My daughter got a nice tour (thanks to librarian Clement Ho) this weekend of the library at American University in Washington, DC.
Impressive all the scanning, poster, 3D and other printing technology, the loaner devices and materials the students can avail of.
My favorite was the Bookeye 4 scanner with the cradle so you don’t have to contort books to scan them
“One secret behind Bookeye 4's superior quality images is that it employs a linear CCD with dual reflecting mirrors that move instead of the lens; all but eliminating distortions inherent with both film and digital cameras (e.g. chromatic aberrations, barrel and pincushion distortions). Another reason for Bookeye 4's superior image quality is that the lens always remains perfectly perpendicular to the book whether in the flat or 'V' position, thereby enabling the scanner to digitize each side of the book in perfect alignment. The end result is a scanner that captures documents precisely from edge to edge while gently preserving the subject matter.”
a close second was the LocknCharge FUYL cells to store and charge laptops and mobile devices
I drooled about all these loaners - not listed Google Glasses which are also in inventory
I would like to borrow these :)
colorful reminder the world is still pretty analog!
The device uses a technique called STAMP, Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography, to create the burst of images, which can actually top out at around 5 trillion frames per second. An earlier version of the instrument, described in the journal Nature Photonics in August 2014, could split the laser pulse into six different colors that took the rapid-fire images. They are now working on a version that can split the pulse into 25 sequential color flashes and Nakagawa says he believes it could eventually get up to 100 colors, which would multiply the speed the system could attain.
Nakagawa says he doesn’t know all the applications the camera could be used for, but he says it should be able to reveal never before seen details of the moment of fusion reaction ignition and the instant a material changes phase, like from a liquid to a gas.
LG wants to make mounting your TV just as easy as sticking a magnet onto your refrigerator.
At an event earlier this week, the South Korean electronics giant showcased an incredibly thin 55-inch television with a flexible screen that you can press onto your wall using magnets.
It's just a concept, though — there's no indication when or if a product like this will actually come to market. The purpose of the announcement was really to announce LG's plans to focus on making OLED screens for products moving forward.
The TV screen itself is less than a millimeter thick, according to CNET. For context, that's about the same thickness as a paper clip. As shown in the image below, a magnetic pad holds the flexible TV screen up to the wall.
"So, after $60 million in investment, IMAX has developed a new laser projection system. The first installation will be at the TCL Chinese Theater in LA, and this is the only place you'll be able to see Furious 7 projected with lasers. Sound gets a boost too, with IMAX laser theaters getting 12 channels of sound - double what existing IMAX screens offer. The really important part of all this though is that laser projection offers much more brightness than traditional projection. That's crucial for things like 3D and HDR movies, and gives a much more impressive cinema experience."
Rebellion Photonics, is the world’s first (and only) maker of hyperspectral video cameras–the best way to detect fugitive emissions of methane and other volatile gases escaping from oil-and gas fields and petrochemical refineries.
The existing standard for image-based gas detection was unreliable: single-frame cameras or handheld infrared cameras that required the user to climb all over equipment and storage tanks in order to pinpoint leaks. The biggest competitor was $4.3 billion Flir Systems, a maker of light-intensifying and infrared cameras. Even then infrared discerns only hot from cold. A plume of gas seen that way might be methane–or harmless steam. “Until Rebellion, emissions monitoring was really expensive, really complicated and totally inaccurate,” says Sawyer. “You would get a lot of false positives.”
he device, the Broadcaster mini, works with any camera that has an HDMI port, and connects via Wi-Fi to send live 1080p videos to your Livestream account.
The Broadcaster mini is designed as a sequel to the original Broadcaster video encoder launched three years ago. The mini version measures in at about 2.8 by 2 inches – roughly 1/3 the size of its predecessor. It also bumps streaming speed from 2.3 Mbps to 4 Mbps, and runs on an internal rechargeable Li-ion battery instead of AA batteries. The company estimates battery life to last about two to three hours, and is rechargeable via micro USB.
Popular Mechanics on how The New York Times operates in modern times including the digital innovations it keeps delivering.
“The R&D Lab opened nine years ago with the goal of looking three to five years into the future. (The Times declined to say how much it cost to build.) Marc Frons, the company's CIO says he has no idea how people will interact with the Times in ten years, "whether it's on your wrist, or your forehead, or you take a pill, or it's a holographic contact lens, or a head-up display in your vehicle—or on your mirror in your bathroom." The lab explored E Ink before the Kindle even existed, was responsible for delivering the earliest versions of the paper's mobile news alerts, and helped the Times become the first publisher with an application on Google Glass. One of the lab's researchers recently designed a brooch programmed to light up whenever a topic is mentioned that matches something the wearer read about online that day. What good would that do, exactly? Boggie answers with enthusiasm, "We don't know yet!"”
Leave it to Disney and its technologies to make you part of the show – even when you are far from their parks
At a mall
Love the bit where the guy says on his phone "I think I am being shadowed by Goofy". How did person at other end react?
Also geeks, sure you know what Umbra and Penumbra are?
By making you part of a show
Mickey hats with LEDs allow audiences to Glow with the Show. BTW there is also a Minnie Mouse-inspired headband, a Mickey Mouse glove and, my favorite, a magical wand that reminds me of Sorcerer Mickey.
Everywhere you go
You can show off your Disney Side with your mobile phone