- Posted August 29, 2014 by
Technology happening around you.
Here we are at the end of the week, Friday. As we prepare for the weekend, it's a great time to reflect on some of the technology that's barking at our doorsteps and making us more worthy of our titles as human, and by that I mean those who continue a path towards superiority as a race and bending nature to our will.
First, Spheree. Consider holograms becoming more of a reality. Thanks to Universidade de São Paulo we have a ball that essentially becomes its own screen display; it is the first device capable of projecting uniform, high resolution pixels on a spherical surface while also allowing others to interact with the stereo 3D experience display through gestures. It has no blind spots or seams, so rendered scenes are not occluded. It allows you to edit 3D data as well. Companion desktop applications allow a mirroring in order to reach new perspectives while crafting and molding, and there blending algorithms that provide uniform pixel densities throughout the whole sphere.
Have you ever wondered if you or someone you know had a virus or disease, but you left your DNA sequencer at home? Well now thanks to New Zealand's University of Otago, this brick sized box allows gene sequencing in about an hour. Freedom4 is battery powered, light weight, small and can run tests for E. coli and several gastrointestinal and respiratory viruses like swine flu. It does this by using temperature changes and an enzyme to repeatedly split and copy DNA over and over again so it can be read more easily. Some companies have used this device with some modification to make it significantly faster, but only capable of reading for one disease. It is currently being commercialized by the university and it opens a lot of doors to what the future could bring in the way of disease attention and prevention.
You haven't been hitting your mood and tagging your friends for nothing. Now there's a database with over 10,000 annotated faces and learning algorithms that all compile into a new facial recognition software for Google Glass, ''SHORE.'' It can identify emotion, gender and even age (sort of) in real time by using its databases. When it shows age, it gives a number with [+/- #] along with it. Created in Germany's Fraunhofer Institute, SHORE stands for sophisticated high-speed object recognition. Researchers have postulated that the software could have very real applications with disabilities hindering communication such as autism by interpreting otherwise difficult-to-read emotions being perpetuated. This software will be capable of optimization and adaptation on multiple different operating systems and platforms.
There's a lot more going on in the world and it's impossible to stay on top of all of it, but from here it's easy to see that there is a paradigm shift already in motion. The Ebola virus will perhaps finally be able to be contained by running an intense and quick screening process unlike ever before seen. Perhaps clinics will be able to specify the device to read for various other life-dangering diseases and use them in hospitals and third-world countries. Domestic use would even be capable seeing that there are plenty of clinics that test for a certain small number of diseases such as Planned Parenthood. You can imagine a row of boxes with different labels representing different STI names.
One application of Spheree that I couldn't see is if perhaps now 3D art and sculpting could allow you to work in conditions otherwise impossible, like the inside of a volcano. Hypothetically speaking, one could adjust the partner program to allow molding of clay to emulate what it would be like a few hundred degrees higher than room temperature. Holograms are still quite a ways off, but it is safe to say that we're making headway. Imagine a shperee that's 5 or even 15 meters high, capable of displays that are exactly what we imagine holograms to be like inside of a concert hall. Maybe even someone could put on a show inside of it and create a platform for spheree owners and users that all can build on and make a community of 'spheree now' programs that take this from outside the lab and into the public's eye.