Absolut Vodka Canada 150 bottle a work of high tech art

There are many ways the world is celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, but Swedish vodka maker Absolut is toasting the occasion with a limited edition bottle: Absolut Canada. While the bottle still contains the same vodka people have enjoyed for decades, the bottle design is uniquely Canadian.  It was created by a Canadian artist using custom high tech software and state of the art hardware inspired by something that has a rich history in Canada and keeps Canadians warm – a quilt. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

Over one third of software developers would marry a robot

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I realize that today is April Fools’ Day but realizing how far and how quick technology has progressed and hearing the fears of respectable tech leaders like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak about the rise of intelligent robots and enhanced Artificial Intelligence (AI), it really starts you thinking not just about what is truly possible, but when it might actually happen.

But not everyone thinks it’s totally a bad thing. In a recent ad hoc poll done by Evans Data Corp., 72% of software developers believed that artificial intelligence is beneficial to mankind. Furthermore, 35% said that they would consider marrying a humanoid robot.  Read Full Post and take survey at CanoeTech Blog

Dyson’s $2.6 billion investment in research to supercharge global growth

James Dyson Digital Motors - 06-02-2014Dyson has today committed a $2.6 billion CAD investment to future technology, including a $1.7 billion CAD  for the research and development of new product technologies.  It is developing four new portfolios of technology and will launch 100 new products around the world in the next four years.

James Dyson, Founder and Chairman said: “Our growth is fuelled by technology and we are thinking long-term.  90 per cent of our technology is sold abroad, we’re quickly growing across Asia, and it’s phenomenal to think that we are now number one in the home of technology – Japan. It is like selling coal to Newcastle.  But we must relentlessly invent – that’s why we are investing in our research footprint here in the UK and investing in our manufacturing capabilities in South East Asia.”

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Applebee’s quietly going “No Tech Tuesday”

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If you’re tired of hearing the people on their smartphones at the next table yelling at the top of their lungs, you’ll be happy to know that one restaurant chain in the U.S. is planning on doing something about it – at least for one day of the week.  Applebee’s plans to introduce “No Tech Tuesday” to all of its 1,800+ restaurants in the US.  In fact, according to reports, the company is filing an application to trademark the phrase.

Installing 100,000 Tablets

What’s perplexing is that back in December 2013, just over seven months ago, the company announcedthat by the end of 2014, it would have completed installation of 100,000 Intel-based E la Carte Presto tablets in their restaurants, so customers can order their meals, pay their bills, play games and have other social media interactions.

There doesn’t appear to be any detailed information as to how the scenario will play out and whether of not those tablets will go dark – on Tuesdays only.  I do find it interesting that on one hand the chain is taking a leap forward embracing new technology but on the other hand, totally doing away with it for one day of the week.

Read more…AT CanoeTech BLOG

 

Funky future and practical gadgets from CES 2014

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If you’ve ever been to an International CES you’d be amazed by the shear size of the exhibition space and the number of exhibitors. In fact this year, according to the organizers, the show has reached some new milestones with more than 3,200 exhibitors spreading themselves across more than two million net square feet where over a four-day period thousands of new products and services are being introduced. Some products will be outright wonders, others a refresh of existing products and some perhaps in a concept state that we may see this year, next year or not at all. So here are just a few new products from this year’s International CES.
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10 super advanced technologies Santa needs to deliver presents

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As the world’s population grows and handheld technology keeps kids right at Santa’s toes, the hidden North Pole toy factory needs to keep up with the times. Even more than ever before, Santa and his elves need to ensure they’re highly efficient, accurate and super quick in handling the billions of incoming requests, determining who’s been naughty and who’s been nice and schedule and make all the necessary deliveries around the world to the almost 1.9 billion children under 14 in one evening. All this while going totally undetected. A feat  I don’t think even the great FEDEX can even do.

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Turning 15 Google offers up new Doodle and algorithm

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It’s hard to believe, but Google which has become a common household word and the answer to things unknown is turning 15 this week and as they often do, they’re celebrating this milestone as with many others by creating a new Google Doodle.

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19th century camera technology still relevant today

The Petzval lens, old and new

 

EDMONTON, AB, / Troy Media/ – If 19th century University of Vienna Mathematics Professor and inventor Joseph Petzval were alive today, I wonder how surprised he’d be to see how far camera technology has advanced. But I’d really like to witness the look on his face if he knew that a lens he created in 1840 was getting a new lease on life almost two centuries later. Read More at Troy Media.

The world’s first Wi-Fi-enabled digital window shade

SONTE Film controls the amount of light that passes through your window

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EDMONTON, AB, Jun 26, 2013/ Troy Media/ – My house faces south, so mid-afternoon, especially in the summer, I like to shut my blinds to keep the living room cool. I also like my privacy.

But what happens if you left blinds open while you were out, only to find out that you might get home later than usual? You can control your lights and appliances in the house remotely from your smartphone, so why not the light shining through your windows?

Well, with SONTE Film, you can. And it has nothing to do with having motorized window coverings. Sonte is the world’s first Wi-Fi-enabled digital shade that controls the amount of light that passes through your window.

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