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    #Throwbackthursday: The first Livestream

    Here’s a fun fact for you: Twitch.tv, the most popular video gaming livestream service, has around 15 million daily users, and averages one million concurrent users. Another fun fact: Twitch owes a lot of its success to a 128×128 pixel Krups coffee machine. Confused? Allow me to explain. The Trojan Room Coffee Machine was a 1991 brinchild of Quentin Stafford-Fraser, a researcher in the University of Cambridge’s Computer Lab. At the time, there were 15 researchers there, and, according to Quinten, they were very poor, very tired, and drank obscene amounts of coffee. Which is to say, they were academics. Unfortunately, there was only one coffeepot between the 15, which…

  • news

    These Headphones Will Cancel Noise with…AI?

    As this year’s Consumer Electronics Show comes to a close, Parmonic is on the lookout for new use cases for artificial intelligence. We found some in an odd place: noise-cancelling cans. Jabra announced a new series of over-ear headphones, the Elite 85h, that feature technology they call “SmartSound.” Partnering with a German AI company, the headphones can detect over 6,000 audio cues and filter out more specific types of noise. For example, if you’re standing on a train platform, SmartSound will detect an oncoming train and block out the mechanical noise. Additionally, the Elite 85h will provide 6 microphones for phone calls, 40-millimeter drivers, hands-free capability, and 32 hours of battery…

  • History

    How Computer Programmers Prevented the End of The World

    Can anyone believe that it is about to be 2019? ….What’s that, everyone? Cool, cool. As it is a time of reflection on the past, I wanted to take a minute and remind everyone about an event that happened many years ago. One that frightened technology developers, politicians, and reverends alike. I am talking, of course, about Y. 2. K. If you have only recently been able to vote (I feel old), you’d be forgiven for not remembering the so called “Millennium bug.” But in its time, Y2K was a big deal. Let’s talk about it. You see, in the early days of computers, when processing was done with punch…

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    Have A Look At the First Automatic Car

    In our first blog post, we shared with you the world’s oldest webinar. Today, I thought I would share with you the oldest iteration of the robotic car. Have a gander at the 1911 British film The Automatic Motorist. It won’t take too long, it’s six minutes. Film was expensive back then. I only hope that as automated driving becomes more prevalent, developers ask the questions that this film was not afraid to answer. What do you do when you crash into Saturn? Is it extra-terrestrial-turned-pedestrian friendly? What about waterproofing for those deep-sea expeditions. WHY DOES THE INVENTOR HAVE A BRIDE AND GROOM IN TOW? Joking aside, have some fun this…

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    Panasonic Hopes You Start Wearing This in the Office

    The recent trend in office design has seen cubicle walls torn down in lieu of open-concept workplaces. Desks and computer stations have become more mobile, to encourage employee collaboration. The movement has taken seed in places like Atlanta Tech Village, where tenants pay to have access to the entire space and amenities, rather than a certain office proper. With amenities and freedom, however, come distractions. How easy is it for you to slide your chair to a neighbor’s desk to chat, only to realize it has been 10 minutes and you need to respond to an email? One company, Future Life Factory, has come up with a solution, and if…