Category Archives: Technology

My voice is my passport

Wow, this is the second movie reference in 2 posts. You may have guessed that I’m interested in security and alternative computer input/output systems. This morning, I saw this post “Voice biometrics: coming to a security system near you.” about banks using voice print technology. Interesting discussion about using voice to combine 2 id methods, […]

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Eyeball-tracking camera could change real-world ads

Interesting story about a camera that can count eyes. They suggest that it might be used by advertising companies to count the numbers of eyes that have looked at particular ads. Eyeball-tracking camera could change real-world ads Getting closer to the ads in “Minority Report” This might be interesting for anyone researching computer vision or […]

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YouTube – Microsoft oPhone

Very funny video: YouTube – Microsoft oPhone [link via Furrygoat]

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‘Smart dust’ to explore planets

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | ‘Smart dust’ to explore planets I just noticed this on BBC News. I’ve obviously heard of smart dust but I hadn’t thought of it in the context of interplanetary exploration. Interesting stuff!

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Braille converter

Recently I had been thinking about various output media (including Braille and Text to Speech) for computer systems.  Today I noticed this story on the BBC about RoboBraille. They’re currently testing an email service that converts text to contracted Braille or MP3 and emails the result back to you.  Seems like a good idea.  (You […]

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With desktop camera, your face can be your password | CNET News.com

Just noticed this story (via a link from LifeHacker) With desktop camera, your face can be your password | CNET News.com The company produces a 3D desktop camera that can be used for authentication. So instead of entering a password, smartcard or fingerprint, your face can log you into a computer (or open a door). […]

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Macbook

After months of pondering, I eventually ordered a Macbook Pro. I went for the “low-end” model, 2.16GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. €450 didn’t really make sense for the next model up, and a 17inch screen is just too big for a laptop (in my opinion). Now I just have to wait until it arrives […]

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Introducing iPhone Shuffle. Life Is Random.

I’m not entirely sure about the iPhone, seems to be quite big for a phone. However this is a really good idea: Introducing iPhone Shuffle. Life Is Random. Thanks to the folks at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) for the link.

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Charging mobile devices

Just saw this report from CES by Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service about powering devices wirelessly. I saw this sort of technology proposed years ago, where you have a pad the size of a mouse mat and you just place your mobile devices on it to charge them. I’d find that extremely useful for all […]

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IRCSET – Embark Initiative – Grant Schemes

I was just notified of this today.  Probably of use to people planning on postgrad research. IRCSET – Embark Initiative – Grant Schemes Post Graduate Research The Embark Initiatives Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme is designed for either Masters or Doctorate level researchers in the sciences, engineering or technology. 2007 Programme [First Call] NOW OPEN The […]

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