Saturday, November 19, 2005

Light Field Photography with a Hand-Held Plenoptic Camera

Those geniuses at Standford have done it again, this time creating a Light Field Camera, which measures, "not just the total amount of light deposited at that location, but how much light arrives along each ray". What does this mean? Basically, you shoot once, focus later. See the videos to believe it.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Respectable Reefer

Medical marijuana grows up.

Darwin VII, the robot with brain cells

"Researchers at the Neurosciences Institute (NSI) in La Jolla, California have developed 'Darwin VII', a trashcan-shaped robot that has 20,000 brain cells."

"The infant crawls across a floor strewn with blocks, grabbing and tasting as it goes, its malleable mind, impressionable and hungry to learn... "

Friday, November 04, 2005

New features in Firefox 1.5

New features for extension developers in Firefox 1.5 - My favorite: Site-specific user style sheet rules. You can now add url-prefix() or domain() selectors to your css rules in order to bind them to a particular site. You could basically skin any (properly coded) site with this, without the aid of any extra extensions.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Yahoo! Maps Goes Flash

The Yahoo! Maps Beta is very Google Maps-ish, yet done completely in Flash. Not bad, especially since the URL automatically updates whenever you change the app state, which is what all good Flash apps should do.

Update: Check out their Local Events Viewer Beta, which uses a non-flash interface. IIIIIInteresting.