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London Garden: Major city, no cars

Friday, July 31st, 2009

London Garden. Imagine it—a city consisting only of buses, taxis, and bikes, where energy is constantly being collected and recycled between all pieces involved. Aside from public transportation, this would make London a car-free zone.

See, as described in one of the images in this post, traffic is so bad in London that the average speed is 10mph, “which is nearly the same speed as when we used to travel with horse and carriage.” So more and more, bikes are becoming the preferred mean of travel.

Envisioned by Sweden student Mårten Wållgren and three others, London Garden won a Seymour Powell award for best concept in the “Future City Mobility” design competition. (more…)

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New Coke Dispensers

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

If you live in Atlanta, Salt Lake City, or Orange County, you may see new Coca-Cola dispensers over the summer in McDonalds and other places. Dubbed “Freestyle,” these machines appear to stand pretty tall but will allow for up to 100 varieties of sodas, teas, juices, and flavored waters to be made. (more…)

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Augmented Reality

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Ever heard of it? Of course you have. But if you haven’t, here is the quick Wikipedia summary:

Augmented reality (AR) is a field of computer research which deals with the combination of real-world and computer-generated data (virtual reality), where computer graphics objects are blended into real footage in real time.

The most identifiable example is in football where the line of scrimmage and the first down line are projected onto the field. Viewers are watching the football game in real time, and computer graphics are blended onto the field as if it were actually there. Got it? (more…)

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Microsoft’s Project Natal Pt. 2

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

So, I may have seemed pretty excited about Project Natal in my last post, and I am. However, I don’t look forward to playing lots of games with it. Let me explain. (more…)

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Microsoft’s Project Natal

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

At this year’s E3, Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft displayed interesting new ways for gamers to interact with their video games—motion control. With this technology, they are trying to expand the video game market by eliminating remote controls.

While all three companies had impressive showings, Microsoft stood out the most with there product codenamed “Project Natal.” Essentially, it is hardware that can be added to Xbox 360’s that allows for voice, facial, and full 1:1 body recognition. (more…)

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