Midnight In The Desert — gadgets

You Are Already Living Inside a Computer

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You Are Already Living Inside a Computer

Suddenly, everything is a computer. Phones, of course, and televisions. Also toasters and door locks, baby monitors and juicers, doorbells and gas grills. Even faucets. Even garden hoses. Even fidget spinners. Supposedly “smart” gadgets are everywhere, spreading the gospel of computation to everyday objects. It’s enough to make the mundane seem new—for a time anyway. But quickly, doubts arise. Nobody really needs smartphone-operated bike locks or propane tanks. And they certainly don’t need gadgets that are less trustworthy than the “dumb” ones they replace, a sin many smart devices commit. But people do seem to want them—and in increasing numbers....

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Cicret wristband turns your arm into a touch screen

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Cicret wristband turns your arm into a touch screen

With wearables gaining some traction, smartphones and tablets are by no means the only mobile devices around nowadays. Now, though, Cicret is looking to take things a step farther and turn your arm into a smartphone. Conceived 12 months ago and designed over the course of 6 months, the Cicret Bracelet is a small wristband that looks similar to the Jawbone Up. The Bracelet comprises a pico projector and a row of eight proximity sensors that point towards the user's forearm. It operates as a standalone device and, when activated with a twist of the wrist, projects an Android interface...

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Digital Dark Matter: The Unseen Forces That Influence Innovation

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Digital Dark Matter: The Unseen Forces That Influence Innovation

Around AD 150, the Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemy compiled a model of the universe that accurately predicted the movements of the sun, moon, planets, and stars. It was a remarkable achievement, diminished only by the fact that it happened to be entirely wrong. Rather than a relatively simple heliocentric model where planets revolved around a stationary sun, Ptolemy appealed to convoluted constructs to design a celestial Rube Goldberg Machine that kept the earth at the center of the cosmos where everyone felt it belonged. And yet, it worked. In fact, it worked so well that  it remained the predominant cosmological...

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Is Ghost Radar a useless iPhone app?

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Is Ghost Radar a  useless iPhone app?

The Yo app may have been criticised for being useless, but its brilliance was in its simplicity. It is the latest application to have made it through the Apple’s App Store Guidelines by promising to be functional - albeit loosely. Other apps that border on useless, and have come under similar criticism, include an electric shaver simulator, an abacus and an app that scans for ghosts. The Ghost Radar: Classic app claims to be able to pick up paranormal activity using the microphone, and guides the user to the location of ghosts The Ghost Radar: Classic app is a radar...

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