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Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

postheadericon LCD technology torn down and explained in the most lucid and accessible terms yet (video)

Look, we know you know all about LED backlights, light diffusion, subpixels, and the things that turn them on, but not everybody does. The humble LCD you’re most likely reading this on still retains a level of mystery about the nitty gritty details of how it works for the vast majority of its users, so here’s a terrific video breakdown of both its component parts and method of operation. Bill Hammack, a self-appointed Engineer Guy, takes us from the LED arrays that provide the light for most current LCDs, through all the filters and diffusers designed to make that light uniform, and into the ways thin film transistors make it possible for us to show moving color images of cats diving into boxes on such displays. It’s exciting, deeply nerdy stuff, and it awaits your audience after the break.

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LCD technology torn down and explained in the most lucid and accessible terms yet (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Mar 2011 10:12:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon William Shatner explains what microprocessors are and do… from way back in 1976

For a man that spent the best part of his acting career representing a savvy dude from the future, William Shatner looks pretty well at home in the past as well. This video, dusted off from AT&T’s Tech Channel archives, shows Shatner dressed in a casual tan ensemble and dropping some knowledge on the subject of microprocessors. Aside from the retro visuals and presentation, what’s great about the vid is that the seemingly lavish claims about where computers could take us — and their own move toward increasing importance, utility and ubiquity — actually seem pretty tame in light of what we know today. Beam yourself past the break to see this golden nugget from the Bell Labs archives.

[Thanks, Dan]

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William Shatner explains what microprocessors are and do… from way back in 1976 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Mar 2011 07:54:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon HP unleashes Digital Sketch and Pocket Whiteboard, becomes the new teacher’s pet

Nope, that’s not the rumored HP / Palm WebOS educational tablet we’ve heard about, but it’s a wireless tablet alright. That up there is HP’s new Digital Sketch, and it’s actually meant solely for the classroom — it wirelessly connects to a laptop or desktop allowing teachers to control lesson plans or draw diagrams while they’re walking around the room making sure no one’s passing notes. The pad itself, which will be available in March, works with HP’s Sketchbook Windows software and is said to last for over 25 hours on a charge. But that’s not all HP wants to put in schools. It’s also got a new Pocket Whiteboard up its educational sleeve. It’s a lot like other digital whiteboards in that it can turn almost any surface into a canvas, but it’s apparently much more portable than the others out there, so teachers can easily move it from class to class. It will come with a three-button stylus and connect to any laptop or desktop via USB.

So, what’s the deal with all the education-friendly tools? They’re all part of HP’s new Digital Learning Suite and push to start providing really comprehensive tech tools for K through 12 classrooms. The company’s nothing but serious about providing an array of products, and beyond the two previously mentioned, HP’s also releasing new laptop carts, a Thin Client, and presentation stand for laptops. Hey, we get it, the children are our future, and we’ve got to teach them well — but don’t blame us HP, for just wanting to see the tablets of our future next week. Full press release and a low-resolution picture of the whiteboard after the break.

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HP unleashes Digital Sketch and Pocket Whiteboard, becomes the new teacher’s pet originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Feb 2011 07:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon UK aims to improve access to technology, internet with £98 Linux PCs

Remember when the UK started distributing free laptops to poor schoolchildren in order to encourage them to get online? Well, a new, more frugal government is now in charge, and while the original scheme has been scrapped, today we’re hearing of alternative plans to help economically disadvantaged people leap onto the worldwide surfer’s web. The coalition government intends to offer £98 ($156) computers — which include an LCD monitor, keyboard, mouse, warranty, and a dedicated helpline — paired with subsidized £9 ($14) per month internet connections in its effort to show that the web doesn’t have to seem (or be) unaffordable. The cheapest machines will be refurbished units running open-source Linux distros, meaning that if this Race Online 2012 trial turns out well, we could see a whole new group of Linux loyalists rising up. The more the merrier!

UK aims to improve access to technology, internet with £98 Linux PCs originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 17 Jan 2011 09:53:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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postheadericon Children checking out vintage gadgets continues to be an enthralling experience to watch

The video we’ve embedded after the break has been around for a few weeks, but we simply couldn’t resist posting it. As you’ll see, it’s a video (in French, but with English subtitles) of children contemplating a ton of vintage gear including the Game Boy, a Colecovision cartridge, and several sizes and shapes of computer discs. Their reactions — especially if you were alive when most or all of these gadgets were the cutting edge — is pretty incredible. Like we said, the video (with some pretty clunky subtitles) is after the break.

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Children checking out vintage gadgets continues to be an enthralling experience to watch originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 15 Jan 2011 20:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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