“Months of work on “chromoting” have reached fruition with Google’s release on Friday of a new Chrome extension to let a person on one computer remotely control another across the network.
The Chrome Remote Desktop beta version, which arrived Friday, is a browser-based equivalent of remote desktop software for conventional operating systems.
Such software is handy for IT administrators managing employees’ machines, people taking care of their relatives’ computers, or individuals getting access to their own machines from afar.”
“I was recently “voluntold” to clean up several years’ worth of accumulated computer parts in my GeekCorner of the basement. I was generally fine with this, since even I had to admit that things had gotten a little out of hand over time.
The cleanup took a lot longer than I expected, but the resulting local decrease in entropy down there is definitely an improvement. And since most of the bits and pieces were intended for use in various long-neglected projects, getting rid of that stuff meant I could stop feeling guilty about never getting around to starting, let alone finishing, those projects. Like Paul Graham says, your property really does own you.
One item I did save from the get-this-out-of-my-house boxes was an Epia M10000 motherboard. VIA was the pioneer in developing the mini-ITX form factor, and their boards have been extremely popular over the years with those interested in creating small form factor computers.
The Epias are noted for their low power consumption and ability to be passively cooled; consequently they make great silent PCs. I had used the Epia M10000 for a while in a previous project, but it was now idle and ripe for re-use.
I’d been meaning to put together a low-power network file server, and this seemed like a good time to finally make that happen.”
“Sorry, kid, but you’ve got the arms of a 12-year-old, and you’re not watching the Spice Channel tonight.
That’s the idea floated by Microsoft in a patent filing made public this week, proposing to use a 3D depth camera (such as the one in its Kinect sensor for Xbox 360) to digitally measure the proportions of a person’s body and estimate age based on the data, such as head width to shoulder width, and torso length to overall height.
The system could then automatically restrict access to television shows, movies and video games accordingly, using ratings for each type of content.
It might sound like science fiction, but it’s actually not a huge stretch, given the detailed skeletal tracking that Kinect already uses to let people control games.
As described in the patent application, the approach would give parents a new advantage over their tech-savvy kids, many of whom can easily circumvent existing parental controls.
But more than that, the technology could work dynamically — detecting when a kid enters the room, for example, and switching to more appropriate content.”
“After starting out producing security cameras, German-based Mobotix is now taking video surveillance to new heights – literally. One of the company’s type-M12 cameras has been situated at an altitude of 5,643-meters (18,514 ft) on the Kala Patthar mountain to stream high definition images of the summit of the nearby 8,848-meter (29,029 ft) high Mount Everest.
The solar-powered webcam takes the title of the world’s highest webcam from the now second highest webcam in the world located at the 4,389-meter (14,400 ft) high base camp of Mount Aconcagua in Argentina.
The Kala Patthar location, which was chosen for its excellent view of the western side of Everest, including the north and southwest faces of the mountain and the West Ridge, exposes the webcam to some pretty harsh conditions with high winds and temperatures as low as -30°C (-22°F).
Images captured by the webcam are transmitted wirelessly to the Ev-K2-CNR Pyramid Laboratory/Observatory, which is located at an altitude of 5,050 meters (16,568 ft). Here, the video is analyzed before being sent onto Italy for further evaluation.”
“LaCie has always taken an understated approach to its lineup of boxy network storage devices, and the LaPlug is no different.
With this little guy sitting in your living room, you can wirelessly share and access data across your home network, while streaming USB drive-stored multimedia content to any UPnP/DLNA-certified devices, including the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 or any compatible smartphones and tablets.
With a quartet of USB 2.0 ports, along with gigabit ethernet and WiFi b/g/n capabilities, the LaPlug also allows you to back up your files in a centralized and remotely accessible location.
You can grab one now for $75…”
“Last year we told you about the German company’s Adizero f50 boot, the lightest boot ever made at 164g.
Well this year, the Adizero f50 has gained a solitary gram – but has added a whole lot more. At a briefing at the stadium before the big match the director of miCoach at Adidas, Simon Drabble, described the new f50 boots as “the next generation of football innovation”.
From Drabble’s job title you’ve probably gathered the big new addition to the boot – the inclusion of miCoach, Adidas’ interactive personal training tool.
The way it is incorporated into a football boot is via a micro-chip, dubbed the miCoach Speed Cell, that fits into a slot buried beneath the sock-liner and in a position on the shoe so as to not affect performance…
The chip lets you track your performance during a match, highlighting 360-degree movement, so not just linear action as per similar setups for runners.
It collects data on your speed and distance and, when paired with the Speed Cell software, gives you a detailed breakdown of your performance including your average speed, the distance you covered, the time you spent walking, the number of sprints and so on.
It teams up with a USB dongle that operates over a wireless connection when the boots are nearby.”
“The NFC Forum just released the latest update to the growing close-range standard and it includes a nice little treat called SNEP, which stands for Simple NDEF Exchange Protocol. (Side note: the NDEF in SNEP, stands for NFC Data Exchange Format — it’s like a matryoshka doll of abbreviations.)
What makes SNEP exciting is that it allows for sending and receiving of data between two devices.
This could be used to exchange contact information between phones (similar to Bump, but without the need for an app) or collect links to trailers from movie posters which could be played back on your TV at home.”