Technology – more specifically Information Technology is my main area of focus for helping solve problems. I am a solution designer – I like to solve problems using technology. Having done this for several years now, and hopefully because of my background in Mathematics, I am able to analyze problems and find simple technology solutions.
I have been invited to be a speaker in a big data conference in Mumbai on 22nd August 2013. I shall be presenting a case study in the Pharmaceutical industry to illustrate how big data technologies can significantly add business … Read more →
I was invited to speak to a big data innovation conference in Mumbai this week. I chose to present a case study to illustrate how we use Polyglot Persistence – or in plain English – using more than one database … Read more →
McKinsey Global Institute published a report that identifies the top 5 catalysts of growth for the US economy: The US economy is struggling to find a new formula for vigorous growth. But all growth opportunities are not created equal. New … Read more →
If you are a cyclist, check this website out and figure out which kind of a person you are based on what kind of cycle you ride! Two Frenchmen – Thomas Pom, a fourth-year student at the National School of … Read more →
Excellent talk and presentation by Martin Fowler, author of my favorite book on the subject. He introduces NoSQL from a historical and technical perspective. He refers to actual use cases to describe the various types of NoSQL databases.
We have started using NodeJS a lot these days typically to handle data processing applications that involve a large number of concurrent requests, each of which involve one or more I/O operations. Why Nodejs? Why not Java? Java obviously has … Read more →
Thomas Backlund has started a bold adventure of giving up his life in the city and living in a forest to build his start up. He has set himself up with a laptop, battery pack, solar cells and mobile broadband. … Read more →
There is a mind-boggling amount of data floating around our society. Physicists at CERN have been pondering how to store and share their ever more massive data for decades – stimulating globalization of the internet along the way, whilst ‘solving’ … Read more →
During my visit to Pittsburgh at the Accion Labs head office, I was interviewed at Pittsburgh Technology Council by host Jonathan Kersting. Jonathan runs a regular show titled Tech Vibe Radio, and has had a string of interesting episodes. I was honored to … Read more →
Isaac Asimov, my favorite science fiction writer and thinker introduced a concept called Psychohistory in his famous “Foundation” novel series. Psychohistory is the science of predicting the behavior of large groups of people using a statistical model of the psychology … Read more →
Anand Shah’s company Sarvajal is working to bring clean water to India. But it’s not just giving it away. Instead, it’s Each of these franchisees sets up “water ATMs,” where rural Indians can go and see their water being purified and bottled.
Inspiring video of a young kid from Sierra Leone who’s a self taught inventor
Tanjung Batu Laut seems to grow out of a mangrove swamp on an island off the coast of Malaysian Borneo. The houses, propped up over the water on stilts, are cobbled together from old plywood, corrugated steel, and rusted chicken wire. But walk inland and you reach a clearing covered with an array of a hundred solar panels mounted atop bright new metal frames. Thick cables transmit power from the panels into a sturdy building with new doors and windows. Step inside and the heavy humidity gives way to cool, dry air. Fluorescent lights illuminate a row of steel cabinets holding flashing lights and computer displays.
The building is the control center for a small, two-year-old power-generating facility that provides electricity to the approximately 200 people in the village. Computers manage power coming from the solar panels and from diesel generators, storing some of it in large lead-acid batteries and dispatching the rest to meet the growing local demand. Before the tiny plant was installed, the village had no access to reliable electricity, though a few families had small diesel generators. Now all the residents have virtually unlimited power 24 hours a day.
A Colorado company sees the future of tires on mountain bikes, and they are puncture-proof and airless. Britek Tire and Rubber also envisions mountain-bike riders as being in a far happier mood when they learn they can leave their patch kits and pumps at home. For several years the company has focused its prototyping efforts toward airless tires for automobiles but it is now turning its attention to working on airless tires for mountain bikes. Company founder and designer Brian Russell has several patents and more pending for his dream project, the Energy Return Wheel (ERW). In addition to not having to worry about punctures, he says people will find that ERW can deliver better efficiency.
The Google Maps folks debut their amazing “Trekker” camera in the Grand Canyon. #coolestjobever
On its first official outing, the Street View team is using the Trekker—a wearable backpack with a camera system on top—to traverse the Grand Canyon and capture 360-degree images of one of the most breathtaking natural landscapes on the planet.
This week, photos are being gathered from portions of the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park, including the ridge, the famous Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail, and more. These panoramic views will soon be live on Google Maps, giving everyone from real-life visitors to armchair travelers the opportunity to marvel at this beautiful, majestic site from the comfort of their computers or mobile devices.
Hop, the robot suitcase, is the brainchild of enterprising Spanish inventor, Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez, who, in addition to inventing new-age robo-luggage, has served up the perfect platform for other inventors to jump aboard to develop enhancements for Hop.
The potential add-ons for the robotic suitcase seem limitless: a future add-on might ask the suitcase to nip off to fetch a cup of coffee or to hail a taxi or to do whatever else that makes an airport wait easier or more constructive.
The robotic suitcase follows its owner by tracing Bluetooth signals from a Smartphone. Gonzalez placed three sensors in the luggage that receive signals from the Smartphone and has also planted a microprocessor to drive the two caterpillar tracks which power the suitcase.
Hop website: The same microcontroller operates a caterpillar system based on compressed air, which follows the user at a constant distance.
The bags can be programmed to follow one to another or controlled jointly by the staff that handles baggage at airports or transit stations.
If a suitcase can move by itself, besides facilitating the lives of a large number of travelers, families, or even disabled people, it could also impact baggage-moving conveyor belts, carts or most any sort of external conveyance.
If the signal from the phone is lost, the suitcase will lock itself and send a vibrating alert to the user’s phone.
I had bought a Bose headset for my iPhone about a year back, and thanks to my outdoor activities, the wire’s rubber coating was disintegrating fast. Unfortunately, I did not find the invoice. I put in a complaint on the Bose web site not really expecting a result. But not only did I get a call back from them, I got a replacement within 3 days!
“Empty Memory from Logical Art visualizes the abstract space of electronic memory, allowing its owner to fill the voided space with their invisible data. Since flash drives have continually decreased in size while adding space, the hollow area poetically implies the “invisible technology.”
The 4G flash drive is designed as jewelry and comes in two forms: Structure, which features a geometric frame, and the Transparent style, capped with clear acrylic. The pieces are cast from stainless steel and hand finished in black, white or a rose gold.”