Friday, November 09, 2007

True Knowledge: A Query Engine!

This looks to good to be true, True Knowledge looks like a search engine (Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft Live, etc.), but instead of looking for matching keywords giving you thousands of irrelevant document references, it just answers your question!

Please watch their demo video. It should rapidly give you a good overview of True Knowledge technology.

What do you think?

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Belgian Antartic Research Station

The first zero emission research station

110 years after the Belgica expedition, the International Polar Year 2007-2008 provides a unique opportunity for humanity. Once again, Belgium has set itself high goals. The Belgian Federal Government has commissioned the International Polar Foundation, founded by Alain Hubert and Professors André Berger (UCL) and Hugo Decleir (VUB), to build a new research station, the "Princess Elisabeth" Station, to be constructed during the austral summer 2007-2008.

Acting as a technological showcase and a launch pad for wider understanding of climate mechanisms, the "Princess Elisabeth" station will give unprecedented visibility to Belgium's commitment - and that of its people and businesses - to meeting the climate challenge.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Google Solar Panel Project

In the last 24 hours, Google produced 9,900 kilowatt-hours of electricity from the sun.

Google has installed over 90% of the 9,212 solar panels that comprise the 1,600 kilowatt project. Panels cover the rooftops of eight buildings and two newly constructed solar carports at the Googleplex. This installation is projected to produce enough electricity for approximately 1,000 California homes or 30% of Google's peak electricity demand in our solar powered buildings at our Mountain View, CA headquarters.

Google provide a status page to monitor and share the day to day production of clean, renewable energy from our very own rooftops. Keep checking in to see how they're doing.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Fantastic: Microsoft Photosynth

When was the last time you've got excited by a Microsoft application? Maybe you will say "today" after watching the video below...

Microsoft Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or an object, analyzes them for similarities, and then displays the photos in a reconstructed three-dimensional space, showing you how each one relates to the next.

Watch the short video below to see some of the amazing ways technology will change the way you interact with your images in the future. Firstly, it presents Seadragon, which is another incubation project about navigating through visual information with a speed independent of the size or number of objects. Then, it will show the fantastic Microsoft Photosynth...

How did you find it?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Microsoft Surface

Finally, something really new in the User Interface field from Microsoft. Microsoft Surface represents a fundamental change in the way we interact with digital content. With Surface, we can actually grab data with our hands and move information between objects with natural gestures and touch. Surface features a 30-inch tabletop display whose unique abilities allow for several people to work independently or simultaneously. All without a mouse or a keyboard.

Multi-user interactions on a graphical display surface was not new to me, see for instance the Multi-Touch Interaction Research, but here, we are talking about a consumer product which should hit the market in Winter 2007, I am curious about the price they will ask...