Data storage technology has undergone an unprecedented explosion in development and evolution over the last three decades. You may have probably seen a photo about data storage that has been circulating in Facebook and other social media networks. In that clever photo, one panel showed a 250 MB hard disk developed by IBM. The hard disk was as huge as the external unit in a split type airconditioner and required a trolley for it to be transported. The other photo showed a 32GB microSD card. That photo clearly illustrated in stark contrast how much data storage technology has grown and developed – that data that used to fit in a storage medium as large as a refrigerator can now be just a blip in a storage medium as small as your fingernail. Even blog-software cannot fit in the very first hard drives! [Read more…]
An IBM engineer/inventor has added a number of wireless sensors to various appliances and can now be alerted via Twitter if anything isn’t quite right.
Dr Stanford-Clark’s Isle of Wight cottage now has sensors installed that can monitor power and water usage, taps, lighting, even whether mouse traps have been triggered.
He suggested that the systems would help to reduce his carbon footprint and energy bills, saying that costs had already fallen by one-third in the last year. [Read more…]
Realizing that there is still a degree of separation between mainstream home entertainment (TV) and mainstream blogging/social networking (Twitter/Facebook), IBM has come up with an idea to combine the two so that the everyday user can blog or tweet about something they’re watching on TV via a specially crafted remote control unit.
The geekier among you (me included) will probably roll their eyes and suggest that the separation needn’t matter — I can already tweet or blog from my laptop or iPhone while watching TV and it doesn’t matter to me that the devices are distinct. In fact, having tested out accessing basic web services from remote control units, I’d say it can be a pretty painful experience. [Read more…]