Best Of What’s New

November 14th, 2007

The latest issue of Popular Science magazine has the best of what’s new for 2007. Here are a few items that caught my attention:

Using GPUs to solve complex problems – Some problems require massive amounts of fairly simple calculations. Turns out that the large number of processing units in a GPU, sometimes over a hundred, is the poor man’s supercomputer. Here’s a related Slashdot article.

Commercial holographic storage is a reality – Holographic storage has been in the works for some time, but it looks like it’s finally becoming a commercial reality. Pretty expensive, though. Chad’s News, of course, has been on top of this subject for years.

No-stink, one-coat paint – No smell and no primer or base coats required. And it’s not that expensive either.

A sensor in the ear detects tongue motion to control a wheelchair – This sounds much, much better than blowing in a straw, although I’m not sure that 97% accuracy is good enough.

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