Around the IT Industry 7/22-7/26

by Modis on July 26, 2013

Google ChromeCast Set to Revolutionize Television

Google has introduced its newest invention, ChromeCast: a stick-like device that lets users stream anything from the Internet to their television. Netflix, YouTube, Hulu…The television is now a second screen, with cable subscriptions set to be left in the dust. The Google ChromeCast is $35 USD, and streams directly via an HDMI port connected to a user’s television. Both television networks and cable providers may be feeling the danger as technology catches up to them, and one can expect to see similar services on the rise from providers in a last-ditch effort to catch up to ChromeCast.

Brain Controlled Prosthetic Arm

The US Department of Defense is now funding research into bionic limbs, and with good reason. Advanced prosthetic research is providing a new ray of hope for users participating in its DARPA Reliable Neural Interface Technology trials. The prosthetic senses brain waves and nerve responses, such as thinking about moving one’s fingers or picking up a glass. The computer learns to recognize and interpret muscle contractions into movement with the new prosthetic limb.

From Gold Comes a New Means to Control Blood Clots

Engineers at MIT have developed a new way to turn blood clotting on and off using gold nanoparticles. These particles are controlled via lasers, and could help doctors control bleeding in patients undergoing surgery and other medical care. The only means of controlling blood clotting currently is through the use of blood thinners. Through the use of gold rods, scientists are able to inhibit DNA from attaching to thrombin, the protein which causes blood to clot. For the treatment to be practical in patient treatment, the rods would need to be inserted at an injury site, and the infrared light shone on them to activate the protein inhibitor.

Dell Introduces Ultra HD Monitor Arriving Q4 2013

Dell’s new UltraSharp monitor possesses an ultra HD resolution, measuring 3840×2160, and is designed for art and media design professionals. This display is capable of projecting 1.07 billion colors, where the previous standard was 16.7 million. The IGZO, or indium gallium zinc oxide monitor, has been produced by Sharp, and is an improvement upon industry standard LCD displays. The UltraSharp monitor comes with a wide variety of ports, ranging from HDMI to an SD card reader. The monitor also comes with an adjustable stand, as opposed to being forced into a stationary height.

New iPhone Application Allows Bouncers to Scan for Fake ID

A new iPhone app allows bouncers, bars, and other retail establishments to check the IDs of those buying liquor or other age restricted items. The app was developed by Dr. Nelson Ludlow, CEO of the Washington based software company Intellicheck Mobilisa. The application works by scanning the PDF-14 barcode on the back of every ID, and if the identification presented is valid, will display the owner’s date of birth and other identifying information–sans address. If the identification being presented is false, the app will display nothing. It also allows users to view examples of what a traditional ID is supposed to look like, enabling them to more easily distinguish a real ID from a counterfeit. This app is available for $1.00 in the iOS store, and an Android version is said to be forthcoming.

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