"When researchers look at the aspects of meaning that matter for grammar across different languages, many of the same aspects pop up over and over again. Does the verb describe something changing (break vs. hit)? Does it describe something only people can do (own, know, believe vs. exist, break, roll)? Does it describe an event or a state (frighten vs. fear)? This is too suspicious of a pattern to be accidental. Researchers like Steven Pinker have argued that language cares about these aspects of meaning because these are basic distinctions our brain makes when we think and reason about the world (see Stuff of Thought). Thus, the structure of language gives us insight into the structure of thought"
It's fair to say that more people have heard of the "internet of things" than have experienced it.
roberto gilli's insight:
quote: “A lot of these wireless technologies for connecting things have gotten cheap, reliable and low power enough,” says Hawkinson of Smartthings. “Now, the cost of adding connectivity [to an everyday device] is less than $5, and [these processors and radios] can work on batteries for more than a year.”
A new app from the people behind augmented reality app Aurasma is here called Taggar. But it’s more than just an app, it’s an entirely new platform.
roberto gilli's insight:
Quote: "We believe this is the beginning of a fundamental technology that is going to change the way we interact with information and objects. With this and Taggar, we are positioning ourselves for the advent of wearable devices, when we see the virtual and physical worlds completely meld together."
At a conference today hosted by the European Commission, city leaders, CEOs and civil society leaders discussed the actions outlined in the "Smart Cities Strategic Implementation Plan" and how to put them into practice. The Commission announced that it will launch an 'Invitation for Smart City and Community Commitments' in spring 2014 to mobilise work on the action plan's priorities. The plan is part of Europe's fifth "Innovation Partnership".
The Commission intends to make available approximately EUR 200 million for Smart Cities and communities in the 2014-2015 budgets of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, to accelerate progress and enlarge the scale of roll-out of smart cities solutions. There will also be possibilities to access the European Structural and Investment Funds.
“QR Code Press Google launches dev kit for augmented reality glasses QR Code Press Google has launched a “sneak peak” of its Glass Development Kit, which will allow developers to make native applications for the company's augmented reality glasses.”
Need a location tracker for your younger child that doubles as a limited phone and text message machine? Check Filip which launches today on AT&T with both a $199 price and a relatively reasonable $10 monthly service plan.
Just when we were really warming up to Siri again (we admit the Her commentary was pretty endearing), there’s a new voice assistant hitting the market soon that might have us uttering “Siri, who?” in no time.
Ez-Robot, a small company based in Calgary, Canada, is aiming to start a new "revolution" in robotics. The company's new Revolution line is a series of small, hobby-sized robots with modular parts, easy-to-use features, and snap-together mechanics. The line consists of three new robot kits: a humanoid two legged walker, a rover with tracks, and a hexapod, or six-legged spider-bot.
Ez-Robot has been around since 2011, making robot controllers, servo motors, and robot control software. Previous products have concentrated on adding functionality to existing items – first by turning radio control toys into robots, and then adding intelligence and additional sensors to off-the-shelf robots like the Roomba and WowWee's Roboquad.
The company's three new robots are based around a simple sliding mechanical interface called the "Ez-Bit clip'n'play" technology, which allows chains of servomotors to be attached to create arms, legs, or even pan-tilt mounts for cameras. No tools are required, and all of the parts can be created on a 3D printer, if you have one. Ez-Robot will send you the patterns to make your own components.
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