summer, for example, I'm playing with my children to AION un MMORPG fantástico (en ambos sentidos), y juntos vamos descubriendo los mundos de East Lumiel y vamos realizando misiones. Bueno… lo de “juntos” es un decir, porque ellos dedican más horas que yo al juego y mientras que yo soy una guerrera de nivel 18, mi hija de 12 años es una paladina de nivel 25, mi hijo de 20 años es un scout de nivel 32 y mi hija de 18 años es una maga de nivel 45… Pero es divertido, y pasamos buenos ratos jugando juntos. Además, no tiene precio que tu hija pequeña, que en el mundo virtual es mucho más fuerte que tú, te ayude a matar arañas en un bosque encantado.

MMORPGs really are at the top of the game and its popularity is beginning to be important. This year, without going any further, we have seen in television ads World of Warcraft (WOW), something unthinkable until recently. And as a curiosity and shows their growing popularity, I've had this year a Russian student of Master Online in Marketing and Distribution Channels and as a final project master has conducted research on business models MMORPG specifically WOW.MMORPG

The chart included along these lines is precisely your project and shows the evolution in number of subscribers to some of these games. (The source is MMOGChart)

But back to the book, some of the games scheduled for the protagonist of DAEMON are "The door" Y "Across the Rhine". The first is fantastic and the second dedicated to World War II. In fact, one of the first meetings between the DAEMON and one of the protagonists hackers is the scene of the Battle of Montecassino (abbey taken by the Germans in 1944 and Allied troops decided to release on several occasions without success until the 4th time and cost more than 70,000 lives on both sides).

Some of the most interesting scenes from the book go precisely in "Across the Rhine" and it is through this game that the DAEMON has been recruiting acolytes and turning programmer in a God (not keep explaining why spoil the suspense of the book ).

About Daniel Suarez, author, indicate independent consultant working with computer systems and that this is his first novel. Apparently, Dreamworks has bought the rights to turn it into a movie. I'm happy for him!

Anyway ... a book 100% recommended, especially if you move in technological worlds. So if you still have vacation days, do not miss it, go to your bookstore and buy it !!!

What is the mashup, and what are the APIs?

Here is a video that explains very well, although somewhat more advanced than in the previous video (video above =What is Web 2.0) ?, Does the term "mashup" mean and what are the API (application programming interface).

The only obstacle that must be overcome to understand this video is English David Berlind of ZDNet ... it's not that complicated, if not that the problem is that it speaks fast, so you have to concentrate and be very careful.

The video is 3 years but examples are still valid and clearly illustrate the concept.

Enjoy it.

By the way, if you want to know why companies open their source code, and create the APIs that third parties connecten seek their services, you are interested in this article What is a Network Metcalfe?

Maybe Frodo and Sam were right, there's nothing like hobbiton

If there is a publication that I love it is the monthly bulletin TrendWatching.com. Monthly reports on new trends in consumer behavior and design of all kinds of products. It is a really interesting newsletter.

It was on the issue last month I discovered a new construction technique. This is some buildings created from a cement structure made on a semi inflatable sphere, that a once dry cement, it takes away the mold and leaving a building (the size it) with the shape of the half sphere. The photo that appears in these lines corresponds to one of these buildings. Commercializes a company called Binisystems and this type of construction call it a "binishell".

Binishells

I do not know whether they will be very practical as housing, but seeing the renders images that appear on its website is clearly a building in which our friends the hobbits would feel right at home.

For professional deformation, you can not help but think of the Tourism Promotion Agency of New Zealand, which among other things, used the saga of Lord of the Rings as a tool to promote tourism in this country. And it is that New Zealand came to him out of nowhere that Peter Jackson chose to film Tolkien's bestselling using the locations of his native country and his special effects company Weta Digital (The same that has made the effects of Avatar) and his production Food Three Six, both in New Zealand IBTS.

Thus, the hills of Matamata became Hobbiton and the volcanic region of Mount Ruapeho became Mount Doom where the ring was forged. All these locations, 150 in total, are now resorts visited by thousands of practitioners fans of both literary tourism (variant of cultural tourism is to visit the places where some famous story is located) as Tourism Cinematography (variant centered visit film locations). The complete list of locations can be found here: SHIT localizationsHobbiton

So seeing the success of the film and increased visits were receiving, the New Zealanders decided to leave up some of the scenarios created by Jackson. One of these scenarios is Hobbiton: they have removed the flowers and gardens, but the homes of the hobbits have left them intact and can be visited. The photo I show along these lines corresponds to the current state of this location.

What does the resemblance to Binishells is spectacular?
... I take!

Courier - The new Microsoft Tablet PC

A few days ago I commented in this blog the progress of Apple regarding Tablets, Well, it seems that Microsoft is not lagging behind and is working on a product similar to Apple.

Gizmodo.com publicaba hace un par de días que Microsoft está desarrollando un dispositivo tipoTablet PC, que funciona de forma muy parecida al nuevo tablet de Apple. La principal diferencia entre ambos (aparte del obvio hecho que uno es un Mac y el otro es un PC) es que el de Microsoft tiene forma de libro y puede plegarse, mientras que el de Apple es un iPhone tamaño XL. También difieren en que el de Microsoft funciona con un lápiz parecido al de las Palm, mientras que el de Apple funciona con los dedos… aunque el de Microsoft también dispone de algunas funciones realizadas con los dedos, que curiosamente son idénticas a las que utiliza el iPhone.

In the video I show below these lines may be some features that presents this new device.

As indicated in Gizmodo, the Tablet PC that we see in the video is the latest prototype of the product and has been named the "Courier". The device has a camera, direct Internet connection or via wifi's open, and everything you expect from a PC, but for now, there is no technical data about it.

So if we already had on tenterhooks waiting for the Apple Tablet, now we have more emotions over and begin again the struggle between Microsoft and Apple for this type of product. Interestingly, no doubt. That desire I have to put on the market!

Apple launches into a new range of portable

Leo en la prensa francesa que Apple está trabajando en una nueva gama de ordenadores que inspirada en el iPhone, competirá con los mini PC del mercado.

Buscando más información al respecto, encuentro un artículo del 25 de agosto en el Wall Street Journal

En este artículo, se comenta que tras su vuelta al trabajo, Steve Jobbs está centrado en la puesta en producción de un pequeño ordenador portátil con pantalla táctil que competirá tanto en precio como en prestaciones con los mini PC.Tablet Mac

Por lo que el artículo comenta, se trata de una especie de iPhone tamaño mini PC que permitirá la conexión instantánea a Internet con la misma tecnología que los iPhone, y que como en los iPhone, la comunicación entre su usuario y la máquina se hará mediante una pantalla táctil. El nuevo dispositivo estará pensado también para ver la televisión y para jugar a los videojuegos que tanto han ayudado a popularizar el iPhone.

Apple ya había intentado en otras ocasiones conseguir este tipo de dispositivos y competir con los Tablet PC que ya existen en el mercado, pero la baja duración de la autonomía de la batería y la insuficiente capacidad de memoria había hecho fracasar la comercialización de los prototipos de Apple para este segmento. En el año 2000 Apple incluso patentó un dispositivo parecido a un Tablet PC.

Con el éxito del iPhone y la nueva tecnología que Apple utiliza, parece que Steve Jobbs, por fin, podrá lanzar el nuevo producto.

En el artículo no se indica cuándo Apple tendrá a punto el nuevo producto… así que tendremos que esperar y seguir leyendo rumores.

Un “drone” para vigilar playas y bosques

Acabo de ver en la prensa francesa que este verano, nuestros vecinos del norte han puesto en funcionamiento un drone que vigilará las costas de su litoral y sus bosques.Drone del ejército francés

Se trata de pequeños aviones, completamente autónomos, que viajan siguiendo una ruta preestablecida y que van retransmitiendo imágenes y telemetría. Los nuevos drones además, tienen capacidad para detectar anomalías en las imágenes que retransmiten, de ahí que sean considerados “drones” y no aviones en miniatura.

Los primeros en utilizar este tipo de drone fueron los Estados Unidos y obviamente lo hicieron con fines militares. Desde el año pasado en este mismo país, empezó a utilizarse ésta tecnología para la vigilancia y prevención de incendios forestales.

Los franceses aseguran haber desarrollado en la ENAC (Ecole Nationale de Aviation Civile) de Toulouse un pequeño drone parecido al americano que buscará bancos de medusas, restos de petróleo flotando en el mar, avisará de cualquier anomalía que detecte y como su homólogo americano, también desarrollará tareas de vigilancia forestal cuando no estén volando por las costas francesas. El ejército francés también acaba de incorporar este tipo de drone a su armada, aunque con fines menos “verdes” que el de la ENAC (lo presentaron durante los actos de celebración del 14 de julio de este año).Drone desarrollado por la ENAC

(Todo esto va a confundir aún más a los avistadores de OVNIS)

Me encanta que se desarrolle este tipo de tecnología y la encuentro súper útil, aunque me temo que esto avanza hacia los “drones paparazzi” programados para seguir con sus cámaras a quien sea, en lugar de hacia los “drone verdes ONG”.

Buscando imágenes del drone francés he encontrado esta wiki de la ENAC creada para la comunidad de desarrolladores de software y harware para drones: http://paparazzi.enac.fr/wiki/Get_Hardware … me temo lo peor, no por parte de ésta comunidad, desde luego, pero es inevitable que esto acabe derivando en control de personas.

(Por cierto, como curiosidad y para a quien le interese, estos drones funcionan con sistema operativo Línux [Debian]).

News about the Cassini Huygens space mission

Encélado, luna de SaturnoA raíz de la reseña de “Titan”, el libro de Ben Bova sobre el que escribí hace unas semanas, comenté en este blog que estábamos sin noticias de la misión espacial Cassini – Huygens desde hacía mucho tiempo… Pues cosas del destino: hoy tenemos noticias de esta misión. La ESA ha enviado un comunicado explicando que la nave Cassini ha detectado sales de sodio en granos de hielo del anillo E de Saturno.

El anillo E de Saturno es un anillo poco visible y algo más alejado de los típicos anillos de Saturno. Este anillo se abastece de material procedente una luna de Saturno llamada Encélado with which it shares orbit and that occasionally suffers eruptions at its poles throwing stuff to the space. The attached image corresponds to the moon and was taken by Cassini in 2005.

Salted ice detection in this indicates that the little moon ring of Saturn hosts reserves of liquid water, or perhaps even an ocean beneath its surface, hence the news is particularly interesting.

Read the full article on the website of the ESA: European Space Agency - Article Cassini Huygens

See image that illustrates where the E ring of Saturn is located:
Saturn's rings

Video showing the technology of the future, according to Microsoft

A couple of months ago Microsoft released this video in which some of the technological advances which are shown working and believe to have developed in the immediate future.
All that shows video, highlight the following:

  • Spectacular digital "paper" newspaper plasma screen but it is flexible type and light.
  • Mobile devices are an evolution of PDAs and telephones, and are able to interact with any other dispotivo with which they are.
  • Large windows transparent, ubiquitous presence, which are touch screens Minority Report (they already exist ... but not of this size).
  • Cards and credit cards "paper" but fully interactive.

Anyway ... a whole array of new devices that promise the next 10 years will be very interesting at the level of interaction between computers and humans.