Archive for June 2013

Lost and Found!!!! How to find misplaced / stolen android


Have you (ever) lost your Android smartphone 
or tablet without having a phone recovery app

There are a handful of phone recovery or anti-theft apps on the Google Play Store which can be a

Lifesaver in case you lose your phone or, even worse, it gets stolen. But many people might only realize that there are such apps AFTER it got lost or stolen. Then, it usually is too late and you have to face the ugly truth that the phone is gone for good.

Posted by Amber Marfatia

Why is Lego angry at us?

Recently conducted studies shows that 6,000 mini-figures released from 1975 to 2010 found that they all had the same smiley face until 1989. However the range has since expanded to include hundreds of different emotions - and the faces are increasingly angry. "The children that grow up with Lego today will remember not only smileys, but also anger and fear in the mini-figures' faces," the study says.


Posted by Amber Marfatia

Cloud Myths Busters....

For sure, cloud computing is here to stay and there are lot of ideas and articles floating around the net that talks about cloud computing...so i am not using this space for that but am trying to use this space to talk about the Myth surrounding the cloud computing. (And with an assumption that basics of cloud are understood by the reader....if not just Google - cloud computing and Google will oblige us with trillions of articles about it




Posted by Amber Marfatia

Scams to be aware of!!!! Facebook Special....

We would never want to participate in survey, share our sensitive information or allow someone to
use our wall and post on our behalf without our consensus.....isn't this so obvious? But then are many scams running out which are so UN-obviously UN-suspicious that most of us fall into their ploy!

In this post I plan to cover only Facebook since it happens to be one of the most popular social platform and favorite for scammers....



Posted by Amber Marfatia

iPhone or iRobot? i has many bots to it!!!

We do know and realize that every computing device (smart phones, tablets or laptops / desktops) has processing power. But what if that is bi-directionally used as a robot with no frills to it? Sounds fun at least if not far from being more productive!

iPhone is for sure one of the best phones we have in the market and has been in possession of many people! So, why not to use it as a bot?

There are many robots running on top of iOS but i will talk about 2 such in this post (which i found very interesting - and of course i will be always bias towards Lego)

ROMO:

Romotive is back with a brand new bot! Romo is an affordable, personal robot that uses your iDevice as his brain. He’s cute, responsive, and really fast, but he’s still not capable of doing all that stuff you see in the movies.
To use Romo, download an app and plug your phone into the robotic base. You can control it from any iDevice or your Mac. 
Right now, there’s no wallet-friendly, backpack-sized consumer robot on the market that does these things:
1. Remote 2-way telepresence
2. Computer vision
3. Autonomous navigation
4. Facial recognition

Romo can be controlled by an iPhone 5 running their app.
The company suggests to use an older device with the 30 pin dock connector on the robotic base. The company is designing the next robot to use the new Lightning connector as a docking station. Romo gets smarter over time through app updates and behaviours created by people.It also includes autonomous navigation
One has to shell out $149 to get a piece of it! And yes, they ship it outside US too!!! (with $50 extra)
What's In The Box
  • Romo, the smartphone robot
  • Custom mini USB charging cable
  • Romo quick start card
  • Product info guide
 It is a worth an attempt to give it a shot and check out what all fun things one can do, but don't expect that it will improve the productivity! Check out more at https://romotive.com/



The 2nd bot that i am a fan of belongs to Lego family. Lego bricks are getting cozy with the iPhone and other Apple devices in the latest incarnation of the Mindstorms robotics kit.

Lego is set to announce Monday that a new, $350 Mindstorms EV3 kit will have the ability to talk to iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches through Bluetooth wireless connections. That means Lego builders can use the devices as remote controls for their robots, or create simple programs that are then sent to the robots to control their actions.

Lego said the kit will go on sale in the second half of the year. It was announced as the International CES gadget show begins in Las Vegas this week.

Remote control was already possible with Android smartphones and the most recent Mindstorms kit, the NXT. Apple devices didn't work because the "brain" of the kit - a juice-box-sized electronic brick - lacked a chip that would identify the Lego gadget to Apple devices.

Also new in the Mindstorms EV3 kit is a "two-eyed" infrared sensor that can pick up signals from a small infrared remote and locate it. In the kit, Lego includes the blueprints for a snake robot that uses its eyes to sense if someone is close to its head, in which case it strikes.

The EV3 will also be the first Mindstorms kit to be available in Chinese, Korean, Spanish and Russian. Previous kits have been in English, Japanese and a few other European languages.

As with earlier kits, the EV3 includes four motors and five different sensors. The new brick is compatible with earlier sensors and motors and is "more hackable than ever," according to Lego. The first Mindstorms came out in 1998.


Posted by Amber Marfatia

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