Archive for January, 2007

Imagine your data on a Swivel

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

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Swivel.com

Swivel.com is the YouTube for data. Interesting business model: 1 part Google Spreadsheets, 1 part YouTube, 1 part graphics. I guess in this day and age you can take just about any idea and put it on the web and create a community around it. I like it. But I like the business ideas it represents even more.

Is Gigabit Quantum-Encryption ‘Uncrackable’?

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

I saw an interesting announcement today by id Quantique SA and Senetas Corp. Ltd. about a commercial application of quantum encryption. They claim 1 gigabit per second data rates in their prototype solution. I’ll be interested to see if these ‘Uncrackable’ claims can hold up to the scrutiny of the cryptography community.

Original Article: http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=196900575

500 Gallons of Fresh Water a Day

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Do you dream of living “Off the Grid?” Check out this solution for fresh water that is reminiscent of the moisture farms on Tatooine. Aqua Sciences, Inc. has a technology that can product up to 500 gallons of fresh water a day from the moisture in the air.

FEMA already have 2 of these $500,000 units and the military is looking at sending them to Iraq. I’d love a personal/family size unit if they were priced in the $200-$400 range.

Robotic Flying Dragonfly at CES

Monday, January 15th, 2007

Check out this video of a robotic dragonfly from the company Wow Wee. Just one more reason why I should be attending CES.

http://news.com.com/1606-12994_3-6150150.html?tag=ne.video.6150150 

ChaCha.com a Google Killer?

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

What do you get when you combine the human intelligence behind Amazon’s MTurk and Google’s clean and accurate approach to web searching: ChaCha.com

For a search engine ChaCha.com provides a clean interface and good results. But what is interesting is the human intelligence that’s injected into the equation. Can’t find what you need with other search engines? ChaCha.com offers the option to search with a “guide”, (someone trained in all things search.) This human factor is interesting and much more interactive when you can chat with someone to explain exactly what your looking for.

Unfortunately when I asked my guide for help finding a store in Salt Lake City, Utah that sells racellete cheese, I got back the digital equivalent of a blank stare and then she promptly ended the chat. So much for the human interface.

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