Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Toyota’s Interactive Window Technology

Toyota shows how riding in the backseat of the car and staring out the window might actually become fun.

Toyota has introduced a new technology for riders in the backseat called Window to the World. A design exercise developed in conjunction with the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID), Toyota’s “Window to the World” concept uses Augmented reality to turn a car window into a glass canvas that lets the viewer interact with the elements outside the window.

CIID and Toyota Kansei Design Division engineers and designers came up with five potential uses for the new windows. Similar to the way kids draw shapes onto fogged-up glass, passengers can trace images on the window, but they appear to become integrated with the landscape and stay in place as the car drives away.

People can also zoom in on objects seen outside the window or get an instant estimation about how far away an object is. The window can also identify an object seen outside and can translate the objects in another language.

Of course, these features are just a concept, but in the future windows could be the next computer screen.

Two working prototypes of the augmented reality concept were on display last month at the Autoworld Museum in Brussels, Belgium, as part of the “Our Future Mobility Now” exhibition organized by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association.

This video is a demonstration of the technology from Toyota. Take a look:

Google’s New Google+ Social Network Challenges Facebook

Google has finally unveiled Google+, the company’s top secret social layer that turns all of the search engine into one giant social network. Google+ is a social network, designed to let you share status updates, links, videos, and whatever else with exactly who you want.The first thing users are introduced to is the Stream. It’s much like the Facebook News Feed, allowing users to share photos, videos, links or their location with friends.

Currently in test mode, Google+ breaks itself down into four major categories: +Circles, +Sparks, +Mobile and +Hangouts.

Not all relationships are created equal. So in life we share one thing with college buddies, another with parents, and almost nothing with our boss. The problem is that today’s online services turn friendship into fast food—wrapping everyone in “friend” paper—and sharing really suffers. From close family to foodies, we know that people already use real-life circles to express themselves, and to share things with the right folks. So Google did the only thing that made sense: Google brought Circles to software. Just make a circle, add your people, and share what’s new—just like any other day.

Google +Circles lets users create groups to categorize the people they’re connected to, Circles is supposed to be better than Facebook groups or lists because it focuses on targeted sharing. So for example, if you want to post a status update that you only want your “siblings” to see, you can just go directly to your Siblings Circle and post it there instead of using privacy screens and hiding the post from certain people. Also, the interface uses HTML5, which allows users to simply drag and drop friends into Circles.

+Mobile lets users get at their social information on the go, and automatically uploads photos. It also includes +Huddle, a feature that directly texts/chats a user’s group of +Circles friends.

For those not on the go, there’s +Hangout, a way to let friends who (presumably) are also sitting at home on the computer know you’re available for spontaneous video chatting.

Lastly, there’s +Sparks, a way to share with your +Circles friends links and other web content and comment on it, like a mini-forum.

Google+ is in Field Trial, so you may find some rough edges, and the project is by invitation only.

It is definitely similar to Facebook at first glance, but there’s a fundamentally different idea underlying Google+ that separates it from the pack.

If there’s one company in the world right now that can take on Facebook and possibly bring it down, it’s Google — undeniably.

I think Facebook shouldn’t be afraid of Google+. But FB shouldn’t take it lightly either.

Google Music Service- A True Excitement!

Hooked onto the net, the first URL you are bound to type in is Google.com! It is a common thing each individual follows and therefore it is indeed the largest search engine in the world!They say, when you have hope, you will see that every cloud has a silver lining and here, we have been noted that after the removal of Google videos, this company has started another exciting venture for all Googlers called as the Google music service.

The Google music service will provide to each user a secured account where you can store your own personalized digital music wherein you can play your favorite hits on your comp or on your android or smartphone. Using Google music service is rather easy because the user will have to install a small program on the Windows machine wherein it will automatically upload the entire collection to the cloud, so even if you are away from your computer, you can still access your account from any website.

The Google music service provides to you the ability to store around 20 thousand odd songs to the cloud for free, which is why there are a lot of users questioning on when to get started, but the devastating news is that this Google Music Service has only started in the United States and not elsewhere!

Huawei Ideos Chat – Touch And Type Phone

Huawei is a renowned manufacturer of data transfer and Internet connectivity devices. They built some of the finest data Modems in the world and also hold a major share in the Indian telecom equipment market. They entered mobile handset sector quite recently and has done well in the last couple of year.

Let us see Huawei Ideos Chat, a touch and type phone from Huawei. The Ideos Chat is among three Ideos series phones that Huawei launched recently in India – the Ideos X1, Ideos X2 and finally the Ideos Chat. The other two models can be included in the Smartphone or premium price category.

The Ideos Chat is an affordable phone that features the Android 2.1 Froyo Operating System in it. It is powered by a Qualcomm 800 MHz Processor. The model weighs in at just 100 grams. It has a trendy and stylish design.

The Display is a 2.6 inch capacitive touch screen. The phone is wisely named the Ideos Chat because it offers easy typing of messages on its ultra sensitive touch screen display as well as on the generously spaced and neatly organized physical QWERTY keypad.

The phone comes loaded with all the latest multimedia entertainment Wizardry and includes some of the best in class specifications when you consider its price band. The notable features of the phone include-

  1. 3G Network Support
  2. Upto 7.2 Mbps HSDPA Internet Access and download speed
  3. 800MHz super fast Processor
  4. 3.2 MP Camera with Digital Zoom with LED Flash
  5. Audio and Video recording and playback
  6. Music Player/ FM Radio
  7. 3.5 mm Audio Jack
  8. External memory support of upto 32GB
  9. Three Colours : Green, Yellow , Purple
  10. Social Networking Integrated Google Apps Support
  11. Document viewer : Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF
  12. Bluetooth 2.1
  13. Wi-Fi
  14. USB Data connectivity

It is powered by a standard 930 mAh Lithium ion battery that offers a talk time backup of 5 hours and a standby time of 450 hours.

The phone as you can see comes loaded with features similar to a Smartphone and it carries the Guarantee of perfection offered by Huawei with its years of experience in pioneering high quality telecomm equipment.

The phone comes at a price of just Rs 8199 and the phone is a perfect alternative for those who cannot shell out too much to buy a premium Smartphone.

IBM Sales Reach $100 Billion as it Reaches 100 Years

Founded in 1911 as a merger of four companies, IBM, then known as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co., is now 100 years old. By a coincidence, IBM turns 100 years old–on June 16–in the same year it passes $100 billion in sales.

International Business Machines has been the most successfully technology company in the world having earned more than 75,000 U.S. patents, spending more than $150 billion on research, and  employing five Nobel lauriets. The company has had only nine CEOs over its century of existence, and leads the way in enterprise computing solutions and cloud computing advancements.

                America’s iconic big tech hits the century mark and $100 billion in sales”, Chief Executive Sam Palmisano looks back–and ahead.

IBM is proud of is roots, telling the story of its formation back in 1911; with three independent businesses merging to become the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company, Charles Flint’s first major move was to hire Thomas Watson Sr. as the company’s general manager in 1914.

Over the last 5 years, IBM adapted its global supply chain and functional processes, resulting in $6 billion productivity savings. The company now accounting for tens of millions of shareholders, does business in over 170 countries and has invest $58 billion in research and design alone.

This is ensured the company’s net income hit an all-time high of $14.8 billion, with gross profit rising from 37% to 46.1%.

 

IBM looks back on 100 years of History

 

Android Fever Sweeps Across Indian Market

The Android phone fever has spread in India ever since it was first introduced by HTC along with a joint effort from Airtel. The first phone was the HTC Magic. However the Operating System from Google that was based on Linux started making waves in the Indian market when Samsung began selling their Android based phones. Now almost every manufacturer in India has an Android Powered Mobile in the Market.

Today there are Android phones in India which you can buy for just around Rs 6,700. While high end Android phones from the likes of Nokia and HTC could cost you anywhere between Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000. Android powered phones have a widespread USP that these phones are very low on the charge consumption front. Not to mention the advantage of it being marketed under the open Source license which makes it open to the vast community of developers who can add more and more features and applications based on Android Technology.

Ever since its inception the Android Operating System has been subjected to a number of updates and thus majority of the bugs and defects have been solved with each update. This is one reason for the immense popularity of this mobile platform.

Now manufacturers like Micromax, Videocon, Spice, and Fly Mobile are all trying to bring Android powered phones to the masses by offering cheap handsets based on Android. This is indeed a very good move because the average Indian customer will be favoring to dish out just around a Maximum of around Rs 8, 000 to buy a fairly good and fully loaded phone and if he sees an Android based phone in that budget category then he is sure to empty his pockets for that.

Also these cheap handsets are forcing major players in the Android market like HTC, Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung to slash the prices of their premium Android phone if they have to compete with these cheap phones.

And an amazing fact is that people actually buy phones of these Underdog brands like Micromax and Fly just because of the Android Tag in it. As everyone is aware most of these low cost phones are of Chinese make and thus is a less credible technically, but the presence of Android has somewhat compensated for the ‘Made in China” spec.

Thus the Android phone saga has opened up a wider market in India. This is the only category in which cheap brands can compete with the best in the industry in terms of aggressive pricing and with tons of models from different manufacturers slated for launches in the coming days; the scenario is going to get even more interesting.

%d bloggers like this: