Reactions to the latest innovations in tech

Thursday, June 19, 2008
eWatch: A Wearable Sensor and Notification Platform

View file: eWatch.pdf

This paper discusses another technology discovery that would attract more consumers. The device is a wearable sensor watch and notification platform that is better than the previous wearable sensors since, this device supplies more sufficient battery life and importantly, it provides a direct interaction to the user which means, the device monitors the user’s day-to-day regular activities.

Personally, the device certainly is advantageous and helpful. It has impressive features like for example, it has networked capabilities that help the user in emergency to call for help. Another feature is its location finder that allows the distant person being networked to the watch to locate the user. Its hardware and software architectures too are impressive. Certainly, the device is another advance in technology. However, I believe, it’s not really that practical to own one. But could much be of a good advantage especially when you really need to track a person from time to time.

Reference:

Uwe Maurer, Anthony Rowe, Asim Smailagic, Daniel P. Siewiorek
School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University,
Pittsburgh Electrical and Computer Engineering Department,
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Computer Science Department,
Technische Universit√§t M√ľnchen, Germany



A miniature robot that autonomously optimizes and
maintains extracellular neural action potential recordings


View file: robotics.pdf

The paper introduces and discusses a new advancement in technology and in the field of robotics, a device that interconnect human brain and computer. This device, a proof of continue innovation in neural prosthetics, allows paralyzed people to operate computers with their minds since it tracks neurons in their brains. The device is being implanted in a region where there is only a minimal effort and doesn’t require many and complicated surgeries.

Personally, the new invention is indeed, amazing and impressive. The device is equipped with a very good architecture that could record clear neural actions. With this, it could be said that we can assure that the device could bring good results which would help in the proper analysis. Moreover, this device could much be of help to those who are physically disabled. With simply thinking, the neuron movements send signals which carry the logical data of the current state of the said thinker. I believe more improvements of it will include the controlling of other objects through the power of minds. However, I just hope that this device will not be used irresponsibly, instead, be applied with good intentions.

References:

Edward A. Branchaud, Jorge G. Cham, Zoran Nenadic, and Joel W. Burdick
Division of Engineering and Applied Science
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
eddie@caltech.edu

Richard A. Andersen
Division of Biology
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125

Learning 3-D Scene Structure from a Single Still Image

View file: 2drd.pdf

The paper mainly discusses the conversion of a 2 dimensional image to a 3 dimensional one. It is quite impressive and amazing since still images are converted into different angles allowing you to perceive another dimension of that image.

Personally, I longed for this development that a still image be converted into a 3 dimensional image in which you can at least have a perception on how this image be seen in another angle. This another discovery in photo editing brings new hope for me that later my imagination of having a moving image, I mean, a 3D moving image be a reality soon like what I saw in certain part of the movie Aeonflux, in which the picture wasn’t a still image at all, but a moving and 3D image already. With the fast innovation in technology, 20 years I guess is too long to wait for it to be discovered.


Reference:

Ashutosh Saxena, Min Sun and Andrew Y. Ng
Computer Science Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

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