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Best Inventions of the Year 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 2, 2012

Robots, rovers and the rest of 2012’s most important innovations, from the affordable to the extreme

That’s not Photoshop. The Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has developed a way to create a small, perfect white cloud in the middle of a room. It requires meticulous planning: the temperature, humidity and lighting all have to be just so. Once everything is ready, Smilde summons the cloud out of the air using a fog machine. It lasts only moments, but the effect is dramatic and strangely moving. It evokes both the surrealism of Magritte and the classical beauty of the old masters while reminding us of the ephemerality of art and nature.

Lytro Light Field Camera


Say hello to Lytro, a new consumer-grade camera capable of focusing on multiple points in an image with eye-popping accuracy after you’ve snapped the picture. We first heard about it this summer, and now it has a release timeframe: early next year.



In a phone with lots of evolutionary qualities, Siri is the iPhone 4S’s most revolutionary feature. Simply by speaking to this virtual assistant, you can set reminders, send text messages, look up information and schedule meetings. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dragon Drive By Nuance Is Like Siri For Your Car (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 23, 2012

By Sara Gates

Siri For Cars Dragon Drive

Nuance’s Dragon Drive will turn any car into KITT from Knight Rider.

Talking cars will no longer be just a “Knight Rider” fantasy. Nuance Communications today revealed Dragon Drive, the newest addition to the Dragon Dictation family.

The product is like having Siri in your car, but unlike Apple’s official deal with Mercedes-Benz to make Siri a feature in new A-Class models, Dragon Drive won’t be limited to one manufacturer.

Dragon Drive expands current vehicle voice command technology by connecting the console to 3G and 4G networks. Currently, voice commands are limited to basic tasks such as music or temperature controls because of the vehicle software’s inability to process and understand higher-level commands. But with access to the cloud, cars will be able to recognize speech commands and interpret both content and intent, as Siri does for iPhone users.

All it will take is the press of a button on the steering wheel to activate the Dragon software. Spoken commands will be initially processed on-site before they are sent to Nuance’s language servers in the cloud for analysis and then back to the vehicle for confirmation. Read the rest of this entry »

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