Friday, September 30, 2011

Nokia N9 begins shipping with Meego OS

After being announced back in June this year, The Nokia N9 has finally made to stores across the world. This phone from Nokia seems be a really good smartphone from Nokia after a long time. The main reason that makes a smartphone a worth appreciating  is the design and the OS that runs on it. Nokia has finally took a big step in the smartphone market by supporting the Meego OS. The N9 runs on MeeGo OS, v1.2 Harmattan.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

MIT's Energy Harvester Makes Electricity from Vibrations

The world is going the silicon way, with the increasing use of wireless equipment for remote sensing and data collection equipment in various industries; the problem that arises is the replacement of the batteries in the equipment, especially when the site is in remote and inaccessible locations like Oil pipelines, industrial machinery and bridges. 
The best solution to the problem is to harness the energy around the equipment itself;  like ambient light, electromagnetic radio-waves which are almost everywhere these days and mechanical vibrations. Mechanical vibration energy is pretty significant in industrial machinery, pipelines and bridges.
Harnessing the vibration energy could make replacing batteries redundant.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Android in Space: Nexus S on Space Shuttle Atlantis

The Android OS has brought about a big revolution as to how Smart-phones are used. With the kind of  hardware modern smart-phones come with, they can do a lot more then just being a camera, media player and a phone, they can be used as brains for little robots.

Google first sent Google Nexus S at the edge of the atmosphere back in December 2010 via weather balloons. This past week Google posted a video showcasing how the Nexus S is being used by NASA to power its SPHERE satellites (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites).  These Sphere Satellites are free floating devices that NASA says were actually inspired by the 'Light Saber' droid from the popular Star Wars series and were developed by MIT. SPHERE Satellite is a self contained system with power, propulsion, computing and navigation equipment.