You can file this under the folder of “why?”, but someone decided to make a liquid cooled PC, which instead of using water, or coolant, they used wine. Yes, they now can serve warm mulled wine to guests 60°C in a few hours. I don’t drink Mulled Wine, but according to them, that’s the perfect drinking temperature, who knew?!
It’s odd, but hey it’s not like something crazy like this hasn’t been done before. People used oil to cool their computers.
You know that I love 360° video and photo. I think it’s the next big thing in the world of photography. Up until now the only way to get really high quality content was to attach multiple cameras together in rigs and stitch the resulting footage after the fact. That’s all changing now. Sphere is a new lens that takes a full 360° by 180° image in a single frame.
This looks like it could be a game changer. However, it looks like it will cost just as much money as a multi-camera rig. Unfortunately most modern affordable DSLRs do not shoot 4K video (the photos themselves are over 4K resolution), and 360° is best viewed in the highest resolution possible, usually 4K is a minimum requirement. However, since it’s a lens, as camera technology improves over time, this lens will still be useful.
No pricing is announced, you have to make inquiries. You can rent it out though. Something I might be interested in doing one day.
I might be 4 years past due here, but this series has been extremely fun to watch.
It’s also been a learning experience. You know, back to the basics of The History Channel. Before it turned into shitty reality TV and half-baked conspiracy theories. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good conspiracy theory, and I really to enjoy The Curse of Oak Island, but I haven’t exactly learned anything about history on those shows. At least not something that will better my every day life.
The whole series is about 6 hours minus commercials. You’ll thank me for watching it, trust me.
Researchers at UC Davis have teamed up with IBM to create a single microchip with 1,000 cores on it. To put that into perspective, most modern computers have anywhere from 2 to 8 cores. Chips in servers have up to a dozen cores each. Each core is dedicated to single processes, but with 1,000 you could do so much. Or so little. Hardware is only as good as the software to pair it with. Most software right now isn’t used to 8 core processors, let alone a 1,000 core one. That’s alright though because this chip was manufactured on super out dated technology – 32nm dies, modern chips are on 14nm dies. But now that it’s been done, it’s only a matter of time before it gets made more efficient, Moore’s law and all.
The Tiny1 is an interesting concept camera. Well, it’s about to become a real camera if the Indiegogo campaign is any indication. It’s billed as a dedicated astrophotography camera that’s small, lightweight, and connected to social networks and the mobile world. In practice, I’m not so sure what this camera offers that a traditional DSLR doesn’t but maybe it’s the price. I will say that being able to take videos at a decent resolution and stacking the photos would help. And the small size would make mounting it on telescopes much easier for balance. But I struggle with the focus. I’ve always had a hard time focusing cameras when attached to my telescope, and I don’t know if this will be any different. Also, having a backlit display will be horrible for the necessary night vision eyes you need to effectively do any type of astro work. But it’s a neat idea.
Or otherwise known as basic ainti-missile countermeasures in Air to Air combat. Granted, there hasn’t really been much civilian use for anti-missile countermeasures, but still, it’s not anything groundbreaking.
I’m sure the FCC will outlaw civilian ownership of these devices also, since they can be used for unlawful purposes, just like cell phone jamers. Oh well, stupid government, ruining the fun for the rest of us.
3-D printing, cheap electronics, and the sheer number of things up in space means that now is a booming time to try and connect to the satellites.
The SatNOGS project aims to make it small, mass-producible satellites that can be easily, and cheaply put into LEO. The new problem is that this rush of satellites being put up there produce too much data for the limited number of people on the ground to listen in and consume that data.
This proof of concept shows how it’s possible for an average person with some basic knowledge of the science at play can easily connect to a satellite that’s beaming down information all the time. This allows people to be listening all the time, and also gives you access to the RAW data from the satellite, allowing you to form all sorts of conspiracies that you want with it. There’s an entire network that you can connect to that allow you to work on a schedule, and be all automated. Yet another job that computers and robots are taking away from humans, proving that computers and robots are the universal illegal-aliens.
You thought this series was dead didn’t you? After all, it’s been over 6 years since I last posted to it, well, fret not my young readers, I have resurrected it for the new world that has come in that time.
Earlier this year, Wired ran a story about The Future of Wind Turbines. They profiled a Spanish company called Vortex Bladeless. The idea is nothing revolutionary in terms of science, but it is an unconventional way to harness the wind’s power.
Instead of blades, these tall narrow towers transform vortex energy into kinetic energy which then is turned into electrical energy. Vortexes happen all the time, they are often the most dangerous parts of architecture design. Vortexes were responsible for the drastic effects on the infamous Tacoma Narrows Bridge:
This design has many benefits according to it’s designers. There are no moving parts, so that means there is very little to maintain. It also means it is much easier to manufacture. Since there are no blades to turn, the density of them can be much higher then traditional blade turbines. Both of these contribute to the estimated 50% less cost. No blades means there’s no threat to the birds that are constantly flying into them and causing people to complain about the bird’s lives instead of their own.
All of this sounds good doesn’t it. Too good to be true right? Well it probably is. And this part comes via the fact that the company is all Crowd-funded. They have a great looking modern website, but no product. There’s lots of promise, and lots of claims. But no working model. They’ve raised about $1 million through private, and government funding, but there is still no field of them powering a small village.
I like the idea behind it, but I don’t think the execution is there yet. Wind is one of the better, more efficient of the renewable, but it’s not anywhere near nuclear. And we should all know by now that Nuclear Power is the only way to go for truly 100% renewable power. I want to like these Vortex Bladless designs, but I just can’t trust them. They are going to go the way of 95% of the crowdfunded services and products are now, nowhere.
Anyway, that’s the end of this episode of Going Green. It wasn’t as long, or drawn out, or negative as the others, but hey, it’s the first episode in years, allow me to get back in the swing of things.
Have you ever wanted a borderline useless master control panel for your computer? You know, something that looks like the controls from Star Trek, or Star Wars. Well, reddit user smashcuts has built his own. Why, because he wanted to, that’s why.
If you ever wanted to hang something very heavy that served almost no practical purpose above your desk, this control panel is for you. He used an electrical junction box as the container, and filled it with wires (duh, it’s electrical), and wood, and LEDs, and USB controllers and a fan or two.
Have you ever wondered where all the wires come from on Sci-Fi shows and movies when control panels inexplicably explode? Well, now you can rest assured and know that not only is the mess of wires realistic, but the possibility of the panel exploding is all too possible.
All the buttons he has, which number over 100, do something on his computer. These control iTunes, the volume, and starting specific playlists. Among some of the other buttons he has are links to YouTube videos, shortcuts to open most used programs, shortcuts to paste in canned text into IM windows, and random fun buttons because he had the space.
He has posted tons of photos of the build process on this imgur album, you should check it out.