Nano Art – A Very Cool Kickstarter Project

Here’s a Kickstarter project I not only recommend, but I’m also a backer. The project comes from Caltech physicist Sameer Walavalkar; he is looking to raise $50,000 to create silicon nanostructures that can represent portraits, pictures, text and are all etched into a variety of objects. The etchings can be done on silicon, gold, sapphire, metals, which can then be mounted and framed as one of a kind art, or given as gifts.

I hope this project gets fully funded, I plan on having a picture of my cats etched and it’ll be a gift for my wife. :-)

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Experiencing Battery Drain Issues on your Smartphone?

Experiencing battery drain issues on your smartphone? The cause could be the ad-supported apps you’ve installed.

STRUGGLING to make your smartphone battery last the whole day? Paying for your apps might help. Up to 75 per cent of the energy used by free versions of Android apps is spent serving up ads or tracking and uploading user data: running just one app could drain your battery in around 90 minutes.

I’ve heard of one smartphone platform’s “free” apps making http calls every minute for the advert, and god forbid if it needs your location for the advert as well.

Gadgets / Devices

Swarm of Mini-UAVs Fly in Formation

This video shows experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the GRASP Lab (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception), University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics.

The possibilities here are endless: carry a small explosive payload, surveillance, clear out rooms for SWAT, suicide drone…

Military

Google Music Is A Flop

GOOG MUSIC

I didn’t even know Google had a music service, but apparently it’s a flop, it’s not living up to expectations and losing users weekly. Wow, there’s a ton of negative buzz about this service, I feel bad for the engineers dedicated to this area.

Things sound so bad that Google execs may pull the plug soon. If you keep your music in their store, hopefully you can migrate it in time.

I’m a big fan of Amazon’s MP3 Store and Cloud Player. No DRM, all MP3s, I can play on my WP7 Samsung Focus, on my laptop, on my Home Theater PC, my iPod Touch. And it’s simple to purchase.

Entertainment

Double J- An ode to WWF (WWE tribute)

If you were, or are, into wrestling, then this video is for you. It comes from justJesman’s Youtube channel. There’s a tribute here to many of the old-school wrestlers from the 70’s and 80’s around the time I was really into the sport. Seeing some of these guys again brings back fond memories, like rowdy Roddy Piper, The British Bulldog, Ted Dibiase, and many more.

But where’s Sgt. Slaughter and the Iron Sheik? Smile

 

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