- Library of Congress launches a national jukebox
Audrey Waters at ReadWriteWeb has details of the latest such project to share historical audio recordings online. In this particular instance, the jukebox has been jointly launched by the Library of Congress and Sony, the latter offering selections from the early Victor Records collection. It is streaming only, which is somewhat infuriating as it is clear from the home page many of the recordings pre-date 1923, the cut off for the public domain.
- Inexpensive, add on multitouch display converter
Slashdot links to a Computerworld article about an interesting hack out of Texas A&M University. A frame lined with 256 IR sensors, the same kind used in TV remotes, can be situated over a display to easily convert it into a usable multitouch surface. More interestingly, the students hung the frame on its own in line with a nearby projected display to make a sort of virtual, touch-less easel. An even more intriguing future may lie ahead, of stacking these frames to achieve a 3D dimensional sensing interface.
- Vinge on smartphones, social networks and augmented reality
Cory at BoingBoing linked to this UgoWorld interview with Vernor Vinge discussing the present and potential future of social networks, augmented reality and the emerging mobile platform fueling them. The interview is a warm up for the upcoming Augmented Reality Event at which, as the interview points out, many of the speakers have drawn inspiration from Vinge’s “Rainbows End”.
- New tool from Georgia Tech to assess, manage bandwidth use in the home, Ars Technica
- Consumer device with Open CPU out of beta soon, Slashdot
- Canadian student uses supercomputer to develop treatment for cystic fibrosis, The Register
- Privacy concerns around smart meters and possible protections, at least in California, EFF