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CarPlay – Apple’s Next Strike of Domination

In 2007, when Apple revealed the new iPhone, it was a game changer, something that got all the other market players to rethink their technologies. Just as some of the other competitors are starting to significantly catch up, Apple is about to hit another jackpot. Meet ‘CarPlay’, the tech giant’s next move to dominate your car’s living room. CarPlay is an integrated info-tainment iOS interface for your iPhone built-in your car’s dashboard. It features Siri voice control and is specially designed for driving scenarios. It also works with your car’s controls — knobs, buttons, or touchscreen. And the apps you want to use… Read more »

Photorealistic Finger Painting of Morgan Freeman

This artpiece will leave you speechlees. UK-based visual artist Kyle Lambert created an amazing finger painting of Morgan Freeman using the Procreate app on an iPad Air. It took him around 285,000 brush strokes and over 200 hours to come with this hyperrealistic (really want to say photo) drawing. Originally an oil painter/illustrator, Lambert became a pro in digital art as he makes illustrations for tv, advertising, film industry. “One of the big reasons I decided to do this painting was to inspire other budding artists to embrace digital art. A friend of mine who is a school teacher explained to me recently that whenever he… Read more »

Self-Driving Pods to be Installed Near London

Not only the cars are about to start flying, the public transit is about to become fully automated sooner than we can expect. Milton Keynes, a small city north of London is about to install 100 pods that will connect downtown, train station, and different offices. Project’s estimated cost is  £65million/$104 million.  It will get started in 2015 and is expected to be totally completed by 2017. ULTra Personal Electric Transportation Pods move along at 12 mph, capable to carry up to 4 passengers along with personal luggage.  Anyone can call the pod to theirs location via a smartphone app just for £2 ($3,19) fee. Same… Read more »

Aeromobil Flying Car Takes Off for the First Time

Aeromobil Version 2.5 is a “road-able aircraft” by Slovakian lead designer Stefan Klein, who spent last 20 years developing his dream. The extremely lightweight vehicle (only 450 kg – 992 lbs) has a steel tube frame structure with a carbon fiber composite shell  – like in race cars. The dimensions with closed wings are 1.6 meters width by 6 meters length (5.4 by 19.6 feet). While on the ground Aeromobil can speed up around and more than 160 km/h (100 mph), in the sky – 200 km/h (124 mph). “In terms of automobile configuration, it fits to a standard parking space, its engine enables it to tank… Read more »

Berlin’s Street Art Ridicules the new iPhone’s Touch Sensor

This humorous street art surfaced sometime towards the end of September in Berlin, by Germany-based artist Urben. The comic takes a ridiculing stab at Apple‘s new flagship phone, the iPhone 5S, with its new touch sensor. The feature is been getting plenty of criticism since release, questioning privacy and government surveillance rumors. The phone can still unlock with the classic pass-code feature, in case the situation in the comic becomes a reality, you’d still be able to unlock the phone and call an ambulance!

Nismo Smartwatch Concept by Nissan

Earlier this week during the Frankfurt Motor Show, Nissan has unveiled Nismo Watch – the first smartwatch designed specially for drivers of Nismo tuned Nissan cars. The concept establishes communication between a driver and a car, providing the real-time information such as average speed, fuel consumption, heart rate, etc. Athletes of the racing cars will be able to use the watch to get performance stats while on track. “Wearable technology is fast becoming the next big thing and we want to take advantage of this innovative technology to make our Nismo brand more accessible. on track, Nissan uses the latest biometric training technologies to improve… Read more »

Build Your iPhone 5 Case by Lego x Belkin

Never too old for LEGO – that’s the main idea of the new “builder case” for iPhone 5 produced by LEGO and Belkin. Scratch-resistant and semi-flexible outer frame along with molded back allows to accommodate a large variety of LEGO blocks. The playful twist opens up a vast spectrum of personalizing options. Bring your childhood back into your life!  “At LEGO® we strive to build imagination into everyday life and the partnership with Belkin allows us to do that: offering a functional product that also serves as a stage for expression for anyone embracing a mobile lifestyle,” said Jørgen Vig Knudstorp,… Read more »

What Google Glass Can Do to Photographers if it Took Over

Google’s latest and most innovative creation, Glass, looks like it’s heading our way as a reality and hitting the shelves very soon. There are already various apps developed for the new smart glasses, including one that can trigger the camera shutter with a wink! If the gadget is embraced by users and managed to build an audience base, what would photographers look like using the smart eye-winking camera?! Grovo, in the clip below, offers a humorous look at what photographers would look like if Google Glass becomes widely used as a camera and camcorder. Grovo describes sarcastically: Here’s someone you’ll… Read more »

Top 10 Adrenaline-Rushing Short Videos Shot With A GoPro Camera

The moment I discovered the existence of this product, I instantly fell in love with the idea as much as the results. The GoPro camera is literally the imagination of an adventure camera simplified and put to work, it just makes me want to mount it on my bike or helmet and get out there and start doing crazy things. The potential of creativity it puts in your hands is undeniably immense. Out of my love for this camera I’ve decided to compile this adrenaline-rushing list of 10 of their best short videos shot by a GoPro, so grab on… Read more »

A Breathtaking Hyper-lapse Cruise Through Google Street View

The folks over at Teehan+Lax have just released a new tool that lets you scrape public data from Google Street View to create sweeping hyperlapse videos. They describe a hyperlapse as: Hyper-lapse photography—a technique combining time-lapse and sweeping camera movements typically focused on a point-of-interest—has been a growing trend on video sites. It’s not hard to find stunning examples on Vimeo. Creating them requires precision and many hours stitching together photos taken from carefully mapped locations. We aimed at making the process simpler by using Google Street View as an aid, but quickly discovered that it could be used as the source material. It worked… Read more »

How “Wireless” is Your Family? (infographic)

Now-a-day, it is considered very hard to find a family member without some sort of mobile device. Children receive their first cellphones at earlier ages, I’ve seen friends buying their kids iPads when they’re 4 or 5 years old, and parents who grew up before the trend of Internet are learning to navigate the web. What exactly does today’s wireless family look like? According to CTIA, The Wireless Association, 70% of children under 12 have used a mobile device, and more than half of kids age 8 to 12 have a cellphone. As the modern family introduces tech earlier on, parents are trying to… Read more »

Inside Google’s High-Tech Data Centers – Where the Internet Lives

For the first time ever, Google gives us a glimpse of their behemothic storage facilities, where every little piece of data is archived, this is where every article, photo, video, and song sits awaiting to be looked up and generated instantly in search results. The new photos where revealed through a newly launched website, Where the Internet Lives, which features never-before-seen images of eight of Google’s 9 data centers, the places the “physical internet” calls home. According to Google, their facilities, which must process 3 billion search queries a day and 72 hours of YouTube videos every minute, are “among the most… Read more »

20 Insane Perspective Shots Taken With The Awesome GoPro Camera

GoPro, the notorious, small, wearable, waterproof and shockproof camera, built specifically for extreme sports athletes and fans. Founded by Nick Woodman, he was inspired to start a company dedicated to adventure photography after a 2002 surfing trip to Australia. Hoping to capture incredible images, he soon discovered that high quality equipment could not be obtained for reasonable prices. So, he decided to make his company with an aim to get everyday people capturing professional-like shots. The GoPro camera is now widely used by the surfing community as well as by the skiing, bicycling, and skydiving communities. Here are some images to demonstrate just… Read more »

LIFX: The Light Bulb Reinvented

LIFX is a WiFi enabled, multi-color, energy efficient LED light bulb that you control with your iPhone or Android. A genius kick-starter by Phil Bosua that can reshape our understanding of the light bulb, and teleport home automation to a whole new -much smarter and simpler- level. The Australian designer/ developer, currently based in San Francisco, California, reveals how stale and poor have the lighting industry developed the consumer lighting technology, putting in mind that a light bulb only sports 2 options – “On or Off” – since its invention . With the rise of the smart phone age and all the things… Read more »

Your Average Smartphone in the 80s!

In the 80s, performing any of the tasks in the image below required its own separate bulky gadget. I remember getting my first walkman tape player as a kid and how cool it felt to have something extremely portable for its time! And how getting Nintendo’s original GameBoy required buying a separate cartridge cassette for every single game, instead of downloading and automatically updating form the online app store today! This image beautifully displays how far technology has come in just 30 years. Nowadays, each and every function performed by these gadgets are at the palm of your hand and the… Read more »

How Information Overload is Negatively Impacting our Brains [infographic]

Neuroscience shows that our brains simply weren’t created to multitask. Yet many people continue to live hyper-connected lives, always trying to squeeze in more and more information. From your personal computer to your smart phone and tablet, most people do not recognize the importance of just switching off anything digital and taking a break! This excellent infographic by OnlineUniversities.com shows how acutely information overload affects productivity:

What Happens in an Internet Minute [infographic]

In the begining of 2012 Intel released this interesting infographic explaining what happens on the internet per minute of time. The mega scale of information exchange is no surprise to any present day web user, especially with the rise of social networking integration in all types of online activities – yet the numbers shown by the graphic below are tremendous. In just one minute online more than 204 million emails are sent. Amazon collects about $83,000 in sales. Around 20 million photos are viewed and 3,000 uploaded on Flickr. At least 6 million Facebook pages are viewed around the world. More than… Read more »

Instagram Socialmatic Hardware Camera Concept by ADR Studio

Over the past 2 years Instagram, a smartphone-based application, has gained extreme popularity as a photo-sharing service that adds a little vintage touch to the users images and publishes them online in a community that has already reached a whopping 50 million users. Recently purchased by Facebook for the sum of $1 billion, many people are speculating what will the social network giant add to the photo app. Experts have thought Instagram could build its first hardware camera, that would be distinctive for editing photos on the camera itself. Well here it is: Italian design and communication studio ADR  has created a… Read more »

The Three Funniest Google Glasses Parody Videos

Just a few days ago Google released a teaser video of their nifty concept gadget Project Glass. The video went viral online with plenty of reactions on how undoubtedly exciting and futuristic the glasses are. Of course, speculations also rambled on imagining side effects of such a gadget and how you might hurt yourself wearing them while moving. Hopefully, they won’t be as funny and painful as these Google glasses  parody videos!

Google’s Project Glass – A Leap into the Future

This is freshly baked out of the oven of Google X laboratory, a futuristic gadget that defines how deeply interactive smart computers will be within our daily lives. A video teaser released by Google introduced Project Glass, a pair of star-trek-like glasses with voice-controlled virtual computing abilities. The slim line fits around the forehead with a small screen in the top right corner to transmit information to the wearer. The computer is thought to be powered by Android operating system, with an interface similar to their smart phones. I’d like to see Apple’s move now, specially that this could be the next big thing… Read more »

The Scale of the Universe – from Micro to Colossal by Cary Huang [An Interactive Flash]

The Scale of the Universe, an inspiring interactive animation by Cary Huang, displaying an entertaining and detailed comparison between different creatures and objects that exists within our universe. Starting at the microscopic scale of DNAs and nuclei  up to the colossal scales of stars and galaxies, shinning an immense contrast on the size of a human being compared to just about everything else. Try it yourself! Press Start, wait shortly for it load, use the right/ left scroll bar for zooming in and out, and click on any object for some brief info, Enjoy the knowledge!

Facebook’s Arctic Server Farm

Facebook recently announced the location of its new data servers. This time they picked a very cold city, Lulea, Sweden (same latitude as Alaska, USA and Yakutsk, Russia) which counts only 74,000 citizens. The plant is going to be the first one outside of USA and situated 100 kilometers south of the Arctic Circle. The main reasons behind the new location is to improve the service for the growing number of Facebook’s users in Europe and to keep servers naturally cool benefiting from the climate of the arctic region. “After a rigorous review process of sites across Europe, we concluded that… Read more »

From The iPod Creator Comes NEST Learning Thermostat

Who would think that a thermostat maters, I mean the brand or its function, a thermostat is just a plastic box mounted on the wall with an on/ off/ high/ low/ auto switches and that is it! Its like turning the lights on and off on your way in/ out of the house. Tony Fadell, the the iPod’s lead designer, thought otherwise. After 9 years of iPod productions, three years of iPhones and 18 months of silence, he’s finally unveiled his next big product, Nest -the smart green energy efficient learning- thermostat! Nest is simply a  thermostat with an old-fashioned rotary dial… Read more »

LYTRO The First Focus-after-you-Snap Camera is Out [PICTURES]

Remember LYTRO? it’s the new camera that allows you to snap pictures first than focus them later on your computer or on the camera itself. Well, it’s not just a nice idea anymore! LYTRO is expected to hit the retail shelves in early 2012 for a price of $399 ($499 for a more advanced version) See also: LYTRO Camera – Snap Photos First and Focus Later [TRY IT YOURSELF]  Lytro’s founder and chief executive, Ren Ng, recently announced the launch of his light-field camera in a small Silicon Valley event. Design-wise, Lytro takes more than a couple of lines from Apple. It’s small… Read more »

Norman Foster’s Tribute to Steve Jobs

Today Lord Norman Foster issued a tribute to Steve Jobs , who passed away yesterday at the age of 56, after losing the battle against pancreatic cancer. Foster + Partners is working on the new Apple Campus in Cupertino, California, scheduled to be completed in 2015. 06/10/2011: Tribute to Steve Jobs 1955-2011 With my colleagues I would like to pay tribute to Steve Jobs. Like so many millions our lives have been profoundly and positively influenced by the innovations pioneered by Steve and Apple, names which are inseparable. We were greatly privileged to know Steve as a person, as a friend and in every… Read more »

In Memory of Steve Jobs: The Apple Inc. Product Timeline

The Silicon Valley icon, a magnificent man, has left our world today, after becoming the most successful and innovative businessman of his era. Steve Jobs is the man that co-founded Apple Computers from a silicon valley garage in 1976 along with Steve Wozniak, his vision through out the Apple product lines started with an aim of bringing the personal computers to the masses and arriving to products like the iPhone and iPad that changes people’s lives. Time after time, he sold people on a product they didn’t know they needed until he invented it, along with the expertise of the perfect… Read more »

Turkey’s Gradual Transition to eTextbooks
LYTRO Camera – Snap Photos First and Focus Later [TRY IT YOURSELF]

Lytro, a start-up company in Silicon valley, has recently developed a camera with a new revolutionary technology, where you can simply take the photo NOW and focus LATER, with an aim of helping photographers avoid missing a moment or a canvas. Just shoot, and fix your focus later on the camera or on your pc, with an option of creating multiple versions of the same photo with different focus points. They call it the Light Field Camera. Recording light fields requires an innovative, entirely new kind of sensor called a light field sensor. The light field sensor captures the color, intensity and vector direction of the rays of light…. Read more »

South Korea’s Virtual Supermarket [VIDEO]

A fresh marketing idea is all what it takes to go from zero to hero!  Tesco homeplus, a newly introduced supermarkets chain in South Korea, is now the second largest in the country, thanks for using the right idea in the right place. South Korea is the second hardest working nation in the world, for such hardworking people, there might be little to no time for grocery shopping. Tesco made use of this fact, along with the reputation of south koreans of having technology integrated in alot of aspects of their lives; they introduced the Virtual Supermarket in subway stations. Huge… Read more »

Holographic Sheets – The Future of 3D Modeling

A little more than a year ago, a video clip surfaced online showcasing  an extraordinary technology innovated by the fellows at Zebra Imaging . A 3D digital holographic print that can be used to display architectural models with a true three dimensional effect that would allow information analysis from every angle of  a certain design model, drawings are extracted from drafting softwares as AutoCAD or Revit and magically printed as 3D holography. Some of you maybe already familiar with this new technology, but it definitely deserves spreading. Watch the introduction video of their mind-blowing holographic sheets. [Sources:Zebra Imaging, StumbleUpon]

A 3D 360° Panoramic Video of the World (WATCH)

The Dutch folks at YellowBird have really raised the stakes with their outstanding contribution to the motion picture and film making world, they have created a realty 3D 360° video filming technique. Marc Groothelm and Rafaël Redczus’ technology is all about enjoying a totally interactive 360° panoramic view. A view that reaches beyond today’s standard perspective and that is experienced by viewers as if they are floating. Just like a bird soaring through the sky. Here’s how it works: The camera uses six divided lenses in order to capture every possible viewing direction. Through a double glass-fiber connection, a stream of 1200… Read more »

London Cabs fare paid via Cell Phone

Vodafone UK teamed up with the London Taxi company and equipped 500 of their infamous black cabs with mobile phone charger docks; a nice promotional service I’d have to say. Sometimes you actually might need to give your Blackberry or iPhone a little juice to get through the day, but can’t find the plug. Now, they’re rolling out another handy scheme, you can now pay your taxi fare through your phone with an SMS sent with the vehicle’s license plate number to a certain digit code along with the amount due, which transfers the fare to the driver’s pocket and charges it to your… Read more »

The Soft Rocker

An interesting creation coming from the heart of Massachusetts institute of technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, USA. In the beginning of May 2011, a team lead by Sheila Kennedy, MIT Professor of the Practice of Architecture, presented to the Killian Court of MIT an outstanding project of a smart solar energy charging station – Soft Rocker (as it looks like an outdoor rocking lounge furniture). The idea of the leaf-like loop is to create the solar tracking system using its environment, it has a 12 ampere-hour battery and store solar energy harvested during the day. With a creation like this, outside gatherings… Read more »

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