Holographic Television

MIT's holographic image

MIT is bringing us one step close to holographic television, but don’t throw away your 3D set and geeky glasses yet!  The scientists at MIT are using mostly consumer level devices and one of their secret devices (of course) to generate what looks to me like a very primitive holographic version of the famous holographic message from Star Wars sent to Obi Wan from Princess Leah.  One of the cool things about holographic television is that it will not require special glasses.  1.5 gigabytes per second are being generated on the fly to compute this image and while it is hard to get excited about a red blob, it is still one step closer to my nerdy nirvana of a holographic experience in my living room.

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iPhone App to the Rescue!

CPR Notification App

There is a new app in testing phase ready to send help your way if you are having a heart attack.  Right now it is only testing in San Ramon Valley in California, but imagine if you needed help and an app could notify someone in your neighborhood who is trained in CPR to get there right away.  Wonder what my EMT in training daughter thinks about this?

Educational Gaming (mind games anyone?)

T. E. Lawrence –
– All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.

Educational Public Health Game

Dream big and you might get it!  Dare to ask that games are fun and educational because one day instructional designers, subject matter experts and programmers will meet in this dream.  The BODYexplorer project in Denmark looks like it is on the right path for public health education in the form of a game for a younger disadvantaged population.  Take a look at this article.  It gives few real details, but one can only hope… http://www.elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=articles&article=144-1

Wireless Charging Stations For Your Phone

At the consumer electronics show, a development kit for a wireless (no contact) charging station was unveiled.  Soon we will be able to go to Starbucks and charge our mobile devices while we drink our coffee. Just like wireless connectivity, when you are in Starbucks, you get wireless, you will also get some battery juice without plugging in.  Very cool…

I also like the concept that transmitters and receivers will be standardized in a very Zen way by having the Qi logo.  Qi (pronounced chee) means “vital energy” in Asian philosophy.  All Qi transmitters and receivers will be compatible for charging.  Now, if we could just get this concept as humans, we could achieve some amazing things in our relationships.

Time to Lug Those Textbooks Around Again… or not?

Book Saver Scanner
Ion Book Saver

Scan your textbooks instead of lugging them around?  For around 149 dollars this nifty device can help you scan textbooks into a digital format.  Watch the video to see how it works:  http://www.gizmag.com/book-saver-scanner-from-ion-unveiled/17532/  Some obvious issues: 
Size – where do you put it when you are finished with it? 
Format – does it output in a way that I can highlight and take notes on? I still read paper books but have converted to digital articles that I can highlight and take notes on using Acrobat Professional
This link will take you to the manufacturer’s website:  http://www.ionaudio.com/content380172

Bringing Data to Life

Looking for a way to bring data to life for your students?  Here is a high technology way to show public health data that really helps students get the big picture:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbkSRLYSojo

Want some reading to accompany your quest for visualization of data?  Edward Tufte’s Envisioning Information is a stunning way to enter into this arena of education:  http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/books_ei