Zephyr Tech is a NZ based company that specializes in ‘Smart Fabric Technology’. They combine patented Smart Fabric sensor technology with novel algorithms and system design. Flexible and formable sensors detect and measure displacement, distance, force and pressure, strain, impact events and bio data.
Their latest product ‘Impact SF‘ holds promise for soldiers in the battlefield, or rather it will greatly assist the battlefield medics. Impact SF is a new solution for measuring impact – from slow collisions to ballistic impact. Using sensors and wireless connectivity, Impact SF is robust enough to withstand extreme environments.
Graphical diagnostic tools quantify an impact’s severity, direction and type, providing instant status updates and allowing evidence-based trauma diagnosis. Information is available in real time or can be stored for later use.
Impact SF Capabilities:
- Measures position of impact and energy
- Allows quantitative analysis of an impact’s severity, type and direction
- Enables blunt force human trauma diagnosis
- No restrictions to wearer of Impact SF garment
- Technology can be integrated into existing composite structures
- Real time and trend analysis via graphical display
- Wireless connectivity to other user interfaces
You can read their brochure (pdf) for a few more details and pretty pictures.
[Found via DefenseTech]
Remember Aaron Stanton from Idaho, the guy that cold-called GOOG with his idea for ‘the next big thing’ ?
Destiny from 10 Zen Monkeys has a detailed follow-up to the story along with some speculation on the what Aaron’s idea might be.
Neal Stephenson has an op-ed piece on NYT ‘It’s all geek to me‘ after seeing ’300′ at the cinema.
He notes its similarities to geek culture and politics today as well as commenting on the worldwide negative reaction from reviewers.
From The Guardian we have the commentary ‘I hate Macs‘.
Here’s just an excerpt, the volume of comments at the bottom are not surprising:
I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs. I even hate people who don’t use Macs but sometimes wish they did. Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui.
PCs are the ramshackle computers of the people. You can build your own from scratch, then customise it into oblivion. Sometimes you have to slap it to make it work properly, just like the Tardis (Doctor Who, incidentally, would definitely use a PC). PCs have charm; Macs ooze pretension. When I sit down to use a Mac, the first thing I think is, “I hate Macs”, and then I think, “Why has this rubbish aspirational ornament only got one mouse button?”