Author: Nancy Owano
At Microsoft Research Cambridge a project prototype called Holodesk was introduced. This prototype lets you feel and touch virtual objects with your hand and displays your hand on the display screen. The prototype uses a see through display and Kinect camera to display an illusion to make the use think and feel like he/she is moving the objects. Microsoft Research is trying to enhance interactive computers such as Xbox Kinect and Wii. They are trying to make inventions that allow to interact with virtual objects.
A video of the Holodesk shows the user’s hand under a glass panel and the 3D realistic looking objects are moving accordingly with the user’s motions. The user performs actions such as moving the objects or stacking or grouping them together.
I think this invention is really cool and very important. This new technology may eventually lead to other futuristic inventions such as holograms and be an insight into what future inventions will be like. Also, this can be a building blocks for other companies such as Sony and Microsoft for video game consoles.
Investors: Microsoft- they have gotten what they want from this project and will be satisfied with the results
Consumers: other companies that may want to use this technology and they will be given a better product
1) Do you think this technology will become more popular in the future?
2)Do think video games will incorporate this technology later in the future?
Author: Peter Svennson
Source: News 1130
On October 2011 Apple launched a new phone, the iPhone 4s. The new phone has a better processor and camera that shoots 1080p video and many other features. The two cores in the A5 chip in the phone deliver two times more power and seven times faster graphics. The iPhone 4S costs $200 with a two-year contract. Other the record-breaking pre orders of the iPhone 4S, its not ceratin whethe consumer demand is stronger for the new phone than for the previous phone. The number of companies carrying it is also higher in evrey country. In the US AT&T was the only carrier of the iPhone4 but The iPhone 4S will also be sold by Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. AT&T had taken more than 200,000 pre orders for the iPhone 4S in the first 12 hours, and Apple shares rose 3.8 per cent on Monday.
I think this is a demonstartion of how much Apple is adored and how much their iPhones will sell and how large of a market their is for them.
Investors: due to this stocks will rise which will make investors vert happy
Consumers: people that want the latest and best phone technology will also be thrilled with the new and improved iPhone
Competition: Androids and Blackberrys will now have to release some of their own “new” technology and phones
1) Are you considering buying the iPhone4S?
2) Do you the price for the iPhone4S is reasonable?
Source: The Escapist
Author: Greg Tito
Before his death, Steve Jobs was very serious about restricting his life but before he passed away he allowed Walter Isaacson (editor of Time magazine ) to write his biography. There are also rumors that Sony Pictures has put up $3 million to purchase the rights to make Isaacson’s book into a movie. The biography was supposed to be called iSteve: the Book Of Jobs but this title seemed kind of inappropriate so Isaacson made the article just called Steve Jobs from more than 40 conversations with Jobs before he died and many questions answers by him.
I think Sony is a good company and will make a good movie on Steve Jobs’ life. I will maybe watch the movie based on whether the review is good or bad.
Consumers: Poeple that are curious about Steve Jobs and people that like the company Apple and want to know more about it’s former CEO will now have a movie about his life
Are going to buy or read this article?
What do you think was Steve Jobs most impotant invention?
Writer: Darren Quick
Researchers from Duke University and the Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne have made and tested technology that allowed monkeys to control a virtual arm. This arm allowed them to feel and touch digital object using brain activity. Electrodes were inserted into specific regions of the brain which controlled the planning, control, and execution of movement and the place which processes data received from cells in the body about touch.
“Such an interaction between the brain and a virtual avatar was totally independent of the animal’s real body, because the animals did not move their real arms and hands, nor did they use their real skin to touch the objects and identify their texture,” said study leader Miguel Nicolelis. “It’s almost like creating a new sensory channel through which the brain can resume processing information that cannot reach it anymore through the real body and peripheral nerves.”
This is indeed very special and new because it allows monkeys to move things virtually with just brain activity. It is just the beginning of many inventions to come, this shows us how technology is developing and how much it already has developed.
Investors- I think the investors will be pleased becuase of the amazing product produced
Possible Comsumers: people with disability that cannot use their limbs will now be able to use virtual ones
What kind of newer and better technologies like this do you think will be made in the future?
Source: The Globe and Mail
Writer: James Roger
Though it is being released in September, the new iPhone 5 , has already started to benefit Apple. During this week itself, the apple stock has risen immmensely and continues to rise. Not only the iPhone 5 is being released but it is also rumored that another iPhone may debut in the fall. This other iPhone may be an immproved iPhone 4 to be used in China.
Due to the population of China, a device targeting this country will immensely help the blooming Apple market. They plan to target China Mobile which has about 600 million subscribers and China telecom which has 100 million subscribers. In a conference call with the COE of Apple, Tim Cook, admitted that they just “scratched the sruface of market in China” and plan on becoming more active there.
I think the iPhone 4s is a very smart buisness idea for Apple since the population in China can positively influence their buisness and help it grow more and also spread the popularity of their company.
Investors- Apple and people with shares
Competitors- Google Androids and Blackberry
Consumers: the people that like to be in touch with the newest and best technology and want to get their hands on the latest Apple product
1) Do you think that Apple is making a smart move by making/advancing the iPhone 4?
2) Are you or do you know anyone that is going to buy the iPhone 5?
3) Do you think the stocks will continue to rise? and are you thinking about buying some stocks?
PlayStation Vita coming to Japan Dec. 17
Source: PC Mag
Writer: Will Greenwald
This article on PC Mag talks about the new product, The Playstation Vita, being released by Sony Playstation, which will become available in Japan on October 17 but still leave American gamers without a release date. Though it may be being released earlier in Japan the retail price is significantly higher there also, the Wi-Fi version is over $75 more expensive and the 3G version is over $90 more expensive.
Also, since the Playstation Vita is coming out a lot earlier than the Wii U, its main competition from the Nintendo Company, it will have time to fit into people’s lives and hype up gamers more for the American release, an interesting business tactic indeed.
Investors: Sony (Playstation)
Consumers: people that want to play video games on this new device
Competitors: Nintendo with their Wii U being released in 2012
1)Do you thunk the PS Vita will beat the Wii U in sales? If yes, then why?
2) Do you think the sales in Japan will beat the sales in America? If yes, then why?