Swarm

Jul 28
2009

Mike Hatton

Mike Hatton


Swarm

Consider the ant. A single ant is not very big or very smart compared to a human. An ant does not even have senses that are as sophisticated as us. Yet by some measures, ants can be considered the most successful animals on the planet. Some estimates say that ants form 15-25% of the biomass of land animals, far more than any other animal. They live on every continent except the ironically named Antarctica, and without them the whole ecology would collapse. Read the rest of this entry »

Bluetooth® News – July 27

Jul 27
2009

July 27, 2009 – USB, Bluetooth Hugely Popular With Consumers, Researcher Reports
Well over half of respondents own a mobile phone with Bluetooth technology; with nearly 60% of them using it to connect a Bluetooth headset.

July 27, 2009 - Broadcom(R) Bluetooth(R) Technology Enables New LGE Digital …
Wireless Transfer of Photos and Music from Cell Phones to the TV as well as Streaming Audio from the TV to Stereo Wireless Headphones Provides Enhanced User Experience.

Bluetooth® News – July 23

Jul 24
2009

July 23, 2009 – On Road Trip, integrating an Audi, iPod, and iPhone
When I was planning stages for Road Trip 2009, my wife told me, point blank, that if I fiddled around with either my iPhone or my iPod while I drove, at some point during the thousands of miles I’d be behind the wheel, I’d have an accident.

Tool Love

Jul 21
2009

Mike Hatton

Mike Hatton


Tool Love

Variations of the same thing fascinate me. Take something as mundane as wrenches. The number of variations is astounding. Forget for a minute that there are different sizes of wrenches; do not worry that some are in inches and some are metric; just look at all of the variations of a tool whose only purpose it to tighten or loosen a nut. There are some like mine, which are open ended on one end and closed on the other. Some have two open ends and others have two closed ends. The closed end can have twelve points or be hex shaped. They both work on the same nuts but the hex shape supposedly gives you a more secure fit. So why do they still make twelve point? You can have the closed side with a ratchet. You can get the wrench twisted so the palm of your hand rests on the flat part of the wrench. You can get a locking flex end so it bends up and down. You can get the ends sunken. There are stubby wrenches that are extra short. You can get the whole wrench in a half-moon shape or even an “S” shape. The list goes on and these are from just one company, Sears. Read the rest of this entry »

Peering over the edge – July 21

Jul 21
2009
Tim Brady

Tim Brady

I just heard a news story about a Lazy Man’s Lawnmower. This lawnmower’s movement is managed by a simple video game controller with, you guessed it, Bluetooth technology. Now all sloth-like belly scratchers like myself can sit on the porch, guzzle a frothy beverage, all the while ruining their lawns and sending small, furry creatures running for their lives. Here is the story: http://www.switched.com/2009/04/09/remote-controlled-lawnmower-steered-with-a-wii-mote/
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Bluetooth® News – July 20

Jul 20
2009

July 20, 2009 – According to In-Stat, Bluetooth Attach Rates Rise, While Total…
Bluetooth is on track to increase attach rates in many key market segments.

July 20, 2009 – Bluetooth Low Energy: OEM Hopes And Promises
In the meantime, makers of dual-mode Bluetooth low energy-enabled products are anxiously monitoring the ecosystem around low energy before committing to …

July 20, 2009 – SIG focuses on CANopen via Bluetooth
In order to provide connectivity in heterogeneous network architecture, the group will also specify CANopen-to-Bluetooth routers.

Bluetooth® News – July 16

Jul 16
2009

July 16, 2009 – Frontline Introduces World’s Only Bluetooth v3.0 + HS Protocol Analyzer
The release of the Bluetooth v3.0 + HS specification, which adds high speed data support via 802.11 makes Bluetooth technology more powerful and versatile,…

Bluetooth® News – July 15

Jul 15
2009

July 15, 2009 – Who Looks Hotter With His Bluetooth — Brad Pitt or David Beckham?
Brad Pitt graces the August cover of Wired magazine…

Living off the Land

Jul 15
2009

 

Mike Hatton

Mike Hatton


It can be a real pain travelling. You have to take a bunch of stuff with you and keep an eye on it, so it doesn’t get lost or stolen. Sometimes this mental attachment to your stuff causes you to be on guard instead of enjoying your trip. So you try to find ways of travelling light. You don’t take everything you own, you just take the stuff you expect to use. Some things you expect to use but since you can get them at your destination, you leave those at home too. Most people do not take all of the food they are going to eat; they just buy it on the trip. There is no point in taking soap if you know the hotel will provide it. It would be nice if everything you needed was at your destination. If you are smart you find ways of making it possible for more things to be at your destination. Read the rest of this entry »

You will be assimilated

Jul 13
2009
Mike Hatton

Mike Hatton


Technology changes rapidly now, but it was not always like this. For most of human history, generations would go by with no technological changes whatsoever. The world looked the same at the beginning of their lives as the end. Now technology is changing so rapidly that different decades can feel almost like different worlds. Read the rest of this entry »