Friday, September 28, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Monday, September 24, 2007

Internet Umbrella Prototype

Keio University doctoral student Takashi Matsumoto displays the prototype model of the image or net browsing umbrella "Pileus" to make rainy days fun, at the university's advanced technology exhibition in Tokyo,Japan. The web images are downloaded from the Internet and projected from a mobile projector mounted on the grip of the umbrella.

The Pileus Internet Umbrella has a large screen on the top surface, a built-in camera, a motion sensor, GPS, and a digital compass, and it provides two main functions : a Photo-Sharing and a 3D Map Navigation.

The photo function is connected to "Flickr". A user can take photo with a camera on the umbrella, and pictures are uploaded to Flickr via a wireless Internet connection. User can also enjoy theirselves watching photo-streams downloaded from Flickr (and video-stream from YouTube on an advanced proto) with simple operation of wrist snapping.

3D Map Navigation is powered by "Google Earth". Detecting a location data from GPS, it shows a 3D bird view around the user. User can walk-through a city comparing the 3D views and real sights, and the map is always updated by GPS and a digital compass. As it has a large screen, it create virtual reality but not immersive.

The Pileus Internet Umbrella has been making its rounds for approximately one year already, but until now there is no official word on whether it will be made on a commercial scale or not. A Pileus Internet Umbrella Prototype was first demonstrated in 2006 at UbiComp, a computing conference held in California.

It might not be the most expensive umbrella in the world when released,but it will definitely be the most technologically packed version.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A view of the crater caused by a meteorite crash in Peru

A view of the crater caused by a meteorite crash in the southern Peruvian town of Carangas, near the border with Bolivia.

Hundreds of people in Peru are reported to be feeling sick after an object from space, believed to be a meteorite, crashed to Earth.The incident took place on Saturday night, when people near Carancas in the remote Puno region, some 1,300km (800 miles) south of the Peruvian capital, Lima, reported seeing a fireball in the sky coming towards them.

The object then hit the ground, leaving a 30m (98ft) wide and 6m (20ft) deep crater.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007