The Big Think

August 15, 2011

Apple Idea

Filed under: Apple,Technology — jasony @ 11:09 am

Dear Apple, here’s an idea: how about putting those nifty 3g chips that are in your iPhone and iPads, the ones that let users pay AT&T or Verizon a monthly fee for internet access, into your laptops? It’s hard on us laptop owners out here. Instead of lurking outside of Starbucks or Schlotzky’s restaurants for free wifi, many of us would be happy to pay $25 for a month of internet access (with the 5gb limit). You already let iPad users do this exact same thing. How about throwing laptop users some love?

It would be a great way to get some more ongoing revenue from your mobile users. Heck, a monthly $25 charge when traveling would be WAY cheaper than all the Starbucks that we’ve already bought. And probably better for us than all that caffeine.

Thanks.

Quoth

Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 11:08 am

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

Henry David Thoreau

The Downside of Cheap Tools

Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 11:08 am

$5 for a single drill bit?

Ultimaker: There’s a New 3D Printer in Town

Filed under: Maker,Technology — jasony @ 11:07 am

Might be a good substitute for the Think-O-Matic I’m saving up for.

With a Whisper

Filed under: Audio,Science — jasony @ 11:07 am

The world’s first acoustic diode.

“The acoustic diode works much like the electrical component of the same name, letting current (or, in this case, sound waves) pass in one direction but blocking it in the other. Composed of a structured arrangement of elastic spheres that ferry the sound through the material, the diode can be tuned to work only at certain frequencies or to downshift the frequencies moving through the material to lower frequencies as needed….the tunable diode could scavenge energy from noisy machinery and channel it back into a transducer that converts those sound vibrations into electricity that could be fed back to the machine, reducing net energy consumption. It could also downshift sound frequencies to ranges that are optimal for energy conversion.”

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