Ask Mr Robot

ask mr robotAsk Mr Robot. Google, the advertising company, has acquired Boston Dynamics — the robotics and engineering company known for the development of some of the most advanced robots, including BigDog, Cheetah, and Atlas. This brings Google’s number of robot-related acquisitions to eight.

Google’s robots efforts will be led by Andy Rubin, who was formerly in-charge of Android. It is clear that Google is seriously interested in robotics. What isn’t obvious, though, is why. Is Google planning some kind of synergistic and brilliant ploy to integrate its AI and machine learning software algorithms with humanoid robots? Is this the start of a story that ultimately leads to the technological singularity and Judgment Day?

Search and find game: Visual breadcrumbs

search and find game

CrowdOptic has patented the technology (U.S. Patent No. 8,527,340) that captures dynamic shifts in where people are looking through their electronic devices (think Google Glass). The technology should enable users to share their routes with each other (for a high-tech game of search and find), especially in complex multi-building environments such as universities campuses  or shopping malls, and allow people to reroute  in response to changing environmental conditions and the paths of other users.

Very cool and well positioned to get snapped up by you know who ;-)

The model for a new mobile phone

new mobile phone modelWith RIM’s Blackberry dying a slow death, there seem to be two mobile paradigms left: iOS and Android. And many insiders see Apple sliding when it comes to innovation which is supporting by sales numbers of Android phone with have been exceeding those of iPhones for a while now.

The obvious conclusion seems to be that one clear leader in form of Google’s Android operating system will emerge. With Google already being a quasi monopoly and unhealthy development for the most visible element of the Internet – the world wide web – this should frighten anybody with a comprehensive understanding of evolution and the awareness of humanity in a global society (for more about this see this outline for building a better search engine).

So, that’s why I was very pleased to come across this Indiegogo project:

Magic Jelly Bean Key Finder

key finder bluetooth appThe Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a must have software. The freeware utility retrieves your Product Key used to install windows from your registry. It also provides a community-updated configuration file that retrieves product keys for more than 300 other applications. Additionally the software enables you to retrieve product keys from unbootable Windows installations.

Both Windows 7 and Windows 8 are supported as well as all previous Windows versions, including Windows XP, 2003 Server, 2000, NT, ME, 98 and 95. The Keyfinder is not a key generator. It reads the registry and extracts the key that was used to install Windows.

It is free to download from this website.

CPU Comparison – Now and Then

cpu comparison 2013Freescale just announced the world’s smallest ARM Powered® MCU. Available in the ultra-small 1.9 mm x 2.0 mm wafer level chip-scale package, the KL02 CSP requires very little board space while retaining MCU feature integration. The KL02 CSP consumes 25 percent less PCB area, yet delivers 60 percent more GPIO than the nearest competing MCU.

The Kinetis KL0 family is the entry point into the low-power Kinetis L series MCUs based on the ARM® Cortex™-M0+ processor, delivering 32-bit performance with class-leading code density, integrated flash memory, precision analog, connectivity and timers.

On the right you see how the chip compares to the first commercial 32-bit processor.