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OCR Grows Up
September 16th, 2011

Forget space shuttles, nanobots and large hadron colliders, the yardstick for human technological development may just be the Star Trek tricorder. Convention geek jokes aside, a good deal of 20th century sci-fi reveals an innate desire for a platform- and information-agnostic device we can point at anything to learn all about it (for when we visit alien worlds).

Translation technology
September 16th, 2011

The resulting text will be submitted as another search string and will give you the answer as quickly as a normal text search. Translate it back to English and repeat until satisfied, then shake hands, bow or lightly touch your right fingertips to your forehead and go along your way.


Skylab Goes Down
July 1st, 2009

NASA managed to re-establish contact in the final days to adjust Skylab’s angle for as smooth a re-entry as possible, and final calculations predicted a trajectory across the Southern Ocean and a sparsely populated tract of Western Australia.

The Australian mobile spectrum
September 16th, 2011

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a digital storm of data coming, and it won’t have anything to do with Gmail, Facebook or apps for pasta recipes. The age of machine to machine communications is rising.


Your Personal Eye in the Sky
March 15th, 2010

But it’s not just the large clear picture of your flight path the iPhone or iPod Touch can provide. Instead of struggling with a complicated remote control unit, you fly the AR Drone merely by tilting your handheld device in the direction you want to go. There are a few basic touchscreen controls like rise, down and rotate, but the accelerometers inside do the rest.

The Eye in the Sky
August 28th, 2011

Has the GPS had its day? And even if good upkeep can maintain it, will a competing system soon take over? Drew Turney finds out. “It’s an exquisite technology but it was designed in the time of record players and vacuum tubes and the design brief to the engineers was to track intercontinental ballistic missiles. […]






The Eye in the Sky Has the GPS had its day? And even if good ...
August 28th, 2011

OCR Grows Up Think you know what optical character recognition's for? As Drew Turney discovers, ...
September 16th, 2011

Translation technology You're lost in a foreign country and you've forgotten that little card ...
September 16th, 2011

Make Robots Smarter Humans have a lot to think about and even more to process ...
September 1st, 2009

The first quantum computer? It's hogging so many headlines, you can expect the Hollywood techno-thriller about ...
September 16th, 2011

The Men Who Invented the Internet It's not like the cochlear implant or black box flight recorder. The ...
August 28th, 2011


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