African Teen Who Taught Himself Of Electronics Through Throw Away Electronic Parts

The video right after the break might make you wonder why some of us who got so much but yet have done so little.  Whoever got so little but yet have done so much is definitely a role model for all of us.  Age isn’t really matter, but actions do.  I think the video right after the break had truly moved me.  Enjoy!!!


Aren’t We Too Eager To Throw Away The New To Make Way For The Newer?

Verschillende handhelds bij elkaar: Game Boy A...

Verschillende handhelds bij elkaar: Game Boy Advance SP (2x), Nintendo DS, Nintendo DS Lite, Sony PSP en Nokia 6630 Smart Phone. Foto zelf gemaakt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes I feel we are too eager to throw away the new to make way for the newer.  The truth is I too have bought into the whole trend, and probably continuing to do so unless one day I wake up to find the world of technology has suddenly got a facelift.  You will know where I’m going with my ramble if you have already owned a smart phone.  Instead of trying to maximize the lifespan of our smart phones, we often decide to buy newer ones since newer ones usually come out with better and more features.  Sometimes, the smart phone designers, manufacturers, developers, promoters are too eager to roll out newer models of smart phone that encourage users to upgrade, therefore we often see smart phones that are working perfectly fine and only a year old or so find their future in the electronic recycling bins and dumpsters.

Perhaps, there isn’t anything wrong with how we are using our electronics today since at least we’re recycling our electronic wastes.  Nonetheless, I’ve often wondered many possible fictional outcomes if we had gone with the electronic usage trend which would partake on allowing the users to only upgrade and modularize their electronics.  Of course, it would not make sense to do this if upgrading and modularizing electronics are much more expensive than otherwise.  Plus, upgrading and modularizing really tiny electronic devices might be possible but rather almost impossible for regular users who just want to have something that works.  Upgrading and modularizing do sound like extra hard work, therefore people might not want to even think about such things.  Nonetheless, what if we do have commercial services that eager to provide upgrade and modularization of electronics for cheap — or at least to make it more affordable than just buying brand new?  We have seen how people love to upgrade their desktops, laptops, but why do most mobile products such as smart phone cannot be modularized?

Besides the reasons such as affordability, we also have concerns about electronic wastes and how electronic wastes might damage our environment and the health of the people who are actually working to get rid of the electronic wastes.  This begs the question of, will upgrade and modularization encourage a greener environment and less health hazardous working conditions for the workers who are responsible for getting rid of the electronic wastes?  I will not know, and I love to know.  In the end, I picture that one day we may have all in one product which can do everything pretty much — as in things that electronics do and not things that electronics don’t.  For example, we can’t expect electronics to breathe oxygen literally.  Even so, I fear electronics might one day breathe oxygen literally to power themselves, and such a day would be a sight to behold.

Back to the idea of all in one product (electronics) — perhaps such thing will be possible since it’s making more sense to not have to worry about carrying the weights, worrying about losing the things, and so much more if the all in one product turns out to be a robot, right?  I imagine a robot can be a companion, yet it can also be a smart phone, computer, maid, search engine, projector, and so much more.  With a robot following you everywhere you want it to, why would you want to carry a smart phone, a computer, a maid, a projector, and so on?  With a robot, you don’t even have to worry about misplacing it!  So, I think a natural progression of our electronic evolution, robotic industry has got to be the next biggest thing, yet!!!   Plus, it makes more sense to upgrade and modularize a robot than a smart phone.

Just A Wild Thought: Electronic Magazine With Bendable Electronic Pages

English: Covers of backissues of ARMOR magazine

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I have heard some tech companies are working on making bendable electronic devices that are super thin and wide.  If they are able to produce something like that which can be resemblant to a piece of paper, imagining the wide applications this technology can bring about.  Here is one I think of, but I’m not sure how hot or even cool it will be.  We know how old magazines work, right?  You flip it, flip it again, and flip it some more till you flip to the very end of a magazine.  Well, won’t it be cool if you buy an electronic magazine once, and the magazine company has to try to figure out how to fill those electronic magazine pages with their contents.  If this idea/technology ever makes debut, I wonder will you and I will be flipping electronic magazine pages with joy?  Of course, the whole idea is to allow magazine companies to update their magazine contents wirelessly and periodically without your interventions.  It’s obviously that you have to subscribe to a magazine company for your electronic magazine to work.  In fact, one electronic magazine should be able to display contents from multiple magazine companies that you have subscribed to.  Just a thought really — this technology might never happen!

Technology To Bring Touch Sensor To Digital World Through Touchscreen Surfaces

Oh boy, soon we will be able to feel whatever machines want us to feel!  The researchers of EPFL’s Integrated Actuators Laboratory (LAI) in Neuchâtel in Switzerland come up with a technology which allows electronic devices to manipulate the layer of air between your fingertips and the electronic devices’ surfaces, allowing people to feel whatever surfaces the electronic devices’ touchscreen technology or some sort of touch surface technology is designed to mimic.

It’s not yet clear but I suspect that such electronic devices that utilize this technology might be able to have touchscreen surfaces mimic whatever materials on the wimp of software.  So, imagine one can download an app on iPhone to have iPhone touchscreen mimics and projects a sort of surface/material which closely correlates the digital images (i.e., photos).  It sounds so science fiction, isn’t it?

If this technology can present a photo of a flower to a user in a way that a user can feel the photo of a flower as if he or she is touching a real flower, then it will be one hot technology for sure.  Otherwise, I can still see the awesomeness of this technology, but I won’t be as happy as in the case of actually being able to feel the digital image as if it is a real thing.  I guess, it’s human nature for us to want more than less, and so I end this post with a link to YouTube‘s video which delves into this technology in details.