Archive for October, 2011

Scientists measure dream content for the first time….

The ability to dream is a fascinating aspect of the human mind. However, how the images and emotions that we experience so intensively when we dream form in our heads remains a mystery. Up to now it has not been possible to measure dream content. Max Planck scientists working with colleagues from the Charité hospital in Berlin have now succeeded, for the first time, in analysing the activity of the brain during dreaming.

The secret world of dreams could soon be cracked open. Innovative neuroscientists have already  begun to figure out the thoughts of awake people– now, a team reckon they can use similar methods to    tap into dreams.

To find out whether dreams could be read in the same way as waking thoughts, Michael Czisch and Martin Dresler at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany, and their colleagues turned an array of brain-monitoring technology on lucid dreamers.

“A lucid dream is simply a dream in which you realise you’re dreaming,” says Dresler. The rare ability to “wake up” while still in a dream and be in control of their actions – and their dreams – makes lucid dreamers a real asset to dream researchers: they are the only people who can reliably, and in real time, communicate what they are dreaming about – usually with eye movements.

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On October 23rd, 2001, Steve Jobs introduced the iPod at a special event, showing off a design destined to become iconic. Ten years later, the brand is as strong as ever, though sadly, we have lost its inventor.

iPod   is arguably the most important in Apple’s history. If the iPod failed, Apple would have remained a boutique computer maker prized by designers and schools but able to be safely ignored by the tech world at large.  Instead, the iPod proved to be a powerful wedge, the de facto standard for listening to music for many years. How did the iPod’s original design morph over time? Let’s take a small trip through the evolution of the device that’s arguably the most important in the Apple’s history.

The one that started it all…

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Tata Pixel Car

The Tata Pixel, with ‘Zero Turn’ drive and an innovative diamond-shaped door system, is a city car concept for Europe from Tata Motors.


Based on the Tata Nano, the Pixel – at just over three metres in length – is the most package efficient four-seater in the world, comfortably accommodating four adults, unlike a typical city car which is either a two-seater or can accommodate two adults and two children only.

The Tata Pixel’s ability to maneuver and park in the tightest of spaces is made possible by its Zero Turn toroidal traction-drive Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT).


This highly efficient, cost-effective system assists rotation of the outer rear wheel forwards and the inner rear wheel backwards during low-speed manoeuvres, while the front wheels turn at acute angles. The result is a turning circle radius of just 2.6 metres. The glass area on the scissor doors provides excellent visibility even in the most extreme turning manoeuvre.

The Tata Pixel also introduces “My Tata Connect” — the first integrated human-machine interface (HMI) concept from Tata Motors for its new generation programmes.

“My Tata Connect” enables seamless integration of the user’s smartphone or tablet with the vehicle’s infotainment system and also allows controlling key functions of the car.

With optimised aerodynamic drag, low rolling-resistance tyres, stop-start technology, and intelligent battery charging, the Tata Pixel returns European combined cycle (NEDC) fuel economy of 3.4 l/100km and CO2 emissions of just 89g/km.


In addition to serving as the infotainment display when docked in the instrument panel, the tablet also allows temperature, ventilation and air-conditioning settings to be adjusted through its touch screen, as well as displaying information on the vehicle’s performance.

A 1.2 litre three-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, positioned at the rear of the Tata Pixel, gives lively performance.


The ‘scissor’ doors rotate upwards from the front to allow all four passengers to effortlessly enter or exit the Tata Pixel, even in the tightest of spaces, while the doors’ large glass area provides excellent visibility.

A forward sweeping roofline, with minimal front and rear overhangs, accentuates the youthful styling, while the window graphic features an interchangeable island that can be used to change the exterior appearance whenever desired.

The engine is a low-friction design, featuring variable coolant and oil pump and rapid warm-up technologies.

Courtesy:yahoo news


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Hari Hara Sravan (MGIT ECE 2nd year)


We have heard of submarines that can travel in under water, we have seen many of such Submarines in the BOND Movies also….But the submarines were mainly used at that time to attack an enemy Nation by being in disguise.

Later on advances in technology has made inevitable changes in the concept of use of submarines. Now they are used to detect the minerals that exist deep under the sea which are almost more that 5000 feet below.

A Human being going so deep into the seas and oceans is way too risky so SUBMERSILE’s were designed to fulfill this task. Many of the countries including INDIA have put in their R&D into designing Submersile’s. CHINA being the top country which has got a lot of progress in this regard, they have started the research in 2002 and they could successfully complete the Model. They named it JIALONG.



China’s manned deep-diving submersible Jiaolong  left a port in Jiangyin, Jiangsu province on board its mother ship Xiangyanghong 9 yesterday for a 5,000 meter dive in the Pacific Ocean.

Only four other nations – the United States, France, Russia and Japan – have the technology for a manned submersible dive at greater than 3,500 meters below sea level.

A submersible is a smaller version of a submarine, and requires a mother ship while it is on the surface. It can also dive much deeper than a submarine.

Named after a mythical sea dragon, Jiaolong completed 17 dives in the South China Sea between May 31 and July 13 last year, reaching a maximum depth of 3,759 meters with three crew members on board.

This time, it will attempt a 5 kilometer-deep dive in the Pacific Ocean in the next 47 days, and it is expected to make four dives, said Jin Jiancai, secretary-general of China Ocean Mineral Resources R&D Association (COMRA).

The 8.2 meter, 22 ton submersible was designed to go to a depth of 7,000 meters, which could give China access to 99.8 percent of the ocean floor. Jiaolong is considered to be the world’s only deep-sea vessel that can theoretically reach those depths.

Jin noted that safety was the first priority in this mission.

“First of all, we should bear in mind that this is a scientific experiment. Although we have studied the environment as much as possible, there are still some unpredictable conditions.”

“Even if we could not reach the expected depth for some reason, we will achieve the goal of this experiment as long as all our crew members return safely to land,” said Jin.

Manufactured as part of the national high technology R&D plan in 2002, also known as the 863 Plan, more than half of Jiaolong’s parts and components were made in China.

Jin said part of the mission is to fulfill the contract between the International Seabed Authority (ISA) and COMRA, which includes taking photographs and video footage of the sea floor, and measuring submarine topography and geomorphy, in the 75,000 square kilometer area designated by the ISA.

“With permits from the ISA, China will be able to explore minerals and other resources for commercial purposes in this area once the technology matures,” added Jin.

The three crew members on Jiaolong are Tang Jialing, Fu Wentao and Ye Cong. Ye, Jiaolong’s pilot, has been responsible for 28 of the 37 dives that it has made so far, and he also helped with the design of the craft.

source:China Daily

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Mahesh (MGIT ECE 4th year)

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Microsoft omni touch

Switch on to omni touch n sense all d applications on ur body..!!!

OmniTouch, a wearable projection system developed by researchers at Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University, lets you turn pads of paper, walls, or even your own hands, arms, and legs into graphical, interactive surfaces.

OmniTouch uses a depth-sensing camera, similar to the Microsoft Kinect, to track your fingers on everyday surfaces. You control interactive applications by tapping or dragging your fingers. The projector can superimpose keyboards, keypads, and other controls onto any surface, automatically adjusting for the surface’s shape and orientation to minimize distortion of the projected images.

You can use the palm of  your hand as a phone keypad, or as a tablet for jotting down brief notes. Maps projected onto a wall can be panned and zoomed with the same finger motions that work with a conventional multitouch screen.

It’s conceivable that anything you can do on today’s mobile devices, you will be able to do on your hand using OmniTouch,” said Chris Harrison, a Ph.D. student in Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute.

The OmniTouch device includes a short-range depth camera and laser pico-projector and is mounted on your shoulder. But Harrison said the device ultimately could be the size of a deck of cards, or even a matchbox, so that it could fit in a pocket, be easily wearable, or be integrated into future handheld devices.

Harrison previously worked with Microsoft Research to develop Skinput, a technology that used bioacoustic sensors to detect finger taps on a person’s hands or forearm to control smartphones or other compact computing devices.

Harrison was an intern at Microsoft Research when he developed OmniTouch in collaboration with Microsoft Research’s Hrvoje Benko and Andrew D. Wilson. Harrison will describe the technology on Wednesday (Oct. 19) at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST) in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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Hari Hara Sravan (MGIT ECE 2nd year)

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Remember the last time you got up in the middle of the night for a glass of water and stumbled over in the dark? We have all at some time got up and walked in the dark; whatever the purpose may be. And for some reason, we all make the same ‘mistake’ of not switching on the light. Or let’s just say that we are often unable to locate the switch in the dark. What do we do then? We use our sense of touch and stay closely to the wall as we try to find our way. In this entire route that we cover by feeling the wall, we may trip over something that was left lying on the floor and eventually hurt ourselves. The worst part is that we are still in the dark. Sounds quite pathetic but all of us have gone through such a situation.

With the coming of the Senzo Nightlight, such incidents will be a thing of the past.  What is Senzo? In the simplest of terms it is a nightlight. Delving a little deeper reveals that it is not just any nightlight. The designers have kept the ‘wall feeling’ habit of every individual in mind. This has led to the development of the touch sensitive light, named Senzo.It is  Soledal Clavell and Macros Media who created this wonderful nightlight that lights up the room when touching it.It can be mounted anywhere like bedrooms and corridors.. No need to find light just switch it.

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HTC Amaze 4G

HTC Amaze 4G appears to be focused in the photo and video taking side as it seemingly encompasses the camera-centric offerings we’ve seen already with the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide. For starters, it features a backside illuminated 8-megapixel shooter with dual-LED flash in the rear, which is touted as offering zero shutter lag for those intent on snapping photos in the moment.

Moreover, it packs 1080p video capture to complement its already boastful camera-centric offerings. Besides all of the camera stuff, the HTC Amaze 4G is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor to deliver an amazing Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread experience. Not stopping there, it also features a 4.3” qHD Super LCD display, NFC capabilities, and 4G HSPA+ connectivity.

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Now that the 3D entertainment experience is coming back in style with hoards of movies either being filmed in or converted to 3D, manufacturers of television sets are following hot on the heels of the moviemakers and beginning to offer their technology with a 3D option available as well. Of course, however, no  home 3D experience will work without a good pair of 3D glasses. And no matter how wonderful the 3D interface of the television set is, your viewing experience can only ever be as sharp, as pleasant, and as comfortable as your  3D glasses.Let’s have a look at its features….

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Airborne radar will map ground in 3D

A SOFTWARE upgrade to existing radar systems will allow aircraft to map landscapes and buildings in 3D, and make it easier to spot part-hidden objects on the ground.

The software augments synthetic aperture radar (SAR), a technique that has been around since the 1950s. Airborne SAR works by sending radar signals towards each spot on the ground from several different points along a plane’s flight path. Signals bouncing back from a particular object on the ground are combined to create a 2D image as if it had been taken from a single viewpoint – and in more detail than would be possible from a single source.

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AirPod Vehicle

In the past hour, worldwide consumption of petroleum exceeded 100 million gallons.

In the United States, there are 200,000 miles of pipeline, 170,000 gas stations and 243 million vehicles using petroleum fuels.

Guy Nègre, a former aeronautics and formula one engineer is hoping to change all that. He has invented a compressed air technology for cars.

Nègre is the founder and CEO of Motor Development International (MDI SA) based in Luxembourg, with research and development facilities in Nice, France.

The AirPod is a small four-wheel mini-car that uses compressed air to move pistons in a 5.45 hp internal combustion engine.


It has a range of 60 miles on a single tank of air and uses a small motor to compress outside air to keep the tank full.

The compressor can operate on gasoline, diesel, biodiesel, ethanol or vegetable oil, but can also be plugged into an electrical outlet for recharging.

With regular gasoline fueling the compressor, the Airpod averages an amazing 106 mpg with a range of 800 miles.

With the demand for inexpensive, user friendly, ultra high mileage vehicles that have zero emissions related to global warming – the Airpod is getting a lot of attention.

Air France and KLM airlines are using AirPods to transport passengers between arrival and departure gates at airports in Paris and Amsterdam.

Automaker, Tata Motors has purchased the manufacturing rights for India. Zero Pollution Motors has purchased the rights for the U.S. market and beginning in 2011 expect to manufacture 8,000 vehicles a year in the United States.

Licensing arrangements for other countries are currently in progress.

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Hari Hara Sravan (MGIT ECE 2nd year)