Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

Photographing the Earth from above

September 25, 2009

I was impressed by this: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/09/the-150-space-camera-mit-students-beat-nasa-on-beer-money-budget/

Two MIT students have managed to take pictures or the Earth curvature by launching a photo camera + mobile phone attached to a balloon. I was really impressed. If I was a kid, this would be very motivating stuff to get me into science. I would probably try to replicate it too…

Being a software engineer, I’m thinking … what if you get a “smartphone” and you write some software for it … what software would you write? Well, let’s see:

1. Software to control the camera integrated in the smartphone, so you don’t need a camera and a phone
2. Software to connect via gprs and submit live images (or hey, a live streaming) … question is, would you have any signal at 28km above the earth?
3. Software to monitor the GPS trajectory and altitude, so that you can plot it on a map and you can draw all sorts of graphs
4.  A IM chat client to tell your friends you’ve done it 🙂

Future of computing

June 29, 2008

A very interesting introduction to the future potential avenues for technological advancement in computing. Quantum computing would be very interesting, I wouldn’t mind one of those quantum computers. But chemicals and DNA computers could have endless applications and could change the face of computing as we know it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7085019.stm

Multi-tasking: you can’t do it!

June 26, 2008

Very entertaining introduction to how the brain works and to his book.

It has some really good insights. One is: exercise! And if you do, do the aerobics, not weight lifting.
Another one: you can’t multi-task! There’s more, but enough from me, I need to do something else now!