It’s eight months since I blogged about the 3D printer: Need a new printer? Look no further! I had just heard about it. My son was hanging out to purchase one. Not long after I blogged about it he purchased one and his initial creations have captivated us all.
There’s no doubt ….. 3D printing is a new technology that has captured attention and interest around the world. And along with this, sales and growth have been booming.
It comes as no surprise that this new technology is having an enormous impact on society. Almost anything can be printed, it seems. Even guns! Yes ….. guns that shoot! If a 3D gun can be printed, it follows that anyone who can access the hardware and software can just print a gun. So much for the discussion on gun control ay?! This US news segment is a great summary of what’s happening and just where it can head to:
But there are also some amazing developments happening with 3D printing that counter the shock of seeing guns being printed. Just last weekend I watched a segment on the news that showcased the making of a functioning liver! Amazing:
Posted in Technology | Tagged 3d printing, video | Leave a Comment »
Just a week ago on April 3rd, the mobile phone turned 40!
Marty Cooper, who was then working as a senior engineer at Motorola, is renowned as the “father” of the mobile phone. Listening to a recent interview with him on the BBC program Click was not only fascinating, but an eye opener. How far the technology has come and the impact it has had not only on our lives but our ‘way of life’ is certainly profound.
When asked about the future direction of the technology, Marty’s reply reminded me of details I blogged about a few weeks ago: The future: Cognitive computing
Describing congestive heart failure which is a build-up of fluid on the lung, Marty explained how a patch worn on the chest will communicate fluid levels to a cell phone which in turn will transfer data to a source. An alert to take a pill to avert a heart attack perhaps six hours before the heart attack may have occurred would then be sent back to the person wearing the patch.
Quite mind boggling really. Have a listen.
Posted in Technology | Tagged Marty Cooper, mobile phone, video | Leave a Comment »
Using web tools to promote creative writing has to be a plus.
This SMS Generator is certainly an easy way to inspire students to create snappy conversations between two fictional characters. As an easy to use web tool, teachers could have students replay a conversation from a text being studied, write alternate conversations between characters in a text or have students create fictional characters who engage with each other in specific and varied ways. The possibilities, really, are endless.
Although I had a play just now, I wasn’t able to get the embed code to work here in WordPress. Alas – this pic of the conversation between my fictioinal characters Maggie and Bert is hyperlinked to the page on which I created and saved it.
Let me know if you figure out how to get the embed code working!
Posted in Learning & Teaching Tools, Learning Community, Presentation Tools | Tagged creative writing, SMS Generator | Leave a Comment »
If the truth be known, I’ve had a problem with peep holes in the front door of my home virtually all my life!
Yes – you guessed it! I’m short! While I’ve got no complaints about my stature and have happily coped with the jokes and jibes that have been thrown my way over the years, the issue of peep holes has always been an annoying one for me!
Never, absolutely never, is the peep hole in a position that I can effectively use it to see who is visiting. Standing on tippy toes, I invariably struggle to keep my balance. The amount of noise I make in the process of trying to see through the peep hole guarantees that I’m unable to kid anyone that I’m ‘not at home!’
So when I saw this video for DoorBot, the Wi-Fi enabled “Smart” doorbell created by Edison Junior, I couldn’t help thinking that it’s a viable solution for people like me. But with its ability to stream live video as well as create a two way audio link to a smart phone, this invention has appeal to everyone! After installing DoorBot much the same as any doorbell is connected to the front door, all that is needed is for the user to download the free app onto the smartphone. Being able to see and speak to anyone visiting, whether you are actually home or not, is quite awesome I think!
Posted in Technology | Tagged app, door bell, DoorBot, smartphone | Leave a Comment »
Towards the end of 2012, IBM announced “5 in 5″ – a list of innovations predicted to be in place within the next five years. Referred to as the era of cognitive computing, it is predicated that computers will take the human senses of touch, vision, hearing, taste and smell to a new level.
Watch this series of videos or read the published article: IBM reveals five innovations that will change our lives within five years
Posted in Learning & Teaching Tools, Learning Community | Tagged cognitive computing, future, IBM | Leave a Comment »