Archive for March, 2011
Above is a part of the movie Minority Report where Tom Cruise uses a cool, futuristic motion-operated computer interface. With Xbox’s Kinect, this may not be as far off into the future as we expect. Today Gmail has announced Google Motion [beta] and you can sign up today!
If this is all a bit much for you, or if perhaps you don’t have a webcam yet, read about Manu Cornet, a member of the Gmail Frontend team who’s worked hush-hush stuff and Nested Labels, Message Sneak Peek, and the Unread Message Icon.
In the interview Manu answers these questions
- What do you do on the Gmail team and what did you do before joining Google?
- How did themes get started and how did you help develop them?
- What are the three Gmail features you wouldn’t be able to live without?
- What do you do when you’re not working on Gmail?
- What would your last meal be?
I read a 2008 Discover magazine article today and found something really very interesting. Technology and science have reached a point where the US Army is seriously funding a project allowing soldiers to send thoughts and commands to other soldiers or equipment in the battlefield. Time/CNN’s post says:
B-movie buffs may recall that Clint Eastwood used similar “brain-computer interface” technology in 1982′s Firefox, named for the Soviet fighter plane whose weapons were controlled by the pilot’s thoughts. (Clint was sent to steal the plane, natch.) Yet it’s not as far-fetched as you might think: video gamers are eagerly awaiting a crude commercial version of brain wave technology — a $299 headset from San Francisco-based Emotiv Systems — in summer 2009.
- Time/CNN Post: The Army’s Totally Serious Mind-Control Project
Have you ever thought of switching to Gmail? Did the task of switching to Gmail seem too large for you to do effectivelywithout losing any of your inportant email, contacts etc? Good news, Google has a new “Switch to Gmail” website and has a new “6 step” mini site to help walk you through this task and answer some good questions.
Great Freebies to be had for web designers over at MediaLoot, announced on their sister-site FreelanceFolder.com:
[MediaLoot] has just turned one year old! In celebration of this first birthday they are giving out tons of free design resources and other valuables.
If you’re feeling lucky, you might be one of the few who win a one-year premium membership. If not, they are plenty of freebies that are available for anyone without the need to enter a contest or anything
- FreelanceFolder.com’s MediaLoot Turns One post
Check it out before the offer ends and freebies are gone! CLICK => MediaLoot Birthday