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January 25, 2013
12:06 // 1 year ago
January 7, 2013
washingtonpoststyle:

A Jan. 1936 news item.
(No mention of how newspapers make huge amounts of money through these screens.)
Via T.J. Ortenzi via Phil Rosenthal

Ahead of its time by about six decades.

washingtonpoststyle:

A Jan. 1936 news item.

(No mention of how newspapers make huge amounts of money through these screens.)

Via T.J. Ortenzi via Phil Rosenthal

Ahead of its time by about six decades.

(via flavorpill)

11:17 // 1 year ago
June 13, 2012
Outside Wit’s Inn, someone called up NOLA.com on a smartphone and tried to watch a video of Amoss that had been posted earlier in the day — a video addressed to the paper’s readers, in which Amoss promised the new, smaller news operation’s future might be digital rather than print, but it would be just as bright. The video, however, was not formatted to play on smartphones.
This story about the layoffs at the Times-Picayune is devastating for way too many reasons.  (via maura)

What happens when bean-counters make changes their community isn’t ready for. 

(via rubenfeld)

12:37 // 2 years ago
April 15, 2012

How Atari — Atari! — predicted the laptop, iPad and Wikipedia 30 years ago

Bob Stein, who worked at Encyclopedia Britannica as well as Atari during its glory days, worked with Alan Kay, along with Disney animator Glenn Keane, on a series of illustrations back in 1982 showing off his idea for an “Intelligent Encyclopedia,” one which can tell you about earthquakes, stocks, and history, all within the palm of your hand. Laptops didn’t look like this for nearly a decade, and the ideas behind the encyclopedia eventually showed up on Wikipedia two decades later. But, really, what Atari was working on was essentially an iPad with a keyboard. “The most interesting thing for me today about these images is that although we foresaw that people would be accessing information wirelessly (notice the little antenna on the device in the “tide pool” image),” Stein notes, “we completely missed the most important aspect of the network — that it was going to connect people to other people.” Stein’s ideas aren’t a total loss — the guy did essentially invent the multimedia CD-ROM and co-founded The Criterion Collection — but just think if he actually implemented this idea.

11:45 // 2 years ago
April 6, 2012
Google co-founder wearing futuristic augmented reality glasses: Ironically, Sergey Brin was wearing the glasses at a charity event for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Considering the nature of the glasses, we can see why he’d support the cause.

Google co-founder wearing futuristic augmented reality glasses: Ironically, Sergey Brin was wearing the glasses at a charity event for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Considering the nature of the glasses, we can see why he’d support the cause.

8:21 // 2 years ago
April 4, 2012
Two words: “Robot Kinko’s.” That’s what a MIT robotics team led by Daniela Rus pitching, and her team just scored a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to see if the idea’s feasible or not. Would you go to a store and build your own robot with the help of easy-to-use templates, and pick up the 3D printing a couple days later? Sounds neat, whatever the case may be.

Two words: “Robot Kinko’s.” That’s what a MIT robotics team led by Daniela Rus pitching, and her team just scored a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to see if the idea’s feasible or not. Would you go to a store and build your own robot with the help of easy-to-use templates, and pick up the 3D printing a couple days later? Sounds neat, whatever the case may be.

11:09 // 2 years ago
March 20, 2012

Our first piece of “Jetson” technology appears to be a new take on Thomas Edison’s most-famous invention. Tech manufacturer NEC is now in the first stages of testing a new, mobile app-ready, light bulb with built-in speakers. They hope to have the technology perfected in time to begin marketing the new bulbs by the end of 2012. Take a look at the video to see this new technical monstrosity in action. source

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16:28 // 2 years ago
February 21, 2012
20:09 // 2 years ago