The Buzz: Ramachandra Budihal augments reality

November 7, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Photo: Ramachandra Budihal at TEDIndia, Session 7, “Power of Stories,” November 6, 2009, in Mysore, India. Credit: TED / James Duncan Davidson

Session 7: Ramachandra Budihal clearly thrilled TEDIndia‘s live audience — and also our webcast audience, who had plenty to say on Twitter:

The 3D augmented device demoed by Ramachandra Budihal . Now I know how I can communicate folk stories to the future generation — ramkrsna

Just watched a 500 yr old King resurrected – u can now experience ancient Indian history #TEDIndia for true innovation — mita56

AAAAAAAAAAmazing!!! Ramchandra Budihal!!!!! #TEDIndia totally rocks!! — moneymunot

We don’t enter the future, we create it. And we create what we imagine.” – Ramachandra Budihal — brainpicker

What Budihal is describing, cannot be trapped into words. W-O-W! — TEDxShekhawati

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Lady with a dog walking on the embankment of Melbourne…

November 7, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Google Dashboard Provides a Top-Down Look at Your Google Use

November 7, 2009 at 9:18 am | Posted in Lifescape | 1 Comment
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Ever wanted to take a step back and look at all the Google apps and data you’re hooked into? Google’s offering that top-down view with Google Dashboard, a central clearinghouse for app settings, privacy information, and use statistics.

The main value to the average user at the Dashboard, reachable at when signed into a Google account, is a peek at all the services you use, the data Google’s acquired from you, and quick links to each app’s settings. You also get direct links to your Google calendars, your most recent Gmail messages and Google Docs documents, and secondary settings, like changing your personal information in apps that use that data. Those with privacy concerns also get quick links to the policies of every app they’re using.

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Ever since I was a kitten in the old country I’ve been terrified of red ribbon

November 7, 2009 at 9:09 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment


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    Woman Livestreaming Child Birth

    November 7, 2009 at 8:50 am | Posted in Lifescape | 2 Comments
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    pregnantlivestream.jpgLive shows from U2 and the Foo Fighters were all well and good, but let’s be honest, they weren’t the miracle of childbirth. A 23-year-old Minnesota woman named Lynsee (no last name given) is ready to step in where Bono left off, opening up the birth of her child to the world wide Web.

    “We wanted to share this experience,” she told ABC News. “If I were in a classroom, I’d be teaching about development. It was a way for me to teach… A way for me to use myself as a textbook.”

    Lynsee, set to give birth in the next couple of days, will be broadcasting the birth via the pregnancy social networking site, MomsLikeMe. Other users are welcome to participate in the event via chat.   ….



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    Make Cookies in 90 Seconds with Your Waffle Iron

    November 7, 2009 at 8:44 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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    Baking cookies in your oven is fine and all, but if you want to turn out some tasty cookies in a very short time, consider turning to your trusty waffle iron. Turns out you’re only 90 seconds away from crispy, chewy, cookie-goodness.

    Photo by Fine Living & Martha Stewart

    Although your oven will still have its place for making large batches of cookies, using your waffle iron can bake up a cookie in just 90 seconds. It’s the perfect solution for previously prepared dough when you just need a quick sugar fix instead of an entire pan hanging around the house to tempt you.   ….



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    Device Like ‘Star Trek’ Replicator Might Fly on Space Station

    November 7, 2009 at 8:35 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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    Space explorers have yet to get their hands on the replicator of “Star Trek” to create anything they might require. But NASA has developed a technology that could enable lunar colonists to carry out on-site manufacturing on the moon, or allow future astronauts to create critical spare parts during the long trip to Mars.

    The method, called electron beam freeform fabrication (EBF3), uses an electron beam to melt metals and build objects layer by layer. Such an approach already promises to cut manufacturing costs for the aerospace industry, and could pioneer development of new materials. It has also thrilled astronauts on the International Space Station by dangling the possibility of designing new tools or objects, researchers said…..


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