September 10, 2010

Chilean Miners Stay In Touch With Outside World

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In an effort to keep the spirits high in the trapped Chilean miners, there are now various AV methods being used. A video feed sent a football game to them and they now get letters and video communication with their families. An NPR interview reports that a small camp, consisting of family members, ebbs and flows depending on the loved ones' schedule of work, school, etc.

NASA was brought in on the act to suggest ways to keep the miners sane in their isolated environment. Maybe they were the ones who came up with the idea of "structure and routine" that places leadership roles on three of the elder ones to allow the younger ones to have someone to depend on and keep them sane. Whatever the source, it proves that humans need other humans to survive and we applaud the efforts of the Chileans in charge to note that it is important to keep them in an AV loop.

Via NPR

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September 9, 2010

Baby Monitor Has Both Video and Audio

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Baby monitors have certainly improved technologically. The two-channel
Summer Baby Security Monitor
can transmit up to 350 ft. with a 2.4 Ghz signal and delivers color in the day (b&w IR at night) with a 1.8" TFT monitor. When the visuals are turned off, the sound still comes through. Included are rechargeable batteries for up to 10 hrs. of usage, A/C adapter, belt clip and kickstand.

Via Wireless Baby Monitors

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September 8, 2010

Japan Virtual Dating on LovePlus+

Far be it from us to pass judgment on the latest dating habits of about 1,500 Japanese men who have begun playing Konami's LovePlus+. Launched in July, users choose a girl, woo her and try to earn enough points to take her on an actual vacation to Atami, a former romantic getaway that has experienced some hard times.

Atami, for its part, is stocking real treats for the trysts and there is an app to take a picture with the virtual girlfriend. Two of everything is placed in hotel rooms that can cost as much as $500.00 per night. This trailer may be in Japanese but we figure you will get the idea.

Via WSJ

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September 7, 2010

Virtual Snow World Used on Burn Patients

When you think of networking, you usually think of audio/video in the real world, but the University of Washington is now using a virtual world to treat burn victims. "Snow World" allows users to wander through an imaginary environment and even toss snowballs via an fMRI brain scan. The cooling blue colors and tunes by Paul Simon apparently ease the sometime excruciating pain, according to many of the patients. Co-creator and director of UW's VR Analgesia Research Center Hunter Hoffman says this is just the first step in using mind over matter as an alternative to drugs.

Via HIT Lab

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U-verse AT&T UMobile App Comes to Smartphones

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AT&T's latest bonus for its U-verse subscribers is a Mobile App for iPhone and BlackBerry Torch. Content streamed from 10 networks, Including Disney, ABC and ESPN can be set up to record on your DVR or portable device and stored up to 2 - 3 weeks. If you don't already have the service, pick up a U300 or U-450 package and get a $75 iTunes gift card as a bonus.

Via AT&T U-Verse

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September 6, 2010

Tennis Goes 3D on DirectTV

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DirectTV delivered 3D baseball, golf and NASCAR to avid sports fans and now it has added tennis to the mix. The U.S. Open is being shown on their exclusive N3D channel 103 beginning Sept. 4 and runs through the final rounds this coming weekend. In addition, more than 550 hours of live tennis will be offered to subscribers.

Via DirectTV

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Apple TV Reinvents Itself, Has Lower Price

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Apple TV didn't make much of a splash back in 2006, but the splatter should be a bit larger now with their new $99.00 version. The new palm-size box features HDMI, USB, Toslink and Ethernet connections. Wireless, the remote even resembles an older iPod. Movies will be offered at $4.99 while TV shows will be commercial-free and only $.99 apiece.

While there is no monthly fee involved beyond Netflix, you can also stream videos from your iPhone or iPad with its free app. This one isn't perfect either, as only 720p HD is supported as is limited network TV.

Via Apple Store

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September 3, 2010

Freakin' Friday! Kodak PlaySport Camcorder

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Kodak's latest PlaySport Camcorder promises that it is waterproof up to 10 ft. It delivers full 1080p HD video with electronic image stabilization, 5mp HD stills and has a 2.0" color display with LCD Glare Shield. Included editing software lets you add voice-over, make mash-ups and put your results online via USB arm. The PlaySport comes packed with a wrist strap, Li-Ion rechargeable battery, and HDMI and AV cables.

Via Kodak

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September 2, 2010

Imation LINK for TV or Projection

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You can finally display Internet TV, movies, online games, photos or web conference on the nearest wall or screen with the Imation LINK. The 1.6 Ghz wireless audio/video extender can hook up your PC or Mac via USB with a TV or projector to provide 720p video or images with 1080p resolution up to 30 feet away. The 51122 is available for preorder now.

Via LINK

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August 30, 2010

On Becoming Part of the Internet Network

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For those of us that watched as technology "bloomed" in the last few years, we are still amazed at all the ways it can be used now. We are not talking about the tweeting of Lindsey Lohan after her early escape from rehab or the meteoric rise of Justin Bieber. We are referring to how it keeps us in touch with everyone and everything important. Suffice it to say that the election of Barack Obama was partially won because of the Interweb.

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Coverage of disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and the flood in Pakistan gave us almost instant awareness. And in case we forget, there are reporters like Brian Williams with coverage about the first five days after Katrina as he and a film crew spent that first night in the Astrodome. As another example, the ROVs continue to monitor the Gulf oil spill.

How can we not be moved by the images and video that are coming from the Chilean Mining disaster? No doubt the communication via cameras placed inside is as important to them as it is to family members on the surface. And a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, led by William Lange, who first spotted the Titanic on the Atlantic Ocean's floor, is now revisiting the site with 3D cameras. We see those images almost as soon as they do, even if they are only 2D.

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As so many of us now have smartphones, we can capture an incident as it happens and post it online, making us all reporters on the global IN (Internet Network.) We should not take that responsibility lightly, however. One only needs to see the recent edited video of DOA worker Shirley Sherrod, who was forced to resign after footage hinted that she was a racist. You can see/read the entire speech here. Let's continue to use technology for good and honest reasons.

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