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22 décembre 2007 6 22 /12 /décembre /2007 17:44
In an earlier article (here)  I introduced the upcoming of RFID products and applications that will invade our daily Lifes.

I briefly remind that RFID is an "electronic Label" made of a chip and an antenna, that contend Identification information  and  communicate via Radio Frequencies

A new step in development has been unveiled by Hitachi in Japan with the release of "Powder" RFID

A 5 microns thick, RFID chip measuring only  0.05 x 0.05 mm .The new chips have a 128-bit ROM for storing a unique 38-digit ID number. It will use a frequency of 2.45GHz.

This new RFID  Chip will be brought on the market  in the next 2 to 3 years. So with a high volume production we can imagine that in less than 10 years from now *all  single product , paper, document... can be RFID taged.

It is a new  revolution in the tracability of goods.

But it does not not only concern objects and merchandises.

Beyond the numerous industrial applications, People too...can be mapped, such a small chip  complete a range of available biological indentification means such as fingerprints, ADN...

The George Orwell vision of Big Brother watching us in his book "1984"  might year after year become  true... ?

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14 novembre 2007 3 14 /11 /novembre /2007 15:30
      It is possible, Motion Portrait of  Tokyo in Japan has developped the technology that permits  to
bring your face picture to life.
Using a technology originaly developped by Sony research center, a picture is converted into a 3D model then animated
This is a new tentative to bring virtual world into our daily live.






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26 mars 2007 1 26 /03 /mars /2007 14:41

Beauty or not Beauty  

The reign of Beauty  is all around us: in Magazines, TV commercials, series , Media world , models are everywhere.....to be successful you must be beautiful.

But was is beauty ?  a subjective perception? maybe, maybe not.....some believe beauty is a mathematical equation

Our image can now be screened under the loop of a digital device and handled by computer softare that will imput what it would be under "recognized" beauty standards. 

Researchers at Tel Aviv University  have  developed this beauty enhancing software.

Some 250 measurement points were taken into account and once formulated, ton develop an algorithm to build elements of attractiveness -


To permit determine the features of beauty 300 men and women were asked to rank pictures of peoples faces with varying degrees of beauty.

This software might be an interesting toy fo plastic surgeons...

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18 mars 2007 7 18 /03 /mars /2007 18:26
Takamichi Nakamoto from Tokyo Institute of Technology has invented a a device that can detect, record, digitize and then replicate any smell.

The 15 sensors of the machine analyze scents, record a recipe and convert  in digital format that can be used to store libraries of smell. It then can be reproduced  by mixing 96 chemical formulas.

Shopping for flowers online, or transmitting a smell trough a cell phone and sending it digitally to a receiver somewhere else in the world, watching a movie with recreating smells orf the environment, are some of the multiple application for the device.

Primarily the fragrance and flavour industries are the first showing interest in the technology. 
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28 janvier 2007 7 28 /01 /janvier /2007 18:04
Very certainly you remember Walt Disney movies Merlin the magician where objects lift up and float in the room.

Dutch architect Anjaap Ruijssenaars from Universe Architecture has made it in collaboration with Bakker Magnetics : A floating Bed.

This project started in 1999 and a prototype was presented in 2006 for a price of not less than 1,2 Million Euros

A permanent magnetic force is created due to the use of neodymium in the floor and the bedframe.

The matching set of repelling magnets permit the bed to  be held 40 cm above the ground.

Wires assure a fixed  position.


The bed can support a 900 Kg load . Others objects such as Sofas, Tables can be designed with the same technology.

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3 décembre 2006 7 03 /12 /décembre /2006 14:07
A new type of  hotel resort will start populating our oceans in the near futur : the Underwater Hotels

Once again Jules Vernes vision comes true

The first 220-suite hotel , Hydropolis  is due to open in Dubai at the end of 2007. Currently under construction (it started in 2005) Hydropolis is the world's first luxury underwater hotel.
A vast  land station welcome guests , a tunnel Hall transport people by train to the main area of the hotel, and the 220
bubble-shaped suites in a submarine leisure area.Each room will have bathtub and clear glass.

Guest will sleep with the fishes 20m below the surface of the Arabian Gulf.Two translucent domes will house a concert auditorium and a ballroom that break the water s surface,  three bars, a cosmetic surgery clinic, a marine biology research institute, a library, a museum, prayer rooms, a private cinema, a retail area selling ocean-related wares, and three 150-seat restaurants.

The investement is
Euros 550 million worth.It will  benefit construction technologies employed in submarines and offshore platforms. It is supported by the Dubai Development and Investment Authority.

Next to come Hydropalace will be near Quingdao in China.I is expected to be ready for the Olympic Games.

But numerous projects now take place. Monaco in Europe could be one location.

In Fidji Islands, at a smlaller scale the Poseidon  project  features  a 5 stars Hotel, with 20 suites of 51 M², and 2 larger ones.
Opening in December 2007

French Sea Explorer and film maker
Commandant Jacques Yves Cousteau who made millions people discover the beauty of the oceans would be amazed to see this.

Do  you book a room ?

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25 novembre 2006 6 25 /11 /novembre /2006 11:32
Your cell phones will tell You Everything

New Intelligent functions are invading our Phones

is developping  New applications around mobility devices and  intelligent functions for Mobile Phones.

The company  software permits to  create 3 D images from a  mobile phone picture  ,search on internet and  indicates details,  directions or location of buildings, shops , restaurants , services...
In addition to the softare, a GPS Chip and a Compass are installed on the

Image Copyright © 2004 GeoVector

Select "Parking"  and it will display all parking places around and give you direction in 3 D - Select "Bakery " and get ready to bring back "the french Baguette " back home tonight.

other intersting feature is Pointing :
You walk in the street, point a building, a location ,  and it gives you  related information. For instance  point a Cinema with you phone , and it will display all the sessions, and even allow you to book a seat and buy a ticket on line.
Let s imagine you go for a Football match, you simply Point a player during the match, it will tell you his name, position,  records...or you watch americas Cup , it shows you detailed on the Sailboat, Teams, Position in the race...

see demonstrations on Geovector site here
The devices help you  to find out about the real world objects around you . The benefit over  conventional GPS , is that it  can also tell you about what you're looking at.

The product is already in use in Japan, where Geovector  partner with NEC group and Network operator (KKDI).

On his side Nokia reseach Center at Helsinki Finland is working on a quite similar project called MARA (The Mobile Augmented Reality Applications)

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19 novembre 2006 7 19 /11 /novembre /2006 12:51

 The stratospheric Vehicle


you know what is a satellite, but do you know what is a STRATELLITE

A Trade Mark from SANSWIRE company an airship and communications technology manufacturer .

 What is a Stratellite?

It is a 75m long high tech air vehicle (balloon type) designed to fly in the stratosphere , 21 km above earth , and to manage communications (broadband, mobile phones..) in a area of 770 000 sq km. It is robot piloted, and powered by solar cells.

Stratellite has an autonomy of 18 months. The first exemplary is to be launched over Lima , Peru and will handle all communications such as Voice , VoIP, video, and WIFI services.

Sanswire plan to manufacture hundreds to thousands of those "flying wales " that will populate our sky, primarily the states of South America, at a much lower cost than satellites (only 10 %).

Except Telecommunications the stratellite can respond a very large scheme of applications like security ,environment or defense missions.

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4 novembre 2006 6 04 /11 /novembre /2006 11:06
At a time where  electronics and technology are entering our day to day life at home, an other alternative using "bio-technologies" propose the home of the future.

Mitchell Joachim, Lara Greden and  Javier Arbona-Homar (a former group from MIT)have conceived a home that doesn't just use "green" design but is itself a living ecosystem.

The concept is the use of  young trees growing  together into a shape that would sustain the foundation of the home.

The gaps could be filled in with soil and growing plants to create small  gardens.

On the interior walls, a mixture of clay that would provide insulation and block moisture.

On south-facing walls, windows made of organic  plastics would absorb warmth in the winter; ground-floor windows on the shady side could draw in cool breezes during hot months.

Water collected on the roof would flow through the house for use by people and plants; waste water would be purified in an outdoor pond with bacteria, fish, and plants that consume organic waste.

This project is aiming primarily sub tropical areas , but the first stage of using eco systems in design of our home is a close reality.

An atlernative proposal is mixing modern material with ecological and living areas.
In area London, a successful example of Eco house are already built .The London scheme will involve at least 1,000 homes, which will be powered entirely by renewable energy sources such as photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and the burning of waste.

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28 octobre 2006 6 28 /10 /octobre /2006 11:36


Did an aircraft lost its engine ?

We will need to rethink how  a windmill looks like in the near future . Aerodynamics is at full potential

Forget the big propellers and get use to see "jet engine" floating in our windy country areas.


A bench of benefits:

This new windmill called  Stormblade Turbine, designed by  par Victor Jovanovic,is much more efficient than current designs an can operate for wind speeds ranging from 11 to 193 km/h  (7mph to >120mph) .An efficiency of conversion of wind into electricity of 70 % versus 40 %. 

The generated power is also much higher compared the size of the blades. The noise much lower, the cost too.



Five years backwards I visited the windmill fields of Palm Springs in California, , an impressive alignment of thousands windmills.

lets now figure out how the turbine would fit the landscape. 

This Turbine represents a major step forward in the clean green energy, both in the design and the technology. It shoulb be industrialized by the end of 2007


anyway my favourite design definitly keeps this                                 traditional ones,

a real flavour from Holland and Greece

Happy Wind !!!


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