When this project started I was not excited at all, but as thing went on I kind of like it. I am always looking for news over the internet, of new things that will arrive in the near future, so my task was not really hard. Or that I think? As I kept looking for respectable sources, I find that, depending the source, the information has a different perspective,  and some of them omit information that was interesting to talk about. As I was not sure myself I did not want to take the risk of inventing rumors myself. Because lets be honest, rumors awful! They keep you excited about what’s coming next, and when that thing comes, it was not even to close to what was claim. That’s why I have to say sorry. I could not provide you with the coin size pc post, cause I was not sure about the information I found.

Prototypes of the Future. The things exposed in this blog, in chronological order were:

Ubi was my first informational post,  and I think it is a great idea that addresses common issues in our society. As does the virtual reality headset, and the over the air charger. As technology evolves people want more, they want an experience that feels real(in the case of video games), that is not too messy and easy to use.  They want portability and stylisheness, as it is provided by Intel’s new line of processors, Skypes new feature and Pura Coat invisibleness. But the ice on the cake are the Modular Phone, they address most of the issues presented by society today, and they will help the environment as its been use.

When this blog started I did not wanted to share it with anyone, due to the lack of confidence that I have in my writing skills. But as the thing goes on, I feel more confortable with some things that I write about and I decided to share it in twitter, and obviously the classmates. When I saw the statistics, I recieved most views from Puerto Rico and 11 from United States. This thing was impressive for me, I don’t know how my blog reach US but Im glad. The most views in a day were 27, and that’s amazing, its 27 more than in the past.

The only ones that commented on the posting were my fellow classmates, because they were force to. But I’m sure they enjoy what they see in my blog.

Phones at this moment globally, are a must-have, a necessity.  With the incredible number of phones out there is possible to find one that satisfy your interest, whether you want a cheap one for basic use, or a flagship with all the bell and whistles. But how much time do we spend to find the right? How much time does it take you to dump that phone before something new, better, and cheaper comes? The fact is that this habit is big concerned for the environment. A big amount of trash in the landfills is greatly base on silicon materials, which include phones. For this concerned a year ago a group of developers made a video, presenting  a prototype of phone that could satisfy everyone, and at the same time helps the environment.Phoneblocks.

 

And their campaign paid off. Now Google has join the fight making there own modular phone Project Ara. Their design is inspired by Phoneblocks but their approach was different. They decide to use magnets instead of pins to locked the pieces in place. To bring a stylish and customizable phone design to the table, they decide to make all the modules in different color.

The diffusion of this device will be easy, the problem is the time the companies will adopt the transition and start making their own modules for the phones. And when this happen it will be great. Imagine what we can have in the palm of our hands? We can have Harman Kardon speakers, with Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor, or a big battery with an extremely good camera, or anything we want, customize it the way we always wanted.

Googles has plan to deliver a basic set of phones by the end of the year, with the basic starting at only $50(the drawback is that is wifi-only) and this will be the start of a new trend that will last for a while.

 

Plastic screen protector are useful, they protect our mobile devices from everyday scratches, but at what cost? They deteriorate the device appearance with unwanted air bubbles and dirt, and they have to be change regularly to keep protecting. Now developers bring us Pura Coat. A nanotechnology fluid that can be applied across the face of an entire mobile device without damaging it, and will still protect your device against scratches and water damage.

This screen protector started a campaign at indiegogo and their goal was $500 to market their product, but the need of consumers for this is so high that they surpass their goal with a whapping $29,517.  This screen protector could be the solution for anyone. It is as easy as a spray in the screen, and it is unnoticeable. The video show how the product works, and they clearly denigrate the plastic screen protector which is a direct competition.

As stated in the faq page here this liquid will not damage existing or special features of the screen itself and front face parts of the device. For example Apple Touch Id system in their IPhone 5s phones. Compare to other similar products this is more useful and intuitive.

With only a donation of $5 you can be put in their first order, and when they reach 250 orders(which they already have) they will send you a bottle which can be use for 4 devices or one device for a year. Yes, this has to be re-apply each three-sixth months, to provide top performance, but it is not a problem due to the easiness of installation.  Or you can pay $18 plus shipping to receive it now.

Skype was founded in 2003 by Janus Friis and Niklas Zentrom. It is a renowned software that let people communicate with peers over the internet, by making free calls and instant messaging. In2011 it was bought from Microsoft for 8.5 billions, when it had over 725 million users. Now the thing is, what Skype has to offer that no one else has! Recently Microsoft gives us a hint of what we will be seen next, Live Translation! 

In this video it is demonstrated the capabilities of the software, by live translating from german to english and otherwise. It is a tool that will reconnect the world again, as once the internet did. Imagine things that can be develop with this:

  • Making it an offline app that can be use as a personal translator when you go on a trip.
  • As in the video, communicating with employees and peers in another country without knowing their home language.
  • Cause at the same time it translate, it display the text in the screen, we can associate the words we are saying with the translation, and can be able to learn a new language ourselves.

Yes, it still has a lot of ways to go, as it is demonstrated in the video with a little mistakes here and there. But it is still in development, it is still not the whole pie. When this arrive the persons behind this project will find more ways to use it as they always do. This technology’s beta  is set to be release by the end of 2014 as a Windows 8/8.1 app.

For more information go to Technet or search for Skype Live Translator on your favorite engine.

Since the invention of computers, peoples lives have changed dramatically.  It provided users a new experience making by the time complex calculations easier. Now, this technology has evolved and become more accessible to everybody due to extreme cost reduction over the past years.  It can as well in conjucntion with the internet connect us with the entire world, interchanging information and useful data. The real problem is portability, and this so called portability has its drawbacks. Like for example lenovo’s yoga pro 2, which  is quite portable, and has a nice design that I doubt anyone could hate. But what it has in design it lacks in power in entry level models.

Intel has now devise a solution to compensate for both power and portability. By moving the microarchitecture of its latest proccesor to 14 nanometers, which basically means that they can put more in less space. Its performance will be increase up to 6% of what we have, and decrease in power consumption up to 30% and 25% in size. Power comsumption wise, imagine when the MacBook Air gets the upgrade to Broadwell, 10 hours of battery could translate into maybe 15.

They showcase for the first time a fan less unit which means that low end laptops will be more thinner. Powerhouses laptops will still use fans, due to the heat produce by highly a clocked processor. But the processor will be so thin that the fans needed will not add to much thickness to the device itself. Imagine tablets pc with a decent proccesor and so thin that can be compared to any other tablet (cough cough IPad Air). As for example the Surface Pro 3, could become more thinner than it is, if it wasn’t for the fan that its needed to control the heat inside the device, and still more powerful than it was before.

The realase date it due to the end of the year and for more information go to ITPro  or other websites who offer information about Intels latest proccessor.

Everybody at least once in their lives have had problems with their mobile devices batteries. Running around looking for an outlet and when you finally find it, you look for the charger and… Bang!. When you need it is nowhere to be found, or unexpectedly broken. Thanks to the rapidly growth of mobile devices, chargers have been standardized to 5Volts micro-usb for almost every device( except proprietary ones like apple’s lightning connector ). Even thou this is true, the fact is that they are inconvenient, they can be messful and broken unexpectedly. Developers have tried to create a new way to charge our gadgets without the use of chargers and cables. Then this idea surge, by using old knowledge about charge by induction they created an  inductive charger for mobile devices. This is a form of wireless charging, but by limiting the it to a docking station, the phone or device becomes useless for the amount of time it is been charging. Now there is a solution! Students from the Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering have develop a material that can capture waves and transform them into electricity. This technology could come installed directly into our phones or mobile devices everywhere we are. We can be productive while never running out of battery. They claim this material could produce up to 5.4Volts which is more than what the micro-usb could provided, so the gadget could be charge even faster. The release date for this wifi charger is unknown, because it is recently been discovered. Now they have to keep creating prototypes even smaller, so one day they could fit in our phones lives. Personal opinion: I want this now!

Since the 20th century, virtual reality have being a topic of discussion as something unachiveable. Even now people think of it as a dream, represented mostly in popular anime’s like Sword Art Online, Log Horizon and No Game No Life. But in this days of advance technology  this 20th century dream could become reality. Starting with  two recognizable prototypes:

 

Project Morpheus

Oculus Rift

This technology promises to inmerse you into a digital world in which you can interact with everything. With the latest surround sound, they are hoping to provide a 360 degree interaction so that depending where you are standing you hear different things from the environment.

Project Morpheus and Oculus Rift are been design exclusively for games, but imagine how much we can do with this technology in all the aspects.

  • Calling our parents from a different country and talk as if they were in front of you.
  • Creating conference in business and interact with other employees directly, kinda Star Wars reference.
  • Training military personnel in different areas without exposing them to unnecessary danger.
  • Making teleoperation treatment and actual surgery to a fallen soldier.

The fact is that this technology could enhance our lives in a good way, but developing them takes a lot of resources, that is why product like this are always delay. Until the project does not reach a standard goal in which is appealing enough to consumers, it will never get out to the stores. Surely when it arrives it will stay and mark a new era, as mobile phones did.

 

As of today since 2008 when the first iPhone was released, the touchscreen technology has taken leaps into the future. For starters it has almost become a necessity, or a highlighted feature since almost every mobile device has it, or it is moving into it(like laptops). But what’s its next?

Ubi, an intermediary model software between you computer, a proyector and a Microsoft’s Kinect that can turn any wall, floor or ceiling into a touchscreen. The way it works its simple, with the Kinect’s advanced technology of cameras, the Ubi software detects the wall it is projecting to, and with the 3D Mapping of the Kinect the software knows when the user is fully clicking an icon instead of hovering it.

This technology can have a great impact in our society, in different aspects; like education, business and video games. For example it can make Education more interactive and proffesors could take notes and highlight important things easily in their boards. In Business  it could make presentations more playful instead of static ones, and profesionals could persuade more effectively their customers.

The Ubi software is set to be price around $150 for the basic package without the Kinect and proyector. This product is already available in beta version for those who have the new Kinect, and for those who has the old one, can have it fully functional. As of now only companies, business and organization could have it and it is not commercial for consumers yet. The Ubi software is one of those inventions that is already available but it is not used by many cause it is not been well marketed.That is why even thou it is been released already I talk about it to exposed this new technology for customers to buy.

This software could make an improvement to our lives, making learning and expression of ideas more easily, the only drawback is that you need almost a thousand bucks to have it fully functional is you do not have a proyector or kinect. Nonetheless it is huge improvement from what we already have in our class and conference rooms. For more information go to http://www.ubi-interactive.com/

Prototypes of the Future

Posted: June 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

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There is an exponential growth in the technology that we are using daily. Everyday there is something new that out-dates the devices that we use daily. This rapid development of gadgets opens the possibility for new and exciting things.In this week all-rounder we will talk about the prototypes of the future,or artifacts that we will see in our homes any time soon.

This topic is pretty relevant to our society because it is a statement of what awaits us in the near future. Developers use their creativity to create gadgets of current need, but for resources or accessibility problems their ideas are delayed, sometimes for years into becoming reality.

For now  devices that are already in progress, or currently patented will be public in this site.  The entries provided in this blog are directed mostly to technology enthusiast who can’t wait to see what’s new on the avenue, but the language is suitable for young adults who want to know a little more about what’s next.

Some of the topics we will talk about are:

  • Virtual reality
  • Modular phones
  • Coin-size pc’s.

The main reason for choosing this topic was myself,  I have a curiosity issue that can only be satisfies by reading rumors about devices, and campaigns at indiegogo.com. I lurk in every corner of the web to see what’s happening, and learn what are the main issues that the world is confronting, and how people are attacking this problems by creating this precious artifacts.

Introduction

Posted: June 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello World, my name is Wilfredo and I’m part of the Electrical Engineering Department in the UPRM. I don’t have any experience in blogging or anything related to it, but I have a little bit of knowledge in coding on HTML 5, JavaScript and C programming languages.