"Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It’s for creative, resourceful people of
all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things."
New York Times on how NASA through various contests is benefiting from innovative amateurs outside tis ecosystem of professionals and contractors. Crowdsourcing comes to space. The 2008 contests are listed here.
At one extreme you have the Flip, a barebones video recorder for around $ 100. At the other extreme, MIT Technology Review writes about products from the Red Digital Cinema Camera which may make standalone digital cameras obsolete.
"Handset makers could use virtualization to more easily replicate the
features found in one another's devices and confront the threat posed
by Apple, which introduced the iPhone in 2007. Virtualization could
also help cell-phone makers offer more features at a lower price.
Currently, programmers have to rewrite every application—be it a game,
social networking service, or other feature—for each of the various
operating systems...So Motorola could grab a Web-browsing application written for one
system, an e-mail application for another, and calling features
designed for a third OS, and elegantly integrate them onto one phone.
That could significantly speed up the phone-design process.
Virtualization also helps a phone run with fewer chips. Today, mobile
phones typically require a combination of a baseband processor, which
enables the phone to communicate; an applications processor,
responsible for running applications like e-mail; and a multimedia
chip, which handles graphics, audio, and video. But a virtualized phone
can accomplish all of the above with just one or two processors instead
Virtualization software will help (enhance security by letting) operators give preference to "trusted" applications."
NASA is calling for next-gen space suit designs for its next-gen Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle which will carry astronauts to the International Space Station and longer term to the Moon and Mars.
Should be able to withstand tears on the vehicle (given how astronauts float around in the weightlessness), and the radiation on the moon and who knows what on Mars. And of course allow astronauts to play golf and look cool while doing it :)
"It currently costs roughly $60,000 to sequence a human genome, and a
handful of research groups are hoping to achieve a $1,000 genome within
the next three years. But two companies, Complete Genomics and BioNanomatrix,
are collaborating to create a novel approach that would sequence your
genome for less than the price of a nice pair of jeans--and the
technology could read the complete genome in a single workday."
It is trying to acquire Circuit City and get more into selling electronics. But it also wants to compete with Starbucks by offering cappuccinos, Kinko's by offering Wi-Fi...it is testing various new concepts as this Dallas Morning News story outlines.