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We think of SmartPhones now… just imagine what our SmartHouses will be. Watch Siri start a car and imagine the future Siri has. Minority Report isn’t too far away.

28 Nov

Who Needs Keys When Siri Has Been Hacked to Start Cars?.

Watch Siri start a car: 

Last week, a developer demonstrated how a hacked Siri can connect to proxy servers and control a house’s thermostat. We think of SmartPhones now… just imagine what our SmartHouses will be.

StubHub Founder Launches “Spreecast,” A Social Video Broadcasting Platform. Wait, could this be the future of classrooms?

10 Nov

 

 

Fluhr tells me that he saw a gap in providing a video communications platform that is inherently social and allows multiple people to broadcast their conversations live. While broadcasting startups like Justin.TV and Ustream allow for live broadcasting, the social element of conversation is missing.

Thus, the idea for Spreecast was born. In a Spreecast social video stream, up to 4 people at a time can be face-to-face, streaming their conversation live while hundreds of others can watch, chat, and participate by submitting comments and questions to those on screen.

The producer controls allow the creator (and other co-producers designated by the creator) to control who gets on camera and when. And people can come on and off camera allowing for more than four people during the course of the Spreecast. When a viewer requests to join on camera, the creator can screen them by previewing their video and text chatting with them privately before deciding whether to allow them to go on camera.

You can email guests by entering email addresses or importing your gmail contacts. You’ll also be able to Tweet, Google+ or post to your Facebook feed so that your followers and/or friends will be notified about your Spreecast. You can also invite viewers at any time from the Spreecast page – before, during or after a Spreecast (to view the archive). Spreecast is also integrated with Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ so that producers and creators can broadcast their conversations to their friends, followers, circles, contacts and connections.

via StubHub Founder Launches Spreecast, A Social Video Broadcasting Platform | TechCrunch.

FLIP-FLOP! HP announces to keep its PC division! So when’s the next $99 TouchPad??!

27 Oct

“Hopefully this is a beginning of a set of events over the next year that demonstrates the board has a better grip on things,” Forrester analyst Frank Gillett said. “It didnt feel well thought out or well executed in August.

“Separating the PC business would have meant about $1.5 billion in one-time expenses including establishing the infrastructure such as new systems for IT, support, sales and channel operations, a company spokesman said.

The elimination of joint opportunities — such as branding and procurement — would have cost HP over $1 billion annually, he said.

Some of the alternatives that HP was previously considering included hiving off the business into a separate company through a spin-off or sale.

via Bottom Line – HP decides to keep PC division.

Are you really that horrible at driving? Your answer is finally here. Augmented reality GPS navigation. All in front of your face.

26 Oct

What if you’re driving down a dark road in the middle of the night and you have no idea where you are? Navigating twists and turns would suck. But what if your car could display all the relevant info in front of your eyes?

According to Gizmag, True3D is a technology that wants to put your GPS navigation data right in front of your face, taking even more of the guesswork out of driving in unknown areas. But this isn’t just a matter of putting a GPS map in front of your face. This information is blended into the landscape you’re driving through. The road guide would have 3D depth, showing you exactly where to drive. Point of interest would have markers above them. And there could even be virtual road signs to go along with the standard navigation street maps, for example.

via Augmented Reality Navigation Displays in Your Windshield? Absolutely..

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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