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LIVE! Bill Gates is about to speak @ University Of Washington: Watch the stream here!

27 Oct

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Bill Gates is set to give a talk today for an event at the University of Washington’s School of Computer Science and Engineering. It starts at 3:30PST, so in just about 15 minutes.

Here’s the stream: http://www.livestream.com/billgates

The topic will be advances in computing, including natural user interfaces and pervasive computing that could change the way the bottom 1/3rd of the world’s population lives. For all the fanfare about the 99% here in the states, it’s humbling to remember that to much of the world, we are the 1% with adequate fresh water, free and comprehensive public schooling, working sewage and other basic utilities, and so on.

via Bill Gates Speaking At University Of Washington – Watch The Stream Here | TechCrunch.

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The creators of the iPod are bringing Bill Gates’ “SmartHouse” to yours, starting with a futuristic thermostat that adjusts temperature to your habits

25 Oct

iPod fathers unveil their next project, the Nest Learning Thermostat hands-on — Engadget. –> $249 @ Best Buy, starting in November 2011

According to Nest, the thermostat takes just about a week to start picking up on your routine, at which point it adjusts the temperature accordingly. It knows, for instance, that the whole family’s out of the house by 9am, and that people start trickling back in around four in the afternoon. That’s all thanks to a collection of six sensors, which keep tabs on metrics like temperature, ambient light, humidity and motion — whether it’s fingers about to touch the display or people passing in and out of the room.

Because of those far-field sensors, in particular, the Nest knows that you’re not at home if it hasn’t detected movement in ages. So, it lowers the temperature anyway, even if that’s a time when you’d typically be around. And let’s say you have a few of these installed throughout the house. Although they each learn independently, they also talk to each other, so if you walk through the foyer, the thermostat upstairs will know you’re home.

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