Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Inventions that shaped the decade (2000-2010)

The power of Google – There isn’t a day when you utter the word ‘Google’. The word is synonymous with internet search and a leader in fashioning other inventions during the decade. We love Google, and the obvious reason, is relevancy of results it yields. Thanks to brain share of thousands of engineers who have written the algorithm on which Google runs. Google has some competition, but as marketers know that first entrants have an advantage is true in this case. I have tried on ’Bing’ and few other innovative search gizmos like ‘Wolfram alpha’, and they are equally amazing in the results they yield. But, Google stands like no one. The availability of open source development tools, office document management tools, Picasa, Orkut, Blogspot etc. makes Google a leader on Internet space.

The birth of social networking and knowledge sharing – I won’t explain everything about this, as you are well aware of it. The birth of Wikipedia (2001), MySpace (2003), Facebook (2004), YouTube (2005), Twitter (2006) and many other termed under the version Web 2.0 has changed the interaction pattern in the world in this decade.

The rise of Apple – The great iPod, like Google, is one of the best inventions in last 100 years. The simplistic controls, the product design and usability are remarkable. The iPod ushered an era of shift of MP3 from your computer hard disk to this little device. The Apple has done real progress in this decade. The iPod, iPhone, iMac and several variant of these products have taken some space in every household.

The game console to gesture control – At the end of the decade the game console will soon be a bygone thing. Now you will be able to play games using your hand gestures. Do read Project Natal and gesture control technology articles on this blog.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Medibots: Smallest ever surgeons

Idea for the post: Anoop Kumar Gupta

Remember the scene from Matrix, when Agent Smith inserts a robotic spider inside Neo’s stomach and in the next scene Trinity sucks the spider using the suction device. Soon, this will be possible on operation desk. Robotic spiders, insects and snakes will enter your body to treat your ailment. Medibots, a term devised as combination of medicine and robots will be the future surgeons.

Consistent Vs Inconsistent

Coca Cola logo is perhaps the most recognizable graphic in the world. Over 100 years ago, the idea of carbonated cola drink came into being. Coca Cola was consistent in taste and branding. Compare it to Pepsi. Still under evolution!
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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Seth Godin on the tribes we lead

Seth Godin emphasize on creation of tribes for spreading ideas. The video stresses creation of story, connecting with people with similar ideas and then spreading it out. The story could be a product, service or a revolution. Connecting is now ever easy through internet and related technologies and spreading needs individuals who sneezers; sneezers who can spread idea like a virus.

Copenhagen Meet Sucks – Try these ideas for energy conservation

by Himanshu Kapoor

Deferred viewing of television: A 30 minute telecast on television has 3 commercial breaks of 5 minutes each. If we filter out these 15 minutes from viewing, then we are reducing carbon and heat emissions in the atmosphere. So whenever, there is a commercial break, lift your remote control and switch off your television for next 5 minutes. This will save electricity, reduce heat and carbon emission and finally save you from lies telecasted by marketers on television.

Coasting: City roads have flyovers and bridges at intersections; try coasting whenever going down a flyover or a bridge. Coasting means that you put your gear handle on neutral mode and let the vehicle travel down using potential energy gained at height. The coasting will help you travel 200 metres more after descend due to momentum gained through height. This way you will travel 300-350 metres without spending a drop of gasoline. Try this. It is a good way to save fuel and reduce emissions.

Optimize your mobile phone: Set the backlight of your LCD screen to minimum. Tone down your ring tone. Try auto switch off from midnight to early morning (6-7 hours). This will reduce battery consumption of your mobile. The same mobile that needed charging everyday will now work for three days. Try it. It works.

Reduce your dependence on technology: God has given you legs for walking. Stop using elevator for climbing 4-5 floors. A single use of elevator for 5 floors uses enough electricity to power 2 ceiling fans for a day. Walk up the stairs. This will make your thighs strong and reduce fat on your tummy.

Single trip, multiple tasks: Make a list of tasks for whole week. This may include shopping for grocery, medicines, visit to bank etc. Then on weekend, take a single trip on your car and complete all the tasks in one go. This will eliminate the need of multiple visits, thus saving on your time, fuel, energy and emissions.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Project Natal

Last month, I posted a video from TED where Pranav Mistry showcased the gesture based technology. Project Natal for XBOX 360 is a similar innovation from Microsoft. A video camera captures your gesture and transforms it into a real gaming experience. Watch the video for more

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

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2009 Autodesk Show Reel

Autodesk provides multiple suites for designing 2D, 3D and motion rendering. Autodesk products like 3ds Max, Maya, AutoCAD etc are widely used across industries. The wide application is seen in media & entertainment, gaming and architectural projects. The video showcases amazing depth of possibility in visual effects and animation.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Open Screen Project

Facing a tough time with competing technologies like Microsoft Silverlight and extensive adoption of JavaScript frameworks, Adobe has created an initiative to portray the power of Adobe Flash and Adobe AIR. The Open Screen Project hosts some very enlightening videos that shows multi platform/ multi device usage of Flash and AIR based applications.
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