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‘The product of four years of development, Alpha is an engine for answers. Its ambition is to delve into “all the knowledge in the world,” Wolfram says, to find and calculate information.
Though Alpha’s interface evokes Google ― whose co-founder Sergey Brin once spent a summer interning for Wolfram ― it’s more like the anti-Google.Type in a query for a statistic, a profile of a country or company, the average airspeed of a sparrow ― and instead of a series of results that may or may not provide the answer you’re looking for, you get a mini dossier on the subject compiled in real time that, ideally, nails the exact thing you want to know. It’s like having a squad of Cambridge mathematicians and CIA analysts inside your browser”….<More>
“Reshaped seat allows shorter riders to reach the ground more easily AND lets taller riders stretch out a bit… so everyone is more comfortable. The twin piston front disk brake stops on a dime while the gas charged rear shock helps put the power to the pavement”….<More>
“Toradex have begun sampling their latest COM Express module, just 84 x 55mm in size,
which uses Intel’s Z5xx Atom processor range. The Toradex Robin (shown here on the right, to scale – but not actual size – with its Toradex Woodpecker sibling, announced last year) has seven USB 2.0, gigabit ethernet, a microSD slot and a SATA connection, and is suitable for highly-compact embedded applications.
Toradex Woodpecker Robin Atom Module
The Robin will be available with either the Atom 1.1GHz Z510 processor or the 1.6GHz Z530 processor, the former having a 400MHz FSB and 1GB of onboard storage and the latter with a 533MHz FSB, 2GB of storage and hyper-threading support. While the Z530 is the obvious choice for speed, the Z510 Robin fights back with its super-frugal power demands: just 3.5 to 5 Watts. Saying that, the Z530 Robin isn’t exactly a hog, using from 5.1 to 7.6 Watts.
Each comes with 512MB of soldered-on RAM and can support up to a 1366 x 768 external display over VGA. Other connections include one PCIe, ExpressCard, a TV output and HD audio. These look like incredible boards offering plenty of DIY scope; they’re priced at €129 ($163) for the Z510 Robin and €179 ($227) for the Z530 Robin”…. <More>
Could this be the first solar powered phone ever? “In addition there’s an “eco walk” function that lets the user count their steps with an in-built pedometer, calculating how much CO2 emissions have been reduced (and therefore how many trees have been saved) by walking as opposed to taking the car”… Via <pocket-lint>
“A Kodiak Steel Homes kit offers several advantages over more typical approaches to homebuilding. Its superior materials and fully-engineered design make it more durable, economical, and environmentally responsible”…
“Locating the house on a remote island posed another set of constraints. Using traditional construction processes would have been prohibitively expensive; the majority of costs would have been applied toward transporting building materials to the remote island. Instead, we worked with the contractor to devise a prefabrication and construction process that maximized the use of thee unique character of the site:Lake Huron as a waterway”…. <More>
Apartment Therapy has an excellent post rounding up their year’s best on Prefabs and RVs Check it out at Aparment Therapy Best of 2008
“# 6 Created for a owner who was paralyzed in a car accident, this home inverts the notion of “accessible” architecture by making the center of the house into a platform that moves up and down. Each floor of the house is only complete when the elevator/platform room is present. So the wheelchair-bound resident is the center of the home and an integral part of it”…. <More>
My experience of the the Palm OS is that it was satble but lacked any wow factor and now Palm claims they may have a game changer with their new Palm’s OS set to be unveiled on January’s CES called Nova led by Ex-Apple S enior Vice President for Hardware Engineering and “150 engineers since Rubinstein’s arrival. Among them are Jeff Devine, a top operations executive with Nokia (NOK), and Way Ting, an operating system guru from Silicon Graphics (SGIC). “We haven’t had any trouble selling our story,” says consultant Dan Walker, who was Apple’s chief talent officer from 2000 to 2004 and now leads recruiting for Palm”.
” Palm insiders are optimistic. “I’m fundamentally convinced we’re onto something huge,” says Mike Bell, a 16-year Apple engineering star who joined Palm last year. “Some of the stuff we’re working on here is mind-blowing—better than anything I’ve seen before”…. <More>
“It is designed as an ultra portable open source computer with gaming
controls, it is very small, around about the same size as a DS. It can
easily fit in your pocket. It is by far the most powerful handheld in
the world both in terms of raw CPU power and 3D graphics capability, it
will be able to handle things such as Firefox3 or Quake3 with ease.
Around 10+ Hours battery life. [http://openpandora.org/]” Via <UMPCPortal.com>
“The software – or more exactly the UI – is the key point now in selling any handset and thankfully INQ has listened. So, for what’s its worth the INQ1 has a 2.2in QVGA screen, HSDPA connectivity, a 3.2MP camera, microSD expansion slot to augment just 50MB of internal memory and pocket friendly dimensions of 97 x 47.6 x 14.4mm while it weighs a mere 110g. Now, the good stuff – and there’s a lot.
Running off a Qualcomm chipset with custom Brew operating system, the INQ1 has the best integration of social networking and communication tools this side of a BlackBerry or iPhone – scratch that, in many respects it is better than either.
For a start, Facebook, Skype, Twitter, YouTube, Bebo, eBay, Last FM, Microsoft Instant Messenger, Gmail, Google Maps are not only available on the handset but they run full time in the background, pre-fetching data and keeping users continuously connected. All run thin clients which can be accessed with or without signal (such as when on the Tube) and any notices written offline automatically sent when reception returns.
Taking this to the next level is a game changing contacts database where the INQ1’s contacts are seamlessly combined with those detected from these services. This means FaceBook, Twitter, Skype, Gmail, Yahoo, WLM contacts and more are merged grouping contacts with the same name or those with similar (ie, ‘Gordon Kelly’ and Gordon K’ would cause a prompt asking whether they should be merged or not). Consequently select any contact and you’ll have the option (where applicable) to either call, text, email, Facebook, IM, Twitter or Skype call (but not eBay) them, even their avatars and statuses are transposed. Brilliant”…. <More>
“The miBook (pronounced My Book), a multimedia cookbook and more, offers a better solution. The 7-inch portable player offers Food Network content and an innovative concept to help amateur chefs work like the pros.
Start by selecting a main ingredient–chicken, beef, fish, pasta, whatever–and a cooking method (grilling, pan-frying, broiling, and so on) and let miBook offer you a choice of recipes that match your settings. Then, follow the step-by-step video instructions. The miBook’s strength is that each time a step is presented, the video automatically pauses to give you time to copy what you just saw. Use the kitchen-friendly remote to continue the video when you’re ready”….<More>
“Like a traditional pool, the natural pool is separated from the ground by manmade materials such as rubber or reinforced polyethylene. But unlike a traditional pool, the water cleaning process uses a regeneration zone of aquatic plants and stones instead of harsh chemicals like chlorine.
Of course, no one wants a green pool in a literal sense, so natural pools use plants and ultraviolet sterilizers to rob algae of nutrients, leaving waters as clean as those of a traditional swimming pool. The chemical-free water and regeneration zone allow customers to have both a pool and a pond that functions as an aquatic garden”….<More>
SOlar LED lights form Solar Cynergy..you can drive over these! See the product specs below:
” All RSC Solar LED Series are made of Polycarbonite Resin and PC/ABS
Working Temp: -4 degrees to 158 F
– Made in Japan
– NO Battery! (capacitor technology)
– 10 Year Warranty, 25+ year life
– Uses quality Nichia LEDs
– Weather resilient!
– Drive over them!
– Perfect accent for landscapes, pathways, driveways”…. <SolarCynergy website>