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NASA's New 10-Engine Drone Is Half Chopper, Half Plane

NASA's New 10-Engine Drone Is Half Chopper, Half Plane | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The GL-10 Greased Lightning is a ten-engine, battery-powered prototype with a ten-foot wingspan that can change its shape midair to fly either horizontally or vertically. This month, NASA announced it recently took off vertically and, for the first time, successfully rotated its wings to transition from “helicopter” mode to standard “wingborne” flight.

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NASA's GL-10 design is expected to be 4 times more aerodynamically efficient than an multicopter drone

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from Hollywood to Silicon Valley : I played Minority Report

from Hollywood to Silicon Valley : I played Minority Report | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Last Friday at the Orange Institute in Silliwood, we were given the opportunity to put Tome Cruise's gloves and not simulate but operate a gesture based, real time interaction with real content displayed on several screens, including a Surface. The result was amazingly fluid, with a short gesture learning curve and an immediate interface feedback, conveying a very smooth and playful experience.

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It works amazingly well. Oblong is a good example of remarkable creative design leading to a technology breakthrough.

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That 1984 New York Times Article About Windows Was Completely Right

That 1984 New York Times Article About Windows Was Completely Right | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
In 1984, the New York Times ran an article slamming the concept of windows-based operating systems.

Nicholas Carlson just pointed it out as an example of why you shouldn't listen to gadget reviewers. He's right about that as far as it goes: You shouldn't listen to gadget reviewers. It only leads to heartbreak.

But the New York Times article is actually amazingly prescient, if you think about the future of computing today.
What's magnificent about Apple's iPad and Microsoft's new Surface? They let you focus on a single task, by design.
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Larry's comment, November 24, 2012 2:56 PM
Ambiguous writing. We cannot do 2 things well simultaneously, but we have to switch between tasks and we prefer when it is fast and we don't lose our thoughts path.
Tiki® was invented for just that, on any screen size...
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'Pinch' connects multiple smartphones and tablets together to make a display

'Pinch' connects multiple smartphones and tablets together to make a display | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
Not content with synchronizing your phones to make one giant speaker? Researchers at the Tokyo University of Technology have developed "Pinch," an interface that lets you connect multiple devices together to form a giant disjointed display. Although the technology behind the interface remains a mystery — described only as a Wi-Fi based system — a video posted by DigInfo TV shows Pinch in action. To connect two devices, a user simply needs to pinch two adjacent screens together. The screens can be linked together in whatever alignment you choose, as the position and screen size of each display is communicated on a successful pinch. It's not the first time developers have managed to link together multiple smartphone displays, but this is definitely the slickest interface we've seen.

Takashi Ohta, Associate Professor at Tokyo University of Technology, envisions the Pinch interface being used for a variety of apps. "People probably own just one of these devices each. I think people could communicate in fun ways by getting together with friends and putting their devices next to each other." Potential uses include music, advertising, and photo sharing — although depending on how fast the tech is we'd love to see some games take advantage of the interface. The research team is offering Pinch to interested developers and says that several have already taken them up on the offer.
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MEX and Qualcomm initiate Pathway on context aware UX

MEX and Qualcomm initiate Pathway on context aware UX | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

The Pathway explores how systems responsive to behaviour patterns and sensor data enable new experiences better suited to individual user needs. It aims to solve specific design challenges around the self learning process, balancing dynamic and consistent interface elements, approaches to privacy management and making it easy for users to correct contextual mistakes.

• In which scenarios do real-time sensor data and behavioural patterns combine most effectively to reveal user context?
• What is the right balance between dynamic, contextually responsive elements and consistency in the user interface?
• How can contextually responsive experiences respect privacy yet learn user behaviour quickly enough to deliver benefit?
• How do graceful failure techniques allow users to correct inaccurate contextual guesses and reassure the system is learning from mistakes?

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A Deceptively Simple Speaker That Always Knows What to Play

A Deceptively Simple Speaker That Always Knows What to Play | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

Don’t call Cone a speaker. It’s a “thinking music player.”

That, anyway, is how Duncan Lamb, co-founder of Aether, explains his company’s new offering, a conical music-machine that learns your tastes and seamlessly streams the songs you want to hear. It’s a fairly radical reinvention of a familiar gadget–a speaker that relieves you of the responsibility of DJing every song at every step of the way. But it’s also an example of how the internet of things is quickly maturing, proving that clever algorithms and beefy processing power can be combined to make products simpler to use, rather than more complex.

Take a close look at how you listen to music today, and you’ll find that complexity clogging things up at every stage. For all the on-demand ease of subscription services like Spotify and Rdio, you still have to figure out what to listen to. Then you have to account for other sources, like internet radio and podcasts. At some point, you have to figure out how you’re actually going to listen to this stuff in your house. Is it synced to your phone? Is it on your PC? Will the device it’s playing on stream to your living room speakers?

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Solving the  simplicity + UX + abundance paradox with smart machine learning + minimal design = combination of discovery and choice

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How design thinking transformed Airbnb from a failing startup to a billion dollar business

In 2009, Airbnb was close to going bust. Like so many startups, they had launched but barely anyone noticed. The company’s revenue was flatlined at $200 per week. Split between three young founders living in San Francisco, this meant near indefinite losses on zero growth. As everyone knows, venture investors look for companies that show hockey stick graphs, and according to co-founder Joe Gebbia, his company had a horizontal drumstick graph. The team was forced to max out their credit cards...

Philippe J DEWOST's insight:

Great piece reminding us that sometimes, it's okay to do things that don’t scale

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Larry's comment, May 12, 2013 3:54 AM
What they did has a name: pretotyping :-)
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Samsung Is Betting Big on Flexible Phones

Samsung Is Betting Big on Flexible Phones | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it
We've known for a while that Samsung is readying phones with flexible screens. Now, though, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that it's pushing forward with the concept more quickly than ever, in order to avoid being beaten to the finish line by other firms.

The new phones simply swap plastic for glass in the screen. The OLEDs you find in plenty of other displays can be put on flexible materials—like metal foil—which then makes it possible to create a device which is both unbreakable and bendable.

Samsung hasn't told the Journal how much it's invested in the new bendy phones. However, it points out that it has been spurred along by growing innovation in the display market, from the likes of LG and Sharp. Seems that's enough to rush out a bendy phone as soon as possible.

Which is just what it plans to do. The Journal reports that a "person familiar with the situation" told it that devices will be released in the first half of 2013. Bendy phones for all!
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New Facebook for iOS changes UI (again) and limits photo uploads #fail

New Facebook for iOS changes UI (again) and limits photo uploads #fail | cross pond high tech | Scoop.it

UI design is about maintaining consistency while expanding possibilities. Looks like Facebook's latest iOS update does the opposite...

 

Today facebook changed (once again) the gestures that everybody knew by now (given the high usage rate of the app), which will induce latency, friction and frustration from single handed, zero attention span millions of users.

 

But maybe one can see some wisdom in such choices, that over time may be progressively forgotten.

 

More frustrating are some feature reductions, namely in the photo area of the app that now longer allows posting pictures that are not in the camera roll.

 

For instance, it is no longer possible to enrich a post with a photo picked in an existing album, including the photostream. This is a big restriction in terms of features and UI, with no understandable reason.

 

Please voice your comments and reactions.

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